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Beef, alfalfa and water use

By Charles A. Hjerpe, DVM In a recent letter to the editor, George Farmer attempts to make the case that taxing beef sales and/or beef cattle production more heavily would reduce beef production, thereby saving large amounts of water for drought-stricken California city dwellers. He quotes a recent New York Times article by Tim Eagan, […]

June 17, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Reply to Rich Rifkin

Re: “Family failure: the root of our urban crisis,” Rich Rifkin, May 27. Rich Rifkin asserts that “black inner-city poverty is rooted in the breakdown of the nuclear family” and that we need to teach its members to use birth control. He apparently hasn’t bothered to find out that since 2008, nonmarital birth rates have declined […]

June 17, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Davis Tennis Courts Broken and Dangerous

Over the years my family has been in Davis we have most enjoyed the community spirit and community facilities the town has to offer. To us this is one of the great joys of living in Davis. We are keen tennis players and have loved the development of the high school/community park tennis courts and […]

June 17, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

David Brooks: How adulthood happens

Every society has its rites of passage, marking the transition from youth to adulthood. Most of these rites of passage are ritualized and structured, with adult supervision and celebration. But the major rite of passage in our society is unritualized, unstructured and unnamed. Most of the people in the middle of it don’t even know […]

June 17, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Can’t buy her love

Dear Annie: My friend, “Josie,” recently joined a popular online dating site after her husband decided he’d rather be single. Josie met several interesting men on the site, and after chatting with them for a week or two, every single one of them asked her for money. She refused. Finally, one asked her to cash […]

The fiber (optic) of the community

By Robert Nickerson Everyone wants to know what to do about the many issues facing our city. What strategy will support our 21st century workers, attract hi-tech business, foster innovation, reduce our carbon budget, and provide new revenues for our city’s continued growth and prosperity? Whatever path our city follows must consider climate, income inequality, […]

June 16, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Skyscraper on Third St. … really?

This is in response to the Davis Enterprise article: “Project aims for urban chic downtown.” I live in the Old East Davis neighborhood. There are primarily older, one- and two-story homes and a few small apartment complexes within our boundaries (starting at the North/South railroad tracks, to the East/West tracks, to L Street and to a […]

June 16, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Mother-in-law wants some respect

Dear Annie: I have two daughters-in-law who seem disrespectful to me. The first one only visits on Christmas day. Yet she has no problem calling when she wants me to take her kids to a doctor’s appointment or pick them up from school. The other one does the same, but her excuse is that they […]

Fast track to a bad deal

On Friday, June 12, the Trade Promotion Authority, otherwise known as “Fast Track”, was passed by the House of Representatives; it was blocked from going forward to the President for his anticipated approval by a companion bill known as the TAA, the Trade Adjustment Assistance act. Fast Track gives the president the ability to negotiate […]

June 21, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

Snow Mountain fears are baseless

A Letter to the Editor from Vicky Murphy of Brooks was published on June 12. In this letter Ms. Murphy incorrectly implies that designation of the Berryessa-Snow Mountain region as a National Monument could potentially result in reduced deliveries of water to Yolo County farmers. By suggesting that there might be some unforeseen impacts on […]

June 18, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

A good compromise

At its Tuesday meeting, the City Council is scheduled to vote on Taormino & Associates’ latest proposal for the “Paso Fino” site in Wildhorse, a hard-fought compromise that neighbors and concerned citizens can support. This compromise (Alternative Plan E, Option 1) enhances the neighborhood greenbelt on the east side of the project, creates a pedestrian-bike […]

June 17, 2015 | Posted in Letters | Tagged ,

No fun when he comes home

Dear Annie: When my brother “Steve” comes home from college, he stays up until 3 a.m., sleeps until 2 in the afternoon, and leaves his chores and homework until the very last minute. I don’t understand why he doesn’t keep a regular sleep schedule or take care of his homework and other chores early in […]

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