It’s just symbolic, right?

I commend Judy Reynolds and Stu Pettygrove for being such strong defenders of freedom of speech on University of California campuses. In back-to-back letters in The Enterprise, both criticize the proposed adoption by the UC regents of the State Department definition of anti-Semitism, which covers certain kinds of speech demonizing Israel, as violating the First Amendment. […]

There’s only one solution on guns

It has taken me 83 years to find a cause that both stirs me and promises to better the place I live. The cause is repealing the Second Amendment. The killings in a black church and on a U.S. naval base cut across every schism in this society. The notion that the right to bear […]

Old news makes for new pain

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been married for 40 years. When we were first dating, my future wife unexpectedly set me aside to explore the possibilities of seeing another man. It was a difficult time for me. The other man was a mutual acquaintance, for whom I didn’t much care, which intensified my […]

Cheers and Jeers: Berryessa effort pays off

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week: CHEERS to the newly official Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. Last week, President Obama officially dedicated the area, and now tourists and nature lovers in California will see more than 330,000 acres preserved. The success culminates years of […]

Monument is all about control

Not everyone celebrates this new national monument, Berryessa-Snow Mountain. Tuleyome, Sierra Club, some legislators, local, state and federal, and those wanting to control Snow Mountain are celebrating, but Colusa County is not celebrating; even though it is excluded, it has been “sold out.” Despite the claims made at the initial point in the process of creating […]

Trouble with the brother-in-law

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been together for 12 years. We have three children. His mother is still living, and he has one younger brother. My issue is with this brother, “James.” A few years ago, James cheated on his then-girlfriend, “Sheila,” with whom he has a daughter. Sheila also has a son […]

Board shows bad leadership on AIM

By Jeff Dale To the anti-GATE majority on the Davis school board: After engaging in this “debate” since it was thrust upon me on June 4, I have learned a few things. I’ve learned that you have heard the diverse and voluminous research showing that the best practice, on both pedagogy and cost, for educating […]

Here we go again …

By Chuck Rairdan In light of the newly revived skirmishes on the GATE/AIM front, it would appear we are in for another long, hot summer in the school board chambers. And, it turns out, the devil is in the details. Running up on midnight June 4, the school board was involved in a lengthy discussion […]

Speak out

President Hon. Barack Obama, The White House, Washington, D.C., 20500; 202-456-1111 (comments), 202-456-1414 (switchboard); fax: 202-456-2461; email: visit U.S. Senate Sen. Barbara Boxer, 112 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; 202-224-3553; email: visit Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 331 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; 202-224-3841; fax: 202-228-3954; email: visit House of Representatives Rep. John […]

Davis AIM program deserves a stellar leader

By Evelyn Falkenstein It’s a sad day when someone is canned for doing her job too well. Deanne Quinn, the GATE/AIM coordinator, has met all the expectations of the Davis school district for more than 20 years of gifted teaching and leadership. Who would leave another position for AIM coordinator, given the caliber of the […]

Demand a fair hearing for AIM

By Debbie Nichols Poulos In 2014, California’s Local Control Funding Formula legislation redistributed state funding from several categorical programs, including GATE, into districts’ general funds, allowing school boards to make decisions about how to allocate the funds to best meet the needs of their student populations. According to the state Department of Education website: “The […]

Technical training can create a career path for young adults

By Roger Speer As the uneven economic recovery continues in California, there is one area where jobs remain available: technical workers. Workers with vocational training are currently in demand. The hardest segment of the workforce to replace has been the skilled trades, due to a shortage caused by the exodus of highly skilled baby boomers who are entering retirement. […]