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Bob Dunning: Tossing around original ideas to avoid bags

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SAUCY NEWS TO DEBUT … given that the city of Davis will no doubt soon ban all plastic bags from within the city limits, many Davisites are concerned about what sort of wrapper will keep The Davis Enterprise from arriving water-logged during our town’s rainy season … well, a solution is at hand … turns out that Original Steve’s shares a back alley with The Enterprise and one day the powers-that-be realized that papers and pizza have a lot in common … both need to be “tossed,” both offer home delivery through a dedicated crew of drivers and both must arrive in pristine condition as soon as possible after they’ve been made …

Working in concert with the UC Davis engineering department, both The Enterprise and Steve’s have developed an aerodynamic, Frisbee-like box that will deliver piping hot pizza and cold, hard facts in the same package … front-page news will actually be printed on the outside of the pizza box, comics on the back and classifieds around the circular edge, with sports, letters to the editor, wedding announcements and Page 2 columns on the inside, nestled right next to the pepperoni and gooey mozzarella … in field tests, the dynamic “paperizza” has been accurately delivered to a customer’s doorstep 86 percent of the time at a distance of 30 feet from a Volkswagen Bug traveling 5 mph down city streets … when accuracy reaches 98.6 percent, the plan will become fully operational …

The Enterprise and Steve’s, rolling with the times …

BAG MAN … always a straight talker, Davis City Councilman Brett Lee writes that he is “not in favor of a ban on plastic bags, but rather requiring stores to charge for single-use bags, whether paper or plastic.” … duly noted … adds Lee: “I think the shopper should be given some choice in the matter.” … on that we can agree … “Paying for bags will reduce their overall use — paper and plastic.” … or, it will at least force those who can’t afford the extra charge to carry groceries home in their bare hands …

FLUORIDE FOR ALL … my friend Alex writes to say there is no need to “formulate a program to make fluoride available to all low-income families desiring it,” as I suggested in a recent column … notes Alex: “Topical fluoride treatments are included in the Affordable Care Act’s Covered Preventive Services of September 23, 2010 as ‘Fluoride Chemoprevention supplements for children without fluoride in their water source.” … there you have it … adds Alex: “Since the group in question is the indigent, they are already covered for fluoride supplements (as a chewable tablet) at no cost through Medi-Cal. The tablets can be prescribed by a dentist, pediatrician, family doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant.” … or, presumably, even a newspaper columnist … after noting that “Medi-Cal eligibility was recently expanded to allow even more children to qualify, and those with private or employer-sponsored health insurance also have coverage at no cost (deductibles, payments and co-insurance are waived for all preventive services and treatments),” Alex concludes: “In short, fluoride supplements are currently available at no cost to nearly all those in the target group for municipal water fluoridation.” … I think that about covers it …

— Reach Bob Dunning at bdunning@davisenterprise.net

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