Lauren Keene

School board missed the mark

I like the Davis Board of Education and trust our newly elected leaders. However, I respectfully disagree with the recent decision not to renew the contract for Deanne Quinn as the AIM coordinator. I’ve worked personally with Deanne on a variety of district-directed endeavors. She is extraordinarily knowledgeable and well-versed in cutting-edge strategies to optimize […]

Iran and Greece: 2 bad deals

I’m not an expert on the subject and I’ve never read Donald Trump’s book “The Art of the Deal,” but I do have enough personal experience in negotiations to know bad deals when I see them. And, Greece and Iran are both bad deals, or will be if deals are ever made. In any negotiation, […]

Slaves and women left out

It is possible to honor our Founding Fathers and appreciate the Declaration of Independence without lying about its meaning. So it’s hard to swallow Alzada Knickerbocker’s interpretation that ‘”All men” meant all human beings who were able to think and choose (Letters, July 3). Might she be using the word “choose” to explain the explicit […]

I support the right to die

I have a fatal brain tumor (GBMF — glioblastoma multiforme). As such, it is likely that hospice will not provide full pain relief for the end, and I support the right-to-die bill for myself and many others in my position. America was founded on freedom from religion as much as freedom of religion. As such, all […]

Confederate battle flag must go

A public office should not be an advocate or give tacit approval of the messages represented by the Confederate battle flag. As a nation, we need to own up to the fact that the Civil War was a treasonous act motivated, in large part, by immoral, racist ideas. There’s no reason to deny any individual […]

Yolo Conservancy does so much

It’s rare to see so much misinformation in so few paragraphs as in Shawn Smallwood’s July 2 Enterprise letter bashing the Yolo Habitat Conservancy. Yolo County has many rare species, including highly endangered ones, and the Conservancy plans to finally protect them. Contrary to Smallwood’s claims, the Conservancy doesn’t focus more on the Yolo Bypass […]

Watch out for rights of the poor

This an open letter to the California Assembly Health Committee: It has come to my attention that Dolores Huerta has announced her support of SB 128. The power of “Compassion and Choices” (aka the Hemlock Society) has scored a sorry point here. I hosted Dolores at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo when I taught agriculture […]

A great big thank-you from museum supporters

The recent “Treasures and Curiosities” sale at the Hattie Weber Museum was a huge success, raising more than $1,000 for the fund to convert the old WPA restroom building to a museum annex. And we still have a few items to sell! We were touched and gratified by the generosity of the donors to the sale. […]

Davis’ love is on its way to S.C.

The Davis Phoenix Coalition would like to thank the community for attending the candlelight vigil held for the victims of the Charleston, S.C., shooting. We were overwhelmed with the depth of compassion and commitment exhibited from all who attended and the wonderful collaboration of all the social justice groups that made the vigil a success. We […]

Board did the right thing

The following is an open letter to members of the Davis Board of Education: As a former Davis Joint Unified School District teacher and school psychologist, as well as the parent of two children who attended Davis schools from kindergarten through high school, I would like to thank the four board members who voted to […]

Is this bill truly ethical?

The Enterprise’s story of June 25 on the proposed California aid-in-dying bill, regarding the measure making it legal for dying patients to end their lives with doctor-prescribed medications, brings forth another question: It may be made legal by legislation, but is it ethical? Like so many pieces of legislation, something could be legal by law, but not […]

Lobbying for bike safety

My hat’s off to cyclist Marina Greenwood and the receptivity of the city for taking action on road safety in Mace Ranch. I really support the idea of designating more safe zones for bicycle routes to our schools. To give a little more perspective on the traffic at the intersection of Ponteverde and Tulip lanes, […]

Remember our ‘inalienable rights’

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. “That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, […]

Ensure your pet’s safety on July 4

Fireworks events and dogs do not mix. Please do not bring your dogs to Community Park on the Fourth of July! More dogs go missing July 4 than any other time. All dogs should be kept safely inside their homes without access to the yard. Dogs and cats are very frightened by the sounds of […]

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