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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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I would like to thank Dawn and Martin Barcellos for sharing their story with me on Dec. 6. They have a nice restaurant, Valentino's Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant, in downtown Reedley and they will be celebrating 55 years in business, wow congratulations to you both. 

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How often have all of us, at one time or another, found ourselves lamenting the failure of our schools and colleges to teach history in the modern classroom?  “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” That quote appears to have originally come from George Santayana, a ph…

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I would like to thank Reedley Police Lt. Marc Ediger for allowing us access to ride along with several of their law enforcement officers on the evening of Nov. 30.

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All those wondrous smells that so filled our homes this past week during the preparation of Thanksgiving dinner have long since faded and assuredly any and all leftovers have since been consumed in front of the television set watching football or some other diversion. The page has now been t…

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Here is hoping everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. We initially made plans to visit some family and instead spent the day in the emergency room, so talk about a change of plans. 

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Let me begin this week with a “happy thought” by wishing all you a Happy Thanksgiving!

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I would like to take this time to say I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. 

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It is generally a given that, as members of the human race, we are possessed of five senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell. Thomas Paine asserted that we should also be possessed with the additional aspect of common sense — which is defined as good sense and sound judgment in practi…

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If you like to take shortcuts, if you don't like to sweat or if you don't like the feeling of  almost bursting into tears while pushing your body to keep moving, then I suggest you don't try climbing Campbell Mountain. Because it's neither for the weak, nor for the faint of heart. 

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