Respond to hate by building community

By Rabbi Alan Rabishaw, et. al As members of the Board of Rabbis of Greater Sacramento, we raise our voices to decry the despicable vandalism against the Alpha Epsilon Pi Jewish fraternity in Davis, which runs counter to all the values of respect and decency that we hold dear. We denounce this abhorrent act of […]

February 03, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Hate crime misrepresented

With its banner headline, “Middle East Tensions Flare Up at UCD” (Sunday), The Enterprise has fanned the very flames of mistrust that it purports to be chronicling. The report that the UC Davis chancellor is addressing calls for divestment from Israel may belong under that heading, but the fact that someone has painted swastikas on a Jewish […]

February 03, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Curious defamation references

There was a most curious statement by a “coalition of student groups” quoted in The Enterprise article, “Jewish Fraternity Vandalism Classified a Hate Crime,” published Sunday. The statement focused on a noose, a “defamed” dove, the designation “terrorist” and the possibility the divestment movement will be seen as inspiring the vandalism. After setting up itself […]

February 03, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Our similarities exceed our differences

By Hamza El-Nakhal I am very proud of the coalition of UC Davis students and campus organizations as well as Chancellor Linda Katehi, all of whom condemned the hate action against the Jewish community of Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity (a swastika painted on the building). I join my voice to theirs in condemning this action […]

February 03, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Intense joy, intense sorrow at UC Davis

We are Jewish UC Davis students committed to human rights and justice in Israel-Palestine. Last week we felt both intense joy and intense sorrow. First and foremost, we are so gratified to be part of a campus community that affirms justice and nonviolence. Last week, the ASUCD Senate called upon the University of California Board of Regents […]

February 03, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Vacations have their own soundtrack

Dear Annie: I am close to my parents, and my husband and I love to visit them when we’re in town. We always stay in their home, not only because it is convenient for us, but because I know my mother would be upset if we didn’t. The problem is my sister and her children. […]

Help a veteran feel loved

Dear Annie: Each February, Americans participate in the National Salute to Veteran Patients by visiting and volunteering at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers, and by sending valentines and letters of thanks to those who have protected our nation. This year’s National Salute is February 8-14, and we again encourage communities across the […]

Three old ideas going, going, gone

Times are changing, mostly thanks to technology, and some things are aging out of our culture. If they remain, they’ve lost their meaning or their power. One robust information source, for example, used to be the telephone area code. The numbers were carefully planned. When area codes were first implemented in the 1950s and 60s, […]

February 01, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Super Bowl Sunday: The best day to do anything except watch the Super Bowl

I am a bad American. While the entire country is fixated on the Super Bowl, I’ll be gloriously out of step. What will I be doing instead that’s more fun? Oh, I don’t know… laundry? What is the appeal. And not just football. Baseball, basketball … all professional sports. I could maybe — maybe! — grasp the […]

February 01, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

They’re experienced and honest

Years ago, I used to do all my own automotive repair work. That was back in the day when looking under the hood was not as mysterious as it is now. Today, if you are anything like me, auto repair has become nearly impossible for the backyard mechanic. Fortunately, in Davis we have Center City […]

February 01, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Toy drive was a big success

We would like to send a big thank you to all those amazing families who donated to the fourth annual UC Davis Children’s Hospital Toy Drive during the holidays. With your generous support ,we were able to donate more than 130 new toys to the UCD Children’s Hospital Child Life Program for distribution to kids who […]

February 01, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

One-way street solves dilemma

I have a solution for the B Street dilemma. Bicyclists want their path clear of cars and trash. Homeowners want room for parking visitor cars and delivery vehicles, and trash cans, recycle bins and garden waste piles that need to be set out. This can all be done by making the narrow part of B Street one-way north. There […]

February 01, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

How much drinking is too much?

By Jim Cotter, MD, MPH On the first Monday of each month, my local newspaper publishes a list of local DUI convictions for the previous month (which of course, I scan carefully for people I may know). Along with the list is a guideline for avoiding a DUI: “if you weigh 150-169 pounds, three drinks […]

Ensure that you’re protected against measles

By Constance Caldwell, M.D. There has been a lot in the news about a recent outbreak of measles linked to a Disney amusement park in Orange County, with more than 70 cases now confirmed in California and several in other states as well. What is measles and who is at risk? Who exactly needs to be vaccinated? Measles […]

February 01, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,