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Cheers, jeers for the week of Feb. 2-8, 2014

By From page A8 | February 08, 2014

Cheers to Fairfield High School junior Kahlid Walker, who is working on a mural and a mosaic for the campus.

Walker’s work isn’t just about promoting himself – the mural will include cutout copies of pen-and-ink drawings by 150 students in Art I classes at the school. That Walker is adding beauty to the campus and doing so by working with so many of his fellow students speaks well to both him and the school.

Jeers to news that the Pentagon may cut $1 billion from its annual commissary budget over the next three years, which would likely result in increased prices at stores such as the one at Travis Air Force Base.

While the military justifiably is looking at as many ways as possible to reduce costs, this takes away one of the major benefits to often cash-strapped military families – all to save a reported three-tenths of 1 percent of the defense budget. It’s better news that rumors last year that many commissaries would close, but we urge Pentagon leaders to find another way to save that money that’s not on the backs of military families.

Cheers to the arrival of much-needed rain this weekend, possibly making a dent in the drought for our parched region. Perhaps this will finally begin some traditional winter weather to the area and help avoid some of the extreme measures facing many areas if the drought continues. Conversely, jeers to the number of accidents on rain-slickened roads over the past few days. A reminder to drivers: Use extra caution when the roads are wet.

Cheers to the Impact Teen Drivers event this week at Armijo High School, the latest stop for the program sponsored by the California Highway Patrol and California Teachers Association.

Impact Teen Drivers educates young drivers on the dangers of distractions while behind the wheel. It includes a presentation by Martha Tessmer, whose 17-year-old son was killed in a 2007 car wreck.

Anything that helps make our roads safer is good. That it helps the youngest drivers is an extra bonus.

Jeers to the circumstances that led to a long standoff Tuesday on Cormorant Court in Fairfield.

Ultimately, the standoff ended peacefully with an arrest – which is worthy of cheers to the police – but the neighborhood was blocked off and nearby residents had their lives disrupted for most of the evening. A similar situation happened the next night on Indiana Street near Fifth Street, although the suspect got away. Let’s hope for a break in the neighborhood-stopping events.

Cheers to the three Fairfield-Suisun schools – the Public Safety Academy, David Weir K-8 Preparatory Academy and Crystal Middle School – that were visited Monday by State Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson. The students made a strong impression on Torlakson, who even said he might take the public safety academy idea elsewhere. Well done by students, staff and administration at all the schools.

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  • Dave ShreeveFebruary 08, 2014 - 9:05 am

    Any decision to raise the surcharge and/or close military commissaries will be a political decision, not one based on economics. As pointed out in the editorial any savings would be miniscule compared to how much is being spent in the rest of the DoD budget and the rest of the government. I highly suspect that if a Republican were in the White House right now, none of this would be happening right now.

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