Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Health insurance is great, but when can I see a doctor?

As the Affordable Care Act unfolds, newscasters report statistics about the numbers of “newly insured.” Is the figure 6 million or 7 million? How many of them had insurance previously? How many of those who attempted to sign up for insurance have paid their premiums and achieved coverage? Conflating health care access with having insurance […]

Grandma’s travel diaries inspire book, look into past generations

FAIRFIELD — Sixty years ago, the late Ruth Chidsey Bates Lewis boarded the train in Pomona and set out on a cross-country trek. She was 58 and traveled alone, leaving her husband at home. She kept a travelogue in numerous pocket-size, spiral-bound memo pads. She also snapped photos and wrote basic information on the back. […]

Celebrate the coming of spring

From barren to beautiful, from bare branches to blossoms and buds – the annual pageant of the resurrection of life has begun. Spring has arrived. My early notice came from the honking sounds of the squadrons of geese heading north. The early, pure white blooms of mock pear trees soon followed. All were a prelude […]

Proposal would slow enlisted military compensation

Military leaders lead. Politicians can lead too, of course, but usually not before sticking a wet finger in the wind to learn how political winds blow. The contrast was evident Wednesday as top enlisted leaders delivered a kind of suck-it-up-and-punch-us message to a group of nervous senators. The armed services personnel subcommittee wanted to know […]

Service members with county ties complete training

Army Reserve Pvt. Austin S. Miller graduated from basic combat training at Fort Leonard Wood in Waynesville, Mo. Miller is the son of Sharen Crum of Vallejo. Air Force Airman 1st Class Michael D. Nelson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Nelson is a 2007 graduate of Armijo High […]

60 years and changing: The Air Force Academy

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Sixty years into its existence, the Air Force Academy is changing again. This time, the biggest change is money. Planned Pentagon budget cuts of $900 billion in the next decade will take their toll, with 99 job cuts and the elimination of 10 academic majors. But other moves are afoot. This year, the public […]

Sports on TV/Local sports for Friday, April 4, 2014

TV Sports Auto racing •Formula One, practice for Bahrain Grand Prix, at Sakhir, Bahrain, NBCSN, 8 a.m. •NASCAR, Nationwide Series, pole qualifying for O’Reilly Auto Parts 300, at Forth Worth, Texas, FS1, 1 p.m. •NASCAR, Sprint Cup, practice for Duck Commander 500, at Forth Worth, Texas, FS1, 3 p.m. •NASCAR, Nationwide Series, O’Reilly Auto Parts […]

F-22 returning to Reno Air Races in fall

RENO, Nev. — The F-22 Raptor is returning this fall to the Reno National Championship Air Races. The most advanced stealth fighter in jet history has a state-of-the-art thrust system that allows it to hover sideways in midair and pivot 360-degrees at nearly any speed. The federal government shutdown forced the cancellation of the F-22′s […]

Malmstrom names new leadership

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Several new commanders are on board at Malmstrom Air Force Base where nine commanders were removed and one was allowed to retire after nearly 100 officers were implicated in an exam-cheating ring that may have stretched over two years. The Great Falls Tribune reports Col. Tom Wilcox assumed command of the […]

Airman with local connections finish basic training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Cornelius Grant graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. Grant is the son of Sonia and John Grant of Vacaville. He is a 2013 graduate of Vanden High School in Fairfield. Air Force Airman Anthony L. Rubero graduated from basic military training at Joint […]

Shrinking smoker discounts still seen as unhealthy

Military discounts on cigarettes sold at base exchanges narrowed by half during the past two years but remain “substantial” and contradictory of stated health policies of the Department of Defense, according to a new analysis of cigarette pricing on base in this month’s American Journal of Public Health. The survey results add momentum to a […]

Too much technology? What about those of us who don’t want all the fancies?

Sometimes I feel like I have been thrust, kicking and screaming, into the fast-moving world of electronic communications. Everything seems to be more than enough, more than I want or need. Take the telephone industry, for example. I am technologically a landline person. Plug the phone in, answer it when it rings, dial a number […]