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Roberta L. Millstein
Davis, CA
I am a Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Davis; my research is in the philosophy of science, the history & philosophy of biology, and environmental ethics. I serve on the Open Space & Habitat Commission for the City of Davis. The opinions expressed herein are my own and do not represent my employer’s views in any way. Nothing posted here should be considered official or sanctioned by my employer or any other organization I’m affiliated with.
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Thanks, Ron. I am gratified to hear that the City Council is going to consider looking at this, too.
The following was emailed to this morning Dear Members of the Davis City Council, I am writing to request formally that the Davis City Council send a letter to the Yolo County District Attorney and California Fair Political Practices Committee (FPPC) requesting investigations into the allegations against the West... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The Davisite
FYI: "Hill’s Pet Nutrition Voluntarily Recalls Select Canned Dog Food for Excessive Vitamin D"
I'm glad you found it helpful, Luanna. Good luck with the dog food switch.
One of the benefits of living in Davis is having a world-class veterinary research center right down the road, one that produces research like the work highlighted in the article “Dogs Fed Some Popular Diets Could Be at Risk of Heart Disease.” Yet the more that I learn about this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2019 at The Davisite
I'm sorry this happened to you, Emily. I can understand why you'd be hesitant to reply. You're getting a mixed message: they respect you enough to invite you to be a plenary speaker, but not enough to address you appropriately. I guess your choices are: 1) correct them and accept the invitation, 2) ignore the slight and accept the invitation, and 3) decline the invitation (and possibly say why).
I normally find that Jennifer Borenstein offers excellent college advice in her “College Corner” column in the Davis Enterprise. Unfortunately, however, her most recent column is misleading, both in its use of terms and in the elephant in the room that it leaves out. First, do TAs teach college classes?... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2019 at The Davisite
Thanks, Nora. I agree that we need an ongoing conversation, one in which people aren’t condemned just for daring to ask the question, or dismissed as being politically correct or insuffiently respectful of police.
Thank you, Nancy.
I had originally intended my previous post, “Processing the events surrounding the tragic killing of Officer Corona,” to be my only published thoughts on the subject. But recent discussion of the Thin Blue Line imagery on social media and in a recent Enterprise article have convinced me that more needs... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2019 at The Davisite
From the SacBee The events of the last few days have been difficult and emotional ones, with news coming at us at a fast pace as the story has unfolded, with more surely to come. It’s hard to process, hard to know how to think about. First and foremost, I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2019 at The Davisite
For previous articles on this subject that give some of the background, see: and
On Sunday, January 13 from 10 AM-12:30 PM at Davis Veterans Memorial, you have the opportunity to vote for Assembly District 4 Delegates for the CA Democratic Party. To vote, you just need to be a registered Democrat and live in the region pictured at the left. (Dates and locations... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2018 at The Davisite
I think you hit the nail on the head with this, Todd. The more utilitarian masks are freaky looking. And we should be freaked out -- freaked out enough to do something about climate change and the way that we lived on this planet. These designer makes make it all seem way too normal. We should not accept poor air quality as normal.
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2018 on The Problem with Designer Face Masks at The Davisite
A lot of people are now turning to for real-time air quality measurements. But everyone should know that, in their default setting, they show higher PM2.5 readings than the government's sensors. To obtain more realistic readings, use the box in the lower left hand corner of your web page... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2018 at The Davisite
Good point, Duane. I was cringing watching kids biking to school today, no masks. And same will happen tomorrow. :(
Toggle Commented Nov 14, 2018 on Skewed Air Quality Logic at The Davisite
Air quality management district forecasts an AQI of 168*: UCD cancels classes Air quality management district forecasts an AQI of 174*: UCD holds classes Brought to you by the same data-free logic that supported Nishi and dismissed the testimony of an internationally recognized air quality expert. *AQI of 150-200: Unhealthy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2018 at The Davisite
Posted Nov 7, 2018 at The Davisite
The sign to the left greeted me this morning as I went to vote at my polling place at the VMC. It is, in my opinion, an example of improper electioneering. Electioneering is not permitted within 100 feet of a polling place. Electioneering is defined by the California Election Code... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at The Davisite
Yesterday, Jason Taormino posted the photo at the left from their setup in downtown for the Halloween walk, showing one of their volunteers dressed as Pocahontas. Most people have heard of “blackface”, especially since Megyn Kelly recently had her NBC show cancelled over defending blackface as being “ok so long... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at The Davisite
Burt, First, this felt personal to many of us who have stories that are all too similar to Christine Blasey Ford, and it was emotionally devastating. I wrote this to my fellow Davisites in case it was helpful to their coping. There are actions we can take at a local level that have a national effect. Second, I'll note that our local newspaper, the Davis Enterprise, sometimes has national stories, letters to the editor, and columns. These of of interest to Davisites, too. And to be clear, you'll note that this post was neither really about Kavanaugh nor about Democratic talking points. It's about actions that people can take concerning the upcoming midterm elections.
Toggle Commented Oct 18, 2018 on What to do post-Kavanaugh at The Davisite
(and sorry, thanks Rik. I didn't mean to leave you out).
Jason, thank you for your comment (and Karen and Nora, belated thank yous for your comments of support). First of all, this is not about "offending me." This is about maintaining appropriate discourse that promotes an informed electorate and maintains our congenial community. I was not personally offended, but I was outraged and disappointed. Second, you accused the No side of lying, but nothing that you said at the forum showed that anything that they said was false -- besides which, "lying" is a very strong word, as it implies intent to deceive, which you also have not given any evidence for. Third, your inappropriate remarks went beyond just accusing the No side of lying, as I describe above. They include also outrageous, insulting, and unsubstantiated accusations that your opponents don't care about seniors, that they are against all developments, that they are just arguing for sport. Notice that NONE of these is about the project. You made the discussion personal. That's inappropriate and unproductive. Frankly, you missed an opportunity to convince the audience about the benefits of your project.
The Yes on L side did not behave well at Sunday’s CivEnergy forum. This inappropriate behavior certainly wasn’t CivEnergy’s fault. They had picked an excellent moderator in the form of attorney and former City Council candidate Linda Deos, who asked fair and neutral fact-finding-oriented questions about the West Davis Active... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2018 at The Davisite