It takes a village …

Davis is a unique and close-knit family community. We treasure our strong school system; countless alumni have chosen to send their children to the same school they attended as children. Despite the difficult economy and drastic budget cuts, we all do what we can to support our schools, the teachers and their students. Some volunteer […]

March 04, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Teachers share their wisdom on Measure C

By Martha Beetley and Greg Brucker As teachers in the Davis Joint Unified School District, we are asking for your support by voting yes on Measure C. Measure C is a renewal of currently enacted parcel taxes that directly support Davis public schools and the children of our community. The school parcel tax has provided […]

March 04, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Citizens United must be overturned

Many thanks for the Davis City Council’s unanimous resolution to support Assembly Joint Resolution 22. It is something to be proud of when your city takes a stand for something so right. AJR 22, proposed in January by Assembly members Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, and Michael Allen, D-Santa Rosa, would overturn the 2010 Supreme Court decision […]

March 04, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

It’s a damn fine show!

Davis Musical Theater Company’s production of “Damn Yankees” is a fun, energetic show. I especially liked Tim Gaffaney as the devil. His solo number is one of the highlights. For someone playing Satan, he does a really good job of not being a caricature. I also really enjoyed some of the actors in the smaller […]

March 02, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Have we no standards?

The UC Davis police, standing idly by, have made it extremely likely that the hostility and general ugliness displayed Monday toward an Israeli Druze woman and an Israeli soldier will become the norm at future such events on campus. The police, at a minimum, need to announce that they will record the event in its […]

March 02, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Campus event disrupted

At a presentation Monday in Wellman 106 at UC Davis, I witnessed behavior that has no place at UC Davis or anywhere else. A presentation by two Israelis, “Defending the Israeli Image” — sponsored by Chai-Life Club at UC Davis, Chabad of Davis and Stand with Us — was repeatedly interrupted by hecklers and individuals […]

March 02, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Why stop with ‘peaceful’ Iran?

This is in response to the recent anti-Israel cartoons that appeared on your editorial page on Feb. 10 (Fitzgibbons) and Feb. 14 (Oliphant). I must say how truly disappointed I was that you failed to fully expose the complicity of Israel and the “Jewish Lobby” in all aspects of American life … not just in […]

March 02, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

25 Teachers’ Salaries backs C

The group 25 Teachers’ Salaries urges Davis to support Measure C, the continuation of two parcel taxes to raise money to preserve existing classroom programs, key school-based personnel and other programs for five years. According to the California Teachers Association, state funding for K-12 education has been cut by more than $21.5 billion in the […]

March 02, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Continue Davis schools’ legacy

Having grown up in Davis and attended its public schools, my husband and I both benefited greatly from the programs Measure C pays for. For that reason alone, we support Measure C. In addition, with two children of our own who will be attending Davis schools, we understand the importance of making sure that they and their […]

March 02, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Ideals versus compassion

Dear Annie: My spouse and I are in a 40-year same-sex relationship. Seven years ago, we had a legal marriage, but my family refused to recognize it. My brother’s wife went so far as to write letters to the local newspaper urging repeal of the law. My youngest sister said, “We were ordered not to […]

March 01, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Are we there yet? Persistence pays off

Editor’s note: Tanya Perez is taking the day off. This column ran in May, 2009. When I was a youngster, I had an annoying level of persistence. I know what it’s like to live with this because my younger son suffers from it. It bugs the beejezus out of me, but who can I blame […]

February 29, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Opportunities are unparalleled

As residents of the city of Davis, we have all chosen to live here for a variety of reasons. For many, it is due to the quality of Davis’ educational opportunities, which are truly exceptional, from preschool all the way to Ph.D. Additionally, throughout human history, we have known that education forms the basis of […]

March 02, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,