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We seek an inclusive society

Over the course of recent weeks, more than 30 governors across the country came out opposing accepting Syrian and Iraqi refugees into their states. Also during this time, the House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill opposing President Obama’s plan allowing these refugees. While we recognize the responsibility of our leaders to ensure […]

It’s a humanitarian issue

I am the granddaughter of Jewish immigrants who fled persecution only to find significant discrimination in the United States. No matter, they were grateful and proud to be here. Not all of my relatives fared so well because they could not escape; they had no place of refuge. They died in concentration camps or forests […]

Unstable biofuels policy threatens scientific, economic progress

By Debbie Yaver On Monday, Nov. 30, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is due to issue the final rule on the amount of renewable biofuels that will be blended into the nation’s fuel supply. The initial proposal — issued back in May — was a step backwards for the environment, for the economy and for science. Biofuels blending […]

Keep pets of the homeless toasty this winter

By Eileen M. Samitz Imagine that your stable life was suddenly changed due to a job loss or illness in the family, devastating your finances. The government system provides some services for people experiencing hard times. But there is no real system to help the beloved family pets who are greatly affected when people lose their […]

Bang’s visit was entertaining

The Golden Valley 4-H Club Movie Criticism Project had the honor of a visit from Davis Enterprise movie critic Derrick Bang at our meeting earlier this month. He taught us a lot about how to critique a movie and what it is like to be a movie critic. Plus, he patiently answered myriad questions for […]

Thank you from Peregrine School

Many thanks to everyone who helped make Peregrine School’s Creature Feature Art Fair a howling success on Halloween! Our free community event celebrated Peregrine School’s focus on science, arts and environmental education. Families who attended enjoyed numerous hands-on art and science activities, including Peregrine’s annual developmental art show, which offers a unique glimpse into Peregrine’s […]

What’s Thanksgiving? Try this Frenchified fractured fairy tale

Our beloved Davis High School French teacher, Janine Stevens, passed away last May at the age of 87. I wanted to honor her by sharing something she read to us every year in class: an old Art Buchwald column from the early ’50s about how to explain Thanksgiving to the French. The late Buchwald, a […]

The West cannot fix what is driving terrorism

Since Sept. 11, 2001, every time an Islamist terrorist group has committed an atrocity in the West, like the massacre on Nov. 13 in Paris, Muslim leaders have assured, “Those guys are not us. They do not represent true Islam. Islam is peace.” Yet those proclamations ring hollow to many non-Muslim ears. It is true […]

Candidate thanks his stand-in

Thank you to Justin Kaplan (a UC Davis student and Napa Community College graduate) for volunteering and representing Gabe Griess for Senate last Wednesday evening during the College Democrats debate. I was unable to attend due to a prior engagement. I asked Justin to take the seat next to the other candidates for a few […]

Vote is a sorry betrayal

On Thursday, Congressman John Garamendi voted with all the House Republicans and nearly 50 Democrats for this country to turn its back on refugees fleeing terror and war. His vote is an abject capitulation to politically motivated fear-mongering with no basis in facts. Our current lengthy screening process has admitted more than 2,000 refugees from Syria — […]

This vote doesn’t represent me

Remember that dead child on the beach? How quickly some forget charity. I am writing to express publicly my immeasurable disappointment in Congressman John Garamendi’s vote to approve the delay of entrance of Syrian refugees into the United States. This vote, portrayed as “reasonable caution,” smacks instead of foolishness and cowardice. Foolishness, because it plays […]

Don’t let fear guide vote

I am so disappointed that Rep. John Garamendi chose not to support Syrian refuges and vote no on HR 4038 for security reasons. I am saddened that he gave in to the fear-mongering. What these refugees are experiencing is nothing we would ever want for our families. In the United States we have white supremacists. We have […]

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