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Trust the people? Not so much

Amid all the madness over the Affordable Care Act and the government shutdown comes a fascinating poll about “we the people.” For years, the Gallup organization has asked the following question: Do you trust the American people to make good judgments about political issues? Eight years ago, 78 percent of those polled said they had […]

October 07, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 11 Replies

Frazier on track for solid freshman year

No one can accuse Assemblyman Jim Frazier of not being available. You may have seen Frazier, D-Oakley, while you were out and about. That’s because he’s become a fixture at community activities and events across the district, including right here at home. Tomato Festival? He’s there. A child safety seat event at the local California […]

October 06, 2013 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Gov’t shuts down? No worries

The New York Times and The Associated Press reported Saturday that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the vast majority of the estimated 350,000 defense civilian workforce – on unpaid furlough since Tuesday – back to work. What was the justification? Legislation enacted and signed by the president just prior to the start of the […]

Cheers, jeers for the week of Sept. 29 through Oct. 5, 2013

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 […]

In energy production, US is No. 1

I know you are so disgusted with what is going on in your nation’s playpen, er, capital, that it doesn’t seem possible there might be any good news out of here. But according to analysis from the U.S. Energy Information Administration and The Wall Street Journal, there is a fascinating development in something every one […]

Question of the week: Are metering lights a good idea?

Plans to turn on the metering lights at onramps along Interstate 80 continue, with early 2014 targeted as the start date. Are they a good idea? Participate in this week’s poll: Last week’s question: Will the Affordable Care Act survive attempts to derail it? Yes: 58 percent No: 42 percent 88 Daily Republic voters

Farmers market set for last 2013 event

FAIRFIELD — People have one last chance this year to attend the Fairfield’s farmers market, even as organizers call the revamped version a success. The last farmers market of 2013 will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday. It will be located on the county-owned lawn near Jefferson and Texas streets in the downtown. This […]

September 30, 2013 | Posted in Business-local | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Common Core yields common concerns

Like it or not, California is embarking on a significant change in how are children are taught. Teacher training is taking place in advance of Common Core’s official launch in California, set for the 2014-15 school year. The first round of assessment tests based on the new standards will be administered in spring 2015. The […]

September 29, 2013 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged , | 2 Replies

Vacaville council approves Vanden Meadows project

VACAVILLE — In a 5-0 voice vote, the Vacaville City Council gave its approval to the 939-home Vanden Meadows project with the understanding that there will be changes to the plan forthcoming. After about an hour’s discussion, the council members all supported the project, with the caveat that a 192-unit apartment complex planned for the […]

Question of the week: Will ‘Obamacare’ survive?

The Affordable Care Act, popularly known as “Obamacare,” is the target of lawmakers who want to dismantle it. Do you think it will survive? Participate in this week’s poll: Last week’s results: Do you agree with the decision to allow illegal immigrants to get drivers’ licenses? Yes: 20 percent No: 80 percent 122 Daily Republic […]

Bullets prove we have lost our way

We live in a vicious world. It took about one hour before the Russians started gloating about the Washington Navy Yard massacre. Alexei Pushkov, chairman of a foreign affairs committee in the Russian parliament, tweeted: “A new shootout at Navy headquarters in Washington – a lone gunman. . . . Nobody’s even surprised anymore. A […]

September 23, 2013 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 2 Replies

Sound off for Sept. 22, 2013

Last week, we asked whether readers agreed with legislation allowing illegal immigrants to get driver’s licenses. Here are some responses to that question: No, but the voice of the majority doesn’t matter anymore in California. Why don’t we give door keys to burglars? Or safe combinations to safe crackers? Or guns to bank robbers? Madness! […]

News shows true threat of federal cuts

It starts with the automatic spending cuts put in place in 2011 when Congress and the president agreed to the sequester to avoid a so-called fiscal cliff – never dreaming it would become law because Congress could not pass a budget. Congress couldn’t do so, and the sequester became law. We’ve felt the effects through […]

New voters skewed many fall election polls

Think back to last fall’s election, when many analysts – especially Republicans – were amazed that President Barack Obama won the popular vote by almost 4 percent over Republican Mitt Romney, a 51-47 percent margin that was fully 3 percent higher than the final average of nine major polls, from Gallup to Public Policy Polling. […]

Fairfield firefighters put out car fire

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield firefighters quickly put out a car fire early Monday morning in an apartment carport before it could spread to the apartments or other cars. The fire started at about 5:40 a.m. at the apartment complex at 2751 Peppertree Drive. Firefighters found the vehicle fully engulfed and apartments threatened. “We had it knocked […]

Voyager 1 presses on with 1970s technology

NASA has confirmed that its space probe Voyager 1, after a 36-year, 11.5-billion-mile journey, has become the first manmade object to leave our solar system and enter the cold and immense void of what is truly outer space. Voyager actually passed that milestone in August 2012, but NASA wanted to confirm and reconfirm that Voyager, […]

Choco Latte Mexican Cafe moving to downtown Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — Jose Mendoza is going back to the future to pursue his dream. The owner of Choco Latte Mexican Cafe in Suisun City will soon close down his shop – so he can move it to West Texas Street in Fairfield, where he will reopen in a few weeks with a full menu. “The […]

Sound off for Sept. 15, 2013

Fairfield learned last week that it failed to receive a $9 million grant from the federal government to help pay for its planned train station, a blow to the project. Here are some comments on the article: The overpass is a good plan necessary to increase traffic mobility and should be done as soon as […]

Solano marks 9/11 in fitting fashion

Central Solano County recognized a terrible day in our nation’s history Wednesday with a combination of somber reflection and a healthy display of in-your-face military might. Suisun City served as ground zero for the area’s observance of the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that thrust our nation into a state of […]

Church notes Sept. 14, 2013

Allendale Union Chapel VACAVILLE — Worships at 10 a.m. Sunday at 4844 Store Road. Call 469-8437. A New Creation Deliverance Ministries FAIRFIELD — Worships at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Courtyard by Marriott, 1350 Holiday Lane. Call 386-9605 or 344-8494. Ark of the Covenant FAIRFIELD — Worships 11 a.m. Sunday at 260 Link Road, Suite […]

Why the US should focus on violence at home

As our nation focuses on possible military action against Syria for using chemical weapons on its citizens, the question is raised as to whether the U.S. government should intervene and should it even be a focus of our concern. How often do we hear of violent acts that occur in the Middle East via CNN, […]

September 14, 2013 | Posted in Local opinion columnists | Tagged , | 4 Replies

Cheers, jeers for the week of Sept. 8-14, 2013

Cheers to the leaders and congregation at Mount Calvary Baptist Church for hosting a well-attended college recruitment fair Monday that brought representatives from dozens of historically black colleges to Fairfield to meet with local high schoolers. Some participants were offered college admission on the spot, contingent on their grades during their senior year in high […]

Conservative writer hits mark with Syria analysis

It was the late comedian Jimmy Durante who popularized the comment: “Everybody’s got to get into the act.” There is certainly no shortage of opinions about what to do about Syria. The recommendations, so to speak, usually boil down to “we should” or “we shouldn’t.” Not very illuminating, I would have to say, but it’s […]