Sunday, August 31, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
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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 […]

When are we clearing the table?

Over 50 years ago when I was a youngster, a very wise man who was full of teaching stories asked me, “When is a meal over?” The answer he was looking for was: “When the dishes are done and put away.” Now being older and wiser myself, I would like to ask the Davis community, […]

It’s all about justice

Again today I read about DNA evidence exonerating a man convicted of a serious crime, only after years of efforts by the “innocence project” or efforts by the prisoner. Surely it behooves us, no matter what the expense, to examine every case where there is DNA evidence that could exonerate convicted prisoners, without making them […]

A taste of the sweet life

On Friday, Aug. 8, Tuleyome Home Place Adventures took two youth groups from Yolo County to Henry’s Bullfrog Bees & PURE Honey farm. Henry’s Bullfrog Bees is a family-owned and -operated farm in Winters. Head beekeeper Henry Harlan is a dedicated, fifth-generation farmer from Woodland. As we learned during the tour, one-third of all our […]