Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Find the perfect club or organization to join

Being a Davis resident means being involved. For newcomers or longtime locals looking for ways to become proactive, there are a number of organizations and clubs as well as political causes to choose from. The activities of many of the following organizations are announced in the Events or Briefly columns, or elsewhere in the pages […]

A welcome challenge

Welcome, readers! Another year has gone by and fall is upon us. The morning air is crisp, the night sky darkens before the kids are in bed and there’s a palpable resurgence of energy buzzing about the dorms as move-in weekend arrives. Around town, celebrations have been planned to welcome newcomers and reunite neighbors, downtown […]

Cool Davis: working on local solutions to global warming

By Nick Buxton When it comes to climate change, you can hear a lot of excuses or fine talk from political and business leaders, but usually little practical action. It can be dispiriting given the consequences we know could result. Fortunately, Davis is a community that does not indulge in despair. Rather, it believes in […]

Take a Stroll back in time this weekend in Woodland

Woodland will return to the 1880s at the popular Stroll Through History on Saturday. The event features a Heritage Homes Tour of six private residences and one private garden, as well as bus, bicycle, and walking tours of historic neighborhoods and landmark buildings. There also will be a pancake breakfast hosted by the Kiwanis Club. […]

Cheers and Jeers: Moving on after water suit accord

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week: CHEERS to the news that the litigation over Davis’ water rates has been shelved, thanks to an agreement signed by attorney Michael Harrington and Mayor Dan Wolk. The settlement clears the way for Davis to arrange bond financing […]

Let’s sell the MRAP on eBay

Now that the Davis City Council has voted to get rid of the Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected tank-like vehicle that the Davis police just got, I urge that the MRAP be put up for sale on eBay! A friend tells me that lots of people and governments would want an MRAP. Timothy Bruening Davis

Seeing both sides of ‘tank’

About the “tank” that the Davis Police Department has acquired: I believe I see both sides of the issue. There is a parallel to a family owning a gun. On the one hand, its purpose is to be used only in a dire emergency, like a home invasion. It is kept locked up in a safe, […]

What if we need MRAP?

There have been several letters in The Enterprise questioning what use could the Davis police have for a “tank-like” Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected vehicle given to the police. Here is one answer. It is contained in the California Supreme Court opinion filed Aug. 25, 2014, in the People v. Stanley Bryant, Donald Franklin Smith and Leroy Wheeler, […]

How could tank be helpful?

Supporters of the Davis Police Department’s acquisition of the MRAP cite the need for this tank in incidents involving gunfire, such as hostage situations and school active-shooter situations. No details are offered as to how a military tank could be helpful. Do the police plan to fire military-style bullets into the house or business where […]

Don’t sentence our police to death

By Jeff Neithercutt So many comments, so little time … I grew up here. I know we live in a wonderful little bubble where the outside world seldom intrudes. But we are an educated lot, and I am ashamed of what I am seeing our leaders doing this week. Calling an MRAP — a Mine-Resistant […]

Will Davis see river water?

According to the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency, “The regional project will replace deteriorating groundwater supplies with safe, more reliable surface water supplies from the Sacramento River.” However, according to a release from the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, a study published Aug. 19 states, “Center for Watershed Sciences colleagues Ted Grantham and Joshua Viers […]

Paul Krugman: Phosphorous and freedom

By Paul Krugman In the latest Times Magazine, Robert Draper profiled youngish libertarians — roughly speaking, people who combine free-market economics with permissive social views — and asked whether we might be heading for a “libertarian moment.” Well, probably not. Polling suggests that young Americans tend, if anything, to be more supportive of the case […]

Cheers and Jeers: Just a Davis fish story

We offer our cheers and jeers for local newsmakers as we look back over the previous week: JEERS to the near-hysteria of some in our community when word began to spread about dozens of fish dying in Mrak Pond at UC Davis. The immediate reaction? “The fish are dying because of the the West Nile […]