Which is the greater public enemy?

The front page of the Aug. 30 edition of The Davis Enterprise juxtaposes two items: The leading story exclaims “UC sees rise in high earners” and the secondary item proclaims “County thwarts welfare thieves.” One can only wonder which of the two is the greater public enemy? These two items succinctly reflect the problem with our divided […]

Retiree benefits are of great concern

After reading the recent article regarding the city budget, I was motivated to write this letter. There is an apparent $2.5 million shortfall in this year’s city budget. The question posed to the small group of citizens present was, what services should be cut and/or saved? One million of the $2.5 million is to be […]

UC librarians are underpaid

Thank you for highlighting the article about University of California salaries. Decisions being made about salaries are very confusing. On the one hand, high-level employees seem to easily obtain raises but librarians have been told that if we pursue bargaining for increased salaries, the merit increases due one-third of librarians will be withheld. These merit […]

Abundant supply of healthy water

I recently retired after practicing pediatrics for 35 years. When counseling parents and children on nutrition and weight issues, I recommended water as a healthier alternative to sugar-based sodas and sport drinks. Thanks to the foresight and planning of the Davis City Council and the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency, we will have an abundant and […]

Don’t miss chance for water

Yogi Berra said: “This is like dèjá vu all over again.” In 1958, Davis and other entities in Yolo County were offered water rights as part of building the new Monticello Dam (Lake Berryessa). Most, including Davis, said no. Wisely, UC Davis accepted water rights for 4,000 acre-feet. The decision not to accept the water […]

I’ve planned my next step; will Obama follow suit?

I have a friend who used to write editorials for the New York Times. “It was the pinnacle,” he admitted over dinner recently in Chicago where he moved for the sake of his kids, took a job with the Chicago Tribune, and later became a college professor. Although I’ve read some of Don’s writing, I […]

It’s a felony to record police back, back, back in the USSA

So, while the police are watching the public, who’s watching the police? Years ago, the answer to that was, “Good question.” But the invention of the camcorder changed all that. Now the answer is “The public.” The flashpoint was a 1991 bystander’s videotape that caught four Los Angeles police officers beating Rodney King after he […]

Picking up the pieces after a suicide

Dear Annie: Recently, my 49-year-old sister committed suicide. She lived with my partner and me for the last 18 months. I find it harder each day to understand why this happened. I am upset, angry, troubled and confused. My sister was bipolar and on medication. She had attempted suicide before, but tried to fight the […]

A plea to mom and dad

School has started, and on my walk around the North Davis greenbelt one recent morning, several family groups passed by, parents accompanying their children to school on bikes. Out of five parents, only one had on a helmet. Please, we know we lead by example, that children will follow what we do, not just what […]

If you build it, they will come

I would like to share a snippet of my life as a retail business owner in downtown Davis for the past 30 years. The reason for this letter is to support the building of the Third/Fourth/E/F retail and parking structure project. After managing various shops in the downtown area for many years (remember Tarika and […]

They went above and beyond

I stupidly left my wallet atop a fuel dispenser at a gas station in Walnut Creek on Sunday afternoon. Discovering my error and returning to the station 10 minutes later, it was gone. I received a call the next morning that Clint and Stephanie DeKnikker of Davis had found the wallet and, rather than turn […]

Retail, parking project supports downtown

By Michael Bisch and Rosalie Paine The downtown plays a critical role in maintaining a sustainable Davis community, compact with greenbelts and surrounded by agricultural land. The downtown is the primary business, entertainment and cultural center of Davis — a hub of innovation and creativity and the extraordinary lifestyle center of the city. The Davis […]

Come together for better water

Professor Ed Schroeder (emeritus, civil and environmental engineering, UC Davis) really got it right in his commentary Tuesday: “Better water is needed, now.” Davis needs an alternative water supply. Total reliance on groundwater is a road to disaster. The supply is limited and of poor quality with selenium and nitrate pollution getting worse. We missed […]

With Irene, it was better to err on the side of caution

The issue: We’ve learned something since Katrina, but bickering over paying for the recovery suggests we’re not quite there yet From the safety of high ground and hindsight, the critics of government are now asserting that it overreacted to Hurricane Irene in ordering mass evacuations, road closures and the shutdown of New York City’s transportation […]