FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA

Letter to the Editor

Cost of living not going down

For the third time in the past seven years, recipients will get no cost-of-living-adjustment increase in their Social Security payments. This time, the reason is a 23 percent year-to-year decline in gasoline prices. However, the way COLA is calculated is unfair and penalizes seniors. The Consumer Price Index is based on the cost of living […]

November 14, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

Theater group re-raises curtain for Rose

I am writing to correct an omission that occurred at the annual Arty Awards Gala held on Sept. 13. It has come to our attention that the name of James Rose, of Fairfield, was mistakenly left off of the list projected on stage during the awards ceremony of nominees for the Youth Set Design category. […]

November 15, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

More backing Santana Wind’s proper heritage

Santana Wind – hot, easterly, winds – is properly and historically called Santana, not Santa Ana. Sailors have a phrase, “Beware the devil wind, Santana.” Refer to two years before the “Mast” published in 1840 by Richard Henry Dana Jr. Dana Point is named after him. When he was anchored of San Pedro, Dana refers to […]

November 15, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

Don’t let the Armijo mascot go

There has been a call to have Armijo High School do away with the Indian mascot. While this is not the first call for teams to do this, it now hits home. I have always thought school or business mascots were chosen because of what they represented to that institution: pride, dedication, determination or unity. […]

November 15, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

Crash victim thanks helpers

I was involved in a car accident at around 8 a.m. Sept. 1 on Air Base Parkway and Peabody Road. A woman and young man stopped to assist me and my great-grandson. I wanted to thank them and to let these two people know how much I appreciate their taking time to help call 911 […]

November 07, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

Garamendi on Travis, off human condition

It was a “here we go again moment” when Rep. John Garamendi reminded the readership of Daily Republic that he would be defending the future of Travis Air Force Base. The congressman’s almost evangelistic zeal in his speech prompts other local 3rd Congressional District concerns. Whatever the future holds for Travis Air Force Base, the congressman needs […]

November 07, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

Lower voting age to 15; cut off at 65

I propose that the legal voting age be lowered to include youths in their mid-teens, ages 15 to 17 years old. Teenagers are interested in local, county, state, country and world events, yet they have no say and can only become frustrated by their inability to participate in our system. I feel that this frustration […]

November 07, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

Focus on preventing unwanted pregnancies

It seems to me that we are not focusing on the right problem when we look at the abortion issue. The main reason we still have abortion is because we still have unwanted pregnancies. I don’t believe that any woman actually wants to have an abortion. In most cases, she just wants not to be […]

November 07, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

Employees paying county’s cost of doing business

County employees are preparing to walk out again, to strike in protest over the continued manipulation of their benefits and other issues. My research, from reliable sources, shows the county has more than $80 million in reserves within the general fund. Why are employees still paying the county’s share of minimum employer’s contribution and employer retirement […]

November 08, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

Who’s conning the consumers?

According to the consumers index, there hasn’t been any inflation during the past year, and with “Voodoo Economics,” the elderly and disabled who receive Social Security and SSI will not receive an annual cost of living allowance increase. The primary reason given: Gas at the pump has plummeted to $2.30 per gallon nationally. A quick […]

November 08, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

Seniors should get lower co-pays

A few months ago, I wrote about the cost of co-pays that seniors have to pay through Kaiser Permanent’s Senior Advantage Plan, which is actually for me and others I know a senior disadvantage. I began to wonder how co-pays are determined because when I go to the doctor’s office at Kaiser, or have some sort […]

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

New program to help veterans

Although more than 1,800 veterans die every day in this country, only a small percentage of those deaths occur in Veterans Affairs facilities. Every month, 54,000 veterans die in homes and communities where they live. Many do not have access to hospice or palliative care. Conversely, many hospices may not know which patients are veterans […]

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

Gas tax needs review before transit increase

In a recent article concerning a “gasoline sales tax,” your reference the Franchise Tax Board saying due to lower gas prices that there was a reduction of 6 cents in “gas tax swap.” The tax on gasoline is per gallon! So how does the Franchise Tax Board say there is less gas tax available. I think […]

November 01, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

Just be honest with the gun-control thing

The bodies in Roseburg, Oregon, weren’t even cold before President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and others were crying out for tougher gun-control laws. Why won’t they just come out and tell us what they really want to do? Their ultimate goal is to abolish the Second Amendment so all private guns can be confiscated. Why? […]

November 01, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

Reader: 68 years not necessarily elderly

I am writing to protest your usage of the word “elderly” in describing a 68-year-old woman who was sadly killed while crossing Texas Street. It is a purely subjective opinion and conjures up an impression that is perhaps totally unwarranted. Just stating her age would have been sufficient without editorializing. Perhaps the fact that I […]

November 01, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

What happened to my channels?

What is going on with Comcast Channels 26-28? Who is in charge of the programming? Why did they do to split screen information Oct. 8? Who is Tightrope Media Systems? What happened to the Weather Information segment? Now since I can’t see three-quarters of the information because I’m legally blind, why did they go to a smaller print? Now […]

October 31, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

Could use some fun prizes for bingo

I am a full-time caregiver at Senior Manor. Recently the staff has brought bingo back once a week for the seniors’ activity. They didn’t have it for a whole month due to things needing to be caught up. I overheard some of the women speaking about how they have very few prizes now and nothing to […]

October 31, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

Sometimes being wrong is better

Sometimes I hate being right. A few months ago, I wrote a letter to the editor commenting on California’s water situation and musing on whether the money spent for a new bullet train would be better applied toward other state needs, particularly water infrastructure. I refreshed people’s memory on the Bay Bridge debacle where the final […]

October 31, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

Indian mascot is good luck

My home dictionary is the Second College Edition of the American Heritage Dictionary published by Houghton Mifflin Company-Boston, copyright 1982. My cats and I looked up the word mascot on Page 769, between Martinmas and Masonry. It read “mas-cot,” a person, animal or object believed to bring good luck, especially one kept as the symbol of an athletic […]

October 30, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

DR delivery man deserves ‘world’s best’ trophy

Step aside, Judy Lentz. You are only the second in line for kudos for Marques Ford. I can guarantee the number of years that Mr. Ford has been my delivery person by the years I have stopped being missed or having someone help themselves to a paper out in the sidewalk or street. I would have […]

October 30, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

Parking lots more dangerous now

Hear ye, hear ye, the “ber months” are here. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas bring children excitement and shopping. All parking lots are dangerous, especially now with the holidays approaching. Drivers are irresponsible to begin with, then you add the element of “diving for stalls” where the shopper develops a level of tunnel vision beyond mortal […]

October 30, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

Another reader blusters over ‘Santa Ana’ winds

For the past 30 years or so, I have been telling anyone who will listen that the so-called Santa Ana winds are really supposed to be called the Santana or “Devilish” winds. I, too, grew up in Southern California, and up until the late 1960s or so, newspapers and news people always referred to the […]

October 29, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

Thank a teacher

If you go to Pena Adobe, Rush Ranch, a concert or play, a hospital or a museum, you are likely to see retired teachers volunteering their services. Nov. 1-7 is Retired Teachers Week. After retiring, teachers volunteer in many areas, such as literacy programs, food banks, Meals on Wheels, Faith in Action and providing transportation […]

October 29, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

Veteran takes exception to county’s AWOL remark

When county employees who were also veterans returned to work Oct. 16, we were given an insult by county management who attempted to force us to state we were AWOL for the two days we engaged in a legally protected labor action. To a veteran, AWOL carries deep shame and impugns upon the veteran’s service, […]

October 28, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

Picture says it all on Johnson

The smug expression on Michael D. Johnson’s face the Sunday, Oct. 11 paper said it all. “I’ve got mine and the heck with all of you.” Just think of all the social programs which could have been funded with this fat cat’s excess. To paraphrase John Stuart Mills, the mills of God grind slowly, but they […]

October 25, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

Thanks to governor for right-to-die law

I would like to give a hug to Gov. Jerry Brown for signing the right-to-die bill into law Oct. 5. An article in the Daily Republic on Oct. 7 was titled, “After California right-to-die backers push laws elsewhere.” We are the fifth state to do this. I wrote to the editor on this; was in paper on […]

October 25, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

Cost of living explanation is bunk

In the Oct. 12 paper, The Associated Press article said that veterans and SSI recipients would not be receiving a COLA (cost of living allowance) raise due to low gas prices. What a collective pile of manure. The last time there was no COLA, the housing crises was blamed. The COLA is based on the figures […]

October 25, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

Cars don’t kill people; drivers do

Once again the gun control crowd climbs out of their holes and rears their heads when some nut-so from anywhere uses a gun to make his or her points plain, taking innocent lives along the way. Interesting how automobiles can take aim and kill millions, accidentally or on purpose, and not a peep is heard […]

October 25, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

What an arm!

I want to tell you and everyone else about one of my heroes: That person being my Daily Republic delivery man, Marques Ford. Neither rain nor fog, nor flat tires keep him from getting my paper delivered within a step of my garage door, exactly where I want it. I am retired and look forward […]

October 26, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

Spy, singer not likely to be new face of sawbuck

Looks like the movement to feminize the $20 bill has changed. Now the focus is on redecorating the sawbuck. Alex probably didn’t do anything politically incorrect, but tough times require tough choices, and our U.S. treasurer is looking for a mint on her pillow. A recent poll taken at Seneca Falls has two women up for grabs. […]

October 26, 2015 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged ,

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