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Will Davis see river water?

According to the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency, “The regional project will replace deteriorating groundwater supplies with safe, more reliable surface water supplies from the Sacramento River.” However, according to a release from the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, a study published Aug. 19 states, “Center for Watershed Sciences colleagues Ted Grantham and Joshua Viers […]

Perfectly good playground?

I read somewhere the other day where one of our more affluent Davis residents was complaining about the city spending money to tear down a “perfectly good playground” in Central Park and replacing it with a more elaborate (and expensive) play structure. The writer obviously did not give a (expletive deleted) about the disabled kids […]

Work on gun control instead

If the odds of Davis having a school active-shooter situation or a barricaded hostage confrontation are high enough to warrant us owning a Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle, doesn’t this mean it’s time for us to start working on gun control? From what I know of recent school shootings, by the time the MRAP would arrive at […]

Military has too much money

Last week’s news of the transfer of a Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle from the U.S. military to the Davis police force was rather upsetting. This is Davis, not ISIS ! When the military can give away 435 armored vehicles, 432 MRAPs, 94,000 machine guns and 533 airplanes, they clearly have way, way too much money. Mind […]

Put flowers in our hair

If the Department of Defense won’t take the monster non-tank back to send to some lucky country waging sectarian violence, how about bronzing it and parking it in the grassy area in front of Pluto’s? Students would be sure to see it there. We could name it “History Repeats.” We could sell flowers to stick […]

Give cops the ability to protect

Consider this side to the story. Davis is no longer isolated from the rest of the world. As reported in The Davis Enterprise during the past five to 10 years, there has been an increase in crimes — burglaries, attempted carjackings and assaults from out-of-town “guests” exiting Interstate 80. We know that we cannot pass legislation […]

Don’t let MRAP be a tool for bigger mistakes

By Martha West I recommend that everyone in Davis, particularly police officers, read professor Michelle Alexander’s book, “The New Jim Crow” (2010). In the first two or three chapters, she tells the history of the militarization of local police departments, beginning in the Reagan administration. The federal government’s provision of funds and equipment to local […]

Yes, mother’s milk is best

By Lizeth Betancourt As National Breastfeeding Awareness Month comes to a close, the Yolo County Health Services Department reminds us that breastfeeding is one of the most natural and beneficial acts a mother can do for her child. In Yolo County, breastfeeding is supported year-round, as evidenced by California Department of Public Health data showing […]

Parents could use a hand at home

Dear Annie: We are perplexed as to the actions of our grown children. We were not perfect parents, but consider ourselves to have been pretty good. Our kids grew up in a nice home where friends were welcome, and they were involved in church and extracurricular activities. Now that they have their own homes, my […]

Obama risks alienating Latinos

For the past 20 years — ever since passage in 1994 of California’s abortive anti-illegal immigrant Proposition 187 — Democrats here and around America have increasingly depended on Latino votes. The 2.5 million California Hispanics who became citizens and registered to vote in the three years after the passage Prop. 187, with its bans on undocumented children […]

A water plan for all of California

By John Garamendi Everyone agrees that California’s aging water infrastructure is insufficient for our present and future needs. When the California Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown negotiated the final language of the water bond, we monitored their work with trepidation. Had the proposed $25 billion twin-tunnels boondoggle been included, it would have divided our state and […]

She thought they were so close …

Dear Annie: I have been married to a wonderful man for 30 years. We have a large, supportive, loving family on both sides. I love my mother-in-law dearly. We have always had a wonderful, close relationship. Here’s the problem. In Mom’s will, it states that if she passes away before my husband, he receives the […]

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