No surety on my donation

The commentary in The Davis Enterprise for Jan. 7 by Toni Smith and Bob Smith has prompted me to write. I have been donating to the Salvation Army for years, in various ways and from various locations. Early on, I made holiday contributions to the Men’s Rehabilitation Center in Sacramento, and always received a nicely typed and […]

January 16, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Thanks to ringers and donors

The Davis Salvation Army Committee would like to thank the many volunteers who rang the bell during the holiday kettle drive. The bell-ringing earned $22,090.35. The bell was ringing at the Davis Farmers Market, CVS/pharmacy on East Covell Boulevard, the Davis post office, Davis Ace Hardware and The Avid Reader. The following groups rang for […]

January 20, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Boys feel community’s love

The children at Progress Ranch had a very special holiday experience due to the loving support of individuals and groups from Davis. The Sunset Rotary Club of Davis started off the season with a decorating party that included a new tree with all the trimmings. The Soroptimist Club of Davis presented each child with a […]

January 14, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

I oppose Israel’s policies

On the Forum page of The Enterprise on Dec. 30 there was a column by Tom Elias called “Union Vote Exposes Extent of Campus Anti-Semitism.” I strongly disagree with Tom’s analysis. Although Jewish myself, I support a two-state solution to the Palestinian issue in the Middle East, and find Israel’s actions unconscionable as it slowly builds […]

January 15, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Israeli government is the target

In his column on campus anti-Semitism (Dec. 30), Tom Elias, whose writing I always respect, obliges me to respond with added perspective and accurate terminology. As an outsider to the unending struggle between Israel and Palestine — except as a taxpaying contributor to our immense supplements to one side — I hesitate to offer the […]

January 15, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Empathizing with frustration

In our not-for-profit Sutter Health network, we are the doctors and nurses who care for you — and care about you. For many, we are lifelong partners, and we value the mutual bonds that we have created. Regrettably, for our patients with Blue Shield insurance, those bonds are being threatened. Sutter Health has been unable […]

January 15, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Moderate Muslims must address this

I share Hamza El-Nakhal’s shock, fury and condemnation of the hideous Islamist terrorist attack at the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris (Enterprise, Jan. 8). Of course, El-Nakhal doesn’t use the term “Islamist,” and informs us, as he always does, that Islam is a “religion of peace.” However, to convey this, he selectively quotes one of […]

January 13, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

PUC chief departs, but bad decisions live on

After 12 years of favoring big utility companies over individual consumers, Michael Peevey has at last left the California Public Utilities Commission. But many of his ill-considered — some say corrupt — decisions will linger on. Peevey departed in a carefully stage-managed mid-December commission meeting, forced by scandal to abandon previous plans to seek reappointment […]

January 13, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Local economy gathering steam

By Daniel Parrella, Michael Bisch, Bill Habicht, Matthew Miller and Alex Rossbach As a startup community begins to flourish, access to capital and innovative leasing space is crucial to its long-term health. A steady flow of financing from angel groups and venture capital firms can mean the difference between a startup burning out and a […]

January 13, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Where there’s a will …

Dear Annie: I am married to one of four siblings who dutifully took care of their aged parents until their mother died a few years ago. Daddy, in his mid-80s, met a bevy of women at his new upscale care facility and proposed marriage to one of them within two weeks. She turned him down, […]

At worst, it’s a bit tacky

Dear Annie: Several years ago, my husband of 45 years took an aerobics class composed of six students — four women and two men. The instructor, “Lynette,” is single and in her late 40s. Over time, the group became friendly and would socialize for an hour or so after workouts. Even when my husband stopped taking the […]

Are we there yet? Oh, we’re keeping the boat, Jerry

I rarely say this to anyone for fear of sounding like I drink champagne from fine crystal with my pinky pointing skyward, but we have a boat. We aren’t fancy yachters or 1-percenters, though. In fact, some people might say our boat is a junker. My husband would be one of those “some people.” The […]

January 11, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

A message to homicidal religious fanatics — try using Giraffe Power

In the aftermath of the slaughter at the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris this week, it’s impossible to think of much else. As I sit and write this, the two remaining radical Islamic assassins, as well as their comrade, were just shot and killed by French police. Vive la France! Sadly, three innocent hostages died […]

January 11, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,