Feds don’t want you driven to distraction

The issue: The allure of our gadgets is so great that automakers are being asked to install safeguards Americans are both extremely sociable and gadget-obsessed. While these two generally admirable traits have led to many exciting innovations, when combined with driving a car they can be dangerous and even lethal. FEDERAL SAFETY officials say an […]

March 01, 2012 | Posted in Our View | Tagged ,

Voting is an exercise in confusion

I know I have until March 6 to do this, but today is as good as any to dig through the pile of bills on the kitchen table and find my “all-mail” ballot for the Measure C showdown. I’ve tried to make this an exercise in democracy for the too-young-to-vote set in this household, but […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

What’s it like to get noticed by the big boys?

This column is entirely my idea. Davis resident Janice Bridge, who recently experienced more than 15 minutes of fame in this newspaper and elsewhere, would have been happy for me not to write it, but I was too darn curious. What’s it like to be featured in the New York Times? How does the Times […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Congratulations, gay couples, just try to stay out of the footlocker

* Editor’s note: Debra is taking some time off and, in honor of the recent ruling of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declaring California’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional, has updated and refreshed a column that originally ran on June 12, 2008. Let me say, right off the bat, that I don’t care […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Trouble hits the “Like” button

Dear Annie: My 20-year-old nephew has been a troubled youth, despite all the attempts of his family to help him, including counseling and rehab. When he was 18, he became involved with a messed-up 14-year-old girl who used drugs, alcohol and sex to get her way. A year ago, my nephew’s family moved out of […]

February 18, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Fast-food diners agree to downsize meals

Most patrons of fast-food shops are regularly asked if they’d like to “value size” or increase the portions of their meal for a few cents more. Experts say supersized meals and a “clean plate” culture largely contribute to a national obesity rate among adults greater than 33 percent. But for a few weeks at a […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Does a 2-year-old notice this sort of thing?

Dear Annie: I have two daughters, ages 5 and 2. My in-laws favor the older girl. They buy her more presents, give her more money and pay way more attention to her than to her sister. They almost seem obsessed with her. As soon as she walks in the door, they grab her and make […]

February 17, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Don’t ask more of teachers

Recent items in The Davis Enterprise made a surprising call for pay cuts and a shortened academic year. Measure C results aren’t in, the state budget hasn’t been passed, and community input has not been sought — and, yet, district officials and individuals are already arguing that we have to look to the classroom for […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Late GOP primary hurts California

Consider for a moment what this winter season of Republican presidential candidates lambasting each other while they traversed the countryside of early primary states might have been had California been involved. Instead of watching the likes of Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum and the rest (plus the Super-PACs that buy many of […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

School music provides a wealth of benefits

By Hiram Jackson and Greg Brucker About 30 years ago, Davis schools faced the biggest deficits on record up to that time. Significant cuts were made to the music program, and the school elementary music program was eliminated for three years. This occurred in the years just before Davis passed its first school parcel tax […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Vote-by-mail elections: Here’s how they work

School districts are permitted under California law to conduct certain elections as all-mailed-ballot elections. The Davis Joint Unified School District’s Measure A in 2011 was such an election, as is Davis’ Measure C this spring. What are the rules for these elections and how are they conducted? The rules are set out in the California […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

What do you think? How are you voting on Measure C?

Lynn Christensen, PDQ owner, Davis: “I’m torn with this one. I’m for kids — I’ve got grandkids in school. But I think the schools can be more frugal as well. I’m for balance.” Brian Sipp, First Source Solar owner, Davis: “I decided to abstain from voting on this one. I don’t have children in the […]

February 19, 2012 | Posted in Forum | Tagged ,