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Thanks for taking on this problem

Thank, thank you, thank you … I am so in agreement with the views and opinions of this “stakeholders group” in Davis. I have been concerned for a while about the increasing numbers of panhandlers and even the boldness of their ability to gain handouts. I have seen a pregnant woman stand on the corner asking […]

Speak out

President Hon. Barack Obama, The White House, Washington, D.C., 20502; 202-456-1111; fax: 202-456-2461; email: president@whitehouse.gov U.S. Senate Sen. Barbara Boxer, 112 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; 202-224-3553; email: visit http://boxer.senate.gov/contact/webform.cfm Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 331 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; 202-224-3841; fax: 202-228-3954; email: visit http://feinstein.senate.gov/email.html House of Representatives Rep. John Garamendi (3rd District), 2438 Rayburn […]

I give with no strings attached

By the Rev. Jeff Irwin I was not going to send this letter, figuring that the “homeless” issue in our town was being discussed thoughtfully and without scapegoating people on our streets by our community, but the recurring headlines, data-gathering and anecdotal storytelling have prompted me to send this in. I wrote the following in […]

Stop drumming up fear of the homeless

By Ellen Cohen The Davis “stakeholders group” is at it again. For the second time in less than two weeks, the “No Handouts for the Homeless” campaign made the front page of The Enterprise. This particular article features a large man wearing soiled clothing lying on the sidewalk in front of Bizarro World on E Street […]

Don’t lose Davis’ generous spirit

By Mary Ann Kirsch I am writing on behalf of the Interfaith Rotating Winter Shelter in response to Dave Ryan’s June 24 article, “No Handouts for Homeless.” I represent 2,000-plus volunteers who have come to know the unsheltered people of Davis in the past seven years of the shelter operation. First, the article states that […]

The searing hypocrisy of the West

* Editor’s note: “In the past week, there has been a huge escalation of violence as Israel attacks Gaza,” writes Mikos Fabersunne of Davis, representing the Davis Committee for Palestinian Rights. As usual, Hamas is accused as the culprit. The following article, written by Palestinian Susan Abulhawa, condensed by the Davis Committee for Palestinian Rights […]

Misplaced generosity? Trust your conscience

The issue: It’s impossible to leave emotion out of the decision to help the needy Even in a society as affluent as ours, and even in an especially well-off suburban garden like Davis, the problem of homelessness defies a permanent solution. LIVING ON the margins of our idyllic little city, supported by an unusually extensive network of charitable […]

Fact or fiction on the Net?

Chelle Cordero It’s been said that sometimes a little knowledge is dangerous. It is easy to look up health care information online, but is self-diagnosis using the information you find the healthy thing to do? Internet sites that offer “a healthy dose of FREE medical info” also can cause a lot of anxiety and “cyberchondria” […]

Deep down, is he still a dog?

Dear Annie: I am having a hard time forgetting my boyfriend’s past. Before we met, he subscribed to girlie magazines, went to strip clubs, bought lap dances, etc. I have always felt those things are degrading and disrespectful to women. He also has said he fantasizes about other women. Whenever I see him staring at […]

Cheers and Jeers: A team effort helped save Winters from flames

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week: CHEERS to CalFire crews and the thousands of reinforcements sent from local fire agencies who protected Winters and its environs from the Monticello Fire. The thick, brittle brush, incredibly dry conditions, high heat and gusty winds could have […]

Survey is not an excuse for more bloat

By Laura Finley In April 2014, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault issued a series of recommendations for college and university campuses related to responding to and preventing sexual assault. Given that one in five college-aged women endure a sexual assault, the White House is to be applauded for prioritizing […]

Just not all that interested

Dear Annie: I am a 42-year-old single man who has never been married or even been in a relationship. I’m perfectly content with this, but apparently, the people in my life are not. The truth is, I am not nor have I ever been attracted to either sex. I don’t know whether there is something […]

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