What do you mean you don’t want a driver’s license?

By Dale McFeatters Since the beginning of the republic, the nation has been afflicted with a breed of scholars, social critics and think tankers who take indecent relish in predicting the decline, even the imminent demise, of the United States. I’ve always thought this a harmless kind of nuttery, akin to the doomsayers who predict, […]

April 25, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Scandal, yes, but Cartagena had summit, too

The issue: U.S.agents stole spotlight from real troubles The prostitution scandal involving U.S. Secret Service agents in Colombia had at least some small benefit: It helped eclipse the fact that the Summit of the Americas was largely a failure. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., who led a congressional delegation, said those shameful activities “unfortunately have become […]

April 25, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Making it clear

Twin Pines Cooperative Foundation recently sent a letter to The Enterprise listing a number of out of town people and organizations who had written to the City and the Attorney General about DACHA. The letter we sent was within the 350 word limit. Regretfully, The Enterprise edited out the very important clarification of “organizations for […]

April 25, 2012 | Posted in Forum | Tagged ,

I-House keeps flags waving

It’s true that the Picnic Day Parade has diminished sadly over the years. But one of the vibrant, enthusiastic entries for the past several years has been the international flag display organized by International House Davis. A campus department used to be responsible for the event, and borrowed our flags, but when UC Davis personnel […]

April 25, 2012 | Posted in Forum | Tagged ,

Photo doesn’t tell whole story

In the article by Lyra Halprin, the happy faces of the mothers and children shown in a group picture celebrating Roe v. Wade seem strangely out of place when considering all the implications of that decision. Surely there should also be some sad acknowledgment of those children who are not able to be there (or […]

April 26, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Taxation of Social Security payments

Social Security Trustees have predicted that the Combined Trust Funds will be exhausted by 2033, requiring benefit payments to be limited thereafter, unless some changes in funding and/or benefits are enacted. On a progressive sliding scale, 0 percent to 85 percent of SS retirement benefits are subject to federal individual income taxation at the recipient’s […]

April 25, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

When your car is smarter than you are

The issue: Even “drivers” may soon be nothing more than passengers Traffic and highway-safety experts are perhaps too polite to say so, but the key to safer motoring and less congestion is to take the driver out of the equation. THESE EXPERTS SEE the day 10 to 20 years off — sooner if the federal […]

April 24, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Public safety may be improved by changing course

A few months ago, sitting outside the Community Chambers where a City Council meeting was in session, I was talking with one of the top people employed by the city of Davis. We were discussing staffing in the fire department. I mentioned that we could save around $1.5 million per year, if Davis would go […]

April 24, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

An note of thanks for Emerson Carnival help

On behalf of the Emerson Junior High PTA, I’d like to report that our carnival fundraiser was a success! We raised approximately $18,000 that will be used for the library technology upgrade benefiting both Emerson and Da Vinci junior high students. We hope everyone who attended enjoyed the Butler Amusement carnival this past weekend. It […]

April 24, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Choir sings praises of donors

The Davis High School Advanced Treble Choir would like to thank the Davis business community and other private donors for their charitable support of the ATC’s 10th Anniversary Celebration. Specifically, we would like to thank de Luna Jewelers, John Natsoulas Gallery, A+ Image, A Better Place to Bead, Avid Reader, Baskin Robbins, Bikram Yoga, Donna […]

April 24, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Henle, Saylor left a legacy

To the Davis Football Family, It is with great respect and sadness that we mourn the recent passing of two vital members of our Davis Football Family. Coach Bud Henle was the driving force in establishing Davis High School’s football program. All football coaches who have coached at DHS have Coach Henle to thank for […]

April 23, 2012 | Posted in Forum | Tagged ,

Not easy to dispose of bulbs

There is not an easy and simple way in Davis to dispose of fluorescent light bulbs. Household Hazardous Waste is accepted for free at the Yolo County Central Landfill every Friday and Saturday from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. — not exactly easy for the average resident. The barrier to more efficient disposal seems to […]

April 26, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

New plan has HSR making more sense

It’s beginning to look like California will get bullet trains after all, but it won’t be quite as grandiose a system as what the state’s High Speed Rail Authority at first wanted or what voters approved in the 2008 Proposition 1-A. This apparent new reality can still be thwarted, of course, if an initiative now […]

April 23, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Rising revenues narrow deficit — for how long?

The issue: Small changes has little effect on long-term money woes Based on the first six months of the fiscal year, the Congressional Budget Office expects the federal deficit to be $1.17 trillion, which sounds bad — and it is — but that’s down from $1.3 trillion for fiscal years 2010 and 2011 and $1.4 […]

April 23, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,