Sunday, January 25, 2015

Activist’s move to stay out of Senate race helps clear election waters

For two weeks, ever since Sen. Barbara Boxer declared she would not run for a fifth term in 2016, hedge fund billionaire/environmental activist Tom Steyer had conducted a Hamlet-like soliloquy. “To be a senator or not to be a senator?” Steyer figuratively asked the question in public utterances and trial balloons floated by his political […]

Here’s the case for improved downtown

There are a number of issues that make it imperative that Fairfield improve its downtown area, among them traffic and parking, housing, property issues and its long-term prospects as a commercial area. Traffic and parking To increase traffic flow, Empire and Missouri streets should be one way, thus allowing Texas Street traffic to be slowed […]

Sound off for Jan. 25, 2015

Setting the stage for a potentially historic ruling, the Supreme Court announced it will decide whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution. Here’s what some DR readers had to say about it: First off, is marriage a right? I don’t believe I have seen that enshrined in any documents […]

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 […]

Bad luck or bad decision?

Last weekend consisted of a series of unfortunate events involving youth including a murder, a suicide and a fatal drug overdose. I also made an effort to help console a grieving friend who just lost a cousin to a car accident. Although no one is immune to random violence or unforeseen occurrences, these recent events […]

Reality of child care costs simply absurd

An editor said she was losing about $200 a month. An analyst said she just barely broke even. “Yes! That’s me. I’m losing money going to work today. But I’m late! Can we talk later?” said another woman rushing to the office after dropping her kids off at a day care center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The […]

January 24, 2015 | Posted in State, national columnists | Tagged , | 2 Replies

Do elected officials get it?

They must be deaf and blind – politicians, that is – to miss the message of the last elections. The great majority of Americans want to end the ongoing government takeover of our lives. We want government to focus on the things it’s supposed to do – stopping illegal immigration high among them. We want […]

Plea for return of stolen statue

I’m writing this letter to the person who stole a statue of the blessed mother. It was in my flower garden in front of my home on Meadowlark Drive. The statue was white and approximately 3 feet tall, weighing about 50 pounds. It was taken the night of Jan. 10 or early the morning of Jan. 11. It has sentimental and cherished […]

Not all police are bad

In these times of civil unrest and distrust of law enforcement, I would like to share a different view. Early on the morning of Jan. 11, I was alerted to a domestic disturbance involving my next-door neighbor. We live in close proximity in apartments and so I was quite aware something was wrong. My neighbor and a friend […]

Response to Mr. Batson

Members of the Right Stuff Committee welcome Mr. Jack Batson’s desire to remain friendly (Dec. 29: Enough with the propaganda). Having differing opinions is not reason for being unfriendly. Our committee ensures that only factual statements are presented; opinions and ambiguous words are avoided. Letters to the editor are not held to that standard, but I ask […]