Wednesday, April 16, 2014

60 Picnic Days and counting

I attended my first Picnic Day in 1953. Haven’t missed one since. Many things have changed, but much of the spirit of the day has remained the same. The parade used to be a very big deal, with elaborate floats entered by various living groups (we had fraternities back then, but no sororities) and campus […]

The judges have spoken

It’s been years since I’ve written a letter to the editor. But I wanted to highlight what I consider to be a remarkable event that has just occurred in Yolo County. We have an election coming up in less than two months — on June 3. One of the ballot choices we have is an […]

House of the (near) future

Congratulations to the folks at UC Davis and American Honda Motor Company for creating the energy-efficient house of the “near” future. Many of us in the environmental design fields have been hoping for this kind of self-sufficient, joint development of “electric vehicle-plus-integrated photovoltaic house” for more than a decade. This promises to set a high […]

Pick up the phone to help Ukraine

Russian President Putin has expressed concern about ethnic Russians in Ukraine, and might use that concern as an excuse to invade mainland Ukraine.  This excuse must be firmly rebuffed.  I therefore post the following urgent message to anyone who has friends/relatives in Ukraine: Please call or e-mail them to ask them to spread the word […]

Cheers and Jeers: Keeping the streets safe

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week: CHEERS to the homeless man who picked up the bat from the sidewalk using a stick and some cardboard Sunday afternoon on the 500 block of Second Street. When a passerby asked him what he was doing, he […]

Unprecedented conservative backing for minimum wage hike

From the moment Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed America’s first minimum wage law in 1938 (25 cents per hour, or $11 a week), conservatives have fought increases every time and everywhere they’ve been proposed. It would cost millions of jobs, industrialists and business interests argue every time anyone tries to boost the minimum. Meanwhile, executive salaries […]

Ask the Expert: Loans with Yolo Federal Credit Union

Whether it’s for personal or business needs, it’s likely you’ve either taken out a loan or have considered it in the past. When it comes to making large purchases, such as starting and running a business or owning your own home, securing a loan is a crucial part of the process. But, that’s not the […]

Cheers and Jeers: Flat-land Devils are tops on the mountain

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week: CHEERS to the Davis High School ski team which, once again, won the state championship last week. This flat-land school managed to beat teams from mountain towns such as Mammoth, Mount Shasta and the foothills of Lake Tahoe. Longtime […]

Thanks for the help

I would like to thank all the people who helped me and my husband on Wednesday evening at The Marketplace, after my husband had a bad fall. The lady who called an ambulance, the UC Davis athletic trainer, those who brought ice and towels and all who shaded my husband from the sun — they […]

USDA offers a helping hand

A wetter-than-usual February has helped turn the brown hills of California’s coastal ranges and Sierra foothills a light shade of green, and while these rangelands won’t be mistaken for Ireland anytime soon, this precipitation was a welcome relief from weeks of severe drought conditions. Despite this much-needed rainfall, 2013 was one of the driest years […]

Putin is in good company

We have needed something to feel righteous about, and the Crimea situation affords us a righteous opportunity to demonize “Putin” — who is no longer President Putin, but just plain “Putin.” But before we get too carried away with our purity, we should pause to reflect that President Putin has lots of precedence for this […]