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Cheers, jeers for the week of Dec. 8-14, 2013

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Cheers that the Thunderbirds will return to Travis Air Force Base during an open house in May 2014.

The Air Force’s premier aerial demonstration team was last here in 2011 and its return will certainly create memories and bring chills to a huge crowd that will visit Travis for the open house. The 2011 event attracted more than 100,000 spectators and the Thunderbirds’ appearance guarantees that 2014’s version will be similarly well-attended. We look forward to seeing the Thunderbirds again.

Jeers to a trip by Travis School District trustee Ivery Hood to San Diego, which cost the district $845. Hood’s trip helped inform him about the Common Core State Standards, which are being adopted by school district’s around the nation. While the money may be well-spent, the information may be good and the conference may have been outstanding, his trip should have been approved by the school board ahead of time, not be something that other members found out about during Tuesday’s board meeting.

If there’s anything we’ve learned from the travails of the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District board during the past year, it’s that trips and other expenditures of district money should be approved ahead of time.

Cheers to Capt. Monty Fortney and Fire Engineer Randy Engell, who retired this week after 30 years on the Fairfield Fire Department.

The men started their careers the same day three decades ago and devoted their adult life to helping residents of their hometown. We applaud their careers.

Jeers that Ryan J. Moore, convicted in September of murder, may get his verdict overturned due to jury members allegedly discussing his failure to testify while they were in deliberations.

Jury instructions from judges are clear: A defendant’s choice to not testify can’t be held against them. That a jury might ignore that during a homicide case is worthy of jeering.

Cheers to all those who arrange for Operation Cookie Drop at Travis Air Force Base. The annual event sorts and distributes more than 10,000 cookies to airmen who are spending their holidays away from family. It wouldn’t happen without volunteers who cook, sort, pack and deliver the cookies. Well done.

Jeers that a shooting at Parkway Gardens on Monday remains unsolved. Prosecutors didn’t file charges this week against two suspects, saying that the case remains open, pending further investigation.

Monday’s shooting of a man at the complex followed several shots being fired there on Sunday. We hope that investigation will ultimately result in the arrest and conviction of whomever is responsible. We’re not calling for the conviction of the two people who were accused – unless they did the crime. But let’s hope there is some sort of resolution to the case at Parkway Gardens, which is too often a site of such events.

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