Saturday, January 31, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Measure Q: The right choice for Solano

By
From page A8 | November 02, 2012 |

Those who know me know that I’m a fiscally prudent, conservative business owner opposed to big government. It is precisely for those reasons that I’m supporting Yes on Q, which benefits Solano Community College.

Devastating budget cuts have a significant impact on Solano College’s ability to deliver high quality, affordable education to active military, veterans and students who need it. For our economy and business community to recover and be well positioned in today’s environment, we need a well-trained work force, and our Solano and Yolo County students must be prepared to compete for available jobs.

Schools must not only decide what classes to cut or programs to keep, but what basic upkeep to perform. If you read the recent Daily Republic article on Solano College’s “aging, limited facilities,” you are familiar with what I am talking about. Crammed classrooms and out-of-date science labs are not suitable when we need to train the next generation of Solano/Yolo students and leaders.

The reality is that we cannot rely on Sacramento politicians to adequately fund our local college. We must help ourselves, exercise local control over how taxpayer dollars are spent, and take steps to position our local students and future workers effectively. Without Measure Q, Solano College will not be able to expand access to the critical education and job training programs our communities desperately need.

Yes on Q ensures that local students have access to affordable education prior to transferring to university, helping students and parents save money on their way to a student’s four-year degree.

Yes on Q expands training and education locally in automotive technology, nursing, firefighting, engineering, health sciences, clean energy and other career technical fields. Our residents, and especially our returning war veterans at Travis Air Force base, need access to these programs for critical job training and re-training in new fields.

Funds from Solano College’s previous bond measure built the Vallejo and Vacaville education centers, increasing convenient student access to affordable college courses and services in their local communities. Measure Q will continue to expand access to courses locally, so students in all our communities get their fair share of quality, affordable education and job training services.

Measure Q legally requires that all funds raised stay in our community, ensuring local control and sufficient funds to address our education and job training needs. The bond requires a citizen’s oversight committee, annual independent audits, and no money can be spent on administrators’ salaries or pensions. And not a dime can be taken by Sacramento!

It is clear to me that if we want all of Solano County and our region to thrive, we must invest in our local community college ourselves. Measure Q is the right decision. Measure Q is an investment in the people of our community and in Solano College for decades to come.

Vote yes on Q.

Herman Rowland Sr. is CEO of Jelly Belly Candy Company in Fairfield. Reach him at 428-2809.

Herman Rowland Sr.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 2 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Rich GiddensNovember 02, 2012 - 8:29 am

    That's the kind of logic you used last time when the voters gave you 120 million devalued dollars back in the 1990's. Now you come to steal more as your unaccredited college of dunces wastes money on worthless degree programslike "ethnic studies". Your junior college was supposed to be geared to the needs of (and to attract) business and industry. But the opposite has happened---business wants out of Tax'afornia! No---weve given you enough money and all the State and Local government employees demanding more money in the world doesn't convince me we should fork it over to accomodate your fiscal failures, largesse and extravagance. VOTE NO ON MEASURE P AND Q ---GO MIND YOUR P's AND Q's! (and I dont mean pints and quarts either)

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Bob ChoisserNovember 02, 2012 - 9:50 am

    Mr. Rowland…you call yourself a "conservative"! Holy Cow Man! You sound just like a RINO (Republican In Name Only) to me! It also appears you have not really studied the fine print of Measure Q. It might be better to suggest to voters that Solano Community College first work to get itself off the accreditation "Warning" list before asking property owners to pony up another $348 million for nicer facilities. Maybe I missed it, but the payment period for this tax measure is 40 years! You and I will probably both be long gone by that time…maybe our grandchildren can finish paying off the loan that our bad judgement incurred.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Recent Articles

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • .

    Solano News

     
    Solano County confirms 1st local case of measles

    By Staff and wire reports | From Page: A1

     
    SPCA begins caring for more than 100 rescued dogs

    By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

    Top workers, top students – and succulent crab

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

     
    Life sentence in 2011 execution-style killing

    By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A3

    Partial Fairfield freeway road closure starts Monday

    By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3

     
    DUI patrols set for Super Bowl Sunday

    By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3

    Armijo students savor catered Fuddruckers lunch

    By Susan Hiland And Susan Winlow | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Fairfield police log: Jan. 29, 2015

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

    Suisun City police log: Jan. 29, 2015

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

     
    Another trip to Texas reminds me how lucky I am

    By Murray Bass | From Page: B10

    .

    US / World

    Stanford University to get $50 million to produce vaccines

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

     
    Man charged in California family’s deaths will be own lawyer

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

    Yosemite park fee hikes coming in March

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

     
    San Francisco coroner says human remains are from 1 man

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

    PG&E releases thousands of emails with state regulators

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

     
    Balloon crew makes history crossing Pacific Ocean

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    Murder trial begins 35 years after 6-year-old vanished in NY

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Judge: Funeral home wrongly sold Lee Harvey Oswald’s casket

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    Jordan awaits proof hostage is alive after swap deadline

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Judge expresses doubt about constitutionality of no-fly list

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    French fracture laid bare as 8-year-old praises terrorists

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    Africans open new front in war on terror to fight Boko Haram

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    US mulls Middle East-North Africa category for 2020 Census

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    New lottery tickets come with a side of bacon – scent

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

     
    .

    Opinion

    Solano College news makes me sick

    By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

     
    Editorial Cartoon: Jan. 31, 2015

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    .

    Living

    Community Calendar: Jan. 31, 2015

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

     
    Today in History: Jan. 31, 2015

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Horoscopes: Jan. 31, 2015

    By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B7

     
    My recently widowed mother is already thinking about re-marrying

    By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B7

    Five ways 3D-printed food will change the way we eat

    By The Washington Post | From Page: B10

     
    .

    Entertainment

    List: 10 Super Bowl ads you’ll be talking about

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

     
    Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet and performer, dies at 81

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

    Miranda Lambert leads ACM Awards with 8 nominations

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

     
    Shakira gives birth to 2nd baby with Spanish football star

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

    Ex-rap mogul ‘Suge’ Knight arrested in deadly hit-and-run

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

     
    .

    Sports

     
    Mustangs ride away from Indian’s home court with 66-60 victory

    By Marcus Lomtong | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Hayward, Utah Jazz upset Golden State Warriors 110-100

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

    LeBron returns, Love, Irving team for 44, as Cavs top Kings

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

     
    Kings’ Cousins to replace Kobe Bryant in All-Star game

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Blackhawks Hall of Famer Stan Mikita has brain disorder

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Ko takes lead at LPGA opener, closes in on golf history

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Laird leads as Tiger shoots 82 and misses the cut

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Seau, Warner, Pace first-time Hall eligibles

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    N.H. Speedway general manager faces lewdness charge

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Djokovic beats Wawrinka to reach fifth Australian Open final

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

    Judge: Jury can watch Super Bowl unless Hernandez mentioned

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Carroll says decision is Sherman’s if baby arrives early

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

    NFL’s Goodell seeks to look past ‘tough year,’ to future

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

     
    This date in sports history for Jan. 31, 2015

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

     
    .

    Business

    US consumer confidence at highest level in a decade

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

     
    Companies steering clear of Super Bowl name

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

    .

    Obituaries

    Joe Lambert Robinson

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

     
    Otilia (Tela) Quinn

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

    Danica Gojkovich Ryder

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

     
    WillIiam “Bill” Hunter

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

    Garry A. Britton

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

     
    Anneliese Edith (Luckner) Fraser

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

    Anthony Neal Hunley

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

     
    Frank Z. Perez

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

    .

    Comics

    Rose is Rose

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

     
    Baby Blues

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

    Sally Forth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

     
    Get Fuzzy

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

    Wizard of Id

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

     
    For Better or Worse

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

    Beetle Bailey

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

     
    Pickles

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

    Blondie

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

     
    Zits

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

    Garfield

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

     
    Peanuts

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

    B.C.

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

     
    Dilbert

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

    Frank and Ernest

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

     
    Baldo

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

    Sudoku

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

     
    Crossword

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

    Bridge

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

     
    Cryptoquote

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

    Word Sleuth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

     
    .

    Home Seller 1/31/2015

    Quirky add-ons a common feature of celebrity homes

    By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR2

    Real estate transactions for Jan. 31, 2015

    By Daily Republic | From Page: HSR3

    5 ways to make a kitchen more germ-free

    By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR3

    Average US rate on 30-year mortgage rises to 3.66 percent

    By The Associated Press | From Page: HSR3