Sport should bring you joy

I was sorry to read T.K. Anthony’s letter about her collegiate rowing experience. Certainly, no one sport is everything for everyone, but it sounds like she found no joy in rowing at all. At River City Rowing Club, we offer junior and adult rowing programs that I think not so much mitigate Anthony’s concerns as […]

April 08, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Prioritize Emerson improvements

The following is a copy of a letter to Superintendent Winfred Roberson and members of the Davis Board of Education: Two years ago, a group of concemed parents got together to promote long-overdue capital improvements at Emerson ]unior High School. We met with several of the trustees, district staff and then-Superintendent James Hammond and offered […]

April 08, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

The evidence just isn’t there

As special programs grow, fewer kids pedal to school. By putting these two statements together, a recent Davis Enterprise article seems to imply some correlation between the two. It suggests that, in fact, it is the growth of these programs that is causing fewer children to ride their bikes to school. The writer goes on […]

April 08, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Support Maguire in election

Yolo Superior Court Judge Dan Maguire is being challenged in the election this June. He should be retained. I have know Dan Maguire for many years both as a lawyer and now as a judge. I have known his opponent for many years, too. Maguire has practiced law in both large and small firms. He […]

April 08, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Ringing finally ended, but there’s no button to stop shame

By Daniel J. Wakin They were baying for blood in the usually polite precincts of Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. The unmistakably jarring sound of an iPhone marimba ring interrupted the soft and spiritual final measures of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 at the New York Philharmonic one Tuesday night in January. The conductor, […]

April 08, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Changing economy presents a challenge for college towns

By John L. Gann Jr. Cornell University announced recently that it will build a $2 billion sciences graduate school in New York City, in partnership with an Israeli school. The university was lured by $400 million in incentives offered by the city of New York to the winner of a national competition. Interestingly, the initiative came not from […]

April 08, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Going through the motions on a national budget

The issue: Congress doesn’t yet feel a crisis situation How serious is the U.S. House of Representatives about deficit reduction? On the evidence, not very. The fact that a plausible, passable, bipartisan plan to bring the deficit under control was defeated in the House last week, 382-38, should tell you something. FOR THOSE looking for […]

April 08, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Strip naked for the unicorns

George W. Bush was once famously overheard as saying the Constitution was “just a piece of paper,” implying that it could be ripped up or ignored without consequences. The Supreme Court shows that the Constitution is more like a blank piece of paper, where anything can be written on it to be enforced by the police. The Fourth Amendment supposedly […]

April 05, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

A mentor’s legacy lives on

This past Tuesday, the University of California and the city of Davis lost one of our greatest leaders, Ted Adams. I had the privilege of knowing Ted as a student at UC Davis, and directly with his role as adviser to the Picnic Day board of directors, back in the late 1980s and early ’90s. […]

April 05, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

A moment of candor at nuke summit

The issue: Open mike catches exchange between Obama, Medvedev Americans got a rare, unscripted look last week at the diplomacy that goes on backstage among world leaders, this time at a nuclear summit in South Korea. RUSSIA AND THE U.S. have two large, unresolved issues between them: One is a U.S. missile defense system based […]

April 06, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Please sever Crown Castle ties

This is a copy of a letter I sent to Davis Board of Education member Richard Harris, following Tuesday’s City Council meeting, concerning his relationship to the Crown Castle cell tower project. Harris has not yet replied to my letter. I was puzzled Tuesday night at the City Council meeting to see you sitting with […]

April 05, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Bet Haverim thanks its donors

More than a dozen local businesses generously supported the 2012 Purim Carnival and Raffle, held at Congregation Bet Haverim on Sunday, March 11. Their investments in ensuring a successful event are sincerely appreciated by the synagogue’s 280 member families. Contributions enable the Bet Haverim Religious School to improve and enrich educational programs and synagogue life […]

April 08, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,