Sunday, August 31, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Bob Dunning: We’re not expecting this to blow over

BobDunning2W

By
From page A2 | November 03, 2013 |

I’m not sure if this is a sign of what’s to come, but I did receive a sharply worded email from former City Council candidate Daniel Watts the other day about an incredibly important issue in this town.

It made me wonder if this is Dan’s way of dipping his toe into the political waters to see if another council run is in his future.

I certainly hope so. New blood is almost always a good thing in local politics. And even though I’m not certain Daniel is old enough to vote, that doesn’t mean he’s not capable of holding elective office.

Just imagine, if Daniel runs and wins, and Dan Wolk happens to lose his race for the 4th Assembly District seat, we’ll have two Daniels on the same council. That would certainly be a first in this town’s history and perhaps a first in this country. Maybe even the world. Another feather in our many-feathered cap.

But I’m getting ahead of myself here with a daydream that might not ever happen.

Writes Daniel, “Though I’m reticent to criticize you …”

Let’s stop right there and make a little prediction. How many folks want to bet that the next word in Daniel’s email will be a great big “but”.

That’s certainly what I thought, but turns out I was wrong.

Daniel continues with “lest you tear apart my email in a future column …”

I wouldn’t dream of it, Daniel.

“Your most recent column inspired me to respond.”

I get an extra five bucks in the old paycheck every time I inspire someone, so this pleases me greatly.

“You said that because leaf blowers are used by people to do their jobs, they deserve our support, not our disdain.”

I did say that, and a lot more. The folks using leaf blowers to complete their daily task of keeping this town’s lawn debris in check are generally not at the top of the economic ladder, especially in Davis. They need to complete a number of jobs quickly in order to make ends meet. Leaf blowers help them do that.

“As you know,” Daniel continues, “part of my comprehensive City Council platform in 2010 recommended a ban on leaf blowers.”

Actually, it slipped my mind, so thanks for the reminder.

“No one is disparaging the people who use leaf blowers.”

Of course they aren’t. They just want to take away their livelihood. And please don’t tell me they can do the job just as quickly with a rake.

“The problem isn’t with the people, but the machines themselves. Just because someone uses a particular technology to do their job doesn’t mean the technology is benevolent.”

I’m not arguing benevolence. I’m arguing minor inconvenience to our everyday lives. Let’s say three people — or lawn services — on your street use a leaf blower once a week after the lawn is mowed. Probably 15 minutes max, per job.

Are you aware, Daniel, there are 10,080 minutes in a week? And you can’t give these hard-working lawn folks 15 of those — or 45 for the whole block – to do their dirty work?

“Technology has drawbacks; it affects people other than those who use it. Farmers used DDT to efficiently eradicate pests, but we banned it when we realized DDT’s externalities outweighed its benefits. Asbestos insulates like no other material, but I causes cancer, so it’s banned.”

You’re comparing apples with asbestos here, Daniel. Those leaf blowers are not loaded with DDT and they don’t kick up asbestos. No one’s getting cancer from exposure to leaf blowers.

“Leaf blowers create noise pollution and air pollution. They kick up dust, making sidewalks impassable for kids walking to school.”

Nonsense.

I have many times passed folks using a leaf blower while walking the kids to or from school, and have never had our progress impeded. In fact, those wielding these noisy backpacks are invariably polite as they turn their machines away to allow us to pass.

Adds Daniel: “They wake up people who work the night shift and need to sleep at 7 a.m.”

Well, DWR’s “jaws” makes an awful lot of noise as it scrapes leaves off the pavement long before the sun rises, but like our friendly leaf blowers, it gets the job done quickly and efficiently.

Our city buses make noise. Trains makes noise and frequently block our roadways. Davis High School football games make noise. For crying out loud, the Aggie Band-uh makes noise.

Live and let live.

— Reach Bob Dunning at bdunning@davisenterprise.net

Comments

comments

.

News

Davis audience hears from civil-rights hero

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
 
Legislators wrap up with water, ethics, guns bills

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

 
Bob Dunning: This new kid might have a future

By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2

Five U.S. airstrikes target Islamic State fighters

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
EU threatens Russia with more sanctions

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

Robbery, pursuit in Central Davis lead to one arrest

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A3

 
Rotary clubs offer Davis High students some life lessons

By Evan Arnold-Gordon | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Beamer Park featured at Stroll Through History

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Yolo Federal to hold photo contest

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Katehi will speak at Chamber’s community luncheon

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Bean Feed supports for Yolo Democrats’ activities

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
Bauer garden marks one year

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Dinner will raise funds to help farmers in Burkina Faso

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Walkers welcome to join Sierra Club outings

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Tuleyome Tales: Be safe on wilderness trails

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Small wineries suffer big losses in quake

By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Grande site has been a convoluted saga

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A7

 
Say goodbye to summer with a ‘Final Blast’ at Explorit

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9 | Gallery

 
Bay Bridge project’s rainy-day money is nearly gone

By San Francisco Chronicle | From Page: A15 | Gallery

.

Forum

Already made herself at home

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Keep our green waste piles

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

How to make a good living

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

 
Nate Beeler cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

Changing local election dates benefits Democrats

By Tom Elias | From Page: A10

 
Ad-free email? You can still find it at Davis Community Network

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

Speak out

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
City panel working to tighten scrutiny of taxpayer dollars

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

Try round-robin storytelling at crafts fair

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

 
This epidemic should scare us

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A14

Marriage doesn’t mean we agree on everything

By Marion Franck | From Page: A14

 
.

Sports

Coach likes what she sees from Devil field hockey squad

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
UCD notebook: Coaches positive about FCS schools ‘playing up’

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Devils open with an impressive volleyball victory

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Stanford scores early, often in opener versus UCD

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

New coach, new tougher league for DHS football

By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Sports briefs: Aggie harriers secure season-opening sweep

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Baseball roundup: Cats win late to pull even with Aces

By Staff and wire reports | From Page: B8

 
.

Features

.

Arts

.

Business

Comings and Goings: Is fro-yo craze melting?

By Wendy Weitzel | From Page: A13 | Gallery

 
Sutter Davis Hospital honored again as a ‘best place to work’

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A13

Engage3 attracts investment for shopping app

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A20

 
California growers can use MBI’s new bioinsecticide

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A20

Sudwerk, Davis Food Co-op join for ‘co-hop-eration’ brew

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A20 | Gallery

 
Community pools its purchasing power to reduce the cost of solar

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A20

.

Obituaries

Wanda P. Daley

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Comics: Sunday, August 31, 2014

By Creator | From Page: B8