Letters to the Editor

School board did the right thing

I applaud the school board’s recent decision on ending private testing for the AIM program. As a retired math teacher (Holmes Junior High and Davis High School), I had so many students identified as GATE who had difficulty when they were placed in accelerated math. They may have been specially talented in language arts or art, […]

Kudos to our firefighters

I would like to express my sincerest thanks to our South Davis firefighters and paramedics. Far too many times in the past year, they made visits to my parents’ house in El Macero to do wellness checks on my father or to provide a ride to the emergency room. These firefighters and paramedics were incredible […]

The math seems fishy here

As I write this on Father’s Day, I remain perplexed by a common thread that runs from Ellen Cohen’s June 11 guest opinion column to Beverly Lozano’s June 17 letter. Referring to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, both stated that black fathers are more than twice as likely as white […]

Why this flag should not fly

Defenders of the Confederate flag argue that it is about “our heritage.” But so are nooses, cross burnings, lynchings, white robes and hoods. They also advance that the flag commemorates those who gave their lives defending the Confederacy. In actual fact, the Confederacy was the aggressor and posed a greater threat to the United States than […]

Provenza steps up, again and again

On Wednesday June 10, an article in The Enterprise covered the funding challenges facing social welfare programs in Yolo County. These critically necessary services often fall through the cracks in traditional federal and state government budgets. This time it was about the Yolo County Children’s Alliance and resource centers it operates in West Sacramento and […]

Yolo Crisis Nursery needs our help

Since it opened its doors in 2001, the Yolo Crisis Nursery has offered emergency respite care to more than 3,000 children and their families. When the nursery lost its funding last spring and was threatened with closure, the Davis community responded. The “One Child — One Day” campaign raised more than $200,000 in local support. Because […]

We can do better than this

Is the thinking of the city of Davis toward water use along the lines of “Do as I say, not as I do”? The landscape irrigation at Arroyo Pool is wasteful. On no fewer than three occasions in the past two weeks, I’ve seen the sprinklers there watering the parking lot, the sidewalks, bare dirt and […]

Action won’t save district money

In February 2010, the school district was suffering from budget cutbacks so it offered teachers a retirement incentive. At this time, Deanne Quinn spoke with Superintendent James Hammond and offered to retire and come back as a part-time employee. The district would keep the experience and expertise to maintain the integrity and quality of the GATE/AIM […]

Student mariachi group raises funds for trip

My wife and I direct the only school-based student mariachi group in the Sacramento area. Our Davis-based group, called Mariachi Puente, tends to serve students who normally fall in the “achievement gap” categories. Student participation in our group promotes student, community and cultural connection and engagement, which can lead to better student outcomes in years […]

Traffic safety must be a priority

I’ve heard a lot about the argument around town recently — bikes vs. cars. I don’t care about that. I’ve seen plenty of both do terrible things on the road. But it all has to stop. Yesterday, as I was biking to work, a car didn’t stop turning right onto F Street and almost hit […]

Please fix the sidewalks!

Recently I took a full body slam on the sidewalks of Davis … again. I am an octogenarian and walking is my preferred form of exercise. I walk to the Farmers Market, the Senior Center, the grocery store, the post office and downtown, but I am finding the shift in the sections of sidewalk to […]

We need racism control

I was angered and outraged by the killing of nine people at a Bible study at a church in Charleston, S.C. Then the response of the victims’ relatives moved me to tears. In spite of their anger and devastation by their grave loss, they forgave the white killer and prayed to God to have mercy upon […]

More will, more resources

At last Thursday’s school board meeting, there were quite a number of public comments regarding the board’s June 4 decision to mainstream more students who would have been AIM-identified under the old system of public and private-pay testing and re-testing, while increasing support for differentiated classroom teaching for the learning styles and strengths of all […]

Quinn’s loss means much is lost

In not renewing Deanne Quinn’s contract, roughly $77,000 for this part-time coordinator, her part-time secretary, universal third-grade testing, and the SAT-score-raising vocabulary books, may I say that the administration and pro-vote Board of Education have cost the students for whom they are responsible more than these adults comprehend? Every year, many of us GATE teachers consulted […]

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