Richard L. Wood

We can do better to combat radical Islamic terrorism, with a little help from our friends

There are times when participating in the online comments to the Daily Republic, I generate enough material for a column of my own. This is one of those times. I’ll cut to the chase: I can understand Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim appeal. And I’m a “liberal.” The San Bernardino (and Paris) mass murder by domestic, radicalized, Islamic […]

December 27, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Republican ‘prime directive:’ Preserve the wealthiest

Those who read the online comments in the Daily Republic have seen me refer to the “Republican prime directive” from time to time. It’s a construction of my own making, but it explains today’s Republican Party so well. I’ve found it a useful theory. It also explains one reason I switched from being a Republican […]

November 22, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

In search of excellence (right here at home)

We read in the Daily Republic that the Fairfield-Suisun School District is starting to look at its facilities needs and a new school bond. That’s responsible and welcome news. So let’s start our public discussion with a little history. As amended by the Smaller Classes, Safer Schools and Financial Accountability Act of 2000 (Proposition 39 of […]

October 11, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Hope fulfilled

I really didn’t know what to expect with the election of our first black president in 2008. We did know a lot about him by then. We knew of his education, intelligence, and remarkable ability as a speaker. And we knew that our nation’s past, steeped in an “original sin” of black slavery, made his […]

July 03, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Let’s look beyond Measure P

Readers may know that I not only write the occasional guest column in the Daily Republic, but I also participate in the online comments. It’s not a bad hobby for someone who likes to write (but not too much) and is interested in the issues that affect our city and beyond. It’s also a good […]

June 13, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Let’s make downtown Fairfield a ‘senior village’

The city of Fairfield is conducting meetings and brainstorming sessions on the “Heart of Fairfield” planning study to consider the future of downtown (the area along Texas Street within the original 1903 city limits) and the West Texas Street corridor from downtown to Interstate 80. I’ve been asking the city include a “senior village” concept […]

June 04, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

What state should do during drought

I was critical Saturday of the state’s approach to the present drought and resulting water shortage, specifically orders that each local and regional urban water agency reduce use based on a percentage of historical use regardless of the supply available to that agency. I even suggested that’s illegal: The state can’t deprive anyone of water […]

May 17, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Water rights under attack

We all acknowledge the water supply challenges facing the state of California. Growth, environmental regulations and very likely climate change have seriously affected water supplies in many areas. The present drought has made the problems worse to the point of an emergency. But “many areas” are not “all areas.” The North Coast of California, for […]

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

Back to the Delta

I imagine when Gov. Jerry Brown started is third term, he expected things would be easier. His Republican predecessor and the Democratic Legislature had come together to start a process that would find a final “Delta solution,” a problem that had been hanging around since Brown’s second term ended 28 years earlier. The problem, in […]

May 15, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Let’s give each other a break: We’re all racists

As I’ve observed comments in the Daily Republic online, I’ve concluded we need to remove some of the stigma attached to the word “racism.” America suffers far more today from “racism denial” than “playing the race card.” I speculate that just about every American with roots going back a few generations is racist, especially blacks […]

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

Why I’m voting for Proposition 1

I’m voting for Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond (aka, “The Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014”). I’m here to tell you why. First, I sort of feel an obligation to say something, because you, the people of Fairfield, paid me all those years as your “go-to” guy on water policy […]

October 19, 2014 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Here’s the ‘Other Side’ of the conference story

Kelvin Wade’s column, “All expenses paid for secret knowledge hunters,” published Jan. 17, criticizes three members of the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District Board for attending a California Association of Sanitation Agencies conference this month in Indian Wells. It reads like a comedy with a laugh track; almost a guaranteed response from government critics. It’s a too-easy-to-write […]

January 27, 2013 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

This summer, fans can watch every Olympic event live online

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Usain Bolt could be defending his Olympic 200-meter title on a Thursday afternoon in the United States. Fans will be able to watch the race live online for the first time during this summer’s London Games, but what they’ll see is very different from the tape-delayed, prime-time package that […]

May 04, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Time ripe to occupy Suisun Valley

Let me be clear from the start: I’m not talking about “occupy” as in “camping” or “closing down” like some places, but rather “occupy” more as in “take ownership.” What got me thinking about this topic is a story I heard on a public radio station while traveling in New England last fall, during the […]

February 02, 2012 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

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