Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Bob Dunning: Pepper-spray deal leaves us all confused


From page A2 | October 25, 2013 |

PEPPERED WITH CONTROVERSY … so, by now we all know that the protesters who were pepper-sprayed on the UC Davis quad received $30,000 each and the guy doing the spraying received $38,000, not to mention full salary during an extended period on leave …

So, what lessons can we take from this whole sorry episode? … if you think of any, let me know …

A HAT IN THE RING … it may seem a bit early to be discussing candidates for next June’s Davis City Council election, but anytime anyone wishes to toss his or her hat in the ring, I’m a happy guy … the more the merrier is my motto … I long for the days when we have 10 or 12 or even 15 candidates vying for two seats …

So I thank Robb Davis for being the first Davisite willing to dip his toes in the council waters … I’m certain we’ll disagree on a number of issues and agree on others, but Robb will be a serious candidate right out of the chute … he loves this town and he wishes it well … he’ll be a formidable candidate …

WATER WISE … yes, the city I love notified me that our family is actually doing pretty good with this water conservation bit, which prompted Barbara to ask “What’s your secret to being so water-efficient, Bob?” … well, first off, we sneak out at night and fill great big jugs with water from various drinking fountains in our city parks … we use that for drinking, brushing our teeth and watering the petunias …

We also purchased a very long green garden hose that we attach to the outdoor faucet of whichever neighbor is on vacation … we use that to water the lawn and give the kids chilly outdoor showers after the sun has gone down and no one is looking … and we pee in the backyard, which helps the fruits and vegetables grow … that pretty much explains it. Barbara … but please, keep it to yourself …

TENNIS ANYONE? … for reasons unknown, Davis City Manager Steve Pinkerton has agreed to battle Woodland City Manager Paul Navazio in an exhibition tennis match at 11 a.m. Saturday at City Park in Woodland … organizers actually asked the Above-Pictured Columnist to sit in the umpire’s chair for this historical and possibly hysterical event, but they couldn’t match my fee, so these two may have to call their own lines …

All I can say is Pinkerton better win this thing … the public embarrassment of losing to Woodland in tennis would be too much for this town to bear … fortunately, both combatants will have a legitimate tennis pro on their side of the net in this doubles event …

It’s being billed as the “First Annual Manager’s Cup,” but as I learned from Mr. Carey in seventh grade at Davis Junior High School, you can’t call it an “annual” until you’re doing it for the second time … until then, it’s just the “first” and nothing more …

MEA CULPA … recently I used this space to credit the late, great Ronald Reagan with the expression “Let me say this about that.” … that prompted a quick correction from my friend Woody, who noted “I’m pretty sure it was Richard Nixon and not Ronald Reagan who is associated with the phrase ‘Let me say this about that.’ ” …

Woody would be right … what he didn’t realize, however, is that I was actually quoting Ronald Reagan quoting Richard Nixon … that’s my story and I’m sticking to it …

BULLY FOR YOU … well, some sour-grapes parent actually filed a “bullying” complaint against a high school football team in Texas for running up a 91-0 score on his kid’s team … look, it’s football … people block and tackle and try to score as many points as they can … and given that the head coach of the winning team put everyone but the cheerleaders into the game very early in the proceedings, was he supposed to tell his reserves not to try to score? …

Football involves winning and losing … your kid lost … turn it into a teachable moment instead of trying to bully the winning team …

— Reach Bob Dunning at [email protected]





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