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EDITORIAL: Convicted Violent Felon Hired By Madera Unified Print E-mail
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Monday, 25 August 2014 12:16

EDITORIAL - If you or I as parents want to visit our children's school at Madera Unified we would have to go to the office and sign in. Then maybe we might be allowed to go to our child's classroom or more than likely our child will be brought up to the front and we wouldn't be allowed passed the main office.

But now at Madera Unified, thanks to Superintendent Ed Gonzales, a convicted violent felon has access to any campus he wants to visit and any child he wants to interview and there is nothing parents can do about it.

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EDITORIAL: Praying for Willingness - Depression, Addiction & Me Print E-mail
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Written by Dean Opperman   
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 21:53

EDITORIAL - I dare say very few people have “worked their program” to the extent I have. I’ve been to thousands of meetings and taken the 12-steps to the best of my ability many times over. Even so, a dozen years after I got sober, I found myself chronically depressed, unable to get out of bed, overwhelmed by thoughts of killing myself, and subject to crying tangents for reasons I couldn’t specify. Every morning when I opened my eyes, my first thought was, not again! I didn’t want to wake up. I had no earthly reason to wake up. This went on for weeks and I thought it would never end.

One day, I stumbled upon a Dick Cavett column wherein he characterized his bouts with depression as akin to having access to a magic wand that would cure his affliction but finding it too much trouble to pick up. That, for me, said it all.

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EDITORIAL: America's Backyard War Print E-mail
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Written by Glenn Mollette   
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 08:53
EDITORIAL - I’m going to pass on trips to Israel for a few weeks. Walking around the Gaza strip looking for some good Arabic food would be crazy right now.

Thousands of Americans each year travel to see the sights of Old Jerusalem and walk in the places where Jesus once walked from the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth and any place that a tour bus can travel. I have only been to Israel once and loved every minute of the trip. The places I saw where beautiful and inspirational.

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EDITORIAL: America's Poverty, Do Something About It Print E-mail
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Written by Glenn Mollette   
Monday, 28 July 2014 16:16

EDITORIAL - I've never lived in poverty. However, like most Americans I have known a few tough times. I do know that poverty is not pretty. I've never been around a hungry family that was dancing in joy because of their dire situation. Poverty is hard.

I grew up in Martin County, Kentucky. We were supposed to be the poorest county in the United States in 1964 when President Johnson began his campaign against poverty.

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Lack of Fair Funding Would be Disastrous for Our Community Print E-mail
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Written by Frank Bigelow   
Monday, 28 July 2014 12:50

EDITORIAL - Summer has finally arrived, and that marks the official kickoff of fair season! Many of you and millions of others around our state will visit your local fairgrounds this year to participate in one of California’s longest-standing traditions. But in recent years, state funding for fairs has been all but eliminated, threatening their very existence.

In 2011, at the peak of California’s historic budget crisis, the Legislature completely eliminated the $32 million in funding to the California Division of Fairs and Expositions, which oversees the state’s fairs. Though the cuts were devastating, fair organizers learned to adapt to their limited means the way many other state programs did during that difficult time.

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