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A strategic mistake: Another arms race

Rhetoric about nuclear weapons is heating up between Washington and Moscow, but there is no need to reinstate the foolish and wasteful arms race that dominated the Cold War period. For one reason, the security challenges have changed. Having 1,500 or more deployed U.S. nuclear warheads on land- or sea-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, or strategic […]

Greece’s next step is overdue debt and IOUs

Greece’s dramatic decision to close its banks and impose capital controls has averted – at huge cost to the economy – a bank run and limited the flight of euros out of the country. A perilous week still remains ahead. Importantly, none of these desperate efforts will generate new cash for a government that is facing difficulties […]

No vaccines, no school

This week Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB277, a bill requiring all students attending public and private schools in California to be vaccinated. The law eliminates religious and personal beliefs exemptions from vaccination. Medical exemptions by a physician are still valid. Without vaccination, children must be homeschooled or otherwise attend school off campus. California joins two […]

State repeats Willotta Oaks placement mistake

Why do judges keep making the same mistakes over and over again? The proposed placement of dangerous, violent sex offender Fraisure Smith on Olive Avenue is almost a carbon copy of the Willotta Oaks debacle. It is not a rural neighborhood. It is a suburban neighborhood. Like Willotta Oakes, the proposed location is very close […]

Can tourism industry shield us from reality?

The twin shocks of the massacre in Tunisia and the financial meltdown in Greece have sent tourism shares sharply lower. The industry has grown increasingly resilient in recent years, however, and it probably will recover relatively quickly. That would be good news for shareholders, but it could also reflect a false sense of complacency. The […]

Drought shows need to untangle water rights

There is absolutely nothing in California government – or its politics – more complicated and contentious than water rights. Who has what rights to extract and use how much water from which California rivers and aquifers is an almost impenetrable thicket of state laws, regulatory decisions, judicial actions and, in some cases, royal decrees dating […]

Time to silence partisan guns

The local Right Stuff Republicans struck again on this page a couple of Monday’s ago. Jim McCully laid out a charge sheet that indicted the Democratic Party for every malady that our nation suffers from. I have concluded that the conservative mind is a mind centered on conflict and combat. As one wit expressed it, “Democrats fall […]

Question of the week: Should Fairfield legalize and sell fireworks like Suisun City?

Suisun City can make money, some nonprofits can make money and many local residents get to buy and set off fireworks within the city limits. Should Fairfield get in on the act and legalize and sell fireworks like Suisun City? Take part in our poll. Last week’s question: Which did you enjoy more, Warriors’ title or Giants’? Warriors: 50 […]

Question of the week: Should Fairfield legalize and sell fireworks like Suisun City?

Suisun City can make money, some nonprofits can make money and many local residents get to buy and set off fireworks within the city limits. Should Fairfield get in on the act and legalize and sell fireworks like Suisun City? Take part in our poll. Last week’s question: Which did you enjoy more, Warriors’ title or Giants’? Warriors: 50 […]

Dozens killed in attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France

SOUSSE, Tunisia — A young man pulled a Kalashnikov from a beach umbrella and sprayed gunfire at European sunbathers at a Tunisian resort, killing at least 38 people — one of three deadly attacks Friday from Europe to North Africa to the Middle East that followed a call to violence by Islamic State extremists. The […]

Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly best-sellers for week ending June 21: 2015 HARDCOVER FICTION 1. “Finders Keepers” by Stephen King (Scribner) 2. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead) 3. “Country” by Danielle Steel (Delacorte) 4. “Tom Clancy: Under Fire” by Grant Blackwood (Putnam) 5. “The President’s Shadow” by Brad Meltzer (Grand Central Publishing) 6. “Radiant […]

Watering restriction a joke

You have to laugh sometimes at the people who get appointed to head our local government municipal departments sometimes. In the past few weeks I have noticed that since the rest of the taxpaying homeowners are restricted to watering three times a week, Fairfield’s man in charge of handling the watering of our public parks, maintained […]

Hometown theater does great job on ‘Mary Poppins’

Solano County has yet another chance to see a truly wonderful show at Fairfield’s downtown theater: “Mary Poppins.” My spouse and I took our 11-year-old granddaughter to opening night. We were wowed by the talent and energy – from beginning to end. If you enjoyed “Mary Poppins,” the Disney movie, as a child, you will […]

Greece, Germany agree: Euro can’t work

Ahead of Monday’s European Union summit, the only thing you could rule out is a happy ending. Whatever happens at the leaders’ meeting – even if a deal of some sort emerges – the EU has suffered lasting and perhaps irreparable damage. The available choices run from bad to terrible. The costs to Greece and […]

State’s roadway conditions a civic embarrassment

There was a time when California was teaching the world how to build first-class highway systems. Our highway engineers were loaned to other nations eager to emulate California’s network of highways and freeways. Today, California’s state highways and local streets and roads are – or should be – a civic embarrassment, ranking at or near […]

Kanye West, Future perform at Birthday Bash 20 in Atlanta

ATLANTA — Kanye West danced across the stage and knelt on his knees during a performance that left many in the audience repeating the words of his songs at one of Atlanta’s most popular hip-hop concerts. West capped a show filled with other hip-hop stars from Drake, Nicki Minaj and Future at Hot 107.9’s Birthday Bash […]

‘Star Wars’ actor charged in S. Carolina high-speed chase

WALTERBORO, S.C. — A former child actor who starred in one of the “Star Wars” movie sequels faces charges after leading South Carolina deputies on a high-speed chase. Colleton County Sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday arrested a 26-year-old man they confirmed through a former talent agent was Jake Lloyd, who played a young Anakin Skywalker in […]

James Taylor: Streaming businesses should pay artists half

NEW YORK — James Taylor is OK with the booming streaming music business, but he believes artists deserve 50 percent of the profits. “If someone’s going to be making money off of my recorded music, I think that I should be getting half of that money that they’re making because I’m the one who generated the […]

In open letter, Swift criticizes ‘shocking’ Apple Music

NEW YORK — In an open letter to Apple, Taylor Swift has criticized the company’s new streaming music service for failing to pay artists for a free three-month trial. Writing on her Tumblr page Sunday in a posting titled “To Apple, Love Taylor,” Swift said she would withhold her 2014 album “1989” from Apple Music, […]

‘Jurassic’ holds box office, but ‘Inside Out’ shows bite

NEW YORK — In a box-office bout of Tyrannosaurus-sized proportions, “Jurassic World” kept the No. 1 spot with one of the biggest second weeks ever, while Pixar’s “Inside Out” nearly matched it with a $91.1 million debut well above expectations. Universal’s “Jurassic World” took in $102 million in North American theaters, according to studio estimates Sunday, […]

WikiLeaks reveals Saudi intrigue and unpaid limo bills

ISTANBUL — At the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, diplomats talked about airing the grievances of disenchanted local youth using Facebook and Twitter. At the embassy in Khartoum, they reported anxiously on Iran’s military aid to Sudan. Meanwhile, the Saudi mission in Geneva got stuck dealing with a multi-million dollar limo bill racked up by a Saudi […]

Brazilian police arrest top executives

SAO PAULO — Brazilian police said they arrested the presidents of two of the country’s largest construction companies on Friday for their alleged involvement in the massive corruption scheme at the country’s state-run oil company, Petrobras. Federal Police inspector Igor Romario de Paulo said at a news conference that Marcelo Odebrecht and Otavio Marques de […]

WikiLeaks to release thousands of Saudi documents

ISTANBUL  — WikiLeaks is in the process of publishing more than 500,000 Saudi diplomatic documents to the Internet, the transparency website said Friday, a move that echoes its famous release of U.S. State Department cables in 2010. WikiLeaks said in a statement that it has already posted roughly 60,000 files. Most of them appear to […]

Haitian refugees left wondering about the future

FONBAYA, Haiti — Saint-Soi Souverin sat on a bench resting and thinking about his plight after being uprooted from his longtime home on the other side of the border in the Dominican Republic, far from the Haitian shelter where he is staying. Dominican authorities deported the 35-year-old farm worker along with his wife and four […]

As drought grows bigger, so does animosity

SACRAMENTO — Mother Nature isn’t the only one blamed for California’s drought. The state’s historic four-year dry spell has brought with it a flurry of finger-pointing. Now advocates, noting how California’s water shortage ranks as the top public concern, are invoking the drought to bolster their own causes. Animal rights activists, environmentalists and opponents of […]

California reveals details of self-driving car accidents

LOS ANGELES — California state officials released reports Thursday detailing six accidents that involved self-driving car prototypes, reversing a policy that shielded details of how the next-generation technology is performing during testing on public roads. The disclosure came after The Associated Press argued to the Department of Motor Vehicles that the agency was improperly withholding […]

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