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Davis Childspree a big success

The Davis Salvation Army Committee would like to thank the 70 volunteers who donated their time to our annual Childspree. The volunteers chaperoned 70 Davis schoolchildren as they shopped for back-to-school clothes at JCPenney on Saturday, Aug. 17. JCPenney in Woodland opened its doors at 7:30 a.m. for the children. We would like to thank […]

Trick-or-treat in our neighborhoods

Halloween Day is fast approaching. This letter is a plea to the merchants of Davis to please step back (stop giving out treats) and let the children return to their own and nearby neighborhoods for trick-or-treating. Last year, The Enterprise reported that “thousand of pounds of candy” were handed out. I’m sure my household was […]

What do we do with extra trash?

On Sunday, in his letter to the editor, Bill Wagman asked, among other questions, what would be done with his old trash can if he traded for a smaller one. An editor’s note referred us for answers to a story by Tom Sakash published Oct. 1. That story doesn’t tell us what will happen to […]

Confessions of a chronic downtown re-parker

By Bill P. I enjoyed reading the article regarding the Downtown Parking Task Force on Thursday, Oct. 3. After years of denial, I am now ready to admit, I am a Chronic Downtown Employee Re-Parker. It started when I moved into my office in the heart of downtown in 2001. For several years, I parked […]

Germany votes for Merkel at home, austerity abroad

The issue: Election ratifies chancellor’s status as the most influential politician in Europe Even though the immediate postwar Europe is a fading memory, Germans still opt for stability and familiarity when they head to the polls. They did so again last month, by giving Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose personal style is caution verging on monotony, […]

Now they’re in the line of fire

Dear Annie: When our daughter was a child, she had emotional issues and extensive anger management problems. With tremendous concern and love, we got her professional support and therapy, and ultimately, our daughter learned the skills to control herself. What we did not do was tell extended family members of these private problems. We had […]

Whoops! Wider canal needed

There was an error in my Friday column substituting for Bob Dunning. The width of the canal should have been 35 feet and not 5 feet. Such a narrow waterway would not admit Dave Rosenberg’s yacht, Judge Not. Dave Allen Davis

ACA targets kids’ dental care

Everyone won as a result of the vote regarding fluoridation of the water at the City Council meeting last Tuesday. Those who opposed it, either because of the fluoride inclusion or because of the cost, won. Those who favored the fluoridation can point to an alternative that could be much more effective, if it works […]

City Council ignores science

Well, we didn’t see that coming. We thought our “progressive” town of Davis would see through the rhetoric and emotion and vote with the science-based assertion that fluoridation is a good thing. We thought the City Council would look to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Dental Association, U.S. surgeons general, and overwhelming […]

Fluoride foes have a job to do

During the City Council meeting that decided the fluoridation issue, but before any decision was handed down, a young man approached me. He wanted to convince me fluoridating the city’s water was not a good option to fight tooth decay. But when I simply asked him to propose alternatives, there was dead silence. In fact, […]

Council should do its real work

I am so relieved that saner minds, sort of, prevailed in our recent fluoridation debacle. What troubled me most about this whole issue was the fact that we were even going down that path in the first place. Since when does providing health care for the masses come under the purview of the city of […]

Great public health achievement

“For 65 years, community water fluoridation has been a safe and healthy way to effectively prevent tooth decay. CDC has recognized water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.”  — Website of the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control. Brian Sway Davis

Fluoride vote is embarrassing

As the Sacramento Bee stated in an editorial Friday, Councilman Dan Wolk was the only member of the City Council with enough courage to recommend the implementation of fluoride in the new water project for the city of Davis. It’s embarrassing that our other leaders were unwilling to acknowledge the broad support of the scientific […]

Congress won’t even come to the table on the Farm Bill

The issue: It’s time for lawmakers to leave politics aside and get on with setting food and nutrition policy Congress, now wrestling with how to get the government running again, also is missing its deadline to set long-term agriculture policy. The Senate and House have yet to meet to work out differences in their very […]

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