Because I Said So 7/22 ‘Dear Barack: Please save the corn farmers, just for me’

And you thought gas prices were bad. Oh wait, you just wait, until the repercussions of the Corn Belt drought hit supermarket shelves. If you think that means merely paying more for corn on the cob, think again. It’s not just fresh corn that’ll become scarce, it’s that the price of everything containing corn and […]

July 22, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

What her life will be like

Dear Annie: I’ve been seeing “Bud” for a year. He lives in a trailer park and has a 23-year-old daughter who is on Bud’s checking account and charge cards. This girl insists that her mother (Bud’s ex-wife) spend weekends at the trailer, so Bud spends those weekends at my house. He will not tell his […]

What do you think … on which side of the bike path should you walk

Maureen Maxwell X-ray technician, Elk Grove: The right, it just seems like the normal flow of traffic. Chris Wall tennis instructor, Elk Grove: The right because if a crazy biker comes up, you can ditch into the grass. Euma Matthews student, Davis: The left to face the bikes for safety, but in general, people get […]

July 22, 2012 | Posted in Forum | Tagged ,

Try Cindy’s for Thai food

If you like Thai food, don’t miss Cindy’s Restaurant in South Davis. The food choices are extensive and the flavors are exquisite! The service at Cindy’s is friendly and helpful. Groups are welcome and guests at our gatherings at Cindy’s have been delighted. There is ample parking and we are certain that this restaurant will […]

July 24, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Let’s get Davis lighted, for safety

By John Troidl Sometimes the street light situation in Davis provides a “teachable moment.” I try to teach my TA and students the value of what us management folks call “continuous quality improvement.” I think that also means sticking to something until you get it right. Or not being satisfied with “same old, same old.” […]

July 22, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Looking back, looking ahead at Davis’ challenges

By Joe Krovoza and Rochelle Swanson From January 2011 to the swearing-in of our new City Council on July 10, we were honored to serve together as Davis’ mayor pro tem and mayor. It has been gratifying to pursue the commitments we made during our campaigns in early 2010. Both of us promised unwavering adherence […]

July 22, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Just Us in Davis: Don’t wait to fight hate

By Jonathan London Reading the brief item in The Enterprise on July 10, “School benches charred with swastikas; police investigating as hate incident,” I felt a mix of anger, despair and fear. Whatever the motivations of the vandals, these symbols, burned into picnic tables at Holmes Junior High School, sent a powerful message to me […]

July 22, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The Fed and Congress: Who’s on first?

The issue: Bernanke gives legislators their marching orders on the nation’s fiscal challenges If the European debt crisis worsens — or worse yet, spreads here — the United States could be pushed into a shallow recession next year, choking off what has been a steady, if somewhat anemic, economic recovery. There’s little U.S. leaders can […]

July 22, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Daughter needs support

Dear Annie: My college-age daughter is very hard on herself. “Sharyn” is a beautiful, intelligent and wonderful person at heart, but she cannot see it, even though everyone else does. For 12 years, Sharyn has been in some form of therapy. She has damaged herself, starved herself and even run away. As a child, she […]

Questions about train horns

Remember when the sound of train whistles was a beautiful sound? The steam train whistles were tuned to a lovely minor chord. I remember camping in the Northern Transvaal in 1969 and hearing a train leave a nearby station, and I could hear it going through the mountains for a long time. It was like […]

July 20, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Fire victims are resilient

One week ago, our garage and its contents were destroyed by an electrical fire. My wife and I and our dog, Charley, all escaped without injury. The Davis Fire Department was exemplary and was able to save the contents of our home. State Farm, our home insurer, already has us in a furnished home while […]

July 20, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Top ballot slot is no guarantee

Gov. Jerry Brown took great pains trying to ensure his tax increase proposition would be listed first on the November ballot, acting on the presumption that placement would make it more likely to pass. That’s about as flawed an assumption as exists in California politics. For nothing in the past history of California initiatives suggests […]

July 20, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,