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Don’t forget Suisun City

Ian Thompson’s article on Sept. 24 did not mention Suisun City was also affected by the Sept. 21 fire behind Taft Street. I lost power for about three hours, cable and telephone service until late the next morning. When something like that happens, please don’t forget to mention Fairfield’s stepsister city. Keith Harrison Fairfield

Taxpayers: Beware of bonds

It’s time to recollect what is Mello Roos because the Fairfield Planning Commission just approved a new housing development to create 675 homes that will be included, and taxed, in Mello Roos Community Facilities District No. 5. Under Community Facilities District No. 5, the developer fees and the new schools construction costs are paid with money generated […]

Keep a varied view on homelessness

Our analysis of homelessness is based on the premise that this is a bad thing. When the premise is changed, the conclusion can lead to a new view. In Brazil, there is a cultural respect for the man who sits down anywhere (but private property) and “pitches a tent.” We need to remember the Earth […]

Time for pols to organize against phonies

The far right and far left are very good at organizing, setting up war rooms, creating score cards and then threatening adversaries and rewarding friends. That is part of the hurly-burly of politics. But there need to be counterweights to those voices. A few suggestions: 1. The House Sanity Caucus: House Speaker John A. Boehner, […]

State tinkers with power system at peril of ratepayers

When California’s electric power system went into a virtual meltdown 15 years ago, one might think it would have cured politicians’ urges to fiddle with its operations. After all, it was caused by a know-it-all overhaul of the system four years earlier by then-Gov. Pete Wilson and the Legislature, and successor Gray Davis’ mishandling of […]

Germany marks 25 years of unity, facing new challenges

BERLIN — Germany marks a quarter-century as a reunited nation on Saturday, with two leaders from the formerly communist east heading a country that increasingly asserts itself as Europe’s political heavyweight – and now faces a new challenge in a refugee influx that will demand deep reserves of resourcefulness and patience. West and East Germany united […]

Russia launches new wave of air raids in Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria — Russian warplanes have attacked the Islamic State group and other insurgents in central and northern Syria with a wave of new airstrikes, Syrian and Russian military officials said Saturday as an activist group said Russia’s air raids have killed 39 civilians over the three past days. The new airstrikes came as residents of […]

Guatemalan mudslide death toll reaches 56, hundreds missing

SANTA CATARINA PINULA, Guatemala — Rescue workers using shovels and pickaxes recovered more bodies from the rubble of a collapsed hillside on the outskirts of Guatemala City Saturday as officials said the death toll had risen to 56 with another 350 people believed missing. Julio Sanchez, spokesman for Guatemala’s volunteer firefighters, told a news conference that […]

Palestinian kills 2 Israelis, wounds toddler in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — A Palestinian man fatally stabbed two Israelis as they walked in Jerusalem’s Old City and seriously injured a woman and a toddler, before he was shot and killed by an officer on duty, police said Saturday in the latest in a series of Palestinian attacks. Jerusalem police chief Moshe Edri said the Palestinian “stabbed […]

New role takes prominence: Laughter guide

Sometimes I need a good laugh. Right now is one of those times. With so many problems at all levels in my life, I need the relief that humor offers. I will try to be a “laughter guide” for all of us the next few weeks. There are plenty of things to laugh at. A […]

Booking cruise in October to net savings, perks

Cruise lines today offer so much more to passengers than in past years. Some ships and cruises have specific themes that highlight adventure, learning, entertainment or food and wine. All-in-all there is something for everyone on a cruise. In the so-called “golden age” of cruising (when it was restricted mostly to the affluent), passengers were […]

Essentials: Asheville from the Biltmore to the honey bar

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Asheville, North Carolina, is an old soul of a city renewed by a hipster vibe. Attractions range from new beer breweries and a honey bar to the 120-year-old Biltmore mansion. You can see artists at work in the River Arts District, then go for a hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains. And while […]

Fairfield police log: Sept. 30, 2015

12:31 a.m. — Hit-and-run property damage, RANCHO SOLANO PARKWAY 8:01 a.m. — Battery, 2600 block of ALVARADO COURT 8:06 a.m. — Trespassing, 1300 block of WOOLNER AVENUE 8:49 a.m. — Trespassing, 800 block of DEERFIELD PLACE 9:51 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 400 block of WEBSTER STREET 10:27 a.m. — Shots fired, 1800 block of SAN […]

Suisun City police log: Sept. 30, 2015

3:26 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 600 block of CHYRL WAY 7:22 a.m. — Vehicle theft, 1000 block of GREYLAG DRIVE 4:26 p.m. — Reckless driver, MARINA BOULEVARD / BUENA VISTA AVENUE 5:52 p.m. — Fraud, 100 block of SUNSET AVENUE 6:19 p.m. — Burglary, 600 block of CIVIC CENTER BOULEVARD 7:56 p.m. — Vandalism, 800 block of TREE DUCK WAY 8:10 p.m. […]

Let’s debunk GOP myth of why blacks vote Democratic

GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush, in response to how Republicans can woo African-American voters, responded, “Our message is one of hope and aspiration. It isn’t one of division and ‘Get in line, and we’ll take care of you with free stuff.’ ” This idea that Democrats earn minority votes with “free stuff” is an article […]

Why US work ethic is a bigger issue for voters

A Bloomberg poll on the 2016 presidential race found that 72 percent of the people surveyed said the U.S. isn’t as great as it once was. No big shock there. Polls have been picking up the America-in-decline lament for years. Drilling down, however, the poll, released last week, found that 27 percent of respondents thought […]

Palestinians tear up a treaty, destroy reputation

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas told the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday that the Palestinian Authority no longer considers itself bound by the Oslo Accords signed with Israel in 1993. Although he didn’t specify the details, there is a legal theory that would entitle one party to withdraw from a treaty: a material breach by […]

October 01, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Is it Marco Rubio’s moment?

Donald Trump has plateaued in the GOP primary race, having claimed all the voters he is likely to attract and offended most everyone else. Ben Carson, as we saw from his recent declaration that Muslims are unfit to be president (subsequently “clarified” to mean only Muslims who believe that the Constitution is superseded by Islam), […]

Jimmy Carter couldn’t win the South today

Two events in the past month or so made for a strange juxtaposition: a celebration of a Southern president, Jimmy Carter, after he disclosed his battle with cancer, and the enthusiastic crowds that turned out in the South for the Republican candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. There are few political figures with more differences between […]

Cultures clash as court weighs in on school funding, accountability

The epic war between California’s education establishment and a loose coalition of school reform and civil rights groups rages on many fronts. Combatants clash in the Legislature, in the state Board of Education, in local school board meetings, in school district, legislative and statewide elections, and, ultimately, in the courts. One of their many specific […]

Question of the week: A judge has ruled that Fraisure Smith will be released in Solano County. Where should he be placed?

Find a place for Fraisure Smith to live or the sexually violent predator will be released to stay at motels, a judge said Friday in Solano County Superior Court after testimony that screening 4,108 sites didn’t produce a residence for the 51-year-old Smith. Where should Smith be placed? Rotating stays at Solano County motels A trailer on […]

Question of the week: A judge has ruled that Fraisure Smith will be released in Solano County. Where should he be placed?

Find a place for Fraisure Smith to live or the sexually violent predator will be released to stay at motels, a judge said Friday in Solano County Superior Court after testimony that screening 4,108 sites didn’t produce a residence for the 51-year-old Smith. Where should Smith be placed? Rotating stays at Solano County motels A trailer on […]

Mexicans march on anniversary of 43 students’ disappearance

MEXICO CITY — Thousands of people marked the one-year anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students by marching down Mexico City’s premier avenue in an atmosphere of defiant hope Saturday. Activists said the movement might bring justice for Mexico’s disappeared, though only two of the students’ remains have been identified by DNA analysis of charred bone […]

Presidential candidates redefine what ‘old’ means

When Ronald Reagan ran for president in 1980, age was a major issue. He would assume office at 69 in 1981, and turn 70 shortly thereafter. Could a man of his age handle the job? Reagan’s victory, and subsequent two-term presidency, pushed the envelope of what “old” means for presidential candidates. Some analysts still contend that […]

First ladies reveal panda cub name: Bei Bei

WASHINGTON — Washington’s newest giant panda cub is nameless no more. Call him Bei Bei. Michelle Obama and her Chinese counterpart, Peng Liyuan, revealed the name Friday during a tour of the panda house at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Bei Bei means “precious treasure” and is pronounced “bay bay.” It complements his 2-year-old sister’s name, Bao […]

Dancers become divers for full underwater performance

SOUNION, Greece — Few forms of attire less evoke the grace and beauty of dance than scuba gear. With their heavy tanks of compressed air, hoses, gauges, wetsuits, fins and masks, divers seem more like astronauts than ballerinas. Yet in what is being billed as a world first, 14 dancers are donning scuba gear for […]

Newly identified remains of WWII Marine heading home

HONOLULU — The recently identified remains of a Marine hailed for his bravery in battle are heading home 72 years after he was killed on a remote Pacific atoll during World War II. First Lt. Alexander “Sandy” Bonnyman died at age 33 while leading Marines against entrenched Japanese forces during a three-day fight for the […]

Suisun City police log: Sept. 23, 2015

7:17 a.m. – Vandalism, 900 block of HARLEQUIN COURT 8:30 a.m. – Burglary, 600 block of KINGLET STREET 10:58 a.m. – Fraud, 400 block of AMBER DRIVE 12:58 p.m. – Reckelss driver, HIGHWAY 12/ WALTERS ROAD 1:01 p.m. – Assault, 500 block of WIGEON WAY 4:02 p.m. – Vehicle burglary, 300 block of WALTERS ROAD 4:08 p.m. – Vehicle burglary, […]

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