If you’ve already read the commentary piece on the front page of last week’s newspaper, you already know that this weekly publication is about to get bigger and more interesting to fulfill your need for knowledge of what is happening right here in the Valley. On July 4, Independence Day, we will be combining The Reedley Exponent, The Sanger Herald and The Dinuba Sentinel into one regional package to cover this portion of the Central Valley.  

Not only will you be kept up to date on what’s happening in your hometown, but you’ll be kept abreast of every event and news story involving your neighbors in nearby towns. Over time, people have become less provincial and more interested in those surrounding them. Commute time has been so dramatically reduced that people often work or shop in one of those neighboring towns. We believe that a single issue, covering all of those towns and cities, will bring the communities even closer.

The opinion pages with our familiar traditional columns and opinions — love them or hate them — will continue in combination. We hope they will spur discussion and feed back. Nothing serves small newspapers such as ours quite as well as public journalism. Your input and letters to the editor are welcomed and encouraged. All opinions and positions are welcomed, guided only by the standards of the libel laws. Unlike the internet, there are still standards of decency and honesty which govern that which we are allowed to put in print.

Moving along to what is the general thrust of these missives each week, we need to return to the life altering episodes which are occurring in our national politics. The 2020 election is still far away, but is stirring up a lot of controversy with seemingly du jour topic of socialism and how the Democratic candidates and their young minions feel it would be so great for America. An other item for discussion is the damage being inflicted on this country on a daily basis by the Democrat party who have chosen to ignore the harm being wrought by out-of-control illegal immigration. For some unknown reason Democrat politicians feel that the entire mess will redound to their benefit. That simple act places political party above the general good.

Border Patrol and other immigration officials are being pulled off their positions of safeguarding the security of this country and are being literally forced to provide child care and other ancillary services because of the overwhelming crush of immigrants. Not only are huge holes in the border left for the benefit of illegals but the drug cartels as well.

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