Cheers to Mission Solano, which celebrated 15 years of serving the community Friday with a dinner event at the Specialty Events Center on Chadbourne Road in Fairfield.
Mission Solano started small and is now a point of civic pride. It’s served some 2.35 million meals, provided 1.25 million shelter beds with the support of local churches, given case management and counseling to 55,000 people, served 382,000 Thanksgiving meals and provided 22,000 Christmas gifts to 8,500 children.
Then there’s the $11.5 million Bridge to Life Center, which to date has seen $8.5 million in work completed.
That’s all something to cheer about.
Jeers to the partial government shutdown that began at midnight Tuesday when the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate could not agree on a budget deal before the Oct. 1 start of the federal fiscal year.
They couldn’t even pass a continuing resolution to keep the government operating while they haggled over budget specifics.
That means many services backed by our federal tax dollars are feeling the pinch. Think Meals on Wheels and other similar programs, and you see who’s hurt by the actions in our nation’s capital. Think as well about some 700 civilian workers at Travis Air Force Base who are now on unpaid furlough. Think of the veterans who will be served at this fall’s Stand Down event in Dixon, which lost $10,000 in federal grant funding to the partial government shutdown.
It’s easy to think of the shutdown as an ideological debate over the federal Affordable Care Act, for which people could sign up Tuesday to obtain health insurance from various state exchanges, starting in January 2014.
Such a viewpoint ignores the staggering $17 trillion federal debt. That number, we believe, if simply too big to ignore.
Cheers to the Solano County Board of Supervisors for taking the time this week to honor county residents who have hit or exceeded the century age milestone.
Eight of Solano County’s centenarians were recognized Tuesday, including men and women from Fairfield, Suisun City, Dixon, Vallejo and Benicia.
There are an estimated 43 centenarians living in Solano County. The oldest is believed to be Harcharan Singh of Vallejo, who was born in 1908 and celebrated his 105th birthday this year.