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Scholars make a hometown boy proud


From page A2 | April 05, 2012 | Leave Comment

AGGIE PROUD … as I was sitting in a distant hotel room reading my complimentary copy of the New York Times, I came across a half-page announcement for the “2012 Awards from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation.” … and there under the heading “Ph.D. Dissertation Fellowships” were the names of eight super scholars from the nation’s very best universities … now you’d better sit down … yes, two of the eight honorees were from UC Davis … that’s 25 percent, last time I checked … the two Aggie scholars are Lena Meari and Andres Moya … made me want to step into the hotel lobby and sing a few verses of “Hail to California” …

LOST AND FOUND … my friend Stephen, just trying to be helpful, writes to say that “This morning, while walking the dog, I noticed that the Willett School grounds and nearby soccer fields are ‘littered’ with sweatshirts and jackets dropped by kids during playtime, and then forgotten.” … ah yes, the missing jacket … the scourge of childhood … adds Stephen: “Perhaps the NRC next will propose banning children’s outerwear.” … as my dad used to say, Stephen, don’t give them any ideas …

SHOW ME THE MONEY … Renee at wants to know “if the school district ever received that $100,000 for the Christmas light contest,” and says she “never heard if the winnings actually made it to our district coffers.” … actually, Renee, they put the name of every schoolkid in Davis into a great big hat and the four Dunning children from North Davis Elementary were announced as winners of an all-expenses-paid trip to Disneyland in Paris during spring break … that should account for most of the cash …

PROGRESSIVE VS, PROGRESSIVE … Curt at takes note of “the current trend where all sorts of so-called progressive programs and regulations are turning on the very people who endorsed them.” … such as? … “Windmill lovers battling bird lovers; state worker unions draining the treasury and leaving little money for in-home services, child health care, etc.; Volt lovers threatening to stress the electric grid to the max so they can charge their cars, but oppose building any new power plants; wealthy Davis retirees opposing higher water rates even though they voted for the clean water laws forcing the cleanup.” …

I get your point, my friend … and now even the president — sounding as if he just joined the tea party — is suggesting the Supreme Court has absolutely no business declaring laws unconstitutional … these are indeed interesting times we live in …

A POET IN WAITING … “City of Davis seeks new poet laureate,” said the headline in Davis’ Only Local Daily Newspaper … “Allegra Silberstein has served the city of Davis ably as its poet laureate for the past two years; now it is time to find her replacement.” … really? … do we now have term limits even on poets? … in my mind, Allegra has served Davis so ably that she deserves a second term … and a third term … I realize her budding dance career (Pam Trokanski) may be cutting into her writing time, but she can’t be replaced …

“Nominators must submit a resume, a nomination letter of 500 words or less and three original works of poetry.” … OK, I’ll see what I can come up with on short notice … let’s see, how about “East is east and West is west and never the train shall meet” … two more and the job is mine …

— Reach Bob Dunning at


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