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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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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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Joseph Gonzalez is a huge inspiration to his team. Joseph is the Kings Canyon Unfiied School District's maintenance director and last week I met with him and his team for a second time after they reached their second goal. That goal was two years of no work related injuries or accidents. Con…

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To date, Democrats have largely failed to lay out a comprehensive vision of what our immigration policy should be. Some of the announced presidential candidates have, over time, staked out positions on specific issues, such as the status of the Dreamers or the abolition of ICE, but they’ve l…

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This column is my 500th published column on liberty and the Constitution. I taught the Constitution and Current Events for 40 years at the college level and therefore am qualified to pose the following question — “What if fake news is not the only thing that is fake?”

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Thanks to the Fresno County Board of Supervisors signing on to the Voters Choice Act, elections in Fresno County will be taking on an entirely new look and we’re being told it makes it easier for people to vote. How difficult is it to vote how? Personally, I never saw it as some kind of orde…

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As soon as I pulled up to the home of Julie Torres and her family, I was greeted by a slew of chickens. 

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Does anyone reading this really believe that the government and its hundreds of thousands of bureaucrats really do a better job of managing anything than those in the private sector? How can they, when government creates nothing?  When decisions are made, they do not put at risk their own mo…

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It was interesting to watch Washington Elementary's fourth grade students' reactions when Michael Flores, the health specialist with the Fresno County Department of Health Services held up a vial full of sugar to tell them that the energy drinks they have consumed contained too much sugar an…

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People around the world dream of coming to America and having a better life. Since our founding as a nation, millions have come here and found a better life than they left behind. We can be proud of this in our country. Welcoming those who desire to come here and work hard is good for them b…

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Some of the liberal criticism of President Donald Trump since his election stems from an intellectual tradition that gained tremendous influence in the West during the 1960s, especially in American universities. According to what historians have labeled the New Left, a more radical strain of…

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With the omnipresent call for free college and lifetime free education by Democrats, perhaps the time has come for us to take a critical look at the product which is being produced for all the money expended. It seems that every time that taxes are increased, there is more set aside for educ…

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When I first sat down to interview Ryan Rodriguez, a firefighter with the Reedley Fire Department, on the afternoon of March 1, I hadn't noticed them. 

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On Feb. 27, I attended a beautiful, yet painful, event, entitled, “Vigil in Remembrance of Those Affected by Gun Violence.” The event, sponsored by Moms Demand Action, was at a local church, in my hometown, in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Names of those who have been killed were read. H…

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Have you ever thought about what would happen if you went to the bank for money to build a new home, and about halfway through decided you weren’t going to be able to finish the job? Do you suppose the money provider would simply offer absolution — forgive the money you’ve already spent — an…

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