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Earl Heal

Tenets of political philosophy matter

Democrat. Liberal. Progressive. Let’s think about the values of these terms. The meaning of Democrat to me is based on their principles of 60 years ago – the United States is an exceptional nation, support the Constitution and keep the government out of our face. Today’s Democratic leaders have different objectives, but I doubt that […]

EPA operates along with its unaccountable ilk

Recent Right Stuff columns on actions by the California Air Resources Board reveal a strong comparison to actions by the Environmental Protection Agency and Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. Both boards function under the authority of the EPA. The EPA has received considerable criticism for the past five years. It was forced to […]

April 06, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Leaders, managers possess different traits

Citizens expect political office holders to exercise leadership in their everyday activities. How well is that expectation fulfilled? The U.S. Constitution only specifies age, citizenship,and residency for members of Congress and for the president. Today’s academics compare leadership with management and some even deny significant differences. Attempts to define leadership usually fail to encompass the […]

March 16, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged

Government help no real help at all

With the passing of Black History Month, it is appropriate to review what Big Government has done recently to help unemployed Americans, particularly black Americans. Three contested issues come to mind that affect labor employment – immigrant amnesty, the Affordable Care Act and minimum wage legislation. This column on Aug. 4, 2014, provided facts that […]

March 09, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Democracy or republic: Food for thought

As related in our previous column, the nation’s founders and writers of the U.S. Constitution firmly intended the government to be a republic, not a democracy. In the 20th century, however, belief that a democracy was the epitome of good government and that the Founding Fathers had established just such a government for the United […]

February 02, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Democracy or republic?

Apparently there is today common misunderstanding of the American form of government. This column will review the founders’ intent when developing the Constitution. The Founding Fathers supported the view that, “Men . . . are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,” and that such rights should not be violated by an unrestrained majority […]

January 26, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Social Security: Check your knowledge

Sometimes, what you don’t know can hurt you, like making important decisions without understanding the facts. See Daily Republic, Jan. 8, Page 1A, Social Security, for gory details of mismanagement. Following are additional facts. First some history: The Social Security Act of 1935 was enacted to address the extreme poverty in the Great Depression to […]

January 12, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

What happens now that election is over?

Everyone knows that the November elections presented a mandate for change, but only time will tell what the change will be. In the meantime, let’s remember some significant history of our nation. Hopefully our representatives will be guided by these truths and not personal ideology. The unalienable rights of all Americans defined in the Constitution are […]

November 17, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

What happened on Election Day?

President Barack Obama and his Democratic Party got beat down on Election Day. No one can dispute the meaning for GOP principles of eight new Senate seats, 12 or 13 new House seats and 10 new governorships, some in places as blue as Maryland and Maine. Money is considered the “mother’s milk of politics.” By […]

November 10, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

State recovers growth with tax increases

The Associated Press recently reported, citing Standard and Poor’s, that California sales tax revenue went from nearly 11 percent annual growth between 1950 and 1979 down to 3.4 precent between 2000 and 2009. Revenue growth allegedly recovered thereafter to 7.2 percent. It blames, without explanation, the revenue loss to income inequality and credits the later recovery to […]

October 06, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Immigration facts by the numbers

Stephen Steinlight, senior policy analyst at the Center of Immigration Studies, recently addressed the Vaca Valley Tea Party. Recognizing the political debates about immigration, he provided five concepts that hopefully most Americans believe: There is no constitutional or God-given right for citizens of other nations to emigrate to America. Must follow rule of law. Should […]

September 15, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Dollars and sense: The politics of division

Income inequality has recently become an issue by both political parties. Democrats argue that more government welfare and regulation are needed. Republicans argue for more liberty and lower taxes. Both are guilty of emotional and arguments that are not based on fact. Public discourse reveals major misunderstanding of business principles. Studies reveal opposing conclusions. Let […]

September 01, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Are you educated enough to vote?

The nation’s Founding Fathers were concerned whether citizens were educated enough to maintain a republic. History proves those citizens were equipped. Principles of the republic were not violated for 150 years. Alexis de Tocqueville, a French political activist, toured 17 of the 24 states for a year in 1831 and wrote extensively about the strong […]

August 18, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Minimum wage scales do not balance

The effects of government-established minimum wages were strongly debated in the 1930s and that continues today. The practice was finally accepted as law in 1938. Data for alleged studies are often presented supporting all positions, which affirmatively proves one adage. Figures do not lie, but liars do figure. A principle that cannot be disputed is […]

August 04, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Arrogance of power evident

First, a compliment to the Travis School District governing board for responding to common sense and public reaction against a proposed $47,900 contract that was intended to tell children how to play at recess time. We’ve previously discussed in this column the unresponsiveness of elected representatives. Beyond that subtle failure of public servants to serve […]

July 28, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

History tells tale of America

“Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” – George Santayana The United States Constitution is recognized as a unique and perhaps miraculous document, but the debates and compromises that produced it have been forgotten. It is sometimes labeled as obsolete. Is it? If not, why not? “The Federalist Papers,” written by […]

July 21, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Big lies about Iraq and Vietnam

Joseph Goebbels, Adolf Hitler’s successful minister of propaganda, said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.  .  . truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the state.” It is sad that Americans, unlike those […]

July 07, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Environmental ideology versus science

This is the latest of a series of topical columns titled The Right Stuff to promote thought and ensure accuracy within political campaigns and issues. Our objective is to promote interest among voters to separate fact from opinion or fiction. It is time for voters to demand representatives who promote the founding principles of our […]

June 16, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Some facts, history of Agenda 21

The is the latest installment in a series of topical columns titled The Right Stuff to promote thought and ensure accuracy within political campaigns and issues. Our objective is to promote interest among voters to separate fact from opinion or fiction. It is time for voters to demand representatives who promote the founding principles of […]

June 02, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Quick revisit shows columns’ accuracy

This is number 5.5 of a series of topical columns titled The Right Stuff to promote thought and ensure accuracy within political campaigns and issues. The Daily Republic on May 19 published a private opinion alleging we fell short of that goal. To ensure readers have confidence in our reporting, let us review who fell […]

May 26, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Let’s compare politics to fact

This is the fourth of a series of topical columns titled “The Right Stuff” to promote thought and ensure accuracy within political campaigns and issues. Our objective is to promote interest among voters to separate fact from opinion or fiction. It is time for voters to demand representatives who promote the founding principles of our […]

May 12, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Elected representatives unresponsive

The following is the second of a series of topical column titled “The Right Stuff” to promote thought and ensure accuracy within political campaigns and issues. Our objective is to promote interest among voters to separate fact from opinion or fiction. It is time for voters to demand representatives who promote the founding principles of […]

April 28, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Time to replace liberal columnist

In reference to the most-recent column by Mike Kirchubel (July 29, “When did the housing problem start?”), I suggest that Mr. Kirchubel’s column is an embarrassment to the Daily Republic. I was not aware that former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan refused to write rules regulating mortgage loans, but I am not concerned for many […]

August 02, 2013 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

EPA sets value on cost of a life

The Solano County Taxpayers Association was incorporated Oct. 17, 1960, with authority and responsibilities to study and survey conditions within the county related to taxation affects, to promote movements for the conservation of tax dollars and the conservation of expenditures thereof, and to publicize the tax structure to effect an efficient governmental administration. The work of […]

August 15, 2012 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Exercise caution on Measure L

Much has been written about the good work accomplished by the Solano County Library system and the Library Foundation and the Solano County Taxpayers Association concurs that such recognition is deserved. Major increases by all eight libraries in operating hours, book purchases, children’s programs and public usage while decreasing staffing levels 21 percent are a […]

May 27, 2012 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Don’t blame Karzai for US-Afghan troubles

Current news reports make it easy to criticize Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, however, history provides considerable logic for his actions. That logic is that chiefs of state act by the first human principle — survival. History provides unlimited examples of this and one historically recent example compares shockingly to the Afghanistan situation. The current states of […]

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Solano taxpayer group questions water board’s reach

The Solano County Taxpayers Association’s Wastewater Committee met with the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board to discuss Water Board procedures. In addition to the Board Executive Officer Pamela Creedon, a state board member, Rik Rasmussen, and a San Francisco Environmental Protection Agency Region representative, Matthew Mitchell, were in attendance and two Federal EPA […]

February 05, 2012 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Recent column fosters division, not solutions

A column in the Oct. 25 edition of the Daily Republic may be defended in the mind of the author as freedom of speech, but it is only hate speech. To compare our first-world country, which became so by pure capitalism, to a Third World country with modified socialism and little respect for human dignity is […]

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