Sunday, March 29, 2015

Right decision on downtown project


From page A2 | June 28, 2012 |

THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD … it’s hard when dramatic change takes place next door or just around the corner, but the council did the right thing Tuesday night in unanimously overruling its own Planning Commission to approve a stellar four-unit housing project at the corner of Fourth and D … change is inevitable … neighborhoods can’t always remain frozen in time … the project proposed and the people proposing it are the best that Davis has to offer … which is not to demean those who would have liked to see things stay as they are … the council weighed the various competing viewpoints — most of them sincere and legitimate — and reached the inescapable conclusion that this is exactly the kind of project we wish to have in Davis …

ANOTHER STEP BACKWARD … now that it’s been revealed that YOLO stands for You Only Live Once, I’m sad to report that our humble county is only the seventh healthiest in the state of California … this from a study conducted jointly by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute … I realize that seventh out of 58 might be considered decent in some circles, but when you live in Davis, anything other than Numero Uno is unacceptable …

Given that Santa Clara, San Benito and San Mateo are all listed in the top five, I’m detecting a trend here … if you name your county after a saint, it has a better chance of being healthy … then again, Trinity — which also has theological significance in Christian circles — was dead last, so maybe my theory is full of holes … Marin County was first — spending all day in a hot tub drinking pinot noir apparently is good for you — while the bottom five were Trinity, Del Norte, Siskiyou, Tehama and Lake, all in Northern California … as for Yolo’s less-than-stellar ranking, you can say what you want, but I’m blaming Woodland …

EMAIL ETIQUETTE … so, I received an email from a kind soul named Sally, someone I had not previously known, who asked a serious question that deserved a serious reply … and because my mother used to always say “if someone writes you a letter, you write them back,” I replied … I figured that was the end of it … I was wrong … back came a message not from Sally, but from something called “Spam Arrest.” …

“Sally here, I’m protecting myself from receiving junk mail,” it began, sounding for all the world like junk mail … “Place click the link below to complete the verification process.” … Sally, sweetheart, it’s me, Bob … you just sent me an email asking a serious question, remember? … and I’m trying to answer you … I’m not inclined to fill out a spam questionnaire for the privilege of corresponding with your royal highness …

Now, if I had initiated this conversation, then your request might be understandable, if a bit rude … “You are receiving this message in response to your email to Sally, a Spam Arrest customer.” … no, I am receiving this message because I was kind enough to answer an email that Sally sent to me … “Spam Arrest requests that senders verify themselves before their email is delivered.” … that’s just ducky, but Bob Arrest is not interested in verifying himself …

“When you click the above link, you will be taken to a page with a graphic on it. Simply read the word in the graphic, type it into the form, accept the Sender Agreement, and you’re verified.” … how very, very sweet … but why should I have to accept the onerous Sender Agreement if Sally didn’t have to do the same? … how about you folks at Spam Arrest contact Miss Manners and see what she has to say about all this …

FLOWERS ON THE DOORSTEP … and a happy anniversary to the Red-Headed Girl of My Dreams who said “I do” on this day shortly after one century turned into another … just goes to show that great things can happen if you hang around a laundromat in northern Idaho long enough …

— Reach Bob Dunning at [email protected]





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