Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Library celebrates El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros

As the importance of early literacy and preparing children for school continues to make headlines, the Yolo County Library joins libraries across the country in April and May by recognizing El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) through various events celebrating reading. Known as Día, this is a celebration of […]

Road diet? No, city diet!

The structural tax base of the city of Davis is years in the making. Past plans to limit commercial growth and expanded retail options force Davisites to do most of their purchasing out of the city. While allowing Target to open after a decade of debate has brought some purchasing back to the city, it […]

Striving for zero waste: Beyond the bring-your-own-bag habit

One of the first steps my family took when attempting to reduce the amount of waste we generate is bringing our own bags when going grocery shopping. My husband does the bulk of the shopping on the weekend and has consistently been bringing usable bags on these trips for the past few years. My shopping […]

Core values on campus

The issue: When the heat is on, colleges’ first priority is comfortable silence In the big picture, honorary degrees — the participation trophies of the academic world — are not worth getting worked up over. They usually represent a chance for the school to give out a nice certificate to a commencement speaker, in exchange […]

We’re reveling in our equality

We just had our best April 15 Tax Day ever! For the first time in at least a dozen years, we were able to go out for lunch instead of organizing and participating in a protest in front of the Davis post office with signs that said: “We Pay Our Bills. We Pay Our Taxes. […]

Vote no; it’s fiscally responsible

Dislike the DUD (Davis Utility District) study and the waste of $1 million? Detest the pending choking-off of Fifth Street? Want the city to focus on providing basic public services, including public safety and infrastructure maintenance? Better vote no on Measure O, the sales tax increase from 8 percent to 8.5 percent. Just a 6 […]

Author to read ‘The Cat Who Chose to Dream’

Davis resident and author Loriene Honda will be at The Avid Reader on Saturday, May 3, to read from and sign copies of her book, “The Cat Who Chose to Dream.” The reading, geared toward both children and adults, will include a brief overview of the World War II internment camp experience for Japanese-Americans as […]

Law applies to police, too

I greatly appreciated your well-written article on the California Highway Patrol’s distracted drivers course and how dangerous it is to text while driving. I was also pleased to discover the information that it is illegal to text while stopped at a light (I can only assume that applies to stop signs, as well). The reason […]

No on the $15 wage plan

Historically, I have been philosophically committed to the cause of labor. Thus, on a visceral level, I would have been disposed — on a “knee-jerk” liberal basis — to support the $15 minimum-wage initiative now proposed for Davis. However, practical considerations impel me to not support it. As a society, we have been subjected to […]

Nicholas Kristof: Where the GOP gets it right

Republicans may seem like ultimate Scrooges. Many want to slash food stamps, unemployment benefits and just about any program that helps the needy. So they know nothing about poverty, right? Wrong. Actually, conservatives have been proved right about three big ideas of social policy. Liberals may grimace, but hear me out on these points: * […]

Good intentions don’t fund the payroll

The issue: Davis businesses should not be saddled with a $15 minimum wage It’s an argument rooted in altruism. One looks around and sees people struggling to get by, and the mind leaps to a simple solution: just pay them more. Problem solved, right? THAT SEEMS to be the thought process behind a signature-gathering effort […]

Dr. John highlights American Heritage series

The Southern undercurrent of the upcoming Mondavi season is manifested in the American Heritage series with the appearance by New Orleans artist Dr. John; also a concert by violinist Regina Carter. Often classified as a jazz violinist, Carter will play a program titled “Southern Comfort” that will include folk songs and spiritual that were popular […]