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EDITORIAL: Little Americans Print E-mail
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Written by Glenn Mollette   
Tuesday, 21 July 2015 08:50

EDITORIAL - I just became a grandfather!  My new grandson was born early in the morning on July 16.  Wow, did you hear me?  This is all amazing stuff.  This cuddly little seven and a half pound sleeping burrito does amazing stuff like yawning and occasionally even opens his eyes!  This little guy fits my arms like a tailor made glove.  Surely God blessed his beautiful mom and dad and our entire family.  Thank you God.

I know, I know.  People become grandparents every day.  I thought I never would and of course that would have been okay.  However, it's really super good that I have. I already have pictures galore just in case you want to see them.

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EDITORIAL: Donald Trump's Tone, Problem and Wussies Print E-mail
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Written by Glenn Mollette   
Tuesday, 14 July 2015 10:01

EDITORIAL -   Donald Trump has one problem. He is not a career politician. Career politicians have learned the art of being big wussies. They know how to talk out of both sides of their mouths. They know how to keep the special interest groups happy while making backroom deals with lobbyists loaded with campaign fund cash.

Career politicians know Muhammed Ali's rope a dope trick that Hillary Clinton recently used on some journalists.  Although Ali used that trick to whip the snot out of George Foreman in Zaire, Hillary used the rope to dodge, run and hide from nasty journalistic blows in Gorham, New Hampshire.

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Has the MUSD Board of Trustees Violated the Brown Act? Print E-mail
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Written by Jack Porter, Jr.   
Thursday, 30 April 2015 20:46

EDITORIAL - Just a few days after the law firm of Garcia, Hernandez, Sawhney & Bermudez, LLP held an 'Ethics Laws and Legal Principles for Public Service and Board Governance' workshop for the Madera Unified Board of Trustees, it looks like the board's clerk may have already violated the Ralph M. Brown Act.

Last month, in a sold-out board room which included an outdoor theater for overflow viewers,  the board voted to send Superintendent Ed Gonzales, Associate Superintendent Victor Villar, the executive cabinet and the board of trustees to harassment and bullying training. However in a secret vote in closed session at last Tuesda's board meeting, the board voted to reverse their action absolving the executive cabinet and board of trustees from the training.However, Gonzales and Villar are still on the hot seat for training no one outside of the Gang of Four (Trustee Brent Fernandes, Trustee Al Galvez, Trustee Robert E. Garibay and board president Maria Velarde-Garcia) feel they deserve.

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Little League President Threatens Legal Action Against BVN Print E-mail
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Written by Jack Porter, Jr.   
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 20:40
Photo from www.maderafb.com - Limited use under Fair Use DoctrineParks Admin Ignore ADA Issues With Baseball Complex Remodel

EDITORIAL - People should really not thrust themselves into the public arena unless they can stand the spotlight. A person cannot step-up to run a public organization that benefits hundreds of kids in this community then complain when they are being held accountable for or find that some disagree with their actions. Case in point, Steven Barsotti of Foster Parker Insurance, a two year board member and now president of the Madera National Little League.

At a parent meeting at Lincoln Elementary last month over one hundred Little League parents attended to hear changes to the league and meet their new board of directors. After the league's umpire coordinator Mark Palacios spoke, parents were asked if they had any questions. Out of the over one hundred people there, only one parent spoke up.

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Board President Plays the Victim - Community Doesn't Buy It Print E-mail
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Written by Jack Porter Jr.   
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 22:43

UPDATED 9:00am 2/25/2015

EDITORIAL - Political apathy seemed to disappear from Madera at least for one night at the Madera Unified School District's board of trustee meeting. Board president Maria Garcia and her puppet master, Bob Garibay, made their second attempt to remove Superintendent Ed Gonzales from his job in the last two months. This time, however, they met a little resistance from something called THE COMMUNITY.

The strings that Bob uses to control Maria must have been broken last night because Garibay was controlling the show, while Garcia, like a good dummy, just sat quietly in her chair. From the start Garibay wanted the community to know that all of the hubbabaloo was about a typo on the boards closed session agenda.

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