Fire victims are resilient

One week ago, our garage and its contents were destroyed by an electrical fire. My wife and I and our dog, Charley, all escaped without injury. The Davis Fire Department was exemplary and was able to save the contents of our home. State Farm, our home insurer, already has us in a furnished home while […]

July 20, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Top ballot slot is no guarantee

Gov. Jerry Brown took great pains trying to ensure his tax increase proposition would be listed first on the November ballot, acting on the presumption that placement would make it more likely to pass. That’s about as flawed an assumption as exists in California politics. For nothing in the past history of California initiatives suggests […]

July 20, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Why colds are less common among parents

The issue: We know the answer: Who has time to be sick? A recent study that found that parents exposed to cold viruses are less than half as likely to become ill as nonparents runs counter to the experience of many moms and dads with their little germ factories — uh, darling children. THE STUDY’S […]

July 20, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Are we there yet? Déjà brew all over again

Recently, I read a news story about a man who is driving a Volvo he bought in the 1960s that is due to hit the 3 million-mile mark next year. This guy, Irvin Gordon, drives his car everywhere, averaging nearly 100,000 miles per year. I can’t imagine the kind of commitment it takes to stick […]

July 19, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Position doesn’t guarantee experience

Back on May 4, The Davis Enterprise published an opinion piece about genetic engineering and Monsanto, authored by Doug Graves, in which he contrasted what he considered his superior credentials as “a researcher and former professor” to that of “a former Monsanto clerical worker,” Gabe Lewin. In defending his superior abilities, Graves wrote, “I was […]

July 24, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

A bang-up Fourth of July

The city of Davis would like to acknowledge the following organizations and people for their generous contributions to this year’s Fourth of July celebration: Whole Foods; PG&E; Davis Live Music Collective; Target; Dos Coyotes; The Marketplace; Nugget Markets; Davis Food Co-op; Carbahal & Company; city of Davis Program Administrative and Support Employees Association; Wiscombe’s Funeral […]

July 19, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Courts do a commendable job

Your recent article on the meeting of death penalty opponents was interesting but full of humbug. I respect the right of others to work for and express their opinion but reserve my right to tell them they are full of garbage. My personal experience and opinion is that, overall, the criminal courts in California do […]

July 20, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Greenbelt, tree care is lacking

The Davis city manager’s proposal to privatize the tree and parks’ work is already in practice in North Davis. On the North Davis greenbelt, east of Anderson Road, city crews take pride in keeping it up. It is well done and well cared for. The city has essentially abandoned everything west of Anderson Road. They […]

July 22, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Taking heat for farmworkers

By Mariko Yamada During the summer of 2005, my older daughter worked for the executive 0fficer of the California Occupational Health and Safety Administration. Twelve outdoor workers died that summer — six of whom were farmworkers. She would always ask me, “Why isn’t anyone doing anything about this?” In 2005, the state had no regulations […]

July 19, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Candidates stay away from party conventions

The issue: Viewers have tuned out, and now the electeds are, too In seeking to turn the conventions into days of commercials for the two parties, the producers have reduced the need for voters to watch and now, apparently, for the candidates to attend. The major parties’ political conventions have been a quadrennial rite of […]

July 19, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Modern family problems

Dear Annie: I have been married to an amazing woman for two years. I work away from home, and she manages to take care of everything and work full time. She also is a caregiver for her mother, and for this reason, we have decided to put off having children. I have a 4-year-old son […]

How the fun got started

The Pence Gallery’s primary mission is to provide educational exhibits and programs to the community, and occasionally we ask for support back from the community through memberships, attendance at our fundraising events (the art auction is set for Sept. 22) and donations. When we placed the call out to our members and to the community […]

July 19, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,