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Cheers, jeers for the week of May 4-10, 2014

By From page A8 | May 10, 2014

Cheers that graduates of two Fairfield high schools – Jason Verrett of Rodriguez High School and Deone Bucannon of Vanden High School – were selected within minutes of each other in Thursday’s first round of the NFL Draft.

Verrett, a cornerback who attended Texas Christian University, was chosen by the San Diego Chargers and Bucannon, a safety who attended Washington State University, was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals. They were the second and third players in city history to go in the NFL’s first round – the other being Armijo High School’s Doug Martin in 1980.

Then there’s this: The 49er’s on Friday traded with Buffalo for Rodriguez High star Stevie Johnson. It’s a banner 24 hours for local athletes.

Cheers to the players and the local coaches and teammates who were part of their journey.

Jeers to news from a grand jury report that the number of inmate attacks on staff at the Claybank jail has jumped 284 percent since 2011.

The average number of attacks per month rose from 1 to 3.8 over that span – something jail officials blame on Assembly Bill 109, which released nonviolent offenders from state prisons to county jails.

Regardless of the reason, it’s disturbing to see such a dramatic increase in such a short period of time. We urge jail officials to look into ways to decrease the assaults and increase safety at the jail.

Cheers to the arrival Thursday of the first C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft at Travis Air Force Base.

The re-engined jet will use less runway, will climb faster, carry more cargo and fly farther than its predecessor the C-5A and C-5B.

This is the first arrival from a program that started in 2006 to improve the C-5s, which have been stationed at Travis for 44 years and are a crucial component of the base’s mission. Travis expects to get its second C-5M this fall. We welcome the new arrival.

Jeers to the horror of Sunday’s crash at the Thunder Over Solano air show that cost a 77-year-old pilot his life and canceled the expo’s final day.

Eddie Andreini passed all skills tests just a few weeks before Sunday’s crash and the National Traffic Safety Board continues to investigate the crash, but for the tens of thousands of spectators who saw the crash and particularly for Andreini’s family and friends, it will be a long time before the memory fades.

Cheers to all the teachers and staff honored this week by the Solano County Educators of the Year awards ceremony.

Michelle Labelle-Fisch, a sixth-grade teacher at K.I. Jones Elementary School in Fairfield, was named the teacher of the year, but we cheer all those nominated in all the categories. Nothing is more important than educating youngsters and we applaud those who do so with excellence.


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