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Cheers, jeers for the week of Jan. 27-Feb. 2

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Cheers to Travis Air Force Base’s quick compliance with a temporary hiring freeze and order to limit expenses based on a directive from the Air Force.

The moves are necessary in case Congress allows massive cuts to defense spending – called sequestration – and if the federal government doesn’t pass an appropriations bill this year.

Col. Dwight Sones, the commander of the 60th Air Mobility Wing, told an audience at Thursday’s Solano Economic Development Corporation’s annual meeting that Travis is tightening its belt but is still more than able to carry out its mission.

Some of Travis’ traditional nonessential objectives – such as flying missions not directly related to readiness, repairs and renovations – will be put on hold until there is clarity on funding. There is also a hiring freeze or civilian employees.

It’s good to know that Travis maintains the flexibility to react to such an order – furthering its reputation in the community and military.

Jeers to the uncertainty from our representatives in Washington, D.C., that makes these moves necessary.

Cheers to Mary Coleman, the worker at Growing Hearts Child Care Center in Fairfield, who fought off an intruder at the West Texas Street child care facility on Tuesday.

While Coleman battled the intruder, she instructed three children – all over 10 years old – to flee. And an employee from nearby Comcast then came on the scene and ushered all four of them into his office.

Police arrived later and arrested a suspect – who pleaded not guilty Thursday. The children were OK and according to the owner of the child care center, the shopping complex management will deliver more lighting and expanded security. Cheers to all for making the best of a potentially nightmarish situation.

Cheers to the Salvation Army, which last week held a health fair at its Kroc Center in Suisun City and this week announced plans to distribute produce twice a month in Suisun City and Fairfield.

The organization continues to fulfill its promise to contribute to our community in ways well beyond the traditional help for the most needy and even its state-of-the-art fitness facility.

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