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Bob Dunning

Bob Dunning: It’s water under the virtual bridge

MIXED MESSAGE … like a number of other Davisites, I recently received a “Thank you for saving water” email from the Public Works Department … But, as I puffed up with East Davis pride, this brief note added “Home water reports for the 2015 WaterSmart program are only being sent to the highest 35 percent […]

Bob Dunning: Snack attack in the heart of Davis

Having decided that one good deed deserves another, I headed down to City Hall not to bury our City Council, but to praise it. After all, the mayor’s non-stop campaign to help Davis kids bike safely to school originates from a good heart, a sound mind and common sense. And the move to have youngsters […]

Bob Dunning: You’ll never believe what you’re doing wrong

It’s getting awfully difficult to live in Davis or even on Planet Earth these days without doing something that’s harmful to somebody. First it was Pope Francis’ brilliant and moving encyclical, Laudato Si’, and now this from our very own environmental gurus at the Explorit Science Center, courtesy of my friend Jeff. “Hello, Bob,” Jeff […]

Bob Dunning: Think about it, green is the new brown

IT’S NOT EASY BEING GREEN … my friend Eric points out that “Some people are painting their dying lawns green,” which is making some enterprising young folks with a can of spray paint rich … however, Davis being Davis, if you have a green lawn in this town it’s proof positive that you’re a water-wasting […]

Bob Dunning: Thank goodness for these useful calorie counts

Thank heavens the Food Police finally got their way and now every “chain” fast food outlet in the state has to tell us right up front how many calories each menu item contains. And never mind that our trendy and expensive non-chain restaurants can serve fatty 20-ounce ribeyes on top of a pile of bleu-cheese […]

Bob Dunning: Don’t think about it; just drink

YOU ARE WHAT YOU DRINK … reacting to the suggestion that one day we may be drinking recycled sewage water, my friend Tom cites a former seventh-grade teacher of his named Duncan Thomson, who basically said that every drop of water you drink has at some point passed through some other animal’s digestive tract … […]

Bob Dunning: It’s always better the second time around

“Bob,” said the brief note from a solid Davis citizen named John, “I am sure you will enjoy this article.” I don’t know that “enjoy” is exactly the word I’d use, but the article did have my complete attention as I zipped through it from start to finish. “Support grows in Bay Area for toilet […]

Bob Dunning: How do you restore the default settings?

As a student of the political process in this crazy town we call home, I’ve been intrigued by the process that led to the passage of Article 17.02.02 to Chapter 17 of the Davis Municipal Code, the so-called “Ordinance Establishing the Default Beverages Offered with Children’s Meals.” As part of my research, I looked back […]

Bob Dunning: Carolina would be finer without that flag

FLAGGED AS OFFENSIVE … although the racial problems in this country will not magically disappear if people stop flying the Confederate flag, I am nevertheless happy to see several prominent South Carolina elected officials do an about-face and decide that it’s time for the flag to go … No, you can’t formally ban anyone from […]

Bob Dunning: You may not like it, but it’s worth a try

As our country’s elected representatives become more and more entrenched in a gridlock that serves no one except the representatives themselves, it may be time to rethink our whole system of governance. As it is, members of the House of Representatives don’t care how their opinion might play across the country just as long as […]

Bob Dunning: Wells was one of the Aggies’ all-time best athletes

FAREWELL TO A LEGEND … the Aggie football family is mourning the loss of one of its all-time greats, defensive end Phil Wells, who died Monday at Stanford Health Center after a courageous battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He was 63 years old and fondly remembered by his UC Davis teammates and the thousands of Aggie […]

Bob Dunning: Oh sure, blame ‘the media’ for this silliness

Despite having been raised by parents who told me it was not polite to let mail stack up unanswered, I have been doing just that. Many apologies. Asks Sally in Stonegate: “Bob – I’m confused by the soda pop ban for kids in Davis restaurants. My neighbor says kids can still buy a Coke. Is […]

Bob Dunning: They only want what’s best for us

Years ago there was a popular television program known as “Father Knows Best,” starring Robert Young as the wise and caring dad who could raise a flock of kids better than just about anyone on the planet. That show is no longer on the air, but fortunately the Davis City Council, in its best paternalistic/maternalistic […]

Bob Dunning: Fortunately, the kids still get it

Over the years we’ve heard of both the joys and the horrors of youth sports. There are thousands of stories of kids whose lives have been changed for the better by their participation in activities that were good not only for their minds and bodies, but for their very spirit. Activities that gave them a […]

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