Letters to the Editor

Parents should pay monthly fee

What Richard Harris wants to do is his business. But how his action impacts our society is everybody’s business. Davis has a chronic problem with shortage of funding for education. Since it is a man-made problem, it can be solved through human ingenuity. The primary responsibility of bringing up children rests with parents and not with […]

June 20, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Rethink tree trimmers’ cuts

I was saddened and dismayed to read of the recent layoffs of city parks personnel, especially as they come after the recent election in which Davis voters overwhelmingly approved a tax measure to help fund our parks. I am especially disturbed to learn that tree trimmers are among those to feel the ax. Recently, we […]

June 20, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Our urban forest needs care

I don’t envy City Manager Steve Pinkerton. His task — bringing the city’s budget into line with reality — is difficult and, in many ways, thankless. But was it necessary to eliminate two positions from Parks and Urban Forest Management Division, effectively gutting it and depriving it of all field staff? I have served on […]

June 20, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Animal deaths are unnecessary

I commend the recent op-ed piece, “This sad problem can be fixed,” as a clear and compelling call to action by everyone in our community who cares about the welfare of companion animals. A “live release rate” at the Yolo County animal shelter hovering at 50 percent translates into the deaths of hundreds cats, kittens, […]

June 19, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Granda’s energy is misdirected

Jose Granda is fond of referring to school board members as liars and cheats. In his recent letter, he uses some form of the word “deceit” six times to describe them — including when he incorrectly avers that the board promoted Measure C as a strategy for eliminating teacher pink slips — and when he […]

June 19, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Please run for school board

Jose Granda, if you feel that strongly that the school board is doing a bad job, please run for school board this winter. You seem to have all the answers to our problems. Peter Carroll Davis

June 19, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Thanks; I’m eager to get going

I wish to thank the community for electing me to the City Council with such strong support. It’s very humbling. I also wish to thank the countless volunteers who helped on the campaign in so many ways, including taking lawn signs, sitting at the Farmers Market, walking precincts, hosting meet-and-greets and donating time and money. […]

June 19, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Programs prepare many students

A wire story on your front page Tuesday addressed the important issue of using higher education resources wisely during these very difficult economic times. We agree. However, we do take issue with the premise that the number of degrees awarded, taken in isolation, is a useful measure of a program’s cost-effectiveness. For example, we awarded […]

June 15, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Walk on left, bike on right

Richard Haggstrom chides Jason Christian for telling pedestrians to walk on the left side of the bike path and instead says to walk on the right. I called the city of Davis because so many pedestrians walk on the right on the Russell bike path. The city told me that the recommendation is that on […]

June 15, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

I’ll lead no-tax campaign

The deception of the school board to Davis residents is evident after the passage of Measure C. The board insists that even after passing Measure C, it still wants more of your money. Not only will it renew Measure A, approved deceptively as an “emergency measure,” but now one of the members is proposing a […]

June 14, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Bike path signage needed

The recent well-meaning but confused letters regarding the proper side of multi-use paths for pedestrians underscores the need for clear, consistent and simple signage. In my experience, most of the major multi-use trail systems (American River Parkway, Sacramento River, Folsom,Roseville, California State Parks) all advise pedestrians to walk/run/stroller on the left side of a multi-use […]

June 14, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Garden Tour a real work of art

The 21st annual Pence Garden Tour on May 6 unfolded into a beautiful event to benefit the Pence Gallery. We are so grateful to the community for supporting this annual celebration of Davis gardens. Garden owners Mary and Dale Brooks, Dr. Don Wilson, Charlene and Dan Simmons, Jenella Loye and Scott Carroll, Jacqueline Gilardi, Spring Warren, […]

June 13, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Kudos to the Food Co-op

I am writing this letter to express my appreciation regarding the extraordinary service recently provided by Sarah Yost of the Davis Food Co-op. In a recent visit to the Co-op I experienced first-hand from Yost her personal friendliness, courtesy and care. In March, the first secretary of the Swiss Embassy of South Korea, a fellow […]

June 14, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Stepping up to help our kids

“Attention, ladies and gentlemen, we have an important announcement to make…” These are the words that start our in-the-moment recognitions for runners who have just completed a half- or full marathon milestone at the 2011-12 Patwin Running Club. The words are sweet music to all of us for their power to inspire and motivate our […]

June 15, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

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