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Cheers, jeers for the week of Jan. 8-14, 2012

By From page A8 | January 14, 2012

Cheers to Chief Master Sgt. Kathleen R. Buckner, who was selected to become command chief master sergeant for the Air Force Reserve headquarters at Robins Air Force Base, Ga.

Buckner previously was the 349th Air Mobility Wing’s command chief master sergeant at Travis Air Force Base. We look forward to following her as she steps into her role as the top noncommissioned officer in the entire Air Force Reserve.

Jeers to the news of the first homicide of 2012 in Fairfield and the first two in Vacaville. Fairfield’s came last weekend — 26-year-old Quincy Quinney of Suisun City, who was shot and killed near Clay Bank Road. Vacaville’s were on Tuesday, an apparent murder-suicide on Arroyo Court. It was a somber start to the year and hopefully not an indication of what’s to come.

Cheers to the Board of Supervisors for avoiding some of the bickering of recent history and naming Linda Seifert as its chairwoman. The board tends to vote 3-2 on many issues — the three men on one side, two women on the other — and last year’s voting for the leadership spot was typical. That they could agree on Seifert — and Jim Spering as the vice chairman — shows progress in finding common ground.

Jeers to the perpetrator who stole 47 laptop computers from Solano Community College’s Nursing Department. It’s bad enough that someone took the supplies from a public institution devoted to learning, but if it is indeed an “inside job” — as suspected — it’s even worse.

Cheers to the eight local students — six from Vacaville, two from Fairfield — who were nominated to attend United States service academies this week by Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez. Congressional nomination is the first step in a process to attend the academies, and we applaud those local students who aspire to combine education with service to the nation.

Cheers to the news that the Air Force and Coast Guard will use the Aquatics Complex at Allan Witt Park for training sessions. While we suspect both services would prefer their own training sites, we applaud the creativity in finding a civic pool to fill the gap.


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