Letters to the Editor

There’s only one solution on guns

It has taken me 83 years to find a cause that both stirs me and promises to better the place I live. The cause is repealing the Second Amendment. The killings in a black church and on a U.S. naval base cut across every schism in this society. The notion that the right to bear […]

Monument is all about control

Not everyone celebrates this new national monument, Berryessa-Snow Mountain. Tuleyome, Sierra Club, some legislators, local, state and federal, and those wanting to control Snow Mountain are celebrating, but Colusa County is not celebrating; even though it is excluded, it has been “sold out.” Despite the claims made at the initial point in the process of creating […]

Revolution took place on paper

Your guest commentary, “U.S. History Lesson …” by Christopher Kelly (July 3) does add, indeed, to my knowledge of the roles of American military before and during the long, painful birth of our country. Thanks. Our War for Independence — often called the Revolutionary War — by no means equates to the American Revolution, however! […]

Balance housing need, density issues

I live in Rancho Yolo, part of which is backs onto Fifth Street. The proposed new apartment complex on Fifth Street is a concern to our residents. I understand the need and preference for infill housing in our community, as we have a very low vacancy rate for housing. This low vacancy rate encourages high […]

Moth pretty, but mislabeled

What a nice front-page picture of a lined sphinx moth to accompany your informative article celebrating moths and the Bohart Museum program. Too bad it was mislabeled as being a pterophorid moth! Both are pretty in their own way and both are common in Davis (although very different). My guess is that both will be […]

Musicians could reclaim sidewalks

We could innovatively solve our problem with panhandlers by engaging live services of artists. Very many exciting, skilled and talented musicians would love to play on our sidewalks, all day long, for a tiny amount of money. If we paid them minimum wage, we would have a full file of applications from semi-professional musicians, some […]

World becomes more prosperous

Each July 1, the World Bank announces which developing countries became developed counties in the previous year. Argentina and Venezuela made it into the developed club for the first time in 2014. There are now far more Latin Americans living in high-income countries than in low- and lower middle-income countries combined. Close to one-fifth of […]

Remember Free Speech Movement

In 1964, while a sophomore at UC Berkeley, I participated in the Free Speech Movement, which began in part as a response to the heavy-handed attempts by campus administration to control student political speech, tabling, etc. Now 51, years later, many are urging the University of California regents to adopt the U.S. State Department’s “three […]

Regents, don’t stymie free speech

In a recent opinion piece in The Enterprise (Thursday, July 9), Tom Elias wants the University of California regents to adopt the State Department’s “three D’s” to define anti-Semitic speech, to “be followed by training of campus personnel to stymie anti-Semitic acts and talk …” Under the “three D’s,” Elias attacks those who criticize Israel […]

Thanks for a bang-up Fourth

The city of Davis wishes to thank all of the businesses and organizations that contributed to the success of the annual communitywide Fourth of July celebration. Whether it be in the form of financial sponsorship or in-kind volunteer contributions, their support provided the opportunity for thousands of people to enjoy an evening of live entertainment, a […]

Faith-based response to climate change

As a Lutheran, I don’t often agree with the pope. After reading Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on climate change, however, I must. For too long in the United States, religious rhetoric surrounding the environment has been denial of climate science and ignorant arrogance with regard to its catastrophic effects on the poor and […]

Applying math to the stars

The color picture on the cover of the June 30 edition of The Enterprise shows star trails in the sky over the pond at Northstar in Davis. These trails should circumscribe a circle if taken for 24 hours, so the length of the portion shown in the photograph should correspond to the time fraction of […]

We must stand up to racism

In the past week, the UC Davis Police Department reported two hate incidents. One was noted on Monday, July 6, by Campus Grounds, reporting graffiti found on a bridge in the Arboretum with obscene and racial remarks. The other, which was discovered Tuesday, July 7, was a racist symbol and remarks in a men’s restroom […]

Chromium level in water is safe

The city of Davis has sent out a notice concerning the fact that traces of hexavalent chromium is in our city drinking water above the state’s new drinking water standard. Although inhaled hexavalent chromium has been found to be a lung carcinogen when inhaled at high levels in the metallurgical industry, the levels in our […]

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