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Anne Ternus-Bellamy

Fixing our Constitution: These are my three wishes

The American Constitution arguably is the greatest foundational governing document in the history of civilization. Not only has it lasted 227 years, but it has (mostly) served the United States well from its infancy as a small and poor country to its ascent into a global superpower. Yet, like any human endeavor, our Constitution is not […]

Rich Rifkin: A Dutch import of the finest kind

Ten days ago, on a foggy but rainless morning, I joined a Davis Bike Club ride to Winters. Included in our group was a young man named Kevin, who is visiting Davis from the Netherlands. I asked Kevin where in Holland he is from. He told me, “Zeeland.” That was interesting, I thought, because another […]

When new laws are passed, facts don’t seem to matter

“Today, the average full-time working woman earns just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. … That’s an embarrassment. It is wrong.” — President Obama, calling for equal pay for equal work, April 8, 2014 Imagine you own a manufacturing company. Due to competition, profits are very small. But in a flash, you hit […]

January 06, 2016 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

What will the people of Davis prioritize?

Shortly after I finished my bachelor’s degree, I took a job in San Francisco. I shared an apartment in Noe Valley with an earnest guy named Bruce, who taught me a lesson that has always stuck with me. Bruce managed a commercial printing operation. One evening, without prompting, he said, “Rich, there are three things […]

December 23, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Why massacres like San Bernardino won’t push the U.S. to fix its gun problem

Last week, in the wake of two highly publicized massacres, one in Colorado Springs, the other in San Bernardino, the New York Times reported that the United States now averages more than one mass shooting per day. To make that count, four or more people must be wounded or killed by gunfire. This savagery takes […]

December 09, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The West cannot fix what is driving terrorism

Since Sept. 11, 2001, every time an Islamist terrorist group has committed an atrocity in the West, like the massacre on Nov. 13 in Paris, Muslim leaders have assured, “Those guys are not us. They do not represent true Islam. Islam is peace.” Yet those proclamations ring hollow to many non-Muslim ears. It is true […]

November 25, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

How the Streng Brothers left their unique mark on Davis

It was a chance meeting at a childbirth class in 1958 that changed the look of Davis in the 1960s and ‘70s and made an important mark on our city’s history. The encounter was not one between two pregnant women, but rather their uxorious husbands: Jim Streng and Carter Sparks. Jim and his brother, Bill, […]

November 11, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The problem of climate science deniers

Imagine if, the day after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, a majority in the Congress denied that the attack had taken place. When President Roosevelt requested a declaration of war, his domestic opponents suggested the evidence of bellicosity was inconclusive and that those who said we had to respond were jumping to conclusions based on […]

October 28, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Trackside: where our process has gone off the rails

A general plan articulates a community’s vision of its long-term physical form and development. … The general plan serves as a basis for decision-making. — General Plan for the city of Davis Since the Trackside Center project at 901-919 Third St. was announced in June, there have been seven letters in The Enterprise hoping to […]

October 14, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The U.S. Constitution: Ben Carson does not understand it

Recently on “Meet the Press,” in response to a question about whether he would support a Muslim for president, Republican hopeful Ben Carson said, “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.” After he received widespread criticism from observers who noted that […]

September 30, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Change is certain: Davis will not remain the same

In 1789, one year before his death, Benjamin Franklin famously wrote, “… in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” I think one more thing is just as certain: change. No matter how much traditionalists want to preserve what they have and keep in place the life they are […]

September 16, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

How to solve the traffic jam on Richards Boulevard

Last week, the Davis City Council approved a giant hotel project on Richards Boulevard. Much of the discussion focused on how this development might add to the traffic problems leading into downtown Davis. Whether it will make matters much worse is debatable. What is not is the fact that we already have bad congestion through that underpass […]

September 02, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The Iran nuclear deal does not promote peace

Barack Obama did not start the process which led to the deal he recently signed with Iran. He joined in mid-race. The P5 + 1 powers — the U.S., Russia, China, France, the U.K. plus Germany — began talking with the Iranians in 2003, and as early as 2006 (when George W. Bush was in […]

August 19, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged , ,

Why is the cost of a cup of coffee not falling?

If you are at all like I am, coffee is an important daily pleasure. I’m quite simple in my tastes. I don’t like cream or sugar or any bizarre chemical flavorings added. I want a cup of fresh, hot, black coffee. I prefer it strong — the way Peet’s makes it. I’m more than happy […]

August 05, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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