Treat students with respect

To Chancellor Linda Katehi and Mrak Hall administrators: I am writing to express my anger over the “lockdown” of Mrak Hall. I’m a graduate at UC Davis. I’m cobbling together two readerships because I have reached the limit for teaching assistant positions. Due to budget cuts and decreased course offerings, both of the courses I’m […]

This NASA mission was a blast

We just returned from a week at Cape Canaveral, Fla., where I participated in the launch of the Mars Science Lab spacecraft “Curiosity,” on its eight-month journey to the red planet. I was able to get NASA VIP invitations for 25 of my family to attend the launch. Our three children and all seven of […]

December 06, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Forgiven, but not forgotten

Dear Annie: Two years ago, my wife left me. I went to counseling immediately, and we worked hard to get back together for the sake of our children. We eventually reconciled. While I try not to dwell on the past, something still troubles me, and I’m not sure what to do about it. A few […]

December 05, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Family drama for Christmas

Dear Annie: My brother and “Melanie” had a baby together (unplanned). The boy is now 2 years old. Melanie moved in with my brother before the baby arrived and stayed until two months ago. She was never overly kind to my brother, frequently making insulting remarks to him and saying she could never love him […]

December 04, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Longtime local activist publishes her life story

Recently I met someone who is the kind of activist I admire and sometimes wish I were. How did she get to be the person she is? In her heyday, which lasted decades, Joan Callaway of Davis made things happen. She created institutions, particularly in the area of mental health, that put Davis on the […]

December 04, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The Island of Misfit Toys comes to life this year

“We’re on the Island of Misfit Toys, Here we don’t want to stay. We want to travel with Santa Claus in his magic sleigh…. A pack full of toys means a sack full of joys for millions of girls and for millions of boys, when Christmas Day is here… The most wonderful day of the […]

December 04, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Not good for the grandkids

Dear Annie: I have a 35-year-old daughter with two children (ages 13 and 2), and they all are living with us. “Micki” moved in after leaving her common-law husband a few months ago. He was the third man in her life. Since Micki has been home, she has been going out every weekend. I am […]

December 03, 2011 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

What do you think: Should Chancellor Linda Katehi resign?

Sherry Cowden cosmetologist, Davis: “No. I have had just enough experience in law enforcement to know that things aren’t as simple as they seem.” Aimee Davis student, Davis: “No. I just don’t know if she had much to do with the pepper-spraying.” Katie Daley Fleet Feet employee, Davis: “I don’t. I agree that it was […]

Wait till facts are known

As a member of the UC Davis community, and one of the few specialists on higher education policy on campus, I would like to comment on the calls for Chancellor Linda Katehi to resign. I find these both unseemly and premature. In the first place, although we all agree that the violence against peaceful student […]

Rome is burning; I have a tent

Despite several burning aromatherapy candles and quiet holiday music playing in the background, reading the “Grim budget news on the horizon for the Davis schools” in the Nov. 30 Enterprise raised my blood pressure to the point where I thought it wise to remind the kids that if mommy collapses on the floor, they should […]

December 04, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Is it morally, ethically right?

This is an open letter to the Davis City Council, city manager and chief of police. Based on information posted online Thursday, it appears the city of Davis intends to shut down the Occupy Davis encampment in Central Park. While I am sure the Occupy protest movement doesn’t speak for everyone in Davis, I’m equally […]

Surface water is our future

I am concerned that the water rights for river water that are now available, if not exercised, will disappear. Nothing in California is fought over as seriously as water, and I believe that it is a delusion to hope that these rights will continue to be available in the future if not exercised. I realize that obtaining this […]

December 04, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

A watershed moment in history

Once again, hats off to City Councilman Dan Wolk for working with referendum sponsor Mike Harrington and others, including Mayor Pro Tem Rochelle Swanson, to draft a good start at how best to move forward on reconciling our water needs economically, scientifically, ecologically and affordably. The real hard work, of course, will follow Tuesday’s council […]

December 04, 2011 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,