Would you take a little walk with Cathy and me?

Wanna take a walk with me? Well, virtually, anyway. The Walk to Defeat ALS is on Saturday, Oct. 6, in West Sacramento. As is the case every year, I’ll be away to celebrate my son’s birthday and will miss the event. But not virtually. I’ve joined Cathy Speck’s walking team, the Specktaculars, by donating online, […]

September 02, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

When life isn’t a beach

Dear Annie: For the past three summers, my friend “Don” has spent a few days with me at our family beach house. The second year, he hinted about visiting again and was pleased when I invited him back. Soon, he began referring to “his room” at the beach house and making regular comments about “next […]

A bit of history on Aggie mascot

For several years, I have wondered how the Gun Rock, a thoroughbred aristocrat and uncle of Man o’ War, morphed into the fuzzy blue mustang mascot of UC Davis, most recently seen on the front page of The Davis Enterprise. It’s not the most burning issue of the day, but the type of small puzzlement […]

September 05, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

GATE needs fair access

Thank you, Dr. Jann Murray-García, for your ongoing efforts to help us see more clearly the consequences of current Davis Joint Unified School District policies for the Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE) testing and enrollment. If the Test of Nonverbal Intelligence (TONI) has been established as an equivalent but less culturally biased test of […]

September 04, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Trustees, lawmakers don’t get it

It became clear early last spring that the trustees of the 23-campus California State University system just don’t get it. Shuffling administrators from school to school and bringing in the occasional outsider, they began giving new college presidents salaries far higher than what predecessors had received. The rationale for this, as it often is in […]

September 04, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

2012 Democratic convention lacks electricity of ’08

The issue: Party faithful will tout Obama’s considerable foreign policy successes, but the economy is another matter The Democratic national convention in Charlotte, N.C., coming only five days after the Republicans wrap up in Tampa, is shaping up as something of an anticlimax. BARACK OBAMA is the incumbent president and, facing no internal challenges or […]

September 04, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

After convention, drop loose talk of war

The issue: Moral issues aside, Romney and Ryan are obligated to specify exactly which taxes they will raise to pay for future conflicts National security and foreign policy was largely absent from the Republican convention. But when Republicans address defense, their tough talk borders on belligerence. MITT ROMNEY already has said he would support a […]

September 02, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Enroll in elementary music this week

This coming week, elementary parents of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders can enroll their child in the school elementary music program. All that is required is that first-year students and parents attend one of the parent meetings. For string players, those meetings are held at Patwin Elementary School, 2222 Shasta Drive, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday […]

September 02, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

There is no California

By Victor Davis Hanson Driving across California is like going from Mississippi to Massachusetts without ever crossing a state line. Consider the disconnects: California’s combined income and sales taxes are among the nation’s highest, but the state’s deficit is still about $16 billion. It’s estimated that more than 2,000 upper-income Californians are leaving per week […]

September 02, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

To aid kids’ learning, keep hunger at bay

By Bill Maxwell With the usual fanfare, most of America’s public schools are back in session. And as usual, there is that ugly problem: Many children in our classrooms are hungry. We Americans, the world’s richest population, should be ashamed that some 16 million of our children regularly go to school with empty stomachs. Ensuring […]

September 02, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Seniors endorse our ‘right to know’

By Donna Russell, Marilyn Mills, Linda Biersnick, Vera Whitehurst and Diane Evans Senior citizens living at Eleanor Roosevelt Circle in Davis recently sponsored an old-fashioned teach-in potluck on genetically modified organisms to learn about the effects of genetic engineering on their foods, possible risks and their right to know — labeling. They raffled off a […]

September 02, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

GMOs are not going to harm us

By Gabe Lewin This is in response to my critics, and to critics of genetically modified organisms: No, I am not an apologist for Monsanto. In fact, I think they are making a huge error in opposing GMO labeling. The fact is that I am an environmentalist, concerned by the application of masses of insecticides. Yes, […]

September 02, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,