Bob Dunning

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 […]

June 25, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

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 […]

June 24, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

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 […]

June 23, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

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 […]

June 21, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

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 […]

June 19, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

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 […]

June 18, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

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 […]

June 17, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

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 […]

June 16, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: These hydration experts may be all wet

After the California State Water Resources Control Board shamed us into never again asking for a glass of water in a restaurant, many people are taking that mentality into their home lives as well in a desperate attempt to reduce their water consumption. This has led to a number of doctors, coaches, nutritionists and door-to-door […]

June 14, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Play golf and support Davis foster youths

A CAUSE WORTH SUPPORTING … Ralph Villanueva, the only Davis High School graduate to be honored twice by his school’s Hall of Fame, has announced that Progress Ranch will be the beneficiary of the 17th Annual Villanueva Family and Friends charity golf tournament July 18 at Wildhorse. Dubbed “Fore the Kids,” the tournament will benefit […]

June 12, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Good thing new residents will bathe in Woodland

A GROWING TREND … my friend Stephen, who has lived in this town for a long, long time, says that every time he opens his favorite Davis newspaper, he reads about two things – “1) Drought and water shortage; 2) More and more housing.” … I have to agree with you, Stephen … those do […]

June 11, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Milk goes real well with Oreo pie

(Somewhere in downtown Davis) “Welcome to the Council Café, sir. Just you and the children tonight?” “No, my wife hopes to join us, but she’s trying to park the car, so we may have to start without her.” “How many children’s menus would you like?” “Six, please.” “Great. Just so you know, we have some great […]

June 10, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: We’re eating at the wrong cafeterias

DOLLARS AND SENSE … when it was noted here last week that outgoing city of Davis innovation czar Rob White was receiving $76,000 worth of “benefits” annually in addition to his $164,000 salary, I was overwhelmed with comments that basically said “No way that figure is accurate.” … others were simply stunned at the sheer […]

June 09, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

Bob Dunning: Some grasses are greener than others

“City to choose trees over grass as it conserves water,” said the shocking front-page headline that graced this newspaper one recent day. Such headlines are becoming commonplace as we await the much-anticipated return of The Savior, El Niño, to our once-green land. “Save the trees, kill some grass,” read the first words of Dave Ryan’s […]

June 07, 2015 | Posted in Bob Dunning | Tagged ,

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