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We need a constitutional team

I have written about today’s topics before. A divided house and media black paint. Unsolved problems don’t go away. Here are some thoughts about the tea party movement, the rule of law and media black paint. The tea party movement at the grass-roots level is based on the original intent of the Constitution. Vaca Valley […]

Just speak in plain English

You’ll forgive me for the intensely boring introduction to my theme today, but that’s the point. I know, some of you will say that “intensely boring” describes everything I write, but this is even worse. So, what is it? It’s from a “scholarly” piece written by Sidonie Smith, the head of the Humanities Department at the […]

Fairfield council action benefits drug dealers most

While the California Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Initiative awaits a ballot title and summary for inclusion on the November ballot this year, the Fairfield City Council slammed the door on cultivation, dispensaries and delivery of marijuana in a 3-0 vote this week. Reefer Madness is alive and well in 2016 in some folks. What […]

Gun ownership a woman’s right

I was never interested in guns. We didn’t have guns while growing up, except our trusty Daisy BB gun. My dad was pretty conservative and I remember him telling me that if everyone had a gun, no one would get shot. That seemed crazy to me and I disregarded it. That was, until I grew […]

Fear, hate not just tools of terrorists

As many of you longtime Daily Republic readers know, I have written many columns discussing the political uses of fear and hate. Obviously, it is much easier for angry, tub-thumping demagogues to use these primitive, emotional tools to intensify tribal differences and rile mobs to anger and destruction, than it is to calmly and logically […]

Veterans charity’s reputation wounded

I have to admit that I enjoy stories like this. First I get angry, and then I get that “I told you so” reaction. If you haven’t heard, the Wounded Warrior Project is in the spotlight, not for their alleged virtuous deeds, but for their incredible spending on – who would you guess? – themselves. Actually, […]

No excuse for stupidity

An elderly Fairfield man (who has since died) used to regularly send me email and much of it consisted of forwarded solicitations from right-wing groups pushing crazy conspiracy theories about President Barack Obama. I’d always try to allay his fears by sending him factual information. There was no shame in his ignorance because we’re all […]

Health care law affects average families adversely

There was a lot of talk this year during the holidays in my family about The Affordable Healthcare Act (aka “Obamacare”) and the pain it is causing. Every family has its story, here’s mine. My sister lamented how the cost of the catastrophic coverage her employer provides has increased dramatically in the past two years. […]

Politics of anger an attack on America’s social safety net

Columnist Mike Kirchubel broke the ice here recently with a scathing analysis of Donald Trump. So the fat is in the fire. Let’s talk. Trump is historic. It’s possible that he will break up the two-party system in the U.S. Moderation will no longer satisfy millions. The tune of extreme conservatism has been hummed for 50 […]

When is it appropriate to boycott, protest?

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” — The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday allowed us to shed light on a period of simultaneous brilliance and darkness. As the black cloud of racism and […]

Time to address Fairfield’s homeless situation

A Solano Voice column from Sunday’s edition of Daily Republic, written by Fairfield Public Works director George Hicks. He said that “Public Works has been highly involved in . . . abating homeless encampments and graffiti, retrieving abandoned shopping carts . . . .” My question for Mr. Hicks is why just go after “abandoned” shopping […]

Bay Bridge protest misses mark

This past Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Black.Seed, a self-described “black queer liberation collective,” demonstrated how not to rally people to one’s cause when 25 members of the group halted traffic on the Bay Bridge by chaining themselves together across five lanes. The group is an offshoot of the Black Lives Matter movement and staged […]

Immigration affects average families

The more Donald Trump discusses immigration, the more polarizing the topic becomes. His belief that we should deport illegal immigrants and stop immigration isn’t practical, but neither is our current policy of letting everyone in who crosses the border and provide them with welfare without background checks. I think most people know this intuitively, so […]

Humpty Trumpy sat on a wall . . .

Usually, my mind is filed with dozens of things that I feel we need to talk about and set straight, here on this Daily Republic page, but sometimes I just can’t think of anything special to write about. When I get stuck, I’ll usually poke around the Internet. Last Wednesday, I ran across an Onion […]

Public Works: Yesterday, today and tomorrow

Public works affect our lives every day, whether we think about it or not. Public works means streets, water, maintenance, sidewalks, landscaping, construction and more. The Fairfield Public Works Department works to meet our community needs by upgrading the old, maintaining the current and planning for the future. Matching growing economic confidence with reinvestment in […]

VA to provide benefits to vets exposed to water contaminants

The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced it will begin a process that may allow veterans to receive disability pay if they were sickened by drinking water contaminated at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Solano County veterans who may be affected by this decision can visit the Solano County Department of Veteran Services for more information […]

Not a good week for speeches

Just when I had my thoughts together for this week’s column, I heard what Sen. Ted Cruz had said about Donald Trump. It’s not that I’m a big fan of the Donald, but the Texas senator’s remark about him was extremely irritating. If you haven’t heard what the Teddy Bear said, he claimed that Trump […]

List supporters of ‘resettlement’ agency

People from the Middle East and Africa, supposedly fleeing warfare in the region, are being brought into the U.S. under U.N. resettlement programs. Almost all are Muslims. Almost none have been screened for terrorist ties. The FBI says that it has no means of checking into the backgrounds of these people. Reports of “refugees” crossing […]

‘Trumpism’ not the answer for what ails us

It’s interesting that part of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech and the Republican rebuttal included thinly veiled shots at GOP presidential contender Donald Trump. We shouldn’t have been shocked by Trump’s rise because it’s been theorized that voters look toward new presidents with an eye on the last one. Voters went from […]

Consider many facts to find ‘truth’

Happy new year! And I’m happy because I agree almost completely with the Dec. 28 Right Stuff column, “We need balanced teaching in our schools.” Mrs. Easter’s criticism of her son’s history teacher is astute. She obviously knows a good deal about history, and she got a great opportunity for mother/son dialogue over ideas. She turns […]

Broken rule of law

Let us start this discussion by agreeing that, in accordance with the U.S. Constitution Article I, “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States.” Those powers, as enumerated in Article I, Section 8, include laying and collecting taxes, establish rules of naturalization, and make war. Article II vests […]

Learning the hard way could cost you your life

If you are what some consider old school, then you have probably heard the phrase, “A hard head makes a soft behind.” As a child, it was constantly discoursed by my mother. I’m sure parents and youth workers will concur that it is difficult to watch young people who you care about suffer the consequences […]

H-bomb, homeless and Hillary

Here are some headlines from this week’s news: NoKo tests H-Bomb; Homeless still struggling in San Francisco; Hillary indictment coming soon. OK, I made them up, but they actually reflect real developments. Let’s take them one by one. First, after North Korea’s claim that it tested a hydrogen bomb, thought to be beyond the technology skills of the Hermit […]

So proud of nation’s newest recruit

“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” — 1 Corinthians 13:11 KJV As I sat in the family waiting area at the Sacramento Military Entrance Processing Station, a line of young boys […]

January 07, 2016 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Un-hyphenate Americans

As we look forward to the New Year, 2016 – an important election year for our country, our state and our local community – it will serve us well to examine who we are, what principles we represent, and what we look for in our candidates and elected officials. We invite you to embrace the […]

January 04, 2016 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

When Trump talks, who listens?

OK, I give up. I didn’t want to give presidential contender Donald Trump any free press. He gets too much as it is, but I’ve been waiting and waiting for him to flame-out in an obnoxious pile of disgust, and unfortunately, he is not yet a trivia question. Therefore, I am forced to do his […]

January 04, 2016 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Let’s consider assisted parenthood

What are the options to today’s rampant infanticide? The killing of babies. Try Alpha Pregnancy Centers of Northern California for starters. Abortion on demand. A moral compass with no right direction. “Shacking up” instead of building families. People are unwilling to commit to each other, much less children. The rate of infanticides in America in […]

January 02, 2016 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Political sleaze factor fascinating

I rarely quote another columnist at length, but this one hit the Clinton nail on her head. You may have heard that one of Hillary Clinton’s staffers commented online that the likely Democratic nominee had seven things in common with your abuela. That’s the Spanish word for grandmother. That remark didn’t please American born Hispanic […]

January 01, 2016 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Technology used for good

I’m developing a love for surveillance video. When the neighbors from hell lived next to me life was a nightmare of daily and nightly fights, drug dealing, and other crimes. The landlord refused to believe her tenants were being disruptive and even changed her phone number so she wouldn’t have to hear my complaints. I […]

December 31, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,

Don’t listen to GOP laments

Our Right Stuff columnist of Dec. 14 made some insightful comparisons between our two political parties, but they were accompanied by a few howlers. Let’s check out just one. The Democratic Party wants to “spend us into the poor house with $18-plus-trillion of national debt . . .” This is a solid old chestnut. Democrats […]

December 28, 2015 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged ,
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