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Friday, April 18, 2014
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Author Archive: Letters to the Editor

Thanks for kindness of strangers

As a Davis resident for 19 years, I take the camaraderie in this town for granted. I take for granted the easy nod and smile, through forays in Farmers Market and through walks in the greenbelts. But behind this is a kindness that was brought home to me vividly last evening when I tripped and […]

Vote no on Measure O

Davis’ Measure O on the June 3 ballot reads: “Shall Ordinance No. 2432, which would authorize the city of Davis to reauthorize and extend the existing half-cent sales and use tax for general government purposes and increase the sales and use tax by an additional half-cent, for a combined one-cent tax, through Dec. 31, 2020, […]

Cutting the heart out of America

Our 238-year-old democracy is being destroyed by the current Supreme Court’s recent decisions to allow a corporation to be equivalent to human beings and to allow unlimited money to have unlimited media influence over voters. Our forefathers supported one human being for one vote. The Supreme Court has destroyed that revolutionary concept with its rulings, […]

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 […]

Broken sprinklers waste water

There are many broken sprinklers at César Chávez Plaza on Olive Drive. They come on during the night, they water the sidewalks and bare dirt and shoot up in the air. This is an ongoing problem. The manager has been notified, but more than a year later, no action has been taken. This is our […]

Prop. 8 was ‘pure bigotry’

Greg Johnson has more than a few facts incorrect in his commentary on Brendan Eich’s resignation from Mozilla. First, Eich was not forced to resign by anyone, he chose to resign. He had become a liability to the company he was supposed to lead, with a rebellion from employees, merchants who worked with Mozilla and […]

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 […]

UCD IS responsible for students

I wanted to comment on Bob Dunning’s column about Picnic Day published on Tuesday. He suggests that the university plays no role in the problems with disorderly conduct that happen on Picnic Day. I disagree. The students in my neighborhood play a major role in the Picnic Day havoc, and they are the university. The […]

In search of great ideas

I am interested in keeping the Yolo Crisis Nursery, a valuable service, available to our families in need. Hey, community! Let’s do something about this. There has to be someone out there with a great idea to save this. I am willing to help, but starting nonprofits is not my life skill. Karen Mo Davis

Please keep the nursery open

My name is Almony and I have been in Yolo County for less than a year. I am a single mother of a 10-month-old baby girl. I am low-income and have been in situations where I needed the Yolo Crisis Nursery, whether it was for clothes or respite care for a few hours. The crisis […]

Early help is a great investment

It is with great frustration that I hear the Yolo Crisis Nursery may be closing. Are there any more vulnerable among us than babies and young children? How can a community as caring (and affluent) as Davis justify allowing this travesty to occur? Anyone who has taken a cursory peek at social science research on […]

Have they really learned?

I know there have been calls to “get over it” and to “move on” from the Crawfordgate scandal. But, in view of upcoming elections for the Davis school board and the imminence of new blood, perhaps it would be valuable to revisit the experience. The following is the Davis Joint Unified School District’s four essential […]

A great community effort

I would like to give a shout-out to my Old East Davis neighborhood for their enthusiastic support and hard work in making the Fourth and K streets intersection mandala project a beautiful reality! Well over 70 adults and kids showed up to help. We were surprised by Margo’s fresh-baked pastries and Mark and his piano […]

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