Ignoring the problem makes it worse

Dear Annie: I am in my early 50s and have been married for 34 years. My husband is the only man I have ever been with. For years, I put up with his cheating because I was concerned about my children and our financial future. Now the kids are grown and can take care of […]

Faith in law enforcement restored

As a student in Berkeley in the late 1960s, I developed a profound fear of men in uniforms after watching teenagers teargassed and harmed for nonviolent acts of disobedience. The Ramparts scandal in Los Angeles did not increase my comfort level. But during the past few years, my faith in law enforcement has been restored, […]

Water project raises deep questions

I cannot support the water rate increase. The Woodland-Davis project that will “eliminate” dependence on ground water seems to be speculation supporting continued local development. Our water resources are not unlimited, as ground water depletion and frequent drought periods demonstrate. There can be little correlation between rights to water in the Sacramento River and actual […]

Beware the Trojan water-horse

We are at a crossroads on water-supply issues and city utility rate increases. Initially, “regular” citizens wrote to decry the prospect that our water rates might quadruple over the next several years. Those impassioned letters were motivated by legitimate concerns of individual citizens who recognized that huge rate increases would impose a real financial hardship […]

National comparisons add perspective

I’m writing in regard to Sunday’s op-ed piece titled “Davis’ two vanishing generations,” which compared 2000 census data with recent American Community Survey estimates. I accessed the 2010 U.S. census website for corroboration of the article’s conclusions. First, the nationwide 2010 census shows a 6 percent decrease when comparing the 5-14 age group (kids currently […]

City lifeguards did Davis proud

On Sunday, July 31, the city of Davis’ lifeguards participated in the superhero-themed Northern California Aquatics Management Association’s 10th annual Lifeguardpalooza, winning the first-place trophy for entire the competition. Davis lifeguards also won first-place awards for two team events (the Eggbeater Relay and the Rescue Tube Relay), and individual medals were awarded to the following […]

Davis woman looks back at tragedy

During the early 1970s I read in The Enterprise a news story about an horrific house fire on Mulberry Lane in West Davis where the father of five children was killed along with the youngest child. Over the years, I have come to know Joan Callaway, who has now written a memoir focusing not only […]

Can we trust these figures?

The Enterprise reported recently that city utilities manager Jacques DeBra said that “city staff members plan to present water rate hikes that are lower than what is listed in the Prop. 218 notices.” He is further quoted as saying that “staffers are working with community members … to identify a rate structute that would cause […]

Find a forever friend at a discount

It’s kitten season at the Yolo County Animal Shelter, but several lovely, friendly adult cats also are waiting for their forever home. They include: *Swiffer: This sweet 6-year-old brown tabby male loves to be petted and to sit in your lap. He’s perfect for someone seeking a quiet companion. *Madeline: She is a 3-year-old lady with a […]

What’s the status of Fifth Street plans?

Friends visiting recently were intimidated by the traffic we had to negotiate on Fifth Street as we walked downtown for brunch. The experience reminded me to check for updates on the reconfiguration project that was endorsed by the City Council almost two years ago. It cannot happen soon enough for those of us who walk […]

Just draft the old folks!

I have a great solution to the nation’s debt woes. According to the New York Times, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the federal debt probably will exceed 100 percent of the nation’s annual economic output within the next 10 years, largely because of rising costs of Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security (Aug. 3, 2011). […]

We’ve paid a huge price for deal

The price President Obama paid to extend the debt is the end of the New Deal. The fundamental terms of FDR’s social contract with the country to have a social safety net to underpin capitalism no longer bonds the country. Social Security and Medicare are no longer the third rail of U.S. politics: You will […]

The U.S. is in a world of hurt

Radical Republicans dragged Congress and President Obama to the brink, and extracted a huge victory. Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid hail the “compromise” on the federal debt limit. But what did they gain? The radicals have seized by the throat the great social gains of this country. Social Security and Medicare are now […]

Brownest of the budget cuts

There are plenty of draconian cuts in the state budget Gov. Jerry Brown signed last month, items that promise to affect hundreds of thousands of Californians. The slashes will shutter libraries, shorten school years, close state parks, send some prison inmates to county jails and may limit the neediest and sickest Medi-Cal patients to 10 […]