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Bob Dunning: Super-sick from the Super Bowl …

So I was reading my second favorite newspaper in preparation for today’s big game when I came across a headline that said “Your Team Made the Super Bowl? Better Get a Flu Shot.” According to Austin Frakt’s piece in The New York Times, “If your home team is playing in the Super Bowl, the parties […]

Bob Dunning: Dates … they’re sweeter than they look

DATES TO THE RESCUE … after I mentioned in this space yesterday that one of our town’s prominent soda tax proponents had published a recipe for a date cake with several sauces that called in total for 5½ cups of sugar, a real medical doctor commented that “micronutrients” in dates can somehow magically mitigate the […]

Bob Dunning: No fooling: Soda foe is cookin’ with sugar

It’s not often you’ll see a local celebrity extol the dangers of a food item on one page of the newspaper and yet urge us to consume that very same food item on another page of the newspaper. Trust me, it just happened. I should note before we continue that for a long time now […]

Bob Dunning: How will we tell the pitchers from the belly itchers?

As much as I appreciate good sportsmanship when I see it, I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone try to legislate it. Until now. Turns out the folks at the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association are about to ban the First Amendment, at least at high school sporting events, by prohibiting the use of certain words […]

Bob Dunning (Feb. 2): If he decides to go, it’ll be our loss

SAY IT AIN’T SO … so, Superintendent of Schools Winfred Roberson is giving up the City of All Things Right and Relevant for a similar gig in Glendale? … geez, Louise, I thought he was smarter than that … yes, Davis can be a difficult and contentious district at times, with just about all the […]

Bob Dunning: It’s us vs. ‘them’ in the battle of the lawns

In this city famous for mandating a mistletoe-laden street tree in every front yard under penalty of death, it should be expected that all those trees eventually will drop several tons of leaves on our lawns and streets. I realize the city seems to think leaves drop only in the fall, but I have a […]

Bob Dunning: Just a normal day on the Davis beat

SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES … there are a thousand stories in the naked city, though none of them involve people actually not wearing clothes … Thankfully, all of them are recorded in the official city of Davis police log for an otherwise ordinary Thursday … there was the guy passed out in a sliver […]

Bob Dunning (Jan. 28): The Cookie Police are nutty at Davis High

Let’s call this one the Great Cookie Caper of 2016. Or, because it involves the dedicated journalists at the esteemed Davis High School newspaper, the Great Cookie Hub-Bub of 2016. Turns out staffers at this chronicler of Blue Devil activities decided it would be a nice gesture to make and distribute cookies to their fellow […]

Bob Dunning: Three’s a crowd; four is a council race

And then there were four. Yes, we now have four candidates for three Davis City Council seats, which at least means nobody’s going to win simply by default. Indeed, Will Arnold has entered the fray, joining water-rate guru Matt Williams and council incumbents Lucas Frerichs and Brett Lee. Mayor Dan Wolk is abdicating his throne […]

Bob Dunning (Jan. 26): Voters, which tax do you want to pay?

PRO-CHOICE TAXES … given that our beloved council members are weighing a wide variety of taxes to toss on the ballot for our consideration, it’s imperative that we have maximum public participation in the process … “input,” as they like to call it here in the Second Most Educated City in America … it taxes […]

Bob Dunning: They’re taxing our patience

“Voters could face variety of tax measures,” said the scary headline over Felicia Alvarez’s front-pager in Davis’ only 119-year-old newspaper. I don’t know if the City Council is working overtime or what, but it sure seems as if I’m quoting Felicia on a regular basis these days as she tracks the comings and goings of […]

Bob Dunning: Delivering babies, he helped the town grow

A TRUE DAVIS PIONEER … Davis lost one its greatest and longtime citizens last Sunday when Dr. James Kennedy passed away at the age of 95 … according to his obituary, he was just one of five doctors in Davis when he moved here in 1956 to open his medical practice on F Street, and […]

Bob Dunning (Jan. 21): Need tunnel advice? Call El Chapo

NISHI TUNNEL: NO PROBLEM … well, members of the Davis City Council didn’t exactly punt on Tuesday night when it came to the issue of letting the fine citizens of this town vote on the Nishi project, but they did at least call “time out” … we did learn, according to The Enterprise front-pager by […]

Bob Dunning: Paternalistic brochure was a big flop

I have quit counting the number of people who have sent me an email, called on the phone or deposited the pushy “Facts About Sugar-Sweetened Beverages” brochure under the doormat on the front porch of our humble East Davis home. “How much did this fancy brochure cost?” they want to know. “Who’s paying for this […]

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