Friday, November 21, 2014
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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 […]

Regulate the Internet as if living depends on it

Most Americans can’t imagine life without the Internet. They go online to work, to communicate and to get news about the world. If the technorati in Silicon Valley have their way, health care, education and transportation (hello Uber!) will depend on a reliable, fast connection to the Internet, too, through wearable devices, tablets and mobile […]

November 13, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

How about giving voters a choice?

Nine people threw their hats into the ring to square off against two incumbents on the Fairfield City Council. In Suisun City, five people faced two incumbents in that council race. Meanwhile, Fairfield Mayor Harry Price and Suisun City Mayor Pete Sanchez ran unopposed. Fourteen people decided to run for office and not one of them […]

No Popeye’s at Woodcreek Estates

I’ve been in the Fairfield-Suisun City area since 1960. I’ve seen Fairfield grow from a population of 14,000 to now more than 105,000. I’ve seen a lot of changes here in Fairfield, but I’m really disappointed with this Popeye’s here in our neighborhood at Woodcreek Estates. The traffic is real bad here at the corner of Oliver […]

America is ‘saved’

The Republicans win in a landslide! Glory be . . . let the good times roll. America is saved. But, wait a minute. Haven’t we seen this headline before? Of course we have. In fact we have seen the “opposition” party grab the “holy grail” of public political sentiment time and time again. Witness the […]

A call to action

To the citizens of Fairfield, and especially to the 10 men who ran with me for a stronger Fairfield: We can do this, together. I ask you to bring your ideas to the table (I know some of them) and let’s roll up our sleeves. Five people cannot move a mountain – 110,000 people can. […]

Stop blaming poor parents for their children’s limited vocabulary

While the reading wars in education have raged for decades, most people agree that literacy is crucial for children and that the path to strong reading and writing skills begin in the home. But focusing on poor children’s parents may actually be the real problem when trying to increase their success in school. In a […]

November 12, 2014 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply


Lame duck Brown: More than a caretaker?

During his first eight years as governor, Jerry Brown was so imaginative about what state government could do that he won the nickname “Gov. Moonbeam.” It took Brown, then in his 30s, to theorize that a state could launch its own communication satellite. And that a governor should deal person-to-person with presidents and prime ministers […]

Question of the week: Will GOP control bring about change in D.C.?

Now that the Republican Party has control of the Senate and gained more seats in the House after the midterm elections, do you think anything will change in Washington? Participate in our weekly poll. Last week’s poll: Will the Giants win the World Series in 2016? Yes: 51 percent No: 49 percent 67 Daily Republic voters

Year after Haiyan, some move on, others agonize

TACLOBAN, Philippines — Four months after she lost her husband and home to Typhoon Haiyan’s fury, Agnes Bacsal gave birth to their sixth child – a sprightly boy, whose company has eased the family’s pain. Other survivors, like fisherman Ben Pedrero, still struggle. His wife and son perished in the monster storm and more than 40 […]

Question of the week: Will GOP control bring about change in D.C.?

Now that the Republican Party has control of the Senate and gained more seats in the House after the midterm elections, do you think anything will change in Washington? Participate in our weekly poll. Last week’s poll: Will the Giants win the World Series in 2016? Yes: 51 percent No: 49 percent 67 Daily Republic voters

Remarks of prison mediator appalling

How sad that Mr. Douglas E. Noll, who is allowed inside our prisons as a trainer in “mediation,” can make such a passing statement with no proof, fact or reasoning. (Solano lawyers hear from prison training program founder, Oct. 17, 2014) To claim that one-third of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officers are racists who promote […]