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Letters to the Editor

Local support for Iran deal

We would like to thank our Congressman, John Garamendi, for supporting the Iran nuclear deal, which he said is “the best available option to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. … Furthermore, if America were to simply walk away from this deal, it’s likely that the strong multilateral sanctions regime would collapse.” (July 14) […]

Hillary Clinton: The immaculate deception

Hillary Clinton wants to be president, and she wants it bad! I personally believe she has thought little about the job itself but she wants to write her name in the history books. She clearly felt like she was entitled to the position in 2008 when a young upstart snatched it out from under her. […]

Watch out for conflicts of interest

I think the Trackside Center project is too large and grossly violates several planning documents; others will discuss those details. I have a more nuanced concern. I understand that one current member of the Davis City Council is a partner in this project, and he may participate in voting on other projects that are being […]

It’s all about honorable service

I am a veteran of combat in Vietnam. I was an infantry lieutenant with the U.S. Army 4th Division, 1968-69. That and the fact that my political beliefs are conservative in no way make me “pro-war.” On the contrary; during the midterm election of 2010, to my eternal shame, I fell for Nancy Pelosi’s bogus […]

Our redwoods will be brown

We have a problem between growing redwood trees and the city’s mandated water-use reductions. Soil classification has several moisture classes. Redwood trees normally grow in the udic moisture regime (moist throughout most of the year, such as on the north coast). Davis is in the xeric moisture regime (cool, wet winters and hot, dry summers). […]

Safe, reliable transportation!

The children, employees and board members of Progress Ranch Treatment Services express our gratitude for the generous donation of a refurbished automobile from Hoffmann’s Automotive with donations from Napa Auto Parts, Cable Car Wash and West Yost & Associates. We were desperately in need of two replacement vehicles. Having reliable and safe transportation is very […]

Evaporation helps cool our air

Water evaporating from your lawn or trees cools their surrounding environment. The evaporation of just one gallon of water (8.3 pounds or 3.8 kg) absorbs 2,060 kcal of energy (3.8 kg x 542 kcal/kg). The specific heat of air is 0.24 kcal/kg °C, so that one gallon of water will cool 858 kg of air 10 […]

Save GATE for true geniuses

I remember the olden days in the 1970s when Gifted and Talented programs first came to be. My kids were at West Davis Elementary where so many kids qualified that, as I remember, GATE money was used so Annette Parker could provide extra enrichment activities in the library for all students. I also remember a statement […]

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 […]

Regulate Airbnb? It’s unnecessary

As an Airbnb host and longtime Davis resident, I was puzzled by the recent front-page article that started and ended with what sounds like a made-up story about a stranger walking into someone’s house. But the longer I reflected on it, the more I realized that such an outlier scenario is necessary to muster public […]

Drought is no excuse

​Mow those weeds! Brown lawn is acceptable; tall weeds in them are illegal.​ Not good for the neighborhood image. Gale Sosnick Davis

Remember the swiftboating?

Many people, even most Republicans, are (rightfully) appalled by Donald Trump’s comments about John McCain. But do you know who else skillfully avoided serving in Vietnam and then besmirched the military service of an American hero who was a presidential candidate? That would be George W. Bush “swiftboating” John Kerry. I didn’t notice any Republicans being […]

Questions about tennis court repairs

At the Davis City Council meeting of Tuesday, July 7, approval of the proposal to build a sports complex without tennis courts was mentioned. Also mentioned were approved funds of $125,000 for repair of Walnut tennis courts. I wonder how that amount came about. Is a contract already in place? Repair of the Walnut courts […]

It’s just symbolic, right?

I commend Judy Reynolds and Stu Pettygrove for being such strong defenders of freedom of speech on University of California campuses. In back-to-back letters in The Enterprise, both criticize the proposed adoption by the UC regents of the State Department definition of anti-Semitism, which covers certain kinds of speech demonizing Israel, as violating the First Amendment. […]

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