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Letter to the Editor

Correct facts appreciated; Measure P truth disappointing

In our Citizen/Taxpayer Group opinion published Sept. 18, I stated that Fairfield’s budget showed $48 million planned for city street work in the 2015-16 fiscal year. That figure comes from the city’s budget document. In a follow-up letter published Friday, Fairfield Public Works Director George Hicks explained that most of that $48 million was for […]

October 11, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged | Leave a reply

Enforce international law and stop aggression

Emboldened by Russia’s military assistance to Syria, where Moscow formally maintains a military base, Armenia, which has hosted Russia’s 102nd military base since the time of declaration of Armenia’s (in)dependence, the Sargsyan regime started using heavy weaponry to target civilian residences in Azerbaijan. This should come as no surprise because: 1. Armenia had repeatedly threatened […]

Official disputes $48M street-fix claim

I’d like to respond to John Takeuchi’s Sept. 18 local opinion column. Mr. Takeuchi, as president of the local taxpayers association, commented on Fairfield’s Measure P. In his column, Mr. Takeuchi stated that since the passage of Measure P, city expenditures on street maintenance have risen from $2 million per year to more than $48 million […]

Don’t forget Suisun City

Ian Thompson’s article on Sept. 24 did not mention Suisun City was also affected by the Sept. 21 fire behind Taft Street. I lost power for about three hours, cable and telephone service until late the next morning. When something like that happens, please don’t forget to mention Fairfield’s stepsister city. Keith Harrison Suisun City

Taxpayers: Beware of bonds

It’s time to recollect what is Mello Roos because the Fairfield Planning Commission just approved a new housing development to create 675 homes that will be included, and taxed, in Mello Roos Community Facilities District No. 5. Under Community Facilities District No. 5, the developer fees and the new schools construction costs are paid with money generated […]

Keep a varied view on homelessness

Our analysis of homelessness is based on the premise that this is a bad thing. When the premise is changed, the conclusion can lead to a new view. In Brazil, there is a cultural respect for the man who sits down anywhere (but private property) and “pitches a tent.” We need to remember the Earth […]

Homelessness in Fairfield not new

The homeless problem is not new, nor is the idea of a day center. Fairfield had a homeless day center on West Texas Street from December 1998 to October 2001. The program was funded by Solano County and operated by several different agencies during its life span. It was insufficiently funded and poorly located and […]

Americans have given enough to world

The Pope visits America and we are lectured about sharing, the sin of global warming and for an end to nuclear arms. It’s always Americans who need to have a little less so that others can have a little more. Candidate Hillary Clinton has said it, the president, and now the pope is saying it. […]

Putah Creek cleanup a satisfying success

We are grateful that it is harder to find huge piles of trash along Putah Creek thanks to 27 years of volunteer cleanup efforts. However, energetic volunteers still managed to remove more than 5,100 pounds of trash and recyclables from Putah Creek on Sept. 19.  Putah Creek Council would like to thank all the volunteers who participated […]

Trumpeting the wrongs of ‘The Donald’

Much is being written about Donald Trump’s bombastic approach to political theater and his comical unraveling of the Republican presidential candidates. Suffice to say, he is nothing more than a gaseous buffoon. The bigger issue is not attempting to understand Trump’s egomaniacal and brutish persona, but understanding why so many Americans believe that he has […]

Return stolen dogs

This letter is directed to the person responsible for taking two little mixed-breed dogs from a homeless man’s cart outside a local Denny’s restaurant at around 5:30 p.m. Aug. 29. Mike truly loved those dogs and cared for them better than some people with homes. We had seen Mike come out of a funk he had […]

Bravo for the great time

To coaches Eddie Wilson, Clyde Carpino, Ron Thompson and all the other coaches of Fairfield High School: Bravo! To the young men and women of Fairfield High School, thank you for the outstanding job to make the school’s sports hall of fame induction dinner really nice and easy for everyone. To the families of those young people, […]

Fed up with jury duty? Get over it

I retired a few years ago after spending nearly three decades as a Solano County deputy district attorney and spent many an hour in a courtroom. I am writing to respond to the letter I read Aug. 22, from Steve Karsten, who complained “I am fed up” about being inconvenienced by being summoned for jury duty. […]

Keep working on Delta tunnels

The former governor of California, (Edmund G.) “Pat” Brown, was a visionary. His California State Water Project was unprecedented and has brought great economic benefit to California farms. We are faced with a decision to carry out to fruition his plan by constructing the Delta tunnels. As an Eagle Scout, I am a conservationist. As […]

Giving Lions’ share of thanks

On behalf of the board of directors of the Fairfield Community Services Foundation, we can’t begin to thank the Fairfield Host Lions Club enough for all the generous support its members have provided over the past 11 years through their fundraiser Prime Rib in the Park. Their substantial donations of more than $220,000 have helped support Fun […]

Now what?

The migration stories continue to dominate social media and some simply ask, who is going to take care of all these waves of people? The parallel is the unending reporting of the homeless nationwide and worldwide. In Europe, Germany has taken a political stand to open and expand it country’s borders to the migrates far more […]

Reader feels misled by headline

I was dismayed by the Sept. 10, 2015, headline insinuating that the Fairfield-Suisun School District paid $10,000 for a one-hour talk with a consultant. While that may have been the experience of Missouri, it is unfair to smear the dedicated work of the governing board, superintendent and staff to sell newspapers. I hope members of […]

Government not following Constitution

It’s more evident than ever the three branches of government are working in unison circumventing the Constitution of the United States as they continue to craft deceitful governance relying on us to not know better. Several Articles, Amendments and existing laws have been violated by the president, the Congress and the Supreme Court. The Republican-controlled […]

Enough is enough with medical costs

Kaiser Permanente has a number of health plans available to the general public, and one of them is a plan that is offered to seniors called The Senior Advantage Plan. But this plan is hardly an advantage; rather it has become a senior disadvantage to those who are on a fixed incomes. The advantage is […]

Tear down this musical wallpaper

When is it enough? It seems about the only place one can go anymore and not be accosted with blaring recorded music is the public library. I am a musician with more than 50 years of being a musician. I’ve always loved music, and I’ve always treasured quiet as well: being able to be in a peaceful environment […]

Thank you for finding my money

I took my car in July to 7 Flags Car Wash on North Texas Street to be washed and detailed. It received a very thorough cleaning, one which was long overdue. When I was escorted to my waiting car, I was greeted by two of the detailers, one of whom had a huge smile on […]

Backbreaking roads need attention

Five days a week, twice a day, I drive to Fairfield for work from my home in the Delta. As I leave the buttery smoothness of Highway 160, I cross the bridge into Rio Vista and continue on my commute on Highway 12 where I am greeted by the backbreaking, ZIP code worthy potholes, bumpy patch […]

I miss my oldies station

I ask whoever is in charge of KUIC 95.3 how they can claim to be our hometown station if they cannot answer the phone? I miss the old-school KFRC-AM. Dr. Don Rose would, anytime he was on the air, answer the phone and he would take any request. It did not matter group or style. I listen 24/7/365, either at home […]

Not all aboard

The people on the wine train incident claim it was racism to throw them off of the train, when in reality they caused this unfortunate fiasco, no one else. The train has rules and regulations as it should, and any group of visitors to this event are held to the standard rules and regulations as […]

Hugo Pinell killing serves justice

I heard about the Folsom State Prison riot by reading the newspaper, which reported that the catalyst for this riot was the killing of Hugo Pinell. Per the article, 70 inmates participated in the riot, which was started by the fatal assault on Pinell. The riot included members of multiple prison gangs. This information brought back […]

Comcast cable is just messed up

Who is in charge of Comcast cable? I have problems with them. They changed channels without warning; they lose signal all the time. I call the 800 number and get no help or they hang up on me. To the Solano County Board of Supervisors, there is no phone number listed on the bill or […]

Peek-a-boo leadership in Fairfield

Where are Fairfield’s mayor and City Council? Word is Measure P funding is at risk. The homeless issue grew because nobody was paying attention. We have been speaking to it for the past 10 years in commentary and I know some council members follow. Excuses? Pam Bertani is making noise about opening a shelter called Destiny […]

Transit center plan leaves night-shift workers stranded

The new program that is coming to the Fairfield Transportation Center is not fair unless you work traditional day shift hours. If they want to charge for parking, and they will, it should be on first-come, first-served basis. I have been told by the people putting this thing together that there will be no special […]

Glad for what I have received

I have been to numerous churches, nonprofits and have met with many Christians in the Solano County area of Fairfield including city officials, subordinates, pastors, probation heads and the mayor. I have completed a three-year probation early as the court described. Beginning with probation, it was unknown to me the term, I was completely mule-headed […]

September 06, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

Working toward peace

After far too many years conducting unwinnable wars, I’m glad to see Congress is turning toward diplomacy and peace. The Iran nuclear deal looks like it will move forward through Congress, and I support the senators who have spoken out in favor of it. The agreement worked out between Iran and a consortium of nations […]

September 06, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,
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