Let’s put America to work again

By Mike Thompson While accepting the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in 1932, Franklin D. Roosevelt pledged to our nation and himself a New Deal for the American people. At the time, America was facing some of the Great Depression’s darkest days. Infrastructure investments were the centerpiece of the New Deal because these investments were […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

A new way of attacking food-stamp fraud

The issue: Closer review of vendor applications will help control problm The federal food stamp program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is perhaps the nation’s most important nutrition program. At an annual cost of $75 billion, food stamps helped feed 46.2 million Americans last year. UNFORTUNATELY, the program is afflicted by a persistent […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Russia re-arms against unspecified ‘threats’

The issue: Putin outlines aggressive plans; is he targeting the U.S.? Perhaps with an eye on his March 4 presidential election rather than any real military considerations, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has announced an ambitious 10-year, $770 billion modernization of the Russian military. (The U.S., by far the world’s largest defense spender, spent about […]

February 29, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Candidates in denial over bailout of automakers

The issue: Government was right to step in and help save GM, Chrysler Perhaps people in Michigan are more polite and restrained than those in New York City. In 1975, when President Gerald Ford ordained that there would be no federal assistance to save the Big Apple from bankruptcy, a local tabloid headlined, “FORD TO […]

February 28, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

The overwhelming stink of friendship

Dear Annie: Last April, I moved into an apartment with one of my best friends. We get along great except for one thing: her cats. ”Renee” was born with no sense of smell. She’s normally very organized except when it comes to the animals. She forgets to clean the litterbox because she can’t smell it, […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Let’s all use our roads sensibly

Don Perkins asks what we think of his idea to wear bicycling clothes in order to “blow through stop signs and run red lights” with his motor vehicle (Enterprise letters, Feb. 19). That is a splendid idea as long as he takes the following steps. * Reduce the weight of his vehicle to 25 pounds, […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Flea Market returns Sunday

On Sunday, Jan. 29, volunteers, vendors, residents and local musicians transformed the E Street Plaza into the very first Davis Flea Market, a non-traditional, experimental market and cultural space. I am proud to say that it was, without reservation, a spectacular success. This event was made possible through the hard work of my co-director, Lauren […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

A no vote on C solves nothing

Trying always to keep an open mind, I read the arguments of the No on Measure C campaign with interest. Sure, some of their assertions are true, and yes I generally believe we can do better for our students. However, the following fact remains and ultimately weighs heavily in my decision to fully support Measure […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Yes, offer help at decathlon

Ashley Ching of Vallejo, in a letter to the editor on Feb. 14, asks Davis residents to volunteer to help run the California Academic Decathlon in mid-March. I did this last year and without any hesitation will do it again this year. The students you will help guide through this process are some of California’s […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Measure C is our barn-raising moment

By Camille Kirk At the recent budget town hall meeting, as the Davis school district staff presented their grim and grimmer slides, it was hard not to gasp at how bad the cuts will be without passage of Measure C. The funds from C alone would constitute almost 10 percent of the district’s budget. It […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Kids cut off from extended family

Dear Annie: My husband and I were both widowed before meeting. We are now 70 and have been happily married for six years. We both have grown children. Everything is good in our blended family except for my son’s wife. “Stacy” has been a thorn in my side from the day they married 20 years […]

February 21, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Travel on life’s narrow road

Whitney Houston is another tragic loss in the entertainment world. Her difficult marriage to Bobby Brown and her abuse of drugs helped to end her life early. The sad part for me is that, like me, she grew up in a black Baptist Church. Her faith was strong. However, her faith was not strong enough […]

February 22, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,