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 possibility of the old Soviet Union entering World War II. Our riddle is much more benign, since it involves a painting that several local residents feel is missing from the Reedley Post Office.

Our investigation, to this point, indicates there was only one oil-on-canvas painted by a Lithuanian immigrant named Bris Deutsch. Commission was by the WPA (Works Progress Administration) specifically for the Reedley Post Office. WPA was a part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s program for recovery during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The painting was probably done in the late 30s, and portrays grape pickers during a Central Valley harvest.

We would greatly appreciate anyone who knows if there were, at one time, more than one painting or who has any pertinent information which would aid in solving this question.


“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed” is a widely-used idiom which has been attributed to numerous sources. That, it appears to me, must be the attitude of many American voters as they watch this newly-elected Congress try to put their stamp on our lives.  Sadly, that attitude generally has catastrophic consequences. We wind up with a majority of a legislative body comprised of 435 diverse human beings who don’t have a clue about anything.

If anyone has any doubt about the precipitous leap that the Democratic party is taking to the left, they only have to take a look at many of the loony “we’ll take all their money” crowd now serving in the House of Representatives. We thought that, perhaps, it would be a good idea to bring to your attention just a few of the things that lie in store if this new Congress has its way.

Democrat Alerxandria Ocasio-Cortez has already recommended that top tier tax bracket be raised to 70 percent. That’s almost double the present rate.

The newest Democrat House member from Minnesota, Ilhan Omar — not to be outdone — offered her opinion that 90 percent would be a better method of redistribution of the country’s wealth.

One-upping everyone, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts recommends an additional tariff of 2 percent (on top of the other taxes) for those who might have any remaining assets.

Nancy Pelosi, the leader of these nut jobs who once famously suggested that we mow the grass as border protection, will not budge an inch on allowing a barrier be guilt to safeguard the most exposed areas on our Southern border. Although the people who are intimately charged with protecting the border, our Border Patrol, says it’s the only thing that will truly work, Nancy refuses to reconsider her “resistance” because of politics. She’s even willing to see government employees without paychecks in her hatred for Donald Trump.

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