“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”. That’s it, in its entirety: 27 words.

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In 1953, President Eisenhower decided to build an interstate highway system like Hitler had built, in order to fight wars on both coasts if we were attached simultaneously by both Russia and China. We may finally be at the brink of the war Eisenhower was preparing for.

Many of you are too young to remember, but there was a time when Republicans and Democrats weren’t divided. We went to church together. We had each other over for dinner. We hung out together at Little League games. Now Republicans hate Democrats, and Democrats disrespect Republicans. How di…

A fellow left leaning contributing columnist has stated we should pay our taxes without complaint. Finally something we can agree on. However we differ by a wide margin on how the funds should be spent.

It's estimated around 2.9 million Californians aged 12 and older had a substance use disorder in the past year. Some of the most abused drugs in the state are marijuana, opioid medications, cocaine, and heroin.

There's a saying leaders aren't born, but forged. And at Porterville Military Academy, the saying is true to their cadets who attend the school that offers more than just an education. But the willingness to grow goes far beyond the traditional school calendar. That's why this past summer, 7…

Inches away...clever. I like to write at a level that most can understand. Readers Digest sold millions of copies of their product by writing at the 6th grade level. Their object was to make more money. My goal is to reach as many people as possible to raise their interest in certain subject…

Occasionally I hear someone — usually someone with hair the color of mine — say he doesn’t want to pay taxes. My immediate response is “Then get out of my country,” or words to that effect.

I have a friend who’s a minister in Porterville. That might surprise some of you who objected to my recent column that poked a little fun at one of America’s 217 religions (as reported in 2006), but he’s a smart guy, and not as attached to dogma as one might expect. But as the article stated…

A few months ago I was pondering if I should write another column when I read Don Howard's letter to the Editor which dubbed me the smartest man in Springville. Not so fast Don! I'll go with above average. You know if your a fast gunslinger there will always be one faster. No formal educatio…

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Judge Hugo Loza should resign

I was appalled to learn Republicans voted against the PACT measure (increased medical care for veterans) delaying its passage. Then 11 voted no again when it finally passed. I'm a veteran and know for a fact we need to do more for those who gave years of their life to protect this country. I…

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Occasionally I run into someone who questions my estimation of what’s true and what’s not? Isn’t everything we hear just an opinion?

On June 30, 2022, headlines read, “18-year-old woman’s body pulled from Lake Success…” While learning about this “woman’s” passing, my heart shattered. The news was so shocking and unexpected. The woman wasn’t just an 18-year-old. She was my closest and best friend and her name was Jackelinn…

I'm cursed with an outstanding memory of events that happened years ago. Almost all of them. In 1954, I was in the fourth grade when out of nowhere Mrs. Johnson stopped teaching a really dull history lesson and said “You know the trouble with the world today is people are making decisions ba…

What happens if prices double, and wages double as well? Nothing. That’s because to economists, the “real” value of things doesn’t change when the price changes, as long as our ability to pay for them changes proportionately. Unfortunately, wages and prices don’t often change at the same rate.

Gov. Newsom wants to spend my money to feed illegal aliens.

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As a journalist I've had the chance to work with people who knew better than me. Dr. Jacob Rankin was one of those people.

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There are giants that remain on this Earth. They don't stand up and walk around, and they're not made of flesh. These behemoths are rooted in one spot like sentinels and are made of leaves, bark, and wood. They're not banished to some far away land or hidden grove. These titans exist along t…

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Marisa and Elizabeth are as sharp as they come. It doesn't matter that they have Down syndrome. I hardly notice. Really, I never notice, which is something I really shouldn't write about since they're really just like the rest of us.

This weekend is the one-year anniversary of The Last Normal Weekend, which as I pat myself on the back, I would say makes a pretty good title for any kind of movie someone wants to make about, well, The Last Normal Weekend.

Yes, it's a difficult time. But every year on March 21, a smile comes to my face because I think of Marisa Servantes singing Aerosmith's “Dream On.”

The Central Valley is home to the largest concentration of dairies in California. The region suffers from widespread groundwater contamination, poor air quality, heavy truck traffic, high rates of asthma and other chronic and acute health conditions.

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CHICAGO — The results of a new survey commissioned by Two Sides reveal a telling insight into the public’s perceptions and attitudes towards print and paper.

With school out for summer, parents look for field trip options for their kids whether it’s to the local library or an attraction further from home like touring national parks to get their Jr. Ranger badge. Nature options also include hikes in the Sequoias, walks on the beach, and boating on the lake. Educational options include trips to a mission, visits to college campuses or excursion to an exploratorium. A new local option is walking the Lindsay Labyrinth.

Father’s Day began in America, but is celebrated in 55 countries of the world. It has been an official national holiday on the third Sunday of June for over 50 years, but it also took over 50 years to establish it as such because the notion wasn’t as popular as Mother’s Day. 

Sal Khan, who has created thousands of videos to teach kids basic concepts on Kahn Academy, believes that a flipped classroom model using his video lectures at home liberates the classroom time for more value-added activities such as PBL, Project Based Learning. Sal designed a Summer School with STEM, Science Technology Engineering and Math, MakerSpace in Los Altos as a way to test out his theory.

As graduates head out into the job hunting market, resumes are high on their priority list. This time of year teachers and administrators also look for new career advancements as well. Adding a cover letter helps tell the story of how the applicant is uniquely qualified for that company’s position.

Many thanks from PHS Alumni Association, A unique take on vaccinations.

For teachers, Memorial Day signals the start of summer vacation and the joy of the freedom that entails. For families who have lost loved ones to war, Memorial Day triggers memories of the sacrifices and costs of freedoms.

This juxtaposition is jarring. The freedom of starting two months of summer break is exhilarating, but pales in comparison to the freedoms Americans are assured by the selfless service of those lost while serving our country.

It turns out the weary old joke about how other people can tell when lawyers are lying (when their lips are moving) might be in need of a new punchline: For some lawyers, it’s when they fill out their State Bar Association membership and renewal applications.

That’s the stunning takeaway from a new California rule requiring lawyers to be fingerprinted not only when they apply for bar membership, but also when they apply for renewal. Just days before the April 30 fingerprinting deadline, 158,000 attorneys had submitted fingerprints, 83 percent of active California lawyers.

When asked to assist with a commencement speech, I was reminded of the value of reflection. Taking time to pause and remember how far the journey has been brought smiles. Reflecting upon the days, weeks and years that have passed allowed the harvesting of the gems of experience. Students remembered viewing the eclipse at school last year and the passing of their principal this year. 

For the last few decades, California’s largest utilities and the state’s Public Utilities Commission have conducted an elaborate kabuki-style dance every two or three years, whenever the utilities applied for general rate increases.

Now the amounts at stake in these dramatic farces are rising to absurd levels, with all three of the state’s big privately-owned utilities suddenly asking that shareholders get rates of return on investment approximating what they could net from risky junk bonds.

Shonda Rhimes said, “I think a lot of people dream. And while they are busy dreaming, the really happy people, the really successful people, the really interesting, engaging powerful people, are busy doing.” As the school draws to a close, so do the year-end graduations and retirements which results in lots of dreaming and doing. 

Increasing ecological awareness led a million people to protest deadly smog and declining biodiversity on the first earth day April 22, 1970.  President Nixon and Congress responded by creating the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They also passed environmental laws to protect the air and endangered species. 

It’s never easy to convince Californians they should reverse decisions made by the legislators they elect, as Republicans led by the failed gubernatorial candidate John Cox discovered last fall.

Cox made his pet proposition, a referendum to repeal a 12-cent gasoline tax increase passed in 2017, the centerpiece of his run for governor, but saw it lose by a 57-43 percent margin, not even close.

The benefits and drawbacks of California’s moved-up 2020 primary election are now becoming very clear: Presidential candidates – especially the large corps of Democrats running – are now a ubiquitous presence in the Golden State, and they’re becoming conversant with California issues like never before.

Black holes have captivated the imagination of people, especially scientists, for decades.  I’m still geeking out about seeing the first image of a black hole. Technically, black holes are invisible because they swallow light. Since light is not emitted from black holes, scientists find them by the quasars that are being sucked into their massive gravitational pull. 

As they consider Senate Bill 50, many who are aware of the latest attempt by San Francisco’s Democratic state Sen. Scott Wiener to solve California’s housing shortage believe the plan treats this state as if it were monochromatic.

Wiener offers the same basic solution for everyplace in this vast state of 58 counties and 482 cities, many of which are quite unique. Will the same tactics create significant amounts of new housing in Corona and Chico, Torrance and Trinity County?

School marquees across town are advertising the 20th annual Porterville Celebrates Reading literacy event on Saturday, April 13 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Porterville Veterans Park. Filled with dozens of free literacy activities, this annual event for elementary school children is attended by thousands. 

Area schools including Porterville Unified School District, the Burton School District and Rockford will host dozens of booths that promote literacy. Students get a paper stop sign necklace and after each literacy activity is completed, one side is hole punched. Once they successfully get a punch on all eight sides, they can turn in their completed stop sign for a new book. 

Given the obvious proclivities of the California Board of Parole Hearings, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that multiple “Manson Family” members are and will soon be up for release, just short of 50 years after they helped carry out the most notorious murders of the 20th Century.

April is Poetry Month. Poem-in-a-Pocket Day is April 18th so start looking for the poem you’d like to carry in your pocket to share with others on that day. 

Last week the Smithsonian TweenTribune offered student articles like Helen Wright’s National Museum of American History Blog about a Cheerful Depression poem. A brown paper bag was used by the Pinero family to send an inexpensive Christmas card to their friends the McCormicks in Massachusetts in 1933. Inscribed on the holiday card was this poem:

Albert Schweitzer once said, “In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” 

Teaching takes a lot out of teachers.  The demands of the students, the curriculum, the delivery, the assessment, the reporting, the behavior management, and the schedule add up to a lot.

It’s pretty clear to anyone who’s watched firefighters try to control the massive blazes bedeviling California over the last two years that they have the right stuff. But questions have arisen over whether they are using all the right stuff.

The maker of a rival firefighting substance has cried foul over an exclusive contract between suppliers of Phos-Chek fire retardant fluids and the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as CalFire.