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Safeguards against abuse are key

As a society, many of us draw lines in health care in what I consider conflicting ways. We have the right to choose to stop cancer treatments if we believe they no longer benefit us even if this choice hastens our death. Yet when given six months to live, we cannot choose to terminate painful […]

Libraries are books, and a lot more

By Greg Lucas National Banned Books Week is Sept. 27 through Oct. 3. Its goal is to help people remember that libraries are bastions of our freedom to read whatever we want. But while libraries are pillars of this country’s truly unique democratic principles, libraries are also much, much more. When the State Library was […]

The U.S. Constitution: Ben Carson does not understand it

Recently on “Meet the Press,” in response to a question about whether he would support a Muslim for president, Republican hopeful Ben Carson said, “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.” After he received widespread criticism from observers who noted that […]

Probation isn’t over yet

Dear Annie: I am a 20-year-old male who currently lives with my parents. I just started my first year of college. Both of my parents have prescriptions to Xanax. When I was 15, I took a few from my dad’s bottle. My parents labeled me a thief and an addict. I knew it was wrong […]

AIM issues got short shrift

I attended the Davis school board meeting on Sept. 17 hoping to be won over by the plan that district staff was presenting regarding the AIM program and differentiation in Davis schools. I left with more concerns than when I arrived. Similarly, I opened my copy of The Enterprise on Sept. 18 hoping to see […]

Trustees, listen to the people

On Sept. 17 I attended the Davis school board meeting regarding the new AIM proposals. I watched and listened, to gain an understanding of the issues and of how the trustees respond to the public they were elected to serve. I do appreciate the time the trustees have put in on this issue. But whether you […]

Fight for great education for all

Thank you, Debbie Chin, for your excellent commentary on “What Are AIM Backers Afraid Of?” If the people who are so worried about the current school board’s well-considered plans for AIM would take one-tenth of the energy they use fighting about the lack of sufficient diversification in all classrooms, and use that energy to achieve […]

Students don’t really come first

Students come first … really? What has Chancellor Linda Katehi done to make UC Davis more affordable for undergraduates? It’s shameful that rather than lowering costs to students who will be subject to crippling debts for the rest of their adult lives, her priorities are building a second campus when Davis is already the largest land-grant […]

Why don’t Muslims speak out?

Hamza El-Nakhal asks, “Are American Muslims supposed to be fearful of mass killing?” The truth is that they have nothing to fear as long as they are here in America. El-Nakhal also observes that, “The politics of fear increases people’s acceptance of dictatorship and authoritarian rules. It erodes our democracy. It is a threat to […]

Habitat restoration is a community-driven process

By Andrew Fulks, Eric Larsen, Peter Moyle, Chris Rose, Melanie Truan and Herb Wimmer Recent opinion pieces in The Davis Enterprise and Winters Express have questioned both the need for, and efficacy of, habitat restoration along Lower Putah Creek, particularly the last phase of a channel realignment and habitat restoration project in Winters Putah Creek […]

Watch out for small animals at night

To all of the bicyclists who ride in the city of Davis: Please watch out for small animals. Please invest in a headlight that projects up to 20 or 30 feet ahead of you instead of just the “safety light” that doesn’t throw out any light ahead of you. Please purchase a courtesy bell or, […]

Where there’s smoke …

Dear Annie: Recently, new neighbors moved in next door. They seem nice. The problem is, the husband smokes on their porch, which is on the side of their house and only a few yards from ours. It is close enough that we can smell cigarette smoke in our bedrooms, which are all on that side […]

Family members believe the lies

Dear Annie: I am a divorced dad and my 20-something son, “Adam,” is deeply troubled. He lacks drive and ambition, and he also drinks and uses drugs. Worse, he is a chronic liar. I reached the end of my rope and arranged to send him to a rehab facility. Adam then approached my siblings and […]

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