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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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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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Two significant events happened just days apart in the city of Reedley last week. 

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Our national debt just exceeded 22 trillion dollars. To pay this debt today each citizen owes $67,033.  Since children pay no taxes, nor do about 45 percent of our adult population, each taxpayer actually owes $179,908. Our largest creditors in order are: Medicare/Medicaid $1,091,280,000,000…

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There is a quote which has stuck with me for a long, long time, but it seems even more apropos as time passes. The passage is commonly attributed to Nikita Khrushchev in an address at a meeting with Western Ambassadors at the Polish embassy in Moscow on Nov. 18,1956. The words are chilling a…

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It came suddenly and swiftly. Less than 16 hours after receiving word last week, the Kings Canyon Unified School District — in particular, Riverview K-8 School in Parlier — was welcoming the sitting governor of California.

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I admit, it took me a few moments to get the full understanding of the type of award that Briana Ochoa-the seventh grade student at Citrus Middle School in Orange Cove- won. 

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Let’s say you go for your annual physical and your doctor recommends that you get a hearing and balance test. Or an electrocardiogram (EKG). Or a Hepatitis B screening.

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During World War II, the Nazi propaganda machine — under the direction and leadership of one Joseph Goebbels — believed that the bigger the lie and more often it was repeated increased its believability. Goebbels bore the title of Reich Minister of propaganda. His success with shaping the th…

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I want to wish everyone in town a Happy Valentine's Day. I hope you spend time with those you love the most. 

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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed raising the legal minimum wage to $12 per hour on July 1, 2019, and then an additional 50 cents per year until the minimum wage reaches $15 per hour in 2025.

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Right here in River City, “we have a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” Undoubtedly the words sound familiar because one has to have heard them at some point in their life. The quote is excerpted from a Winston Churchill speech in 1939 after he was questioned about the possibilit…

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There were many exciting things happening in the city of Reedley within the last week. I attended the first Reedley Town Hall meeting on the evening of Jan. 28. 

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Whatever else you may think of her, first-time Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) is a great American success story. Hers is a classic “triumph of the underdog” tale. Nobody expected her to upset 10-term incumbent Congressman and Chair of the House Democratic caucus, Joe Crowley, in last Ju…

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Just as when one is in Las Vegas playing blackjack, there are times in life when it is entirely proper and well-advised to “double down” on one’s position on certain issues. Last week, I wrote, at some length, about today’s “journalists” lack of ethics in agenda-driven reporting vis-a-vie ru…

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Last week I had the opportunity to sit through the Orange Cove City Council meeting.

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The modern eugenics movement is attributed to Sir Francis Galton (1822-1911), a half-cousin of Charles Darwin. Perhaps better known as the Father of Psychological Testing, Galton argued that the human gene pool could be improved, natural selection explicitly facilitated, and the evolution of…

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Occasionally the simplest of endeavors can become complicated far beyond one’s wildest imagination. Being fed a daily diet of what contemporaneously passes for journalism, I thought I would check — of all sources — the internet to see what is being taught these days. Yes, it’s garbage.

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Mark next Tuesday, Jan. 29, on your calendar. That’s when you can meet — and possibly even question — the next president of your local community college. On that day, Reedley College is hosting a public forum from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. that features the two finalists, Donna Berry and Jerry Buckley.

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I've been working here at the Reedley Exponent going on close to five months now and although I have talked to our graphics artist, Tom Montijo quite a bit, I never knew exactly how talented he was. 

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Most doctors accept Medicare as full payment for their services. But some accept it only for certain services, and others don’t accept it at all.

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Gavin Newsom was sworn in this past week, becoming the 40th governor of the state of California. Newsom announced, as his administration’s policy, sanctuary for everyone as well as a “pie-in-the-sky” laundry list of more  available housing, health care for all whether or not you are a citize…

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Admit it, you’ve always wanted to sound off about how you’re upset with something about your city. Maybe you’re bothered by crime, gangs, the homeless, business options. Or maybe you’re simply unhappy with your neighborhood, streets, or those who govern you.

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I had the pleasure of meeting two local first responders on the afternoon of Jan. 10, Erik Milton and Nick Friesen. Thank you both for letting me come over to visit and ask questions about the upcoming EMT class that will be offered at Sequoia Safety Council in February. 

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On Jan. 4, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute revoked its invitation to honor city native Angela Y. Davis at a February gala event where she was to receive the institute’s Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award. Many individuals inside and outside the city objected to giving Davis …

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Were you aware that there are now roughly 22 million people who are working for the government? Thats about double the number of Americans employed in manufacturing. This seems to be an excellent bit of information for one to have when they are faced with the upcoming tax season. How troubli…

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I would like to take a moment to thank Gary Barsoom for the nice card I received today. Gary was thanking me for the article I wrote on the Reedley Community Band members who played in front of Main Street Cafe a few weeks ago. 

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The United States is quickly becoming divided into the globalists and the patriots. They are at total war against each other. Since they are ideologically incomparable only one side can win.  In time all will support one side or the other side. Readers already are, whether they are fully awa…

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 For decades, left-leaning politicians, special interest groups, politicians and even our judicial system seem to have done everything in their power to alter our Constitution with claims that it is a malleable document which should be open to interpretation to modern day standards. We even …

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I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year's Day celebration. Now that the holidays are over we can finally return to some sense of normalcy. 

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The federal government desperately needs to diet. Much of our spending is constitutionally dubious and it is immoral to pass our national debt, now exceeding $21 trillion, to our yet unborn children. We need to return to constitutional limits to govern the distribution of our taxes.

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Christmas is just days away, having slipped up on many of us as it always seems to do, and the new year is right around the corner. Perhaps this is the ideal time to wax philosophical about what it all means — especially since all of those with both political parties appear to have done ever…

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Imagine going to the grocery store, picking up the items you need for the week, but not knowing how much anything costs until the store sends you a bill two weeks later.

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