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Battling ALS together, we walk on

By Cathy Speck It was 1971, in Davis, when my mom and dad asked us kids to sit down at the dinner table for a serious discussion. My parents had nine children, with four of us still living at home. We were a happy, active, warm family, and my mom had always been robust and […]

Counting the years and the ways we make it work

Tomorrow, Sept. 30, 2013, marks 35 years of marriage for my husband Bob and me. This is an important number, so I began this column a month ago. I recorded a series of incidents, all from September, with the goal of answering the question, “How did this marriage last 35 years?” ———— On Monday, Sept. […]

Fluoridation will be harmful to our environment

By Alan Pryor Today, our environment is assaulted with thousands of man-made toxins, from waste heavy metals and organic compounds in industrial air and water discharges; to pesticides released into our food, land and waterways; to airborne transportation-related pollutants. In addition to damaging our health, these chemicals are damaging our environment in a variety of […]

Just Us in Davis: Great schools for a great community

By Jonathan London The Davis Unified School District has initiated a strategic planning process to inform the future priorities, structures and resource allocations for our schools. While Davis is widely and largely appropriately credited as having great schools, there are clearly many areas for improvement. A thoughtful and participatory process to bring the Davis community […]

Putting nature to work to secure Solano’s drinking water supply

* Editor’s note: This is the last in a three-part series of articles by the Putah Creek Council to educate residents about a creek restoration project to improve water quality and wildlife habitat in and along Putah Creek. By Libby Earthman In 2010, Putah Creek Streamkeeper Rich Marovich, applied for and was awarded funding for […]

We say yes to fluoridation

The issue: This addition to our water supply would benefit us all The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recognized community water fluoridation as one of the 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century. It’s time for Davis residents to reap the benefits of fluoride in their water supply. THERE HAS […]

Lonely guy wants answers

Dear Annie: I am a 64-year-old male with decent looks and of average height. I’m a few pounds overweight, but I am not sloppy. I was married before, but have not had very much luck when it comes to the fairer sex. What sets me apart are two very obvious facts: One, I am disabled. […]

I hope my No. 1 Fan can read this from the great beyond — and smile

I’m going to tell you about my friend, Shirley Marks, one of our local characters. She passed away unexpectedly one random morning last week. Sure, she was in her 80s, and was looking a bit worn and thin lately, but don’t be fooled — she was still a firecracker. Truly, I didn’t see this coming. […]

Health insurance remains confusing

By Lee Bowman Whether or not you’re likely to shop for health insurance in the new exchanges set up under the 2010 Patient Responsibility and Affordable Care Act — otherwise known as “Obamacare” — now is a good time to brush up on your understanding of how health coverage works. Aside from the enrollment period for […]

She’s still looking around

Dear Annie: My wife of 25 years feels that emailing and texting male friends is nothing to be concerned about. By accident, I discovered she had visited one of these men when she was supposed to be at her girlfriend’s for the weekend. She swears nothing happened. But I checked her laptop and found photographs […]

What do you think? What’s the biggest bike-related problem in town?

Daisy Galvez student, Los Angeles: “Not wearing a helmet.” Emilia Sloane student, Davis: “Cars not looking out for bikes and not stopping.” Chris Lindsey military, Fairfield: “Bikes not paying attention, and the bike lanes aren’t clearly marked.” Bryan Teefy student, Amherst, Mass.: “I’m nervous I’m going to hit a bike while driving.” Eugene Long student, […]

We still need the Postal Service

I usually read Debra DeAngelo’s columns for her spunk; she is the Joan Rivers of The Davis Enterprise. But her Sunday farewell to the U.S. Postal Service, and paper communication, requires a response. I agree with DeAngelo about Congress’ requirement that USPS “pre-fund” retirement (i.e., pensions) for its employees for unheard-of years ahead. Congress surely […]

Learn the rules and abide by them

Driving a motor vehicle and riding a bike have a lot in common. There are many of the same rules of the road that lots of people do not adhere to. Making a left turn is done only when it is safe to do so and if there is an accident, the left-turn person is […]

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