Thursday, July 24, 2014

Don’t tell me I can’t help him

There has been much debate over whether to give to panhandlers in Davis. Both sides have valid arguments. However, there is one individual that I help on a regular basis. I strongly suspect that I know this person from when he was a lab technician where I used to work, but in his derelict state, […]

Water trains through Davis

Why isn’t someone coming up with a scheme to send water from the drenched eastern United States via trains to California and other parched Western states? The oil trains have to be stopped because the risks to humans, towns, cities and the environment are much too great. And should Davisites have to risk their lives and […]

Water storage must be a priority

It will take a variety of strategies to meet California water needs — not just conservation. While Sunday’s Another View editorial calls for stronger conservation measures and highlights agriculture as the largest user of “developed” water, it fails to recognize that many farmers in the state already face 100 percent shortages — receiving no water at […]

The real problem isn’t conflict, it’s violent conflict management

By Erin Niemela In 2014, the growing list of suffering by violent conflict management includes (but is not limited to): more than 10,000 murders and kidnappings in Nigeria, civil war in Syria, escalated terrorism in Iraq, an asymmetrical bombardment in Gaza, and now somebody, some faction, some government shot down a Malaysia Airlines jet and […]

Act now to support middle school students

By Quentin Wilson According to a recently updated ACT study, “The Forgotten Middle,” students’ middle school careers are crucial in preparing for success in high school and beyond. However, these years of education are often glossed over or forgotten. It’s not shocking. Traditionally, middle school is a period when students can be misunderstood, anxious, confused or […]

U.S. is complicit in attack

I am writing in regards to a recent piece in this publication about Israel´s bombing and invasion of Gaza. Human Rights Watch has called Israel’s air attacks against Gaza that “have been targeting apparent civilian structures and killing civilians” violations “of the laws of war.” The organization stated: “Israel should end unlawful attacks that do […]

Extinguish extremism for peace

I sympathize with my fellow citizens with deep ties to Israel and to those who are frustrated by the unresolved disenfranchisement of Palestine. I began learning about Israel as a 9-year-old, sitting at my best friend’s house in what was then country property in South Davis. On the morning of an overnight, while eating breakfast […]

With profound gratitude

I’d like to send a giant thank you to the Davisite who found and returned my scuffed, stuffed wallet to me. I appreciate your act of kindness immensely. Bernadette Balics Davis

Is ‘personal belief’ rule linked to pertussis epidemic?

For almost seven months, California parents have been free to claim without offering any proof that their religion forbids getting their children vaccinated against once dreaded and disabling diseases like polio, mumps, pertussis and smallpox. This allows parents who believe false myths to exempt their children from the vaccinations usually required for public school enrollment, […]

Someday, there will be peace

Palestinians and Israelis have been fighting my entire life — at times more actively and at others less. Tragically, this past week has been active. Although the Arab-Jewish violence over the Holy Land goes back to 1920, their seemingly endless bellicosity began after World War II, as the British retired and both sides thought they […]