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  • The runways are being reconfigured and extended to improve safety and access at Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport. (KENT PORTER / The Press Democrat)

Cleared for take-off

It's been 12 years since Sonoma County officials unveiled a runway expansion plan. Since then, the airport has lost and regained commercial service and gotten a new name, Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport. The plan also morphed. A new runway was scrapped in favor of extending the main runway. The airfield also will be reconfigured to comply with federal safety regulations.

When the runway work is completed next year, the airport will be able to accommodate a new generation of smaller jets, clearing a major obstacle to air service to Phoenix or Denver, which offer better connections to destinations east of the Rockies.

A potential alternative to SFO? What can we say? Thumbs up.

States of denial

Keeping up with all the congressional efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act isn't easy. Some tallies say 37, others put it at 39, a few say 67. All of them have failed. That's not a revelation. Neither is the fact that some states aren't setting up health insurance exhanges, leaving that task to the federal government.

But you might not know this: Some states are actively trying to thwart implementation of Obamacare. More than a dozen states have implemented licensing rules and other limits on anyone employed to sign people up for the health insurance program, according to the Washington Post. Missouri legislators adopted a law prohibiting local officials from doing anything to help put the program in place. A half-dozen other states won't enforce consumer protections in the law. Can you say sore losers? Thumbs down.

A Spring Lake bridge fades from view

The idea of a building a freeway and bridge over Spring Lake — connecting Highway 12 at Farmers Lane with Highway 12 near Melita Road — is such a relic of a bygone age that most Santa Rosans have forgotten about it. Not so with state transportation officials — until now.

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