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Sports briefs: Good showing for local trail runners in Tahoe

A pair of Davis athletes shined in last weekend’s Tahoe Rim Trail race — known as one of the most difficult trail runs in the nation. Paolo Castiglioni, 46, crossed the finish line in 21 hours, 14 minutes and 24 seconds to takes second overall in the 100-mile event, while Caren Spore was fifth overall […]

Nicholas Kristof: A ‘lost boy’ battles AK-47s with education

MARIAL BAI, South Sudan — If there’s a world center of despair, it may be South Sudan, enveloped in an increasingly brutal war in which children are raped and then burned alive. But against that grim backdrop, one local man has undertaken a journey that is an affirmation of hope, inspiration and the transformative power […]

Mayor’s Corner: It’s been a year to remember

This month marks the end of this new City Council’s first year — and my first year as your mayor. And what a year it was. At risk of sounding like a broken record, here are some of the key milestones we have achieved in the past 12 months: * Adopted a balanced budget with a […]

Get ‘swiftboating’ facts straight

Gabe Lewin writes, comparing the attack by Donald Trump against Sen. John McCain with the “swiftboating” attack on John Kerry when he ran for the presidency in 2004. The problem is they are not the same. Donald Trump, a candidate for the presidency in 2016, made a verbal attack directly on Sen. McCain, who is […]

Cheers and Jeers: Berryessa effort pays off

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week: CHEERS to the newly official Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. Last week, President Obama officially dedicated the area, and now tourists and nature lovers in California will see more than 330,000 acres preserved. The success culminates years of […]

Speak out

President Hon. Barack Obama, The White House, Washington, D.C., 20500; 202-456-1111 (comments), 202-456-1414 (switchboard); fax: 202-456-2461; email: visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact U.S. Senate Sen. Barbara Boxer, 112 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; 202-224-3553; email: visit http://boxer.senate.gov/contact/policycomments.cfm Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 331 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; 202-224-3841; fax: 202-228-3954; email: visit http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me House of Representatives Rep. John […]

Davis AIM program deserves a stellar leader

By Evelyn Falkenstein It’s a sad day when someone is canned for doing her job too well. Deanne Quinn, the GATE/AIM coordinator, has met all the expectations of the Davis school district for more than 20 years of gifted teaching and leadership. Who would leave another position for AIM coordinator, given the caliber of the […]

Demand a fair hearing for AIM

By Debbie Nichols Poulos In 2014, California’s Local Control Funding Formula legislation redistributed state funding from several categorical programs, including GATE, into districts’ general funds, allowing school boards to make decisions about how to allocate the funds to best meet the needs of their student populations. According to the state Department of Education website: “The […]

Technical training can create a career path for young adults

By Roger Speer As the uneven economic recovery continues in California, there is one area where jobs remain available: technical workers. Workers with vocational training are currently in demand. The hardest segment of the workforce to replace has been the skilled trades, due to a shortage caused by the exodus of highly skilled baby boomers who are entering retirement. […]

Revolution took place on paper

Your guest commentary, “U.S. History Lesson …” by Christopher Kelly (July 3) does add, indeed, to my knowledge of the roles of American military before and during the long, painful birth of our country. Thanks. Our War for Independence — often called the Revolutionary War — by no means equates to the American Revolution, however! […]

Balance housing need, density issues

I live in Rancho Yolo, part of which is backs onto Fifth Street. The proposed new apartment complex on Fifth Street is a concern to our residents. I understand the need and preference for infill housing in our community, as we have a very low vacancy rate for housing. This low vacancy rate encourages high […]

Likes the new one better

Dear Annie: I work full-time, am married and try to make time for my family. Twenty years ago, I had a breakdown and was hospitalized for attempted suicide. I was put on medication and saw therapists once a week. I returned to school and finished my degree in counseling. That’s the background. Now the problem: […]

Are we there yet? Regrets? I’ve had a few … actually just one

* Editor’s note: Tanya is taking the day off. This column originally ran in July 2005 and has been edited for length. A while ago I heard a guy on the news talking about having no regrets over a situation that, by most standards, should have caused some regret. I can’t remember exactly what it […]

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