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Bob Dunning: Wait till death before setting in stone

By From page A2 | December 26, 2013

OF DEATH AND STREET NAMES … Joel at ucdavis.edu enters the debate over naming Davis streets by noting that “Foshay Tower was the lifelong dream and namesake of Wilbur Foshay, an art student turned businessman who amassed his fortune by building up three utility company empires.” … turns out they chiseled Foshay’s name into the building only to later have him go belly up with a number of unpaid debts … as Joel points out, this is “what happens when you name something after a living person,” as some suggest we should do with Davis streets … agreed, Joel … whether it’s buildings or boulevards we’re naming, best to let the recipients of such honors complete their days on Earth before we set their names in stone …

NEAR MISS … Jen writes to say that “I was in the running to have a street named after me, but someone heard me at Nugget asking for ‘plastic’ and my name was quickly dropped off the list.” … a mortal sin in this town, Jen …

SIGN OF THE TIMES … posted on the marquee of a Woodland elementary school on break: “We wish you a Merry Chirstmas.” …. no wonder they’ve taken to calling it “Winter Break” …

TIS THE SEASON … while walking through a Ross on Christmas Eve, I noted the large, decorative cutouts featuring the words “Peace” and “Joy” had already been relegated to the bargain bin along with a number of items devoid of such lofty sentiments … hopefully, both of those words will be prominent in our world in 2014, despite their bargain bin status … not to be outdone, the brightly colored Target ad that landed on my driveway Christmas morning prominently featured a very large “JOY” cutout at 50 percent off …. I say if you can get joy that cheaply, take it …

SPEAKING OF HOPE AND JOY … tickets are on sale at 30 bucks a pop for non-Chamber of Commerce members who would like to hear Mayor Joe Krovoza’s “State of the City” address on Jan. 7 … according to advanced publicity for this glorious event, Krovoza will run down the city’s accomplishments in 2013 and set some “attainable” goals for 2014 … I don’t know about you, but I much prefer attainable goals over those unattainable ones … presumably, one of Krovoza’s goals will be to hammer Mayor Pro Tem Dan Wolk in the June primary election for a seat in the California Assembly …

All of this caused my friend John to wonder out loud why the ordinary folks in town should part with that much cash just for the honor of hearing the mayor deliver a message that potentially affects all of us … I assured John that this very newspaper will cover the mayor’s speech in detail and he won’t need a ticket to read it … as I understand it, the country’s major networks were offered the chance to show the mayor on live television, but there were no takers …

MASS FOR THE MASSES … I got asked the other day by one of my non-Catholic friends how “you Catholics do Midnight Mass”? … for the record, the Church of my birth offers all sorts of Mass times on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, thus attending Midnight Mass — beautiful as it is — remains an option, not a requirement … even the pope, following his predecessor’s lead, has moved up Midnight Mass at the Vatican to 9:30 p.m. …

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