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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 […]

Recent skull cinema features

I do not take hallucinogenic drugs. No LSD, magic mushrooms or peyote for me at all. Still, at night when I am deep in REM sleep, my skull cinema creates some stream-of-(un)consciousness movies that seem like I took Ken Kesey’s Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Plus, no matter how freaky they are, at the time, my dreams […]

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 […]

Community Calendar: Feb. 8, 2016

Monday Hot Hula Fitness: 5:30 to 6:30 a.m., Bliss Urban Arts Center, 3777 Vaca Valley Parkway, Vacaville. No experience needed. Info: 646-9806, [email protected] Billiards: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fairfield Adult Recreation Center, 1200 Civic Center Drive. Players of all skill levels invited to play. Info: 428-7421. Aquatic Fitness: 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 to 8 p.m., Aquatics Complex, Allan Witt Park, […]

CHP, CDCR schedule Tip a Cop event in Fairfield

FAIRFIELD — The Solano Area California Highway Patrol along with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation will host a Tip a Cop event from 5 to 9  p.m. Thursday at Buffalo Wild Wings, 1350 Travis Blvd. Law Enforcement personnel will volunteer as celebrity waiters, delivering food and drinks with their “tips” donated to Special […]

Horoscope: Feb. 9, 2016

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Focus exclusively on positive, desirable options. If it’s not a win for everyone involve it’s not good enough for you, either. This bold approach will eventually lead to your promotion. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Sign up. Volunteer. Say yes. It doesn’t matter if you know how to approach the task at […]

Librarian asked me to turn off a piece of medical equipment

Dear Annie: Shortly after I had knee surgery, I went to the library wearing my (prescribed) compression wrap to prevent blood clots. This compression wrap makes an intermittent humming sound. A few minutes after entering, the librarian walked over and asked what the humming noise was. I showed her the compression wrap and said that […]

Work on Suisun City train station begins Monday

SUISUN CITY — Work begins Monday on the Suisun City Train depot as the building and surroundings undergo a $762,000 renovation. The project will not disrupt train, transit or taxi service. Pedestrians should follow signs for temporary detours, the city’s website said. Bus stops located west of the depot will be temporarily relocated to Main […]

Vacaville PAL announces crab feed fundraiser

VACAVILLE — The Vacaville Police Activities League will host a crab feed fundraiser that starts at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ulatis Community Center, 1000 Ulatis Drive. Admission includes all-you-can-eat crab, pasta, salad and garlic bread, and a no-host bar. Proceeds benefit recreational programs for at-risk children ages 7 to 18 in the areas of athletics, recreation, leadership and life […]

After-school program participants to make cards for troops

SUISUN CITY — The Leaven will host a Leaven Gives Back event in support of the troops at 4 p.m. Thursday at The Leaven Village Center at 504 Civic Center Blvd. Children from The Leaven’s after-school programs will create Valentine’s Day cards for airmen stationed at Travis Air Force Base. Leaven Gives Back was created to allow its […]

Horoscope: Feb. 8, 2016

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Should you ride the trend or should you lead it? Right now, your conviction level is still at about a six (out of 10). Wait until your conviction is so strong you can’t help but rush forward. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’re in the mood to take a risk, throw your […]

Port Chicago disaster film part of African-American Heritage Month

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Civic Center Library will host a short film and discussion for African-American Heritage Month about the Port Chicago disaster and mutiny from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday. On July 17, 1944, 320 sailors and civilians lost their lives and 390 more were injured when a ship loaded with munitions at the Port […]

Today in History: Feb. 8, 2016

Today is Monday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2016. There are 327 days left in the year. This is the Chinese New Year of the Monkey. Today’s Highlight: On Feb. 8, 1966, during the Vietnam War, President Lyndon B. Johnson and South Vietnamese Premier Nguyen Cao Ky (nuh-WEN’ kow ky) concluded their meetings in […]

Fairfield library site of planned chocolate program for teens

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Civic Center Library this week will host what’s described as a chocolate and fun-filled program for teens. Teens are invited to come to the library to compete in a number of events that center on chocolate including trivia, relay races, taste testing and more from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Fairfield […]

Giving it my best for a new beginning

I was standing at the sink peeling shrimp for dinner (and thinking how I like to eat shrimp more than I like to peel them) when I had a revelation. It hit hard, like a punch in the gut, and I heard myself whisper: “This had better be good.” Not the shrimp. The shrimp would […]

Question of the week: Should women have to register for the military draft?

The top Army and Marine Corps generals told senators Tuesday since women should be eligible for combat jobs they also should have to register for the draft. Do you agree? Take part in our poll. Last week’s question: Would you support a state ballot initiative to free certain felons earlier? Yes: 12 percent No: 88 […]

Solano governments post meeting times, locations

FAIRFIELD — A number of local governments, from schools to cities to special agencies, will conduct the public’s business this week in meetings that are open to the communities they serve. The schedule includes: Solano County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m. Tuesday, County Government Center board chamber, 675 Texas St., Fairfield. Info: www.co.solano.ca.us. Travis School District, 6 p.m. […]

Super Bowl 50 advertising winners and losers

  NEW YORK — The Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers during Super Bowl 50 — and there were clear winners and losers off the field, too. Advertisers pulled out all the stops to woo the 114 million-plus viewers during the Big Game. With 30-second ads costing up $5 million, it’s a huge gamble to […]

Review: Coldplay lets Beyonce, Bruno Mars overshadow band

  Give Chris Martin and Coldplay credit: It takes a certain lack of ego for musicians to essentially let themselves be upstaged at their own Super Bowl show. The British band invited Beyonce and Bruno Mars to share the spotlight Sunday for the halftime extravaganza, which evolved into a 50th anniversary tribute to Super Bowl […]

Bronco fans celebrate Super Bowl win in Denver streets

DENVER — Bronco fans have taken their celebration of Denver’s Super Bowl victory over the Carolina Panthers to downtown streets. Scores of fans gathered Sunday night in central Denver for impromptu partying. Longtime supporter Susan Tomlinson summed it up for many: “I’ve been a Broncos fan for 45 years. Way to go! What a run […]

Ealy does it all on defense in Panthers Super Bowl defeat

  SANTA CLARA — Kony Ealy wrapped his arms around Peyton Manning’s right leg to pull down the Denver quarterback. He tugged Manning by the back of his jersey to put him on the turf another time, and he came from behind to shake up the Broncos offense, too. The unheralded second-year defensive end even […]

Column: As ugly as it was, it was beautiful for Manning

  SANTA CLARA — A sea of Denver Broncos had just chased a beleaguered Cam Newton around his own end zone one more time, and Carolina coach Ron Rivera had seen enough. With 2:08 left in one of the ugliest Super Bowls you’ll ever see, he threw in the towel. Actually, Rivera ordered a punt […]

Wade Phillips earns his first Super Bowl title

  SANTA CLARA — Wade Phillips stood at the podium, pumped his right hand in the air and screamed: “Yes!” Son of Bum is a champion. Phillips’ smothering defense shut down Cam Newton and the Denver Broncos beat the Panthers 24-10 to give Peyton Manning his second Super Bowl title Sunday. They wouldn’t have done […]

QB Newton struggles in 1st Super Bowl, Panthers lose 24-10

  SANTA CLARA — A dejected Cam Newton sat slouching behind the podium on Sunday night, wearing a black Panthers hoodie and a frown. The league’s top player this season didn’t feel much like answering questions, doing so mostly in delayed one- and two-word answers. Some questions he just let pass without answering at all […]

Esteban Toledo beats Billy Andrade in Champions tour playoff

  BOCA RATON, Fla. — Esteban Toledo continued his playoff success Sunday, beating Billy Andrade on the third extra hole to win the Allianz Championship on a cold, windy day at Broken Sound Club. Toledo made a 4-foot par putt at the 17th hole after Andrade’s 6-foot par try lipped out. Toledo has won three of his […]

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