It’s a big party house

Dear Annie: A year ago, I bought a house for my niece Alice, her boyfriend and their two daughters, so they could have a better life and become homeowners. The house is still in my name, and our agreement was that Alice could live there for five years so she could build up her credit […]

Biting dog strikes again

Enterprise readers may recall a very sad news story in the recent past about an incident where a yellow Lab dog, running loose, attacked and killed a small child’s pet dog on the North Davis greenbelt while the horrified family watched. Despite that incident, the Lab was returned to its owners. Presumably, they agreed to […]

‘He went all the way’

* Editor’s note: This essay is excerpted from “Voices In Our Blood,” a collection of stories about the civil rights movement edited by Jon Meacham. By Murray Kempton Mose Wright, making a formation no white man in his county really believed he would dare to make, stood on his tiptoes to the full limit of […]

Can a cartoon really provoke violence?

“(Charlie Hebdo) is notorious for its provocative publications about Muslims, about Christians, about everyone.” — Recep Erdogan, president of Turkey, Jan. 15 A week after the murder of 12 members of the Charlie Hebdo staff and the slaughter of four Jews in a kosher market, Turkey’s president told a group of businessmen in Ankara that […]

Family secret is finally out

Dear Annie: My wife and I are in our late 70s and we raised four children. We lost our second son to suicide when he was 7. He suffered from major depression. A few years ago, our daughter wrote us, saying that her eldest brother had sexually molested her when she was very young. She said […]

It’s humane, reasonable and sane

I want to thank Dr. Michael Amster for his valuable and eloquent piece supporting death with dignity for patients who otherwise would suffer needlessly at the end of their lives. I know many others who also hope that we will all have medical care that allows us to make these choices for ourselves when the […]

Too important for chance

Thank you, Dr. Michael Amster, for your Forum article on death with dignity. End-of-life decisions are too important to be left to chance. I’ve always felt that the term “assisted suicide” was inaccurate to describe the end of a life. I prefer “voluntary cessation of life,” a mouthful for sure, but better, I think. The […]

We need a truth and reconciliation process

  By Fania Davis The killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have sparked a national outcry to end the epidemic of police brutality against black men. I believe our greatest hope lies in creating a truth and reconciliation process — starting in Ferguson, Mo. — that can get to the roots of a long […]

Paul Krugman: For the love of carbon

It should come as no surprise that the very first move of the new Republican Senate is an attempt to push President Barack Obama into approving the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Canadian tar sands. After all, debts must be paid, and the oil and gas industry — which gave 87 percent […]

Other than that, he’s great

Dear Annie: For 10 years, my daughter has been in a relationship with a man from another culture. He is controlling, manipulative, arrogant and patronizing. He was raised with servants, nannies and drivers. Now my daughter fills those roles. I limit visits to once a year because he never fails to make snide comments to […]

Husband is looking elsewhere

Dear Annie: I recently came home to find my husband looking at pictures of nude women on the computer. I didn’t know whether to be hurt, sad or furious. He defended himself, saying he is the same as any guy looking at girlie magazines. After a much-heated argument, I discovered he was also looking at […]

Birders of a feather flock to Davis sighting

Rarely have I heard a photo dismissed so quickly. “No, that’s not it. Nope. Not that one.” The speaker was a man in a green Prius with a license plate holder that suggested he was from out-of-town. He had stopped in the middle of a quiet block in north Davis and leaned out of his […]

Could we learn to think of Muhammad cartoons as the new N-word?

Do we run the cartoon or not? This was the debate the Express publisher and I had last week, when he announced we’d be running the new cover of Charlie Hebdo on our opinion page rather than the simple, basic black “Je suis Charlie” I’d picked out. Charley’s position was that we cannot tolerate any […]