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Rich Rifkin

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 […]

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, […]

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 ,

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 ,
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