Letters to the Editor

Stand up to this kind of hate

Every American should be alarmed of what is going on. Hate, bigotry and Islamophobia are not a threat to Muslims or people of color only. The politics of fear increases people’s acceptance of dictatorship and authoritarian rules. It erodes our democracy. It is a threat to America. Many times when we hear about attacks against innocent […]

BDS supporters should reconsider

The fall term is beginning in American universities such as UC Davis, and with that we can expect renewed attacks against Jewish students by the BDS cabal — the anti-Israel, anti-Semitic boycott, divest and sanction outfit. Those agitators are not alone — far from it. They are making common cause with countries totally at odds with […]

Supporting all in our community

We appreciated the Aug. 30 article, “Grant Funds Scholarships to Supported Life Conference,” noting the Yocha Dehe Community Fund’s generosity in supporting people with disabilities to attend a statewide professional conference on fully including people with developmental disabilities in their communities. We are also excited that one of the conference’s session speakers — and more […]

Underlying agenda for AIM?

I appreciated Marla Cook’s commentary regarding the school board trustees’ intention to fundamentally alter the district’s AIM program. After spending eight years on the AIM Advisory Committee, I concur with  Cook’s conclusion that the trustees’ plan for immediately replacing a major portion of the self-contained classrooms with differentiation is not acceptable. Many members of the […]

Death with dignity

Each of us shall die in due time. No one’s forced to die by a pill. I prefer to not be forced to live beyond my due time. Sign the bill, Gov. Brown. John E. Moren Davis

International experiences?

The commentary in Friday’s edition of The Davis Enterprise written by Professor Walter Leal from UC Davis was interesting and provided insight regarding issues related to the cost of higher education and other notable issues at a local and international level. He clearly stated that the cost of higher education is a major concern. What […]

In Wagner, I see rare creativity

Somewhere somebody wrote, “Suburbia is where they cut down the trees, pollute the rivers, and name the streets after them.” Whenever I pass by Peter Wagner’s home I feel refreshed and exhilarated. I see being recycled what some call junk or scrap, the shambles of a mind-set that needs a new car (or bike!) every […]

We’re not doing enough

Articles in The Enterprise are forever warning us of the imminent destruction of civilization by the coming global climate catastrophe. Yet Davisites seem reluctant to make the necessary draconian changes. So I would like to offer some suggestions. The Davis City Council should outlaw air-conditioning. The Native Americans survived for centuries without it, and so […]

Homelessness and immigration

Our analysis of homelessness is based on the premise that this is a bad thing. When the premise is changed, the conclusion can lead to a new view. In Brazil, there is a cultural respect for the man who sits down anywhere (but private property) and “pitches a tent.” We need to remember the Earth […]

Trackside Center is misguided

Joy Cohan’s selective use of the 2001 Design Guidelines to make her case for the Trackside Center development are extremely misleading. The 2001 Design Guidelines (updated in 2007), were created to guide development so that we have a cohesive vision for how Davis should grow and densify into the future. They spell out how buildings […]

Reduce tuition at the ballot box

I have spent seven years in Davis. My first four years were as an undergraduate student where I saw my tuition rise more than 50 percent, including the 32-percent increase in 2009. At the same time, I saw chancellors and other upper administration give themselves raises and/or receive larger and larger salaries. Tuition increases ceased for […]

Chapman is a great hire for Yolo County

I am delighted to hear that Ron Chapman will become our Yolo County health officer. Educated in public health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Dr. Chapman is also a well-regarded physician and an expert in public health accreditation. Under his leadership at the California Department of Public Health, the department achieved […]

Learning styles are the key

The conversation about AIM has focused too much on “achievement” and not enough on “learning styles.” In my experience, although gifted students are frequently high achievers, that is not their defining characteristic. Many students who are motivated and work hard can be high achievers without also being gifted. Gifted students, by contrast, become high achievers […]

Aid-in-dying is NOT suicide

After reading the open letter to Gov. Jerry Brown by Stanislaus J. Dundon (Sept. 15), I feel compelled to explain that the deaths that would be made possible by the medical aid-in-dying provisions of the bill he is referring to are not “suicides” as we normally think of them. The bill, which legalizes a lethal-dose prescription, […]

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