School employees should pull together

We should band together — that means everyone who earns their income from the Davis Joint Unified School District. The money man, who seems honorable and honest, calculates the true deficit, takes the district payroll, figures out how much is needed to make ends meet, then the district asks everyone to reduce their salaries at […]

February 21, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Strong schools help us all

My two children have attended Davis public schools since kindergarten. We have been blessed with wonderful teachers and an enriched program that includes science and music instruction at the elementary school level. My children have greatly benefited from these programs. Strong public schools help everyone in the community by making Davis a desirable place to […]

February 21, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

An appeal to UC Davis students

Exercising your right to vote is a privilege we shouldn’t ignore. In many countries, citizens are fighting for the right to vote at this very moment. In our own community of Davis, voters are mailing in ballots as we speak for Measure C, which will continue to fund classroom programs, music, science and libraries in […]

February 21, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Obama gets tough on leaks

The issue: This administration has brought more prosecutions for providing classified information to the media than every previous administration combined In the book “All the President’s Men,” about the unraveling of the Watergate scandal, a Washington Post reporter describes meeting “Deep Throat,” his principal source, clandestinely in a dark underground parking garage, a bit of […]

February 22, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Swiss take lead in cleaning up space junk

The issue: The Chinese should be the first customer for the new janitor satellite The Swiss — and more power to them — are taking their noted national characteristics of tidiness and cleanliness to space. In a development long overdue among space-faring nations, the Swiss are building what is being called a “janitor satellite” to […]

February 23, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Feds don’t want you driven to distraction

The issue: The allure of our gadgets is so great that automakers are being asked to install safeguards Americans are both extremely sociable and gadget-obsessed. While these two generally admirable traits have led to many exciting innovations, when combined with driving a car they can be dangerous and even lethal. FEDERAL SAFETY officials say an […]

March 01, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Voting is an exercise in confusion

I know I have until March 6 to do this, but today is as good as any to dig through the pile of bills on the kitchen table and find my “all-mail” ballot for the Measure C showdown. I’ve tried to make this an exercise in democracy for the too-young-to-vote set in this household, but […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

What’s it like to get noticed by the big boys?

This column is entirely my idea. Davis resident Janice Bridge, who recently experienced more than 15 minutes of fame in this newspaper and elsewhere, would have been happy for me not to write it, but I was too darn curious. What’s it like to be featured in the New York Times? How does the Times […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Congratulations, gay couples, just try to stay out of the footlocker

* Editor’s note: Debra is taking some time off and, in honor of the recent ruling of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declaring California’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, has updated and refreshed a column that originally ran on June 12, 2008. Let me say, right off the bat, that I don’t care […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Trouble hits the “Like” button

Dear Annie: My 20-year-old nephew has been a troubled youth, despite all the attempts of his family to help him, including counseling and rehab. When he was 18, he became involved with a messed-up 14-year-old girl who used drugs, alcohol and sex to get her way. A year ago, my nephew’s family moved out of […]

February 18, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Fast-food diners agree to downsize meals

Most patrons of fast-food shops are regularly asked if they’d like to “value size” or increase the portions of their meal for a few cents more. Experts say supersized meals and a “clean plate” culture largely contribute to a national obesity rate among adults greater than 33 percent. But for a few weeks at a […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Does a 2-year-old notice this sort of thing?

Dear Annie: I have two daughters, ages 5 and 2. My in-laws favor the older girl. They buy her more presents, give her more money and pay way more attention to her than to her sister. They almost seem obsessed with her. As soon as she walks in the door, they grab her and make […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Don’t ask more of teachers

Recent items in The Davis Enterprise made a surprising call for pay cuts and a shortened academic year. Measure C results aren’t in, the state budget hasn’t been passed, and community input has not been sought — and, yet, district officials and individuals are already arguing that we have to look to the classroom for […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,