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Agriculture - help wanted

First, more beneficial rainfall and some not so beneficial hail and wind swept through the area this past week. Many received an inch or more of precipitation which while helping "ease" the drought situation certainly didn't dramatically ease it for most. This week's drought monitor report is good through 8 a.m. this last Tuesday so it didn't reflect these rains. It shows some easing but much of the state and especially from this area south were still in the grips of a severe drought. This should ease a bit with next week's report but warm ...

May 05, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Columnists


So much for the threat of political correctness

For the past ten or so years, the right wing has been sounding the alarm about the greatest threat to American democracy. This great danger that threatens our way of life to its very core is not gun grabbing liberals, radical jihadists, or even burdensome bureaucratic regulations. All these things, to be sure, are overhyped as existential threats to the viewers of Fox News day in and day out. But the most feared and loathed of them all?

May 05, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Body shaming conservatives is a great liberal sport

Apparently, people angry with Michelle Wolf's performance at the White House Correspondents' Dinner just don't "get it."

May 05, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


Plenty to clean up after dinner

What a shame that the people who will profit most from the tempest that was the White House Correspondents' Dinner are the two who deserve it least: Michelle Wolf and Donald Trump.

May 03, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


His own worst enemy

You don't need a degree in psychoanalysis to figure out that Donald Trump defines himself by his adversaries. The media. His staff. His family. His Cabinet. The intelligence community. College graduates. Democrats. Other Republicans. Mexicans. Muslims. Women. Muslim women. Mexican Muslims. Women who are Mexicanish. The rest of the world.

May 03, 2018 | Will Durst | Columnists


The constitutional work-around for term limits

I've always wondered why the National Education Association (NEA) and the country club conservatives in the Republican House and Senate leadership aren't allies, instead of enemies. Both organizations use the same tired talking points to defend inert members from the forces of accountability.

May 02, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


The growing art of American cursing

Get this: the average American can't get through the day without cursing.

May 02, 2018 | Tom Purcell | Columnists


All eyes on Supreme Court with Trump v. Hawaii

Observing the Swamp during the last few weeks, one trend is clear: federal courts are all-powerful, and even though the judges are appointed, not elected, they have the final say in legislative issues. Nevertheless, lower court judges don't have the right to steal American sovereignty or usurp presidential powers including those the Executive Branch has over immigration.

May 01, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


The Alternate States of America

We, in America, have been living in alternate states of reality for quite some time. They are neither red or blue. They are states of consciousness and perception.

April 30, 2018 | Blair Bess | Columnists


Presidential morals

The Trump Haters in Washington are desperate.

April 30, 2018 | Michael Reagan | Columnists


The Central American caravan: what you should know

Weeks ago, a 1,500-strong caravan of Central American migrants headed north. Along the way, partly in reaction to President Trump's decision to send the National Guard to the border, the group splintered. But a small handful proceeded to Tijuana where they hope to begin the asylum process. According to Juventud 2000, hundreds more asylum seekers are on the way. But, earlier this week, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen pledged that border jumpers would be prosecuted, and that she would order legal teams to the Southwest to adjudicate amnesty claims on the spot.

April 28, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


Can you survive without reading these 21 books?

Not everyone appreciates being told to "chill out" about unmet goals.

April 28, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


Vile comments about Barbara Bush shouldn’t cost professor her job

Just because a tenured professor at Fresno State University went on a hate-filled rant on Barbara Bush minutes after she passed away doesn't mean she should be fired.

April 26, 2018 | Rick Jensen | Columnists


You’re not just another pretty Facebook

Dear Facebook,

April 26, 2018 | Jase Graves | Columnists


Starbucks to manage concessions for homeless encampments

Today we live in a society constantly buffeted by waves of hysteria, and that's just what's coming from corporate America. And the panicked plutocrats are unable to formulate a proportionate response, something that was routine 25 years ago.

April 25, 2018 | Michael Shannon | Columnists


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Many unhappy returns

Domino's offers to "insure" your purchase in the event your car is crushed by a tree and you slip on an icy sidewalk causing ...

June 12, 2018 | Peter Funt | Columnists


Border separations are simply immoral

Is it necessary, in the year 2018, to write that it is wrong for any country - let alone the United States of America - to forcefully ...

June 11, 2018 | Graham F. West | Columnists


Democrats might have reason to worry about November

When writer, commentator, polemicist, talk show host and National Review magazine editor William F. Buckley ran for mayor of New York City in 1965, a ...

June 11, 2018 | Carl Golden | Columnists


Bush Sr. reminisces about his College World Series days

For the next three weeks, baseball fans will have a chance to see the game played the way it should be. The NCAA's best ...

June 09, 2018 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists


‘Grease’ turns 40! Peachy keen, jellybean!

For your least-favorite local eatery, the headline "Grease Turns 40" might elicit chuckles of "I TOLD you those bribes to the health inspector would pay ...

June 09, 2018 | Danny Tyree | Columnists


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