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Letters to the Editor

Fifth Street traffic a concern

We’ve lived in Davis only two years and appreciate why so many of us consider this city special. It’s the people and the environment these people have created, inherited and tended. We lived in and around San Jose, tolerating tangible decade-to-decade increases in congestion, noise, air pollution and myriad assaults on tranquility. Ever have a 1½-hour […]

Hotel approval process criticized

Regarding the City Council’s approval of the Richards Boulevard hotel/conference center: Councilwoman Rochelle Swanson, trying to rationalize hasty approval of the hotel/conference center, was quoted as saying, “We tend to do this. We have everything lined up, but wait, but wait, but wait.” Rochelle can’t wait? How would she do crossing a street busy with traffic? Would […]

Adopt a low-violence diet

I am writing in response to the letter to the editor describing the “cruel” treatment of plants in comparison to animals. When people make this argument, they seem to forget that they, too, eat plants. Therefore, not only are they eating and “harming” plants, they are also harming the animals and the crops grown to […]

Make sustainable food choices

The Davis High School lambs are long gone, whisked away to the Yolo County Fair. By now they may be among the 1,400 lambs that Superior Farms will kill at  its expanded Dixon slaughterhouse. If they kill 24 hours a day, that’s about one lamb per minute. The Davis High lambs spent weeks in tiny, […]

Sign up for elementary music

This coming week, elementary parents of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders can enroll their child in the school elementary music program. All that is required is that first-year students and parents attend one of the parent meetings. For strings players, those meetings are held at Patwin Elementary, 2222 Shasta Drive, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 […]

Thank you for helping children

The Davis Salvation Army Committee would like to thank the 84 volunteers who donated their time to the annual Child Spree. The volunteers chaperoned 84 Davis schoolchildren as they shopped for school clothes at JC Penney’s in Woodland on Saturday, Aug. 22. JCP opened its doors at 7:30 a.m. to allow shopping without other customers […]

Another inequity for citizens

The article by Tom Elias (“Citizenship Lines Blur Even Further”) failed to mention another interesting fact about Medi-Cal health coverage. This one isn’t a “blur,” it’s a walkover. Citizens age 55 and over who qualify for Medi-Cal are required to repay the state of California for all Medi-Cal costs out of their estate, if any, […]

In praise of our lifeguards

I would like to share my appreciation for the work of the city’s lifeguards and staff. During our countless hours at Manor and Arroyo pools this summer, I saw many of our local guards prevent and respond to accidents each day. Whether tirelessly reminding kids to walk on decks or recognizing and advising tired youths […]

Let’s switch to district elections

I believe it is time to change the way we elect our City Council. Over the past year I have gotten the impression that council members have their own agenda. Sometimes when you are responsible to everyone, you are accountable to no one. With issues such as The Cannery Community Facilities District, cutting back on green-waste […]

Will no one think of the carrots?

I am a carrot. I was “cruelly yanked” from my “… resting place in the warm comfort of the soil …” Yeah … it happened to a bunch of us. So here I lie in a veggie bin next to a turnip. It’s damn cold, too! Looks like we’re both up for grabs to be […]

Water storage won’t come soon

California is in its fourth year of drought — with worsening effects. California voters approved Proposition 1, authorizing $7.12 billion to fund construction and improvement of water infrastructure and storage. The California Water Commission, with 34 members, was tasked with the development of the process with review timelines and requirements of any proposal for funding […]

Thanks for interpreter funds

Teach Another Language to Kids (TALK) would like to express its appreciation to the Davis Food Co-op and the Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation for a generous $150 grant award through the Davis Cooperative Community Fund. TALK is a parent-run nonprofit providing foreign language classes to Davis elementary students. For more than 20 years, we have offered […]

Sanders will protect our planet

As the electioneering heats up for the 2016 presidential race, it is time to ask of the two major Democratic candidates, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, “Which one really cares the most about the state of the Earth?” Yes, there are many vital issues facing all of us, but there is only one planet for […]

Solar billing education important

Tanya Perez was shocked by the true-up charges assessed by PG&E for electrical use subsequent to having solar panels installed on her roof. It is unfortunate that this happened but I suspect she may not have been properly informed as to PG&E’s billing process. I recently had solar installed and was told by my solar […]

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