Friday, March 6, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Bob Dunning: Fueling the fire of global warming

BobDunning2W

By
From page A2 | January 07, 2014 |

GLOBAL WARNING … after I scolded Rose Bowl play-by-play announcer Brent Musberger for telling a worldwide audience — including a significant number of Davisites — to “throw another log on the fire” at the start of the game, a kind reader told me in no uncertain terms that this was not a laughing matter … somehow, I’m still laughing … in fact, he pointed out that just two days prior to the Rose Bowl, Sacramento had reported a record high temperature for the day, clear evidence of global warming …

Maybe so, maybe not, but yes, the old record maximum for Dec. 30 was 61, and that record was smashed a week ago Monday when the temperature rose to a searing 62 degrees … the extra degree, no doubt, was caused by folks all over town taking Musberger’s advice and throwing an extra log on the fire … and never mind that Musberger’s advice didn’t come until two days after the fact … as my dad once told me, never let facts get in the way of a good story …

EVEN MORE GLOBAL WARMING … as I understand it, school was canceled for kids in Green Bay, Wis., yesterday, not because it was 90 degrees below zero, but because the beloved fan-owned Packers lost their playoff game to the 49ers and the kids were too sad to go to class …

FRUIT OF THE REALM … absolutely loved that front-page Enterprise story the other day explaining when I can and when I can’t pick low-hanging fruit in my beloved hometown … turns out, “the law allows for people to pick fruit if a tree hangs over on their property or in a public space, like a sidewalk.” … unfortunately, the overhanging tree from the neighbor to the left is the world’s largest sycamore and it drops everything but fruit, and the only thing coming over the fence from the neighbor on the right is runaway ivy that needs to be constantly trimmed so it doesn’t climb through the bedroom window … there is a beautifully laden orange tree over the back fence, but none of its fruit ever comes within arm’s length of the Above-Pictured Columnist …

The message here for fruit lovers is to always check the back yards of potential neighbors before submitting a bid on your dream home …

A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME … no matter where you stand on the Health and Human Services mandate concerning the application of parts of the Affordable Care Act to religious institutions, you gotta love the lawsuit filed by the Little Sisters of the Poor against the United States government … for my money, it’s hard to root against the Little Sisters of the Poor … talk about David versus Goliath …

Back in college I had a coach who used to try to fire us up by saying, “Hey, we’re not playing the Little Sisters of the Poor today,” thinking it was a fictional organization … in fact, we all thought he made it up on the spot … turns out the Obama administration is now in a fight to the death with this very organization … may the best man/woman win …

BELLS-R-US … my friend Ralph at comcast.net asks me to please do my part “for many grateful pedestrians and bicyclists to make sure that the various enlightened bicycle and traffic commissioners and their commissions introduce bicycle bells to the Holy City, also known as COW, Center of the World, as an urgent safety measure.” … forget safety, Ralph, I just happen to like how they sound …

“As a 91-year-old pedestrian and bicyclist, I have been begging for bicycle bells for many years, but to no avail.” … well, given that this town’s council is never shy about passing ordinances requiring people to do things they might not otherwise do, I’d say mandatory bells have a 50-50 chance of being a part of our future … sure beats hearing someone yell “on your left” as you’re walking along your favorite path …

— Reach Bob Dunning at [email protected]

Comments

comments

.

News

Bay Area developers join Mace proposal

By Dave Ryan | From Page: A1

 
Trial ordered in Davis child death case

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1

‘Topping out': Sign a building beam at the Shrem Museum

By Jeffrey Day | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Life after lawn: Fifty greens for shade

By Katie F. Hetrick | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Bob Dunning: There’s an exception to every rule

By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2

 
Ukraine declares heavy weapons pullback from front line

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

NASA craft circling Ceres in first visit to dwarf planet

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
CHP car hit with bullet on highway

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

UCD police warn of sexual battery incident

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2

 
Got sun? Indoor herbs can thrive on windowsills

By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

Quick home improvements that raise your resale value

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
How can we know that the products we buy for our homes are safe?

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Spring-clean your kitchen in five easy steps

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Workshop eyes creating peace through creative play

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B6

 
Museum brick sales to end this month

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B6

Cabrillo Club plans membership dinner

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B6

 
Dryers: Homes’ energy guzzlers just got greener

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Need a new best friend?

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B6 | Gallery

 
UCD improving farming, food production with fewer pesticides

By Kathy Keatley Garvey | From Page: B6 | Gallery

PSAs highlight area nonprofits

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B6

 
Peripheral neuropathy support offered

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B6

Waldorf’s spring tea party doubles as open house

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

 
Register online for Woodland rec classes

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

Older adults will discuss conscious aging movement

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7Comments are off for this post

 
Seniors serious about fitness

By Savannah Holmes | From Page: A11 | Gallery

 
Pig out at Pig Day Saturday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

Porkers on display at Hattie Weber Museum

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
St. John’s shows off cuisine at brunch

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

.

Forum

Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: B4

 
Some convicts don’t deserve parole hearings

By Tom Elias | From Page: B4

Here’s how to make college cheaper

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4

 
Obama’s world is a dangerous place

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B4

Dirty laundry on the company line

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B9

 
.

Sports

UCD women fall at UCR

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

 
Aggie men clinch Big West crown

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Marsh provides radio images of a ‘magical’ Aggie hoops season

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Blue Devil volleyballers cruise in home opener

By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

DHS girls track and field team reloads for 2015

By Dylan Lee | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Sports briefs: Bella Vista slips past DHS softballers

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B12

.

Features

 
Rec Report: Looking ahead to spring break

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B5

What’s happening

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: B5

 
Wineaux: A local diamond in the rough, revisited

By Susan Leonardi | From Page: A9

.

Arts

Steve Kiser’s work on display at Gallery 1855

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
Tables available at Vinyl and Music Fair

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel': Second-rate

By Derrick Bang | From Page: A10 | Gallery

 
Learn from experts at ‘Art of Painting’ conference

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A12 | Gallery

Tom Brousseau to visit ‘Live in the Loam’ on KDRT

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A12

 
‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ auditions set

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A12

Hugh Masekela and Vusi Mahlasela celebrate Mandela’s legacy

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A12 | Gallery

 
.

Business

Honey, we shrank the SUV — and Europe loves it

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Comics: Friday, March 6, 2015

By Creator | From Page: B10