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Rich Rifkin

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 […]

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 […]

Parents: Stop coddling your kids

Among the many wonderful memories I have of my childhood growing up in Davis, one of the more fantastic events I recall was the Civil War of 1970. Or maybe it was 1971. I am not sure. I was 6 or 7 years old, and dozens of boys — half from my neighborhood south of […]

July 22, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Take down the South’s sinister standard

The controversy over the Confederate flag is not an either/or proposition. Factually, it symbolizes slavery, hatred and oppression. And in the minds of many white Southerners, it represents their revered ancestors. Yet because the cause of the Confederacy was slavery, and because racist hate groups ever since have used that flag as their symbol, it […]

July 08, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Enjoy a bike ride to Winters

Growing up in Davis in the 1970s, it was common for me and my friends to pass through Winters on a bike ride. But Winters, back then, was not a destination. It was at most a pit stop on a ride to Lake Berryessa. If we were thirsty and we had some money, we would […]

Davis city manager fails to lead

Next week, Dirk Brazil will mark the start of his ninth month on the job as the Davis city manager. Sadly, there is already good reason to think that our City Council made the wrong choice in picking Brazil to replace Steve Pinkerton. The crushing fiscal crisis in the city of Davis is with its […]

June 24, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Whatever happened to Cemetery Road?

In 1868, the owners of the California Pacific Rail Road Company laid out a real estate venture called Davisville in a rectangular grid. The original streets, which now make up downtown Davis, run parallel or perpendicular to the northbound tracks. However, the grid does not run perfectly east-west and north-south, because the spur to Woodland […]

June 10, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Family failure: The root of our urban crisis

“Any random drive through Baltimore pre-Freddie Gray clearly offered clues of a lit match halfway near the gas puddle. Places such as West Baltimore’s Sandtown neighborhood, where Gray lived, are tinderboxes full of folks who have nothing to lose.”  — Charles D. Ellison, contributing editor, The Root The death of Freddie Gray at the hands […]

May 27, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

At long last, Laura’s Law is being implemented

“On Jan. 10, 2001, our daughter, Laura, was at work at California’s Nevada County Behavioral Health Clinic. A client appeared for a scheduled appointment. Without warning or provocation, he drew a handgun and shot Laura four times. When the rampage at the clinic and at a nearby restaurant ended, Laura and two others lay dead […]

May 13, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Silvio Barovetto built an impressive legacy

From the time UC Davis reopened for business following World War II, the university has been the primary growth engine for the Davis economy. But that might not be the case forever. The city is looking at adding as much as 7 million square feet of industrial space for innovation companies. If that happens, private […]

April 29, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

More tax revenues alone will not solve our city’s budget troubles

In its April 9 editorial, “Listening’s Great, But Keep Eyes on the Goal,” The Enterprise advises that, for the fiscal health of Davis, our elected representatives need to do more than hear ideas on innovation centers. The City Council needs to act. We desperately need the tax revenues that innovative industries will generate for the […]

April 15, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Is Davis on the cusp of an evolutionary change?

When I was growing up in the 1960s and ‘70s, Davis was not that different from Palo Alto. Both were primarily quiet, liberal college towns, each the home of a major research university. My aunt and uncle and cousins lived on a middle-class street in a typical Palo Alto neighborhood. Southampton Drive was not all […]

April 01, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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