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Cheers and jeers for the week of April 6-12, 2014

By From page A8 | April 12, 2014

Cheers that the major project to change Highway 12 through Jameson Canyon is nearing a milestone – the 3-mile zone in Napa County has two lanes going each way.

The stretch in Solano County, from Interstate 80 to the county border, remains a two-lane construction zone, so drivers will have to endure that for a while longer. But it’s certainly worthy of a cheer to see the progress happening.

Jeers to the shooting that sent four teenagers to the hospital and injured a fifth last weekend on Orchid Street in Fairfield.

Coming on the heels of another shooting – by officers of two attempted murder suspects – it heightened the sense that violence is ratcheting up in the area. That the teens were on the younger end of the scale – 13, 14, 14 and 15 for those who were hospitalized, according to police – is even more concerning.

Something needs to be done to stop the spread of senseless violence, especially among young teens.

Cheers to the education gained by Rodriguez High School students this week when a driving-under-the-influence court trial took place there.

The defendant, Shane Entzel, agreed to allow the trial after being “grief-stricken” in the aftermath of a crash into a tree in January. “It was the best thing I could do,” he said of the on-campus trial.

Entzel got three years probation and other measures and the students got an education on what happens when you drink and drive.

It’s always a good time to reinforce the need to avoid drinking and driving, to young and older drivers alike. That this program took place several weeks before this year’s high school graduations makes it a particularly timely message indeed.

Cheers to the 16 volunteers honored by Fairfield this week for their work in a variety of duties. Whether it’s working at a park, coordinating a sister city program or helping out at a golf course, volunteers help make the city work. Cheers and thanks to all of them.

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