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In recent years there have been far too many cases in which elections in America have been rigged. As a result of court involvement, the guilty parties have in some cases spent time in prison, in some cases been released on parole, and in some cases paid fines for their involvement. You migh…

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I received a message from Renee Delport last week, she is the public information officer for the Kings Canyon Unified School District. 

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We are in a blessed time now that the medical profession is more likely to heal us than to kill us by its ministrations. In the ancient world, to go to a physician was a gamble, often subjecting patients to such hair-raising horrors as bloodletting. And snake oil remedies were common. The an…

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Wouldn’t it be great if our politicians took some sort of oath which is the equivalent to that of physicians? “Primum non nocere.” That, in classic Latin, translates as: to help, or at least do no harm. The time has come for that vast, and growing, segment of our society that is bureaucratic…

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I hope everyone had a great Father's Day. I would like to take some time to recognize all the hard working dads out there. And also I would like to take a moment to remember the great man in my life, my dad, David Adame. My dad died in 2005. I will never forget his smile, his laugh, and his …

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If you’ve already read the commentary piece on the front page of last week’s newspaper, you already know that this weekly publication is about to get bigger and more interesting to fulfill your need for knowledge of what is happening right here in the Valley. On July 4, Independence Day, we …

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The calendar may not quite say it, but summer finally is here. Reedley and much of the Central Valley are starting to deal with muggy, oppressive heat, after a spring that’s been comfortably pleasant for the general public (but not so for man stone fruit growers). The triple digit days are c…

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Congratulations to all the graduates who earned their diplomas, promotions and degrees this year.  And, a special recognition to the four students I interviewed a couple of weeks ago; Wendy Vargas-Marquina, Citlalli Vargas, Zenon Garcia-Lopez, and Antony Serrano.

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It is flag season. Once again we celebrate Memorial Day, Flag Day and Fourth of July; and those who care about the symbol of our republic, our flag, raise questions about proper respect and protocols.

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Show me a man (or woman) who never has made a mistake and I’ll be able to show you a person who has never made a decision of any kind or tried anything new!

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Try to imagine, if you will, what it would feel like to run a business where you had a virtually unlimited access to capital and restrictions and regulations had been carefully scripted so they did not apply to you. If you were to make really egregious mistakes, there would never be any fear…

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The annual Memorial Day ceremony at Reedley Cemetery proved to be a homecoming or sorts for the guest speaker, Vernon Schmidt. That’s because Schmidt, the commander of the Ex-POWs Chapter 1 in Central California, was born at a house on Lac Jac Avenue west of Reedley in 1926.

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Five years ago, for Memorial Day 2014, I wrote about the five Bailey brothers of World War II. This year, I’m writing about them maybe for the last time.    

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Commit a crime and the world is made of glass.  Commit a crime and it seems a coat of snow fell on the ground, such as reveals in the woods the track of every partridge and fox and squirrel and mole.  You cannot recall (take back) the spoken word.  You cannot wipe out a foot track.  You cann…

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The Reedley Police Department lost one of its longtime law enforcement veterans last week, when retired police Sgt. Ruben Perez died at 73 on May 15. Perez worked in law enforcement for more than 30 years – 29 of them with the Reedley Police Department as a police dispatcher (1973-1975) and …

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Springtime — a great time of year when the weather becomes warmer and we are able to do more outdoor activities — also is the time of year when many of us think about doing some “spring cleaning” such as conducting a yard sale.

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We’ve often written about the sorry state of the American educational experience, but it has now reached the critical phase where we are about to lose the correct usage of the English language. There can be little doubt that much of it can be attributed to uncontrolled immigration and our go…

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Raymond McClure was a rock star, so to speak, on May 11 during the Korky Kevorkian Memorial Barbecue and Fly In at the Reedley Municipal Airport. The 94-year-old’s stories of his seven decades-plus of flying and his service in two wars was an inspiration to those who listened.

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My day took an interesting turn on the afternoon of May 13. I attended a police K9 training in Kingsburg, thank you to Sgt. Jesus Rivera of the Reedley Police Department for the invite. 

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The Robert Mueller Report has been released in full outside legally required redaction that would compromise sources and methods. It’s over. The Deep State and their media outlets temper tantrum against Attorney General Bill Barr because he feels the need to investigate the beginning of the …

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Have you ever wondered if some of these “progressive” politicians truly realize just how dumb and unrealistic their ideas are, or are they just so propped up and surrounded by sycophants that the truth of their ignorance is shielded from them? Frankly. it’s easy to feel embarrassed for them …

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Last week’s multi-agency gang sweep through Reedley was a clear signal that the Reedley Police Department is committed to putting a dent into violence in the community — at least among those affiliated with or who have suspected ties to gangs, violence or drugs.

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Perhaps the best place to start here, before taking a deep dive into the political madness that seems to be sweeping our country, would be the recent threat by several states to keep President Donald Trump off the 2020 ballot. The reason they cite as cause for their action? President Trump h…

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Earlier this week, your stops be- came more frequent when driving along G Street in downtown Reedley. That’s because on April 30, city workers installed all-way stop signs at the intersections of G and 9th Street and G and 12th Street.Now, drivers will have outright stops or traffic controls…

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I had the pleasure of meeting Veronica Diaz last week. Veronica is an Early Childhood Coordinator over at Washington School.

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In case you haven’t heard of her yet, Greta Thunberg is a 16-year-old Swedish girl who has been manufactured into the new face of climate change. Credited with being the founder of the Youth Strike for Climate movement (a publicity-seeking strategy whereby students skip school to urge govern…

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The United States of America has the most dysfunctional immigration systems in the entire world! We’ve managed to strip away all of the mandates that new arrivals in this country be self-sustaining by providing them access to taxpayer largesse in this country which features more and more soc…

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I hope everyone had a great Easter holiday. 

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As a young man I observed that those who saw racism in everything were usually the most racist. That analysis has proven itself over time. Today the accusation is so frequently made on Democratic Party media outlets, very recently by Beto O’Rourke against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Neta…

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To provide some perspective for the rationale for this column, I must advise you that it is being written on the morning of April 15 — tax day! There is nothing which focuses the mind more than having to sign the check and realize just how much money one has invested in the operation of this…

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I walked into the office April 15 and there was a woman at the counter talking with our receptionist, Kate. 

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We often wonder what happens to those people who espouse such good ideas and plans when asking for our votes, once they are sworn into office either in Sacramento or Washington. It’s as if all the best-laid plans are put on the shelf as our representative assumes the herd mentality and it se…

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Reedley is a city that prides itself as a relatively tranquil community that carries a small-town feel. But the three shooting incidents in east Reedley in the past two weeks have dealt a sobering dose of reality that we all encounter in today’s society.

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There are times when I know exactly what I'm going to write about in this column, and there are days like today when I have to really think about what I'm going to write.

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In the current College Admission Scandal some Hollywood actors have paid bribe money to get their children admitted into some prestigious institutions for which they are not qualified to attend.  But colleges have been on the defensive for some time for reducing campus free speech, at least …

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Although it may seem counter-intuitive, the dedicated service of our police and law enforcement officials is all that stands between us, chaos and anarchy. Yet, it seems that politicians continue to pass inane legislation that effectively handcuffs law enforcement. Obviously, California woul…

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When I walked into the Mennonite Quilt Center Museum on the afternoon of March 27, nothing could have prepared me for the exhibit on display.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made headlines when saying that the imperative of addressing climate change is “our World War II,” adding that the world is in big trouble within 12 years if we don’t. Her analogy to World War II really struck me.

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We’re sad to say that one of this country’s greatest defenders of freedom, justice and constitutional guarantees passed away recently. His presence as a leading force in the struggles to keep America great were fought so predictably and quietly that the efforts went essentially unappreciated…

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