Thursday, November 27, 2014

I’ve truly got it pretty good

Before I sit down and dismantle a turkey larger than the combined weight of both of my dogs, and before I watch the Santa Clara 49ers lose on national television, and before I wait in line on Black Friday (OK, that last thing isn’t going to happen.), I decided to write down what I’m thankful […]

Obama’s immigration plan a pleasant surprise

I had expected – or feared – that President Barack Obama would once again let Silicon Valley down with his executive order on immigration. But he hasn’t. The president has done practically everything in his power to address the needs of the technology community. The larger problem is that this is only a Band-Aid. What is […]

November 27, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Thanksgiving: A national holiday that isn’t all about children

“Over the river, and through the wood, to Grandfather’s house we go,” goes the 1844 Thanksgiving poem. These days, it’s more often sung as “Grandmother’s house,” and we’re more likely to travel by jet than by sleigh. Still, it’s a familiar journey. Thanksgiving remains very much associated with grandparents. More than any other holiday on […]

8 shoes of Holocaust victims stolen in Poland

WARSAW, Poland — Polish authorities say that eight shoes that once belonged to Holocaust victims have been stolen from the former concentration camp Majdanek in Poland, now a state-run museum. The Polish news agency PAP reported Tuesday that police believe the theft occurred between Nov. 18 and Nov. 20, when a museum employee discovered that […]

Activists: Syrian strikes kill 60 in IS-held city

BEIRUT — Syrian government warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday on the de-facto capital of the extremist Islamic State group, killing at least 60 people, shattering shop fronts and setting dozens of cars ablaze, activists said. Some of the air raids struck a popular market near a museum and an industrial neighborhood in […]

AP sources: Top candidate for defense job bows out

WASHINGTON — Michele Flournoy, a top contender to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, has taken herself out of consideration for the Pentagon’s top job, people familiar with the process said Tuesday. Flournoy’s decision underscores the difficulty President Barack Obama may face in finding a candidate to take the helm at the Pentagon late in his […]

WWII Museum opening new pavilion in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — A bombed-out bunker with a digital battle mapping table and animated fighter planes soaring overhead gives an immersive look at strategic air raids over Europe during World War II. The simulated experience takes place inside a new 32,000-square-foot pavilion opening to the public on Dec. 13 at the National World War II […]

Police: Students ran high school prostitution ring

VENICE, Fla. — Authorities say two southwest Florida high school students organized a prostitution ring of students from nearby high schools. Police say a 15-year-old Venice High School student was already in juvenile custody for an unrelated case when he was charged Tuesday with human trafficking. On Friday, a Sarasota High School student, 17-year-old Alexa […]

Wet basements in Buffalo as flooding fears ease

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Some Buffalo-area residents dealt with flooded basements from melting snow as authorities on Tuesday kept an eye on rising creek levels a week after the region was hit by record-breaking lake-effect storms. The National Weather Service issued a flood warning until late Tuesday afternoon for parts of a five-county area of western […]

Soldiers to spend Thanksgiving in Ebola isolation

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — A group of military service members returning to Joint Base Lewis-McChord from Africa will spend Thanksgiving in isolation while the Army monitors their health for signs of Ebola. The group arriving Tuesday evening includes 15 service members and one Defense Department civilian who built facilities in Liberia to fight the […]

2 teen female bombers kill more than 40 in Nigeria

BAUCHI, Nigeria — The teenage girls entered the busy marketplace separately Tuesday, their vests of explosives hidden beneath their full hijabs. The first detonated her bomb, killing three women. As rescuers rushed in, the second girl screamed and set off her explosives, killing dozens more, according to witnesses and authorities. More than 40 people died […]

Question of the week: Do you agree with President Obama’s executive action on immigration?

President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation. Do you agree with the president’s actions? Participate in our weekly poll. Last week’s poll: Do you think drones will help secure the U.S. border? Yes: 44% No: 56% 70 Daily Republic voters

Musings on immigration, Ferguson, the president

I’m writing this before two important events take place: President Barack Obama’s immigration address, and the decision by the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury to indict or not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown. We have known for quite a while what Obama’s stand on illegal immigration will be, but let me […]

Liberals not sure why they like Obama’s amnesty

President Barack Obama will rewrite immigration law in the guise of exercising “prosecutorial discretion.” In other words, he’s asking federal agencies not to enforce the laws on the books and hand work permits to millions of illegal immigrants. When conservatives and moderates criticize this unilateralism, as I did recently, we tend to get three responses […]

Dear snow-trolls: Winter weather does not refute global warming

Most people who live in the U.S. have been feeling insanely cold lately. The area south of Buffalo got 5 feet of snow this week – an extreme winter weather outburst that is being blamed for a tragic five deaths – and the Weather Channel says that parts of the Midwest and Great Lakes region […]

Thank you for saving my purse

After shopping in Walmart on Nov. 18, I drove off and left my purse in the grocery cart in the parking lot. I want to thank the kind women who turned my purse in to the Walmart lost and found. With all my heart, I thank you for your honesty. May God bless you. Emagene Boots […]

November 21, 2014 | Posted in Letters to editor | Tagged | 2 Replies

Question of the week: Do you think drones will help secure the US border?

The U.S. government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone. It represents a significant departure from a decades-old approach that emphasizes boots on the ground and fences. Do you think this is the right approach? Participate in our weekly poll. Last week’s poll: Will GOP control bring about change in D.C.? Yes: 40 […]

Thank you to businesses that support veterans

I would like to start by thanking all of the veterans past, present and future that make our way of life in America possible. Without their sacrifice, we would not enjoy the quality of life and freedoms we have today. I would also like to thank all of the merchants and businesses that provided free […]

Better economic policy isn’t enough to save Japan

When I was a wee thing, just a slip of a girl launching herself into the mad and exciting world of economic policy reporting, you used to hear a lot of talk about Japan’s Lost Decade. From World War II to about 1990, Japan posted the most miraculous economic transformation of the 20th century. Self-flagellating […]

Why genetically modified future troubles me

Like many people, I’ve long wondered about the safety of genetically modified organisms. They’ve become so ubiquitous that they account for about 80 percent of the corn grown in the United States, yet we know almost nothing about what damage might ensue if the transplanted genes spread through global ecosystems. How can so many smart […]

Battle over Affordable Care Act has risk for all sides

As President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans profess to search for common ground, both sides are preparing to lob grenades: the president with an executive action on immigration, the new Congress by making the repeal of the Affordable Care Act one of its first initiatives. The furor over an immigration action, which some Republicans charge would […]

Why are we still changing clock times?

Once again, the biannual time change “fall back-spring forward” or as an old friend used to say, “Fall ahead, spring back,” which always made me laugh, has occurred. Changing my clocks and watches does not make me laugh. It’s bothersome. Aside from the regular clocks there are the microwave clock, the oven clock, alarm system clock […]

Question of the week: Do you think drones will help secure the US border?

The U.S. government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone. It represents a significant departure from a decades-old approach that emphasizes boots on the ground and fences. Do you think this is the right approach? Participate in our weekly poll. Last week’s poll: Will GOP control bring about change in D.C.? Yes: 40 […]

Battered, Greece faces years to recoup recession

ATHENS, Greece — In a tiny, windowless storeroom, elderly women sort through items normally destined for the trash. It’s an unlikely place to be saving lives. The women volunteer at a charity clinic that recycles drugs sent by relatives of dead cancer patients, recovering stroke victims, or new mothers who overstocked on baby formula. The half-filled […]

Congress must not duck military duties

Congress has a month to stop ducking and dodging. It has a responsibility to join with President Barack Obama in authorizing and funding the U.S. military operations in Iraq and Syria for this fiscal year. It’s also time for the nation to hear a serious, nonpartisan discussion about whom we are fighting in the Middle […]

Republicans should be wary of Jeb Bush candidacy

Sen. Marco Rubio is reportedly considering whether to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, with an announcement expected in a few weeks. One factor that must loom large in his deliberations is that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, with whom Rubio has long been allied, is also considering a run. Rubio probably can’t […]

November 14, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Health care rates: Going up!

You probably heard the story by now, but, if not, four different clips of MIT professor Jonathan Gruber have been released. So, who is this Gruber fellow? Simple: He’s been called the chief architect of Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act. The “distinguished” professor stated, and reiterated, that the White House could avoid […]

Thank you, supporters

I feel tremendously honored that the people of Vacaville have once again put their trust in me to guide our very special community for another four years. To everyone who read your ballot, studied the issues and took the time to vote – however you voted – thank you for taking part in this process that we […]