Letters to the Editor

More kudos for DHS’ ‘Band Geeks’

Thank you to The Davis Enterprise for your consistently strong support of the Davis High School theater program. Your excellent coverage of our productions means a great deal to our student-led efforts. I’m writing now to correct an unconscionable omission in my interview for our current show, “Band Geeks” and bring to the Davis community’s attention […]

Kids learn a great lesson

My husband served two years on a small rescue tug in the Philippine Sea during World War II. (That’s two years with no visits home, no telephone calls from mom, and his letters full of holes cut by censors.) He never pats himself on the back for his part in the war effort. He feels […]

They’re virtual Eichler knockoffs

“Streng homes were original. They were not Eichler knockoffs.” Rich Rifkin, cut me a break! Anyone who grew up in an Eichler subdivision (as I did) can tell you that Streng’s primary designs elements are identical to Eichler’s, whose work preceded Streng’s by about a half-decade. Indeed, it is common for Davisites to have to correct […]

Please help honor our fallen

In October 2006, a new national cemetery opened in Dixon, and about 300 wreaths were placed on gravesites there in December, in honor of the fallen resting at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. This year marks the 10th year of honoring those fallen and there are an estimated 16,700 wreaths needed now to commemorate each […]

Board of Education AIMS well

Kudos to the Davis Board of Education for calmly, systematically, thoughtfully opening the world of all Davis teachers and all Davis students to those formerly sequestered in this single program — AIM. Families move here because we have great schools. The students who will now join the “mainstream,” and their parents, will find wonderful teachers, […]

Why do we allow leaf blowers?

I would like to say something about the ubiquitous mow ‘n’ blowers, otherwise known as yard maintenance services. I live in a rental house, which includes such a service. They come once a week and spend about 10 minutes here, mowing about 1/16th inch off the blades of grass, but mostly running leaf blowers around […]

Vanderhoef built bridges

It is with great sadness that I write this letter. Our community lost a great man. I was fortunate to serve on the UC Davis Board of Trustees with the late Chancellor Emeritus Larry Vanderhoef and to lead a delegation to Iran in 2004 to visit four Iranian universities. This trip to promote educational exchange […]

More university housing needed

In my 57 years here, I’ve seen the rapid expansion of UC Davis from our little Aggie campus into a world-class major academic powerhouse. However, there has been a cost to the little city in which it sits. Absentee landlords have transformed much of the center of the city into rental conversions where former single-family homes […]

A great time for a great cause

The Davis Sunrise Rotary Club thanks our community and friends for a great turnout at the Sept. 26 Oktoberfest in Central Park. It was the best ever. Most of the food, beer, wine and raffle items were procured, purchased or donated from local businesses, which truly helped make this a community event. More than 520 […]

Reflecting on our Constitution

On Sept. 17, we observed the 228th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Here in Davis, we also recognized that central event in our country through the third annual essay contest on the Constitution accompanied by a variety of other activities undertaken by We the People of Davis, a community group interested in […]

Providing equity in name only

Let’s suppose that the Davis school district had a classroom program that was doing a great job of educating children. Suppose also that this program was the most helpful to parents who lacked the resources — financial, educational, time and structural — to provide a highly specialized education to their children. What if this program also fit […]

Meet the needs of all students

Debbie Nichols Poulos characterized those opposing the continuation of the AIM program as it has been implemented in Davis in the past as believing that “the AIM program is damaging the regular classroom program.” The real point is that there is no need for so many AIM classes if we focus our attention on differentiation […]

Downtown needs better lighting

Downtown Davis is pedestrian UN-friendly after dark. (Re: John Troidl’s Oct. 28 letter to The Enterprise). It’s uninviting and unsafe. Even the few corners with no burned-out street lights are too dark for drivers to easily see pedestrians. It’s worse when it’s raining. I urge all of our City Council members to walk and drive […]

Such talent on our local stage

I would like to express my appreciation for the wonderful performance at the closing ceremony of Davis Chinese Film Festival on Oct. 11 at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School. A group of young dancers from Anhui Provincial Dance Drama Theatre presented Hui Ban, the story of Anhui Opera Troupe during 1911. At the […]

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