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Is there really a fiscal crisis?

We’ve been told that the city is in such bad financial shape that we’ll be voting soon on whether to approve an increase and extension to Davis’ sales tax to raise many millions extra for the city’s general fund. We’ve been told that without the increased sales tax, the only way for the city to […]

Let kids build character

Boy, what a mess. To be clear, I don’t have a dog in the Peterson/Crawford fight — don’t know either party. What I do have, though, are a number of questions. Why wasn’t the Peterson family complaint handled internally? In recent years, families have donated, through the Davis Schools Foundation, hundreds — sometimes thousands — […]

Can she trust this one?

Dear Annie: After 35 years of marriage, my abusive husband asked for a divorce. I had stayed for the children’s sake, but now know that was a mistake. Children grow up thinking abuse is normal. Since the divorce, I have fallen in love with “Derek.” Derek and his ex-wife both engaged in affairs when the […]

Arab world is hungry for knowledge

Since March 2, professor Hossam Haick has been teaching the first massive open online course, or MOOC, on nanotechnology in Arabic. What’s more interesting, though, he explained to me the other day over breakfast, is some of the curious email he’s received from students registering for his MOOC from all over the Arab world. Their […]

Kansas isn’t as flat as you think

By Jerome E. Dobson and Joshua S. Campbell Which U. S. state is flattest? In a recent nationwide poll, 33 percent of respondents said Kansas and 23 percent said Florida. Florida is correct by any measure. Its highest point is only 345 feet above sea level, so no local view can have much relief. Yet […]

Brown called lazy, vulnerable

Jerry Brown has been called a lot of things in his 45-year political career, from “Gov. Moonbeam” to “the old man,” but no one ever accused him of being a do-nothing dud of a politician. Until now. Changing the state’s school-funding formula, balancing the budget after years of deficit, proposing a massive water transportation plan […]

Rethinking our town’s energy future

By Mark Braly, Gerald Braun, Richard Bourne, William Knox, Alan Pryor and Eugene Wilson We have been thinking about a different energy future for Davis. Imagine: * Almost every dollar Davis residents and businesses spend on electrical energy stays in Davis. * All of the community’s electrical power is provided by local sources — mostly […]

Parking in downtown Davis: supply, policy or pricing issue?

Why is it so hard to park in downtown Davis at selected times? I sat through a year of meetings on a task force that was asked to look into the downtown parking situation. The recommendations of that task force were made public at a City Council meeting in December. On Tuesday, March 25, the […]

The scourge of child abuse

By Connie Valentine Did you know April is both National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month? Child abuse is something nobody wants to talk about. Child sexual abuse is something absolutely nobody wants to talk about. But child sexual abuse is happening all over the place. It happens to at least a quarter of […]

Need an investigation? Ask a nearby district

By Phil Coleman In a recent editorial, The Enterprise criticized the Davis school district’s decision to spend in excess of $22,000 to fund an independent investigation of a citizen complaint. The editorial followed numerous published public comments and columns that likewise deplored the investigation’s substantial cost. An outside investigator was judged necessary due to one […]

Still smoking after all these years

Dear Annie: From a young age, I understood the harmful effects of smoking, because my grandfather died of lung cancer just months before I was born. He began smoking in his teens, which is when most adults who smoke started. Getting kids hooked early is how tobacco companies ensure that a future generation buys their […]

I’m ready to redesign the redesigned SAT

After 10 years, the College Board is once again changing the SAT. It’s all about fitting questions to the real world, they say. I guess they have their ideas about the real world and I have mine. According to the College Board, “The redesigned SAT (to be released in 2016) will be more focused on […]

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