• By Gary Welton, Guest columnist
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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…

  • By Felicia Cousart Matlosz, Editor / The Exponent
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This is a column in which I catch up with myself and end with kudos at the finish.

  • By John Sparks, Guest columnist
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In a highly unusual move, the Supreme Court passed off the case of Zubic v. Burwell like a hot potato. It passed the case to the lower federal appeals courts. The high court, short by one justice due to the death of Antonin Scalia, was unwilling to address head-on the issues on the merits ra…

  • By Fred Hall, Publisher / The Exponent
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If we were all to be completely honest, then we must admit that Americans voted — twice — for a man who promised to fundamentally change America and the “Commander in Chief” has busied himself doing exactly that. If we only had listened we should have known a mess was coming given the thin, …

  • By Jon Earnest, Editor / Reedley Exponent
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The sight of dozens of children standing in line for a free airplane ride at the Korky Kevorkian Memorial Barbecue and Fly In on May 14 at Reedley Municipal Airport was encouraging to Sean Bautista. He’s also hoping that young people realize the opportunity they have at a fascinating career.

  • By Fred Hall, Publisher / The Exponent
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California, demographically and politically speaking, has managed to drift so far to the left that one has to question whether the constituency has actually come to believe Democratic Party propaganda that everything is wonderful here in the Golden State.

  • By Felicia Cousart Matlosz, Editor / The Exponent
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When you interview people for a story, sometimes the most interesting information can come just as you’re about to wind up the discussion.

  • By David Gonzalez Guest columnist
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I am pleased to share that we had a great day on Saturday, April 30. We accomplished putting up our garden sign and building some demonstration plots using the materials that we were able to acquire. A special “thank you” goes out to our board members who donated their time and materials for…

  • By Fred Hall, Publisher / The Exponent
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An old friend stopped by the office this past week and wanted to know if I had ever noticed — I had — that bureaus, boards, agencies, politicians and bureaucrats never seem to truly be held accountable for their actions. They promise voters one thing or offer a thinly-veiled obfuscation to c…

  • By Felicia Cousart Matlosz, Editor / The Exponent
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It’s that time of the year when activities rev up here in Reedley. Schools are hitting the final stretch of the academic year, and high school seniors will be graduating in just a few weeks. Those commencements include the first graduating class for Reedley Middle College High School.

  • By Dr. Joseph Horton Guest columnist
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There is much talk and action right now on the issue of a minimum or “just” wage. Typically, those who favor raising the minimum wage tend to the liberal camp. However, some of those who want to raise the minimum wage are social conservatives or have conservative sympathies. They are concern…

  • By Fred Hall, Publisher / The Exponent
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How many of you who are reading this actually thought that the income for which you worked so hard since the first of the new year was for you and your family? Would it surprise you that everything appearing on your paycheck for the past 120 days has been promised to and is going straight to…

  • By Felicia Cousart Matlosz, Editor / The Exponent
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To write this week’s story in Panorama about the current Immanuel Schools Performing Arts production of “The Mystery Maze,” I paid a visit to Rick Robbins, Immanuel's performing arts teacher. In addition to the interview, I was treated to a tour that any theater-lover would appreciate.

  • By John LaForge, Guest columnist
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April 26 was the 30th anniversary of the reactor meltdown and radiation disaster at Chernobyl in Ukraine, which brings to mind cesium. Thirty years is how long it takes for half a given amount of cesium-137 — dispersed in huge quantities from Chernobyl (and Fukushima) — to decay into radioac…

  • By Fred Hall, Publisher / The Exponent
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Having lived through far more election campaigns than I even want to think about, it’s safe to say this year’s contest — on both sides — is the most pathetic presentation of democracy in action that I could ever hope to imagine. Democrats are offering a candidate who is incredibly ethically …

  • By Jon Earnest, Editor / The Exponent
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Fresno County and Valley middle school, high school and college students will descend on the Reedley College campus this Saturday, April 23. The college is hosting its annual STEM Conference, designed to inspire high school and college students to pursue careers in the fields of science, tec…

  • By Felicia Cousart Matlosz, Editor / The Exponent
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There’s been a lot talk about bucket lists lately in our area because of one man – Paul McCartney.

  • By Fred Hall, Publisher / The Exponent
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The efficiency with which cities are run across America was the recent target of a study by WalletHub, a well-known and respected research group.  I suspect it will be a surprise to no one that 12 of the 18 rated worst-run cities are right here in California. It does little or no good to com…

  • By Felicia Cousart Matlosz, Editor / The Exponent
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One of the most pleasurable parts of my job is covering local theater, and I recently spent time with the Reedley High students and behind-the-scenes talent putting the finishing touches on the school’s spring musical, “Beauty and the Beast.”

  • By Harold Pease, Guest columnist
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April 12 marks the anniversary of the Bundy Standoff two years ago when the federal government intentionally slaughtered Bundy cattle and proceeded to round up and remove another 300 to 400 free ranging cattle on public land managed by the Bundy family for generations — even before the Burea…

  • By Fred Hall, Publisher / The Exponent
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Gov. Jerry Brown, the Legislature and their puppet masters, the labor unions, are busy celebrating their latest triumph over business survival in California. This unholy alliance passed a minimum wage boost beginning on Jan. 1, 2017 going progressively to $15 per hour. This will escalate the…

  • By Felicia Cousart Matlosz, Editor / The Exponent
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To start this week’s column, I wanted to revisit my story in last week’s Panorama about the annual Reedley Rotary Auction and Dinner.

  • By Lisa L. Hosack, Guest columnist
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HGTV has captured the attention of millions of devoted followers with its widely popular, “Fixer Upper,” a show about Chip and Joanna Gaines, a cowboy carpenter and his naturally beautiful designer wife in Waco, Texas. Chip and Joanna turn their client’s “fixer upper” into a stunning showcas…

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I just want to say a hearty “Amen”  to Manuel Madrid’s  column, “Prayer shaming is morally wrong.” I think he speaks for a lot of us so many times and I’ve appreciated his articles each time. I think you should feature him as a regular columnist  because he has good things to say.

  • By Fred Hall, Publisher / The Exponent
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Assimilation is the binding force that holds strong, viable countries together as a success story. The whole of such a concept is always stronger than its several parts. America, the strongest, freest, richest nation in the world was forged by the immigration and assimilation of people from …

  • Felicia Cousart Matlosz, Editor / The Exponent
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I recently had an appointment to take a photo to go with an item on the annual Plant Give and Take that will take place Saturday, April 2, at the First United Methodist Church.

  • By Dr. Earl Tilford, Guest columnist
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Recent revelations by the Pentagon’s inspector general indicates that U.S. Central Command, which bears responsibility for military operations in the Middle East, altered intelligence analyses to support the Obama administration’s contention that limited air strikes have “contained ISIS.” If…

  • By Manuel Madrid / Guest columnist
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I received an e-mail video from a friend which shows a private Catholic High School (regional college preparatory school) in Hartford, Conn. that is taking a stand against “Prayer Shaming.” These young Christians in their stand have said: enough is enough. This shows how our young people wan…

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On March 22, after completing shopping at the Reedley Save Mart, I left my purse in the grocery cart at the parking lot. Upon returning home and shortly thereafter realizing that my purse was nowhere to be found in the house or car, my husband and I made a quick trip to Save Mart. Save Mart …

  • By Fred Hall, Publisher / The Exponent
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One of those names that has cropped up with some regularity during the years of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton is Saul Alinsky. Much of the political careers of both of these individuals were defined by the writings and teachings of Alinsky — as were many of the radicals who were a product…

  • Felicia Cousart Matlosz, Editor / The Exponent
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This may seem odd, but my column this week touches on a story that has yet to run.

  • By Fred Hall, Publisher / The Exponent
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There’s an old Southern story about a group of rednecks who have their hound dogs out one Saturday night raccoon hunting, which is akin to an Olympic sport throughout the Southern states. They reach a point during the evening, because of the way the dogs are barking, they realize that the pr…

  • By Felicia Cousart Matlos, Editor / The Exponent
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Writer Richard Rodriguez came to Reedley College on March 10, looked out at a packed house in the campus cafeteria and proceeded to captivate the audience with tales of his own and stories about others.

  • By Dr. Earl Tilford, Guest columnist
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My parents originally named me “Victory Japan” because my slightly premature birth resulted from mom and dad dancing in the streets of Saint Petersburg, Florida on the night of Aug. 16, 1945—the day after the United States won its last war. Seventy years is a lifetime by the Biblical standar…

  • By Fred Hall, Publisher
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Do you remember the old philosophical thought experiment that goes something like this: “If a tree falls in the forest and there is no one around to hear it, does it make a sound?”  

  • By Felicia Cousart Matlosz, Editor
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Now that the State Center Community College District board has approved putting a $485 million bond measure on the June 7 ballot, proponents will try to make the case to tax-paying voters to support it.

  • By Jill Richardson
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“We’re going to do the wall,” Donald Trump told a cheering crowd of supporters in a victory speech following the South Carolina Republican primary. He was reiterating his fanciful promise to wall off the entire U.S.-Mexico border — and force Mexico to pay for it.

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