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Boss owns the conversation, too

Dear Annie: I work in an office with nine other people. For some reason, my boss likes to share every boring detail of her personal life with us. We smile, listen politely and laugh at her “hilarious” anecdotes. This might be bearable if she showed any interest in our lives, but she doesn’t. Occasionally, with […]

Animals just want to live, too

It was terribly shocking and upsetting to read “New Dixon Facility Raises Hopes for Lamb Industry” on the front page of The Enterprise! As if slaughtering infant sentient beings is something to raise hopes over. I had no idea that Dixon had a lamb-slaughtering facility. Very shocking and upsetting that humans can be so heartless and […]

Is Davis really a safe sanctuary?

By David Krueger Davis is such a special place. In fact, it’s so special my wife and I aggressively campaigned for my father to move here from Fresno, because Fresno was becoming increasingly unsafe. Seven years ago he agreed to leave Fresno, starting over in Davis, the safer alternative. At 77 years old in 2008, […]

All roads lead to California

California vehicle and fuel policies shape U.S., global priorities By F. Noel Perry and Gustavo Collantes   With the state working to expand its landmark energy and climate efforts beyond 2020 and considering a policy to cut oil use by 50 percent by 2030, understanding the successes and challenges of California’s current innovative policies to […]

Turns out it wasn’t so much fun

Dear Annie: After 14 years of marriage, my husband, “Ron,” left me for another woman. Here’s how it happened: For several years, friends had dinner with us once a week. One day, they brought along “Fran,” a recently widowed woman they took under their wing. Ron initially told me he found her vulgar, overweight, unattractive […]

Fifth Street traffic a concern

We’ve lived in Davis only two years and appreciate why so many of us consider this city special. It’s the people and the environment these people have created, inherited and tended. We lived in and around San Jose, tolerating tangible decade-to-decade increases in congestion, noise, air pollution and myriad assaults on tranquility. Ever have a 1½-hour […]

Hotel approval process criticized

Regarding the City Council’s approval of the Richards Boulevard hotel/conference center: Councilwoman Rochelle Swanson, trying to rationalize hasty approval of the hotel/conference center, was quoted as saying, “We tend to do this. We have everything lined up, but wait, but wait, but wait.” Rochelle can’t wait? How would she do crossing a street busy with traffic? Would […]

Adopt a low-violence diet

I am writing in response to the letter to the editor describing the “cruel” treatment of plants in comparison to animals. When people make this argument, they seem to forget that they, too, eat plants. Therefore, not only are they eating and “harming” plants, they are also harming the animals and the crops grown to […]

Make sustainable food choices

The Davis High School lambs are long gone, whisked away to the Yolo County Fair. By now they may be among the 1,400 lambs that Superior Farms will kill at  its expanded Dixon slaughterhouse. If they kill 24 hours a day, that’s about one lamb per minute. The Davis High lambs spent weeks in tiny, […]

Sign up for elementary music

This coming week, elementary parents of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders can enroll their child in the school elementary music program. All that is required is that first-year students and parents attend one of the parent meetings. For strings players, those meetings are held at Patwin Elementary, 2222 Shasta Drive, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 […]

How to solve the traffic jam on Richards Boulevard

Last week, the Davis City Council approved a giant hotel project on Richards Boulevard. Much of the discussion focused on how this development might add to the traffic problems leading into downtown Davis. Whether it will make matters much worse is debatable. What is not is the fact that we already have bad congestion through that underpass […]

Minor gets behind the wheel

Dear Annie: My family has lost their minds and is letting my 14-year-old nephew drive around on open roads, sometimes in busy areas. He drives with his mother and grandmother. I think this is beyond crazy. He could hit, maim or kill someone, or drive off the road and hurt himself. The consequences are beyond […]

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