Cheers to Chief Master Sgt. Mark Kloeppel, who “retired” this week after years of playing the role of Santa Claus for the 349th Air Mobility Wing’s Operation Teddy Bear, in which the Air Force Reserves “elves” visit local schools and distribute gifts to children. The 349th members have been making the visits for about 12 years, with the outreach growing annually. Kloeppel and the others once again show the influence of Travis well beyond its gates.
Cheers to the two men who graduated Monday from the Solano drug court. Stephen T. Koch-Jordan and Elvis Perez beat the odds and completed the months-long program that includes regular drug tests, counseling and required attendance at the courthouse. And cheers to Judge Wendy Getty, who oversees the program, which makes a huge difference in individual lives.
Jeers to the continued violence in Vallejo, which included four killings two weeks ago and seven shootings last weekend. An ugly stew of revenge, a low police presence and random violence has turned Solano County’s largest city into a shooting range. We hope this is an exception and not a portent of things spiraling out of control in Vallejo.
Cheers to Deone Bucannon and Jason Verrett for making All-America football teams this week. Bucannon, a Vanden High School graduate who plays for Washington State University, was named to The Associated Press All-America team, while Verrett, a Rodriguez High School graduate who attends Texas Christian University, was on the second team. Congratulations to both for impressive achievements.
Jeers to the fact that it will be difficult for local officials to fully digest the 30,000-plus-page draft environmental impact report on the Delta. Comments aren’t due for months, but to expect anyone to digest a massive tome filled with technical wording in that period suggests the goal might not be so much to get information out to the public, but to overwhelm any critics of the plan, which includes twin tunnels to take Delta water to the south. We wish local officials the best, but would feel more comfortable if we had more confidence that minutia in the report will later be used to promote something hidden in the EIR.