Occupiers are our wake-up call

The title of your Dec. 2 story on Occupy Davis is ironic in view of the U.S. Senate’s latest draconian measures to further suspend the constitutional rights of those non-corporate persons known as human beings and citizens. Last Tuesday the Senate voted — with bipartisan support — to allow the military to detain terrorism suspects, […]

Don’t dismiss 40-plus years of work

I was disappointed to see the prominently placed pull quote from Tilahun Yilma in the Nov. 30 “UCD faculty come not to bury Katehi” article. In expressing support for Chancellor Linda Katehi, Yilma chose to disparage the UC Davis chancellors who preceded her. Through their significant individual and cumulative contributions, these prior leaders provided the […]

Physics prof backs Katehi

In the Nov. 30 front page-article in The Enterprise it was stated that “there was a call for resignation of Chancellor Katehi by the physics department of UCD.” As a 60-year member of the physics department, I take exception to the implication that this was a departmental decision. It is the opinion of some physics […]

UC Davis’ dysfunctionality

Congratulations, UC Davis. You made international news; unfortunately, it was not for academic achievements. UC Davis police’s pepper-spraying of students was front-page news the next day in several Turkish newspapers. This hideous action tarnished UC Davis’ image worldwide. With universities all around country competing for students, prospective students will think twice before choosing UCD. The CIA […]

UCD’s goals, priorities must change

By Sterling Chaykin There was a time when education at UC Davis was a matter of great pride, but priorities changed and a fine educational institution morphed into a corporate-centered research university. Growing the intellectual prowess of students has lost importance. Members of the faculty who tend to crave the spotlight have shifted their focus […]

Too young to face reality

Dear Annie: I am 57 years old and divorced. I am now engaged to a woman who is 29 years my junior. “Carla” is everything I ever wanted. I never intended to fall in love with her, but I needed a friend, and there she was. She feels the same way. Here is the problem: […]

Da Vinci students are water-wise

I would like to thank the environmental science students of Bekeh Rottenberg’s class at Da Vinci High School for their excellent presentation of the facts regarding the current water challenges faced by the Davis community. Last week at the International House, the students presented a comprehensive overview of the current system now in operation in […]

Give our chancellor a chance

The recent events involving the protesting students at UC Davis created an unnatural storm on the UCD campus and caused complex reactions by many citizens of the university, the city of Davis and beyond. There are signs that the storm is abating, and hopefully, this will never happen again. The students have a right to […]

Join Davis’ weekly peace vigil

This Saturday, the Davis Community Peace Vigil will begin its 11th year with its weekly witness for peace. On the first Saturday in December 2001, the Davis Friends Meeting began a peace vigil on the G Street Plaza as an expression of profound horror at the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The vigil is an expression of our […]

Do what’s right for business

When I read recently that Davis Diamonds Gymnastics was seeking to relocate to a larger facility in South Davis, several thoughts crossed my mind when I also discovered the city had denied the application based on the zoning for the proposed location. While not surprised, I was equally as disheartened and, frankly, embarrassed for all […]

College football: It’s all about money

“At Georgia Southern we don’t cheat. That costs money and we don’t have any.” — Erk Russell, 1926-2006 It’s certainly not breaking news to say so, but major college football is all about money. This was reconfirmed for me on Sunday evening, when it was announced that the No. 7 ranked team in the country, […]

Losing touch with their son

Dear Annie: My husband and I have three adult sons. The oldest and youngest are married, but the middle son (age 56) is not. He has his own house in our neighborhood and has had a younger man living with him for many years. We assume our son is gay, which is fine, but he […]

Guard against airborne toxins

Although not an Occupy protester, I did happen to be sitting downwind last month when some of the hazardous substances hit me in the face. Standing up to run, I held my breath and squinted my eyes to minimize immediate physical effects. I took the long way around to the upwind side of the man […]

Seize this moment to teach

Watching the Occupy movement evolve over the past several months from camping in urban parks to protesting at and occupying college campuses, I am disappointed in the responses by those campuses. Responses have ranged from tolerance to assault — as we in Davis bore witness to not long ago. None that I am aware of […]