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Gail Collins: The season of the twitch

By Gail Collins Some of you appear to be very, very worried about which party is going to win control of the Senate in November. Really, you should stop for a while. Take a break. No fretting about undecided voters until there’s at least a minimal chance that the undecided voters know who’s running. Right […]

Keeping hydrogen highway clean

Cleaner air, that’s the aim of about $30 million in “hydrogen highway” grants given each year by the California Energy Commission to companies that will build refueling stations for the hydrogen fuel cell cars due to hit the road between now and 2017. But the commission has had great difficulty keeping its own grant-giving process […]

Chamber PAC puts candidates to the test

If you go What: Chamber PAC’s City Council candidates debate When: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 Where: Community Chambers at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. Admission: Free By Steve Greenfield The Davis Chamber Political Action Committee members will be interviewing all five City Council candidates in advance of Wednesday’s debate to better understand the candidates’ views on […]

Drowning in student loan debt

Millions of hard-working Americans — not just college students — have a stake in the country’s $1.2 trillion student loan debt crisis. Economists and policymakers are increasingly concerned about our nation’s staggering student loan debt and its crippling effect on generations of borrowers whose loans are holding them back from purchasing a home or car, […]

Stop our slide into municipal bankruptcy

By Michael Bisch Whether Davis’ slide into bankruptcy is impossible to stop or prevent is debatable. What’s indisputable is that the city is rapidly headed toward fiscal insolvency in the absence of a significant course correction. In the June election, Davis voters have an opportunity to weigh in to prevent our fiscal demise. No, I’m […]

Be the change in youth sports

Considering the attention paid to the Davis High School volleyball coaching assignment and the impossible task handed to the school board, I was looking forward to an Enterprise review of John O’Sullivan’s “Changing the Game” presentation on Friday, March 21, sponsored by the Davis Parent University. Kudos to the University parent organization — it was […]

They want different things

Dear Annie: I’m in my early 50s and have been married to “Ralph” for two years. At first, he was attentive and romantic, sending flowers and writing cards. We went on frequent weekend trips where we would focus only on each other. In the past year, Ralph’s job responsibilities tripled, and so did his stress […]

The judges have spoken

It’s been years since I’ve written a letter to the editor. But I wanted to highlight what I consider to be a remarkable event that has just occurred in Yolo County. We have an election coming up in less than two months — on June 3. One of the ballot choices we have is an […]

House of the (near) future

Congratulations to the folks at UC Davis and American Honda Motor Company for creating the energy-efficient house of the “near” future. Many of us in the environmental design fields have been hoping for this kind of self-sufficient, joint development of “electric vehicle-plus-integrated photovoltaic house” for more than a decade. This promises to set a high […]

Pick up the phone to help Ukraine

Russian President Putin has expressed concern about ethnic Russians in Ukraine, and might use that concern as an excuse to invade mainland Ukraine.  This excuse must be firmly rebuffed.  I therefore post the following urgent message to anyone who has friends/relatives in Ukraine: Please call or e-mail them to ask them to spread the word […]

Cheers and Jeers: Keeping the streets safe

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week: CHEERS to the homeless man who picked up the bat from the sidewalk using a stick and some cardboard Sunday afternoon on the 500 block of Second Street. When a passerby asked him what he was doing, he […]

Unprecedented conservative backing for minimum wage hike

From the moment Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed America’s first minimum wage law in 1938 (25 cents per hour, or $11 a week), conservatives have fought increases every time and everywhere they’ve been proposed. It would cost millions of jobs, industrialists and business interests argue every time anyone tries to boost the minimum. Meanwhile, executive salaries […]

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