We seek an inclusive society

Over the course of recent weeks, more than 30 governors across the country came out opposing accepting Syrian and Iraqi refugees into their states. Also during this time, the House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill opposing President Obama’s plan allowing these refugees. While we recognize the responsibility of our leaders to ensure […]

It’s a humanitarian issue

I am the granddaughter of Jewish immigrants who fled persecution only to find significant discrimination in the United States. No matter, they were grateful and proud to be here. Not all of my relatives fared so well because they could not escape; they had no place of refuge. They died in concentration camps or forests […]

Unstable biofuels policy threatens scientific, economic progress

By Debbie Yaver On Monday, Nov. 30, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is due to issue the final rule on the amount of renewable biofuels that will be blended into the nation’s fuel supply. The initial proposal — issued back in May — was a step backwards for the environment, for the economy and for science. Biofuels blending […]

Keep pets of the homeless toasty this winter

By Eileen M. Samitz Imagine that your stable life was suddenly changed due to a job loss or illness in the family, devastating your finances. The government system provides some services for people experiencing hard times. But there is no real system to help the beloved family pets who are greatly affected when people lose their […]

Too much info online

Dear Annie: A couple of months ago, I met a guy at a concert and he added me as his friend on Facebook. Except for that one encounter, I don’t really know him. Tonight, I was strolling through Facebook and noticed a very disturbing post he had made. It bothered me so much that I […]

Quick response from mayor

We are writing to thank Mayor Dan Wolk for helping to make our neighborhood safer for the kids who live here. We live in a cul-de-sac with 19 kids who constantly had cars racing down it trying to find a short-cut to the main road. Our dad sent an email to Mayor Wolk asking for help […]

Bang’s visit was entertaining

The Golden Valley 4-H Club Movie Criticism Project had the honor of a visit from Davis Enterprise movie critic Derrick Bang at our meeting earlier this month. He taught us a lot about how to critique a movie and what it is like to be a movie critic. Plus, he patiently answered myriad questions for […]

Thank you from Peregrine School

Many thanks to everyone who helped make Peregrine School’s Creature Feature Art Fair a howling success on Halloween! Our free community event celebrated Peregrine School’s focus on science, arts and environmental education. Families who attended enjoyed numerous hands-on art and science activities, including Peregrine’s annual developmental art show, which offers a unique glimpse into Peregrine’s […]

What’s Thanksgiving? Try this Frenchified fractured fairy tale

Our beloved Davis High School French teacher, Janine Stevens, passed away last May at the age of 87. I wanted to honor her by sharing something she read to us every year in class: an old Art Buchwald column from the early ’50s about how to explain Thanksgiving to the French. The late Buchwald, a […]

The West cannot fix what is driving terrorism

Since Sept. 11, 2001, every time an Islamist terrorist group has committed an atrocity in the West, like the massacre on Nov. 13 in Paris, Muslim leaders have assured, “Those guys are not us. They do not represent true Islam. Islam is peace.” Yet those proclamations ring hollow to many non-Muslim ears. It is true […]

Situation grows intolerable

Dear Annie: I have been married for 50 years and don’t think I can stand one more day. The man I am married to was once everything to me. Now, as each day passes, I grow more resentful. I like him less and less, almost to the point of hatred. He has always been a […]

Candidate thanks his stand-in

Thank you to Justin Kaplan (a UC Davis student and Napa Community College graduate) for volunteering and representing Gabe Griess for Senate last Wednesday evening during the College Democrats debate. I was unable to attend due to a prior engagement. I asked Justin to take the seat next to the other candidates for a few […]