Re-evaluate GATE approach

In her Oct. 28 opinion piece, Debbie Nichols Poulos speaks from personal experience as a teacher in the 1980s, but the law governing gifted education has changed since then. Current California law focuses on “gifted and talented” students, not just “intellectually gifted” students, and a district may design its GATE program to serve students with […]

November 07, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Keep Davis affordable

Residents of Davis, join us in voting no on Measure E. The school district is pushing a “more money or else” tactic in demanding their current program plan be funded. A restructuring of the school finances and priorities with curriculum review, cuts at the top in administration, and a focus on core requirements are needed. […]

November 06, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Davis turkeys must go

OK, folks, let’s get serious. A “flock” of two to four turkeys is cute; however, the current “flock” of 40 to 50 of these feathered creatures roaming our neighborhood is ridiculous. I have spoken with John McNerney, the city’s wildlife specialist, twice in the past two years and have gotten the same “company line” as […]

November 06, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Help feed the hungry this holiday

The November and December holidays are just a few weeks away. As you plan your own celebrations this year, please consider making a food or funding donation to Davis Community Meals: uncooked turkeys or other meats, fresh vegetables and fruits from your winter gardens, etc. DCM is a communitywide organization committed to providing delicious, nutritious […]

November 06, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

See our production of ‘Avenue Q’

As members of the Davis High School Drama Board, we write on behalf of the entire department. We are very excited for the community to see our fall musical, “Avenue Q: School Edition.” The show continues Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. There was […]

November 06, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

The East Coast needs blood

Last week, I donated blood. The folks there explained something very interesting to me. While the communities ravaged by Hurricane Sandy need more blood than usual because of injuries, a bigger problem is that blood donations are way down while people recover from the storm and its damage. So I encourage you to donate blood, today, […]

November 06, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Fernandes offers solutions

I pledged my endorsement to Alan Fernandes for school board long before he decided to run. Many times over the past few years I’ve ended a conversation encouraging him to run and promising my support. His dedication and passion for our children is deep and genuine. When he says he cares for and will advocate […]

November 06, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Mother at the end of her tether

Dear Annie: My husband, “Paul,” wants nothing to do with my 36-year-old son, “Alan.” I admit that Alan lived with us too long and has done some terrible things, but he’s my son and I love him. I’ve enabled him because of his health problems. He has diabetes, epilepsy and vision problems and, in the […]

Our right to know our food

Friday’s edition of The Davis Enterprise included a letter by Vernette Marsh opposing Proposition 37. The letter contains nearly the full bounty of misinformation from the No on 37 side, including Marsh’s own take on the infallibility of scientists who genetically engineer food. Yes on 37 is about a small amount of increased information added […]

November 06, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Just don’t tell Mom and Dad, OK?

Dear Annie: I am a 17-year-old straight-A student and have sound judgment for most things, but I’m not sure about this. I have started seeing “Michael,” a 25-year-old guy. I know it’s a big age difference, but everything else about our relationship is perfect. So far, we have only gone out to public places and […]

His missteps remind me of my own

We all have things that we learn late, sometimes too late to rectify. For example, Babette, when you had the very first baby in our crowd, I should have sent a gift. At the least, I should have called you. Having that child was the most important moment in your life, and I didn’t even […]

November 04, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Mr. Hope and Mr. Change set a new course for our political system

Abigael Evans is my new very favorite person on Earth. In a 22-second video clip (that went viral overnight), Abbey’s mother captured what most of us are all feeling: I’m so sick and tired of this presidential election, I could cry! Well, Abbey finally did. “I’m tired of Bronco Bama and Mitt Romney,” she whimpers. […]

November 04, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Only a motion away …

Dear Annie: My son’s father, “Joe,” and I divorced when “Bobby” was very young. Joe remarried and moved to another state. When Bobby was 11, I thought it best for him to go live with his dad so he could have a male role model. Joe was always a good father, just a lousy husband. […]

Life without parcel taxes

By Jose J. Granda I would like to present an alternative to parcel taxes to be considered that I believe is workable for this highly educated city. I share the idea for extra funding of schools but respecting and considering the household budgets of the taxpayers. Education has been my business for 30 years, students […]

November 04, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,