Letters to the Editor

There’s always the next election …

Can’t you just scream! Well, there are the woods and nobody will hear you. My daughter was in GATE here in Davis. She went on to earn an undergraduate degree and a master’s in education from UC Davis. She teaches GATE (not here). And I am qualified, having re-earned my residency, to speak of spending […]

Soccer stadium story lives on

I felt it was important that I respond to last weekend’s letter to the editor regarding Aggie Soccer Field and the dedicated volunteers whose efforts made our beautiful soccer stadium possible. While the original recognition plaques may no longer exist, the wonderful story of how the stadium was built does live on at UC Davis. […]

Not ready to trust them on Iran

In his letter to The Enterprise published on Sept. 9, Dave Hart asserts that the secret side deal between the International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran “follows the same protocol” as “hundreds of  agreements with IAEA member states all around the globe.” He cites the IAEA website in support of this. He takes at face […]

Try this worthwhile drive

There is a service in Davis that is most helpful to seniors and those who cannot drive, whether temporarily or permanently. It is the Meals on Wheels program. Food and drinks from the county kitchen in Woodland are delivered to the Senior Center in Davis where volunteers scoop them into individually sectioned dishes and place […]

More car-idling problems

If cars idling at schools are as big a threat to air quality and public health as Maria Contreras Tebbutt says (letter, Sept. 8), what about the cars idling at the “traffic diet” stop lights on Fifth Street and on Eighth Street? Michael J. Saxton Davis

Becoming a ‘bedroom community’?

A few years ago we denied (by popular vote) a Davis-oriented neighborhood to be built at Covell Boulevard and Pole Line Road. We had little say on the development of The Cannery, which sounds like a Davis-type neighborhood in the glossy promotional materials, but is primarily advertised in the Bay Area. When did we decide […]

We need diversity in AIM program

On June 4, the Davis school board dismissed Deanne Quinn, the Davis AIM program coordinator, who did a full-time job as a 0.4-time employee. The decision was made without public consultation. The school board is poised to make further decisions on AIM this month, possibly to close the program for children who are already demonstrating […]

Site isn’t right for apartments

Why is a “big-box” housing unit placed on Fifth Street near Pole Line Road a good idea? The downtown fire station is on Fifth, along with our police station. Adding 1,000-plus people and their cars and bikes to the traffic flow will reduce response time in an emergency. We already have the main post office […]

AIM makes for great schools

The school board seems poised to dramatically restrict the program for academically accelerated students. In June, near midnight, a majority of the board directed the district administration to restrict the AIM classrooms to those who are unable to succeed in a regular classroom (the actual wording of the resolution is unclear, but this is one […]

AIM program is not divisive

I strongly support the AIM program. It is absolutely not a program dividing our community, as someone accused. Just like the football and baseball programs, they are not for everyone to participate. It is absurd if anyone thinks those programs are dividing our community. Then why does AIM divide our community? By the way, my […]

I support AIM/GATE

My daughter was in the GATE program and my son is now in the AIM program. I am very thankful that my children had/have the opportunity to reach their potential more deeply from the GATE/AIM program. And I hope other and future Davis students will have this opportunity as well. I support the GATE/AIM program […]

Quality of our schools will fall

My husband and I work at Genentech, so our move to Davis wasn’t because homes were more affordable or closer to work. We moved because the Davis school district is known for its high test scores and multiple program offerings. Now the school board is trying to get rid of both! Prior to the election, […]

Taking aim at AIM education

I understand that the Davis school board is replacing much of the current AIM program with the promise of “differentiated instruction” in the regular classroom. This sounds really good — we all would love an education that was tailored exactly for each of our children, who are all different. But the reality is that in a classroom with […]

Transparency and prudence needed in AIM policy

As the School Board returns to the complex subject of gifted education later this month, it should do so with the principles of transparency and prudence in mind. The AIM program matters to many in the community, yet was hardly a centerpiece of the 2014 election. Accordingly, transparency is essential in addressing the subject. Board […]

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