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The failures of capitalism

I love capitalism. I truly believe it is the best system in existence. Whether you want to call it greed or ambition, a capitalistic system drives people to seek success. As Warren Buffett said, it is this system that makes America the most successful country in the world, not something exceptional in the individuals that make […]

July 16, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

All law officers need Crisis Intervention Team training

By Bob Schelen Isla Vista. Fullerton. A Los Angeles freeway. These are all places where training in handling people with mental illness may have made a difference. In Isla Vista, someone might have noticed a behavior pattern that would have warranted a search or a 5150 hold, and a mass killing may have been stopped. […]

July 15, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Early prison releases are a political hazard, too

From early in his career, Gov. Jerry Brown has had a proclivity for dismissing problems with wisecracks or aphorisms. As early as 1975, in the first term of his first go-‘round as California’s top official, he mocked university professors’ pleas for pay raises by saying they didn’t need more money, but could make do with […]

July 15, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Don’t like the look of this storm

“You haven’t written about my illness,” my husband says. “That means it’s really affecting you.” He’s right. My silence in this column does mean his illness feels scary, as any heart ailment would. His illness is also complex and confusing. My heart is as troubled as his. Which leads me to an observation: getting older […]

July 13, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

And the rockets’ red glare lights up Winters once more

Enough’s enough. Now, I like the Winters Swim Team and Little League just as much as the next person. My kids participated on both. I was even a Little League coach for years. But this fireworks booth stuff? It needs to end. Either that, or Winters needs some groundbreaking city ordinances regarding “safe and sane […]

July 13, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Our library is cheap at the price

Glenn Rice (Enterprise, July 11) complains that Davis’ Stephens Branch Library charges too much for photocopying. Glenn Rice compares the library’s charges unfavorably to those of Fed Ex, Office Max and Copyland. Tell me, how many books can I borrow for free from Fed Ex, Office Max or Copyland? Glenn Rice also compares the Stephens […]

July 13, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

He’s the only one there

Dear Annie: My friend “Horace” is 75. He spends a lot of time with “Loretta,” a childhood friend who is experiencing some dementia. It is getting to the point where Loretta doesn’t remember how to do many of the things she used to be exceptional at, and of course, it makes her frustrated and agitated. […]

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 […]

July 13, 2014 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Speak out

President Hon. Barack Obama, The White House, Washington, D.C., 20502; 202-456-1111; fax: 202-456-2461; email: [email protected] 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 […]

July 13, 2014 | Posted in Forum | Tagged ,

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 […]

July 13, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 […]

July 13, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

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 […]

July 13, 2014 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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