Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Poets will read their original work on Thursday

Davis poet Mischa Erickson and Bakersfield poet Marit MacArthur will be featured at the Poetry Night Reading Series on Thursday. The event starts at 8 p.m. at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 First St. in downtown Davis, and is free and open to the public. MacArthur, an associate professor of English at Cal State Bakersfield, earned […]

Davis Art Garage honored; bench dedication set

The Davis Art Garage — a community effort involving more than 200 local residents and artists — has won a Grassroots Initiative Award of Merit from the American Planning Association of California. Judged the best community project in the state, it now will compete for a similar national honor. Participating artists and volunteers will gather […]

Paws for Thought: Adopting older pets is truly the gift of life

Want a pet but don’t have the time or inclination to train and socialize a puppy or kitten? Consider adopting an older pet. Here are some advantages. * No surprises: Adult pets are full-grown with established personalities, so it’s easier to find the right pet for you and your lifestyle. * Highly trainable: Surprised? In […]

Yolo Hospice: Volunteers are inspired by hospice patients

Many are drawn to become hospice volunteers because they experienced firsthand the care and compassion shown to their families by volunteers. A volunteer joined Yolo Hospice after seeing her father and cousin benefit from hospice services. Our patient care volunteers are valued members of the Yolo Hospice team, offering care and support to patients and […]

Frank Bruni: Hillary, barbed and bellicose

The other night, a prominent Democrat I know made the craziest statement. “I don’t think Hillary’s going to run,” he proclaimed, silencing the room. He might as well have said that he’d just spotted Bigfoot pilfering rhubarb from the White House vegetable garden or that Arnold Schwarzenegger was in line to play King Lear on […]

My mother, the ‘unaccompanied minor’

By O. Ricardo Pimentel My mother was an unaccompanied minor. She came to this country at 14, from a small village in Zacatecas, Mexico, without documents — and without parents. As the story about Central American children coming here has unfolded — complete with the usual histrionics about them “corrupting our way of life” — I’ve thought of […]

Woodland historical award winners announced

The winners of the 2014 Heritage Home and Preservation Award have been announced by the city of Woodland’s Historical Preservation Commission. The awards will be presented at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3,  in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 300 First St., in Woodland. The three homes selected to receive the Heritage Home Award are: […]

It’s really out of our pockets

I am quite concerned about a portion of a letter that I recently received from state Sen. Lois Wolk concerning Proposition 13. She wants to significantly raise commercial property taxes in violation of Proposition 13. That would be a serious mistake and hurt California businesses, many of which are struggling and considering leaving the state because […]

Cheers and Jeers to Enterprise

Since we’re doing Cheers and jeers, here are my personal Enterprise-specific observations: CHEERS for two weeks in a row of having the Friday TV grid on the comics page, same as Monday through Thursday, resulting in Saturday’s grids being on the same page! JEERS for jumping a story from A section to a separate section […]

I question the sanity …

I have personal knowledge of war. From 1967 to 1969 when I was in my 20s, I lived in a small town in Vietnam while working as a volunteer for a nongovernmental development organization. Also, by the way, I once visited Israel to attend an academic conference. So I was interested in David Siegel’s commentary […]

Big Brother’s watching the water wasters

It was a bright, warm day in August, and the clocks were striking thirteen. That’s when it was noticed: the broken sprinkler head at Davis’ Target store on Sunday, watering an expanse of parking lot for at least half an hour. The incriminating photo and accompanying information were sent to the newspaper, but they could just as well […]

Prunes take center stage at last agri-tour of the summer

The Winters Chamber of Commerce will hold its final agri-tour of the year on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Martinez Ranch on Putah Creek Road. Owner Dan Martinez will draw on more than a century of family farming history in Yolo County as he leads the tour. The Martinez Ranch consists of 400 acres of farmland. Participants will […]

Higher turnout and other fall election certainties

Make no mistake, the fall election season began on the evening of June 3, just as soon as the primary election polls closed. But no one has spent much on the election since then, nor has the vast majority of voters focused on any issues to be decided in November. This will change in a […]

Exercise the power of public comment

The story of crude-by-rail in California is not a done deal. As new developments unfold almost daily in this remarkable drama, it is clear that public input can make a significant impact. For example, last January, fierce community opposition — plus a letter from state Attorney General Kamala Harris urging further scrutiny on air quality […]