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Bob Dunning: Fifth Street redesign has its skeptics

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From page A2 | June 21, 2013 |

MAD AS HELL … my friend Ken says the road diet on Fifth Street is “a really stupid idea,” and he’s not alone in his thinking … “Several ‘No Bike Riding’ signs would solve the problem.” … forget the bikes, Ken, I won’t even use a car on Fifth in the downtown area … an absolute traffic nightmare … adds Ken “There are bike paths all over the place, so no need to put bikes on Fifth to run stop signs and signals.” … that’s really not fair, Ken … some cyclists do occasionally obey traffic signals in this town …

“City Council will regret this one. It’ll be back to four lanes in less than two years, and the return will be expensive, too” … at that point, of course, one of our councilmen will be using Fifth as an escape route to his new job in Sacramento …

BUMPER BRILLIANCE … saw my first “London, Paris, Tokyo, Rumsey” bumper sticker cruising around Davis on the back of a Ford Focus … and, given the size of Rumsey in the latest census, it’s likely to be the last such bumper sticker I see … this particular Ford Focus also had a decal that bragged it was a PZEM, which upon closer inspection I learned means “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle.” …

Excuse me, sir, but did you use the words ‘partial” and “zero” in the same sentence? … you can’t be partially zero … it’s like being partially pregnant … can Ford not afford a proofreader? … then again, maybe certain parts of the car — like the steering wheel or the radio — are zero-emission, rendering the entire car to be just “partially” zero-emission … I’ll look into it and get back to you on Monday …

PLAY LIKE A CHAMPION TODAY … yesterday I reported on the sad, but true, story of how the head football coach at Notre Dame, Brian Kelly, refused to release an 18-year-old kid from his letter of intent to play for the Fighting Irish, seriously penalizing the kid’s collegiate football career … the decision has been appealed to the NCAA, the governing body of college athletics, and hopefully will be overturned … as one reader suggested: “What Would Jesus Do?” … at this point, I think He’d fire Brian Kelly …

EVEN MORE ON THE GOLDEN DOMERS … this from EMH at comcast.net, who writes “When I heard about the incident last week and then Kelly’s reaction, I was shocked. And yes, saddened. That the coach could act in such a petty and vengeful way is beyond me.” … especially given the principles and ideals that Notre Dame purportedly holds itself to … “Notre Dame has a black eye on this matter. Why disrupt the youngster’s career? I pray that someone talks to Kelly and gets him to relent on his decision.” … maybe have him visit the Grotto and ask for some advice from above …

EVEN MORE SPORTING NEWS … earlier this week I asked this town’s serious golfers which championship is more important, the Masters or the U.S. Open … according to my friend Curt, “Winning the Open is a bigger win compared to the Masters. The venue changes every year and the USGA sets the course up to ruin par scoring (super long rough, greens shaved to table top smooth, etc.)” … indeed … in fact, I saw Tiger miss a couple of two-foot putts my grandmother could have made (ageist, sexist reference mine) …

— Reach Bob Dunning at bdunning@davisenterprise.net

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