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Changing the GOP from the House

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is strictly on message these days. His singular task is to unify House Republicans and so far he’s been successful. Ryan in a telephone interview Thursday was careful not to prejudge the outcome of internal discussions on the budget. “We’re having the annual conversation we have on a budget,” he said […]

February 14, 2016 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Sound off for Feb. 14, 2016

The Daily Republic poll asked if women should have to register for the military draft as the top Army and Marine Corps generals believe. Here are some comments from readers: Yes: The military “should be” an equal employment opportunity, as well as a potential death sentence to all, not just specific males. I don’t think […]

President wanted; experienced candidates need not apply

With the first two nominating contests out of the way, each party’s field remains split along ideological lines. But there also is a deep divide separating candidates who stress their governance experience and those who cast such a background as irrelevant or even a liability when it comes to fixing a “broken” or “rigged” system. […]

February 13, 2016 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 1 Reply

Voters need to be wary of toxic words

During this election year, we are destined to hear many words that are toxic in the way they misrepresent reality and substitute fantasies that can win votes. One of these words is “entitlement.” To hear some politicians tell it, we are all entitled to all sorts of things, ranging from “affordable housing” to “a living […]

February 13, 2016 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 3 Replies

State of our youth not all bad

Some of us youth workers and parents need to work hard not to become too cynical with regard to the state of today’s youth. The horizon could be dark, the future seems bleak but we don’t want to become defeated in our desire to invest in our youth. I often use the analogy of the batting average […]

Tax increase should result in some transparency

As the Solano Board of Supervisors solicited input from the voters on the purposed half-cent sales tax increase, for five years to provide funding for street maintenance, its members should keep some things in mind. The board represents the “taxpayers.” County supervisors should publish in the county papers where they allocated our funds, then solicit input for the […]

Measure P money being wasted

The Solano County Board of Supervisors wants to raise sales tax for road repairs. Fairfield residents already pay more sales tax than any other city in the county. The money for Measure P has been wasted so far; streets were resurfaced that didn’t need it. Oliver Road was resurfaced between Travis Boulevard and Waterman Boulevard. […]

Vallejo filled with troublemakers

Another armed robbery in a Vallejo supermarket parking lot. This time the woman fought back and was shot trying to protect her belongings. Very sad indeed. This city and its crime element seems to  be just around the corner from you and I on any given day. Our city father’s and some newcomers to our […]

Trump wins again

Trumped again. First he wins a debate and didn’t even have to show up. If Donald Trump thinks it’s a bad deal he walks away from it, unlike President Barack Obama signing onto a bad nuclear arms and ballistic missile agreement with Iran. Trump rather attended a fundraiser rally for veterans, gaining him yet another segment of the […]

‘American Pickers’ comes to California

FAIRFIELD — The television show “American Pickers” with Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz on the History Channel will make its way to California in March and are the show’s producers are looking for some good picking. “American Pickers” is a documentary series that explores the world of antique “picking.” The hit show follows Mike Wolfe and […]

Fairfield library to host 2 musical events

FAIRFIELD — Music is in the air this month at the Fairfield Cordelia Library with what organizers describe as two fun and interactive events. The first event is by Zun Zun, who will perform The Water Beat at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. Families and children of all ages will sing and dance along with this interactive music program, which […]

‘Color Yourself Peaceful’ program comes to Vacaville library

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville library is reaching out to the young artist in us with a program called “Color Yourself Peaceful,” where adults will have a chance to explore colors, patterns and textures with coloring books for grown-ups. Participants will gather from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center, 1020 Ulatis Drive. Coloring pages, crayons, colored […]

Single women, male models, mercenary mix up box office

FAIRFIELD — It’s a super weekend at movie theaters with superheroes, male supermodels and super singles arriving at the box office. Ryan Reynolds stars in “Deadpool” as a former U.S. Army Special Forces soldier living with a terminal cancer diagnosis who participates in a top-secret experiment. The effects are advanced healing powers and a disfigured […]

Can US consumers thrive if corporations don’t?

U.S. workers and consumers (who are for the most part the same people) seem to be doing pretty well at the moment. Businesses, not so much. As Bloomberg recently reported: “Consumer spending grew last year by the most since 2005, in spite of a slight slackening in the fourth quarter. Nonresidential business investment, meanwhile, rose […]

Iran nuke deal: ‘The rest of the story’

What a final week in January! Another eruption from Mount Trump. Leftist salvos against Sanders. The Warriors annihilate the Spurs. And Charles Krauthammer, the Voice of the Thinking Right, explodes the Iran nuclear deal with hammer blows in his column of Jan. 22. Krauthammer calls the Iran deal “disastrous,” “rotten” and equivalent to the Munich […]

Our voting system needs safeguards

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina voter identification law scheduled to become effective this year. Proponents see requirements for voter identification as a way to prevent impersonation and increase public confidence in the election process. Opponents deny voter fraud exists and say the burden on voters […]

Good reasons for Clinton not to release her speeches

You knew that after her “I will look into it” answer in the Democratic debate Thursday night concerning release of her paid speeches, Hillary Clinton was going to take fire from conservative and mainstream media alike. The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler writes, “Clinton has certainly been looking into it a long time. The Washington Post has […]

Sound off for Feb. 7, 2016

A ban on medical marijuana cultivation, along with dispensaries and commercial delivery of the drug, won Fairfield City Council approval Tuesday. Here are some reader comments on the decision: Once again, ignorance wins out. As Vacaville went, so goes Fairfield. I’m a 72-year-old woman who plans to use marijuana to manage pain. It was good […]

Taxes a time when ‘temporary’ has no meaning

The Solano County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday is on track to place a five-year, half-cent countywide sales tax on the June ballot to pay for road repairs across the county and within its seven cities. Plans for the tax came out of the Solano Transportation Authority, a quasi-governmental agency that coordinates transportation projects within […]

We need a constitutional team

I have written about today’s topics before. A divided house and media black paint. Unsolved problems don’t go away. Here are some thoughts about the tea party movement, the rule of law and media black paint. The tea party movement at the grass-roots level is based on the original intent of the Constitution. Vaca Valley […]

Thoughts on the election, Supreme Court, welfare

Will this November’s presidential election come down to a choice between a felon and a pied piper? People who call Barack Obama a lame duck president seem not to have noticed that he is exercising more power than ever, and has turned the Republican Congress into a lame duck branch of government. The best New […]

Response to proposed 2016 budget

You’ll meet many like me on life’s busy streets. Some of us were paupers and some were kings, but in our shame, we’re all the same, souls whose hearts were broken. You don’t have the right to criticize or condemn: But for the grace of God, it could be you, instead of them. Our governor and Legislature continue […]

What’s Brown really after?

I have read recently that Gov. Jerry Brown wants to tax Californians to oblivion. He’s set to propose another increase in gas and vehicle tax for “infrastructure.” My question is, where did all the other increase money go? Some people may say we need it because we don’t have enough. Well, with all these extra drivers […]

Hold on to your wallets, people

Hold on to your wallets, citizens of Fairfield. We have seen articles in the past week informing us that all levels of government want more of our money. Gov. Jerry Brown proposed a $65 additional fee for auto registrations. There is also the looming funding scheme for 16 miles of bypass pipe to move water […]

The mighty Mississippi

I was very surprised when I opened the Daily Republic newspaper on Jan. 1 to see a familiar site on Page 4. The picture of downtown Alton, Illinois, showed the flour mill where trains and trucks have brought many a load of wheat from the outlying farms to be ground into flour. In the picture, […]

In support of Gabe Griess

I would like to openly state that I recommend and wholeheartedly endorse Gabe Griess as my choice for state senator. During the many years that I have known him, he has stood out in my mind as a very knowledgeable, sincere and dedicated individual who can be relied upon to get the job done. He […]

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