Thursday, January 29, 2015

Economic recovery, brought to you by technocrats

There are two competing narratives about economic policy. In one, economists have no clue how to manage advanced economies, or else we wouldn’t have faced the Great Recession, Europe wouldn’t be the basket case it is, the U.S. recovery wouldn’t have taken so long to gain traction, and middle- and low-income households would be sharing in […]

2 sides to state highways rehab backlog

A recent column about a growing backlog of deferred maintenance in the state highway system and the difficulty of raising more revenue for roadwork generated an unusually high number of reader reactions. The responses fell into two broad categories — anger that existing gas taxes and other transportation revenues had been diverted into uses not […]

Question of the week: Which team will win the Super Bowl?

On Feb. 1, Seattle goes for a second straight Super Bowl title, as the Seahawks go up against the New England Patriots at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Which team will win? Take part in our poll. Last week’s question: Will the Supreme Court give same-sex couples the right to marry under the Constitution? Yes: 80 percent […]

Rockets kill 30 in Ukrainian city as rebels launch offensive

KIEV, Ukraine — Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops Saturday in Ukraine’s southeastern city of Mariupol, killing at least 30 people, authorities said. The Ukrainian president called the blitz a terrorist attack and NATO and the U.S. demanded that Russia stop supporting the rebels. Ukrainian officials rushed to defend the strategically […]

US recovery efforts hold lessons for China

What a difference six years makes. China’s Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Davos this week, leading the most high-level Chinese delegation to the annual Swiss retreat since 2009. Those meetings took place as the U.S. economy was crashing and threatening to bring down the global economy. By contrast, just weeks earlier, Chinese leaders had unleashed […]

Most-admired, least-admired

Sometimes the expression “It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy” is used sarcastically, when something bad happens to someone you don’t like. But today, when I say “It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy” I mean it literally. I’m talking about the selection of Capt. Joe Allio to be Fairfield’s new police chief. Joe is […]

Darwinism may solve problem of banks ‘too big to fail’

Global market regulators are still wrestling with the “too big to fail” problem of protecting taxpayers from the consequences of a large financial institution collapsing. Most initiatives focus on the right-hand side of the issue, demanding banks hold more capital to make failure less likely. There are hints, though, that a wave of Darwinism may […]

Brown plans a study in conflict

Jerry Brown has issued two clarion calls for actions that would affect what tens of millions of Californians do every day – drive their cars – but there may be a conflict between the two. At one point in his inaugural/State of the State address to the Legislature, Brown called for finding money to pay […]

After Charlie Hebdo attack, US Catholic group says cartoonists ‘provoked’ slaughter

In the aftermath of the deadly assault on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical newspaper, much of the world has rallied in solidarity with the publication, its irreverent cartoonists and their right to free speech. But not everyone is so supportive. Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, a U.S. organization that “defends […]

Record 6 million turn out for pope’s final day in Manila

MANILA, Philippines — A crowd estimated at a record 6 million people by officials poured into Manila’s rain-soaked streets and its biggest park Sunday as Pope Francis ended his Asian pilgrimage with an appeal for Filipinos to protect their young from sin and vice so they can instead become missionaries of the faith. The crowd estimate, […]

Israeli strikes kill 6 Hezbollah fighters in Syria

BEIRUT — An Israeli strike in Syria on Sunday killed the son of a slain top Hezbollah commander and at least five other fighters in a move that could ratchet up tensions with the powerful Lebanese Shiite movement, which recently boasted of rockets that can hit any part of the Jewish state. Hezbollah militants in towns […]

Suisun City police log: Jan. 16, 2015

7:45 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 800 block of MOSSWOOD DRIVE 8:44 a.m. — Burglary, 700 block of PALERMO DRIVE 10:54 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 900 block of ANDERSON DRIVE 2:01 p.m. — Burglary, 1200 block of LAWLER RANCH PARKWAY 3:05 p.m. — Reckless drivers, CANADA GOOSE DRIVE / TRUMPETER DRIVE 3:13 p.m. — Reckless drivers, HIGHWAY 12 / WALTERS ROAD

Fairfield police log: Jan. 16, 2015

12:02 a.m. — Battery, 2300 block of NORTH TEXAS STREET 3:26 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 400 block of WEBSTER STREET 5:05 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 5100 block of BIANCO CIRCLE 7:41 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 1400 block of CATLIN COURT 8:09 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 4600 block of HAFLINGER DRIVE 8:11 a.m. — Grand theft, 1900 block of WOOLNER AVENUE 8:41 a.m. — Vehicle […]

Question of the week: Will the Supreme Court give same-sex couples the right to marry under the Constitution?

Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court announced Friday it will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution. Take part in our poll. Last week’s question: Do you think the terrorism that struck Paris will happen in the U.S.? Yes: 87 percent No:13 […]

Teacher convicted of showing high school class violent movie

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A former substitute teacher who showed a movie featuring graphic sex and violence to a high school class has been convicted of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. Sheila Kearns showed the film, “The ABCs of Death,” during five periods of a Spanish class at East High School in Columbus in April 2013, […]

Fairfield police log: Jan. 14, 2015

8:10 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 3000 block of NORTH TEXAS STREET 8:21 a.m. — Vandalism, 1900 block of WOOLNER AVENUE 10:31 a.m. — Residential burglary, 3800 block of CHAPPARAL DRIVE 10:38 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 1800 block of BARTON DRIVE 11:12 a.m. — Vehicle burglary, 4500 block of CENTRAL WAY 12:59 p.m. — Forgery, 3200 block of AVENIDO DEL LAGO WAY 1:04 p.m. — Assault with […]

Suisun City police log: Jan. 14, 2015

4:51 a.m — Hit-and-run property damage, 1300 block of BLOSSOM AVENUE 7:32 a.m — Hit-and-run property damage, 300 block of JACARANDA DRIVE 11:34 a.m — Vehicle burglary, 1200 block of KELLOGG STREET 12:39 p.m — Vehicle theft, 1200 block of HUMPHREY DRIVE 3:54 p.m — Burglary, 1300 block of WORLEY ROAD 10:42 p.m — Fraud, 500 block of HONKER LANE

New day, same story

It’s a new year, a new day, but the same old scenario. Nothing has changed. The good old boys have become more sophisticated in taking your property. Going back a few years, my father moved back to Tennessee when I was 6 years old to live with his mother, my grandmother Minnie. Minnie lived on a farm in […]

Scott Walker, 2016’s wild card

News organizations reported Friday that Mitt Romney is considering another presidential run in 2016. Meanwhile, word got out that respected Republican operative Rick Wiley is helping Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker staff up for a 2016 primary campaign. To top it off, Mike Huckabee left his job at Fox News to explore another presidential run. Which […]

Flu a real threat to public health

People lost their minds last fall when four people in the United States were diagnosed with Ebola. Four. Only one of the four succumbed to the devastating disease. The others were cured. Folks were calling for travel bans. They were demanding quarantines. All to protect us from a disease that could be transmitted only if […]

Brown acknowledges state’s poverty problem – sort of

California’s big – and shameful – secret was revealed a few years ago in a dry statistical compendium from the federal Census Bureau. California, which had long boasted of its commitment to egalitarian ideals, had, the data revealed, become the most poverty-ridden state. Its official poverty rate was roughly in line with the nation as […]

Thank you for a great article

The committee members of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church’s Bev Orlando Memorial Nativity Show offer a big thank you to Amy Maginnis-Honey and Robinson Kuntz for the great coverage they provided our annual efforts to give the community a truly unique Christmas experience, viewing more than 400 Nativity sets from around the world. Sets of all […]

No real winners in Greek exit from the euro zone

WASHINGTON — Grexit is back. We’re three weeks away from the Greek general election, which the left-wing Syriza party, which wants an end to Greece’s punishing austerity regime, seems likely to win. The problem is that the austerity regime is the condition for continued assistance from the euro zone. If Syriza does indeed win and […]

2014 may set a new temperature record. So can we please stop claiming global warming has ‘stopped’?

WASHINGTON — Speaking on the Senate floor in July, Oklahoma’s James Inhofe – soon to head, once again, the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee – made a claim that has become quite prevalent among skeptics of climate change skeptics. “For the past 15 years,” Inhofe said, “temperatures across the globe have not increased.” Inhofe […]

Terror in France points to larger issue

I admit that when I first heard the horrific news from Paris, I couldn’t help but wonder how the Obama White House would react. Would Josh Earnest, the talking head for the Oval Office, utter the so far forbidden phrase “Islamic (or Islamist) terrorism”? Well, he did use both words, but not together. I guess the […]

A truly frightening column

Rarely amid the sound bites and punditry does one get a glimpse of what political organizations think, what actually drives their actions. Colleen Britton’s op-ed on democracy (Jan. 5) does, and I thank her for it. She questions whether there is a place in our country for those protesting in Ferguson, Missouri, and strongly implies […]

Suisun Council passes smoking ban during public events

SUISUN CITY — The Suisun City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to prohibit smoking in parks and plazas during public events hosted by the city or the downtown merchants. The twice-delayed proposal cruised by the council with residents such as Lionel King saying that smoking should not be allowed in parks during such events, especially […]

US Navy commander pleads guilty in massive bribery case

SAN DIEGO — A U.S. Navy commander pleaded guilty Tuesday in a massive bribery scheme involving a longtime military contractor in Asia who allegedly offered luxury travel, prostitutes and other bribes to officers in exchange for confidential information. Jose Luis Sanchez, 42, is the highest-ranking official to plead guilty in the case, which rocked the […]