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Cheers, jeers for the week of June 15-21, 2014

By From page A8 | June 14, 2014

Cheers to the continued growth of the value of Solano County’s agricultural commodities, which hit a record $348.2 million in 2013.

The total was led by walnuts, which were the county’s most valuable crop at $55.4 million – an increase of $8.6 million over last year. Walnuts could continue to increase in value, with more being planted in the eastern side of the county. It’s good to see that such an important barometer of our economic success is strong.

Jeers that patients at the local region’s Department of Veterans Affairs clinics and medical centers suffer from many of the same problems as those around the nation.

An audit released this week showed that the Northern California VA Healthcare System – which oversees the outpatient clinic at Travis Air Force Base – scheduled 93 percent of its appointments within 30 days, below the national average of 96 percent. However, there was some good news in the audit, if the absence of bad news can be defined as “good news.” There was no evidence of the dubious scheduling practices that have been the focus of much of the national scandal concerning the care of veterans.

Our veterans – nationally and locally – deserve better.

Jeers to the continuing drama involving Henry D. Williams, who killed Fairfield City Councilman Matt Garcia in 2008.

Williams claims that his 2010 trial was tainted by juror misconduct. But his appeals – featuring his on-again, off-again decisions to represent himself – force Garcia’s family to continue to go to court and face the man responsible for Garcia’s death.

We urge the courts to speed the process and stop the delays – many of them forced by Williams.

Cheers that Travis School District trustees elected to revisit a move that increased pay for management by a larger amount than the raise for teachers and staff.

Teachers and staff protested at the district’s board meeting this week – insisting that raises have been equal for all members of the Travis district for the past two decades. The board wisely agreed to take up the measure at their next meeting.


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