If ‘no’ isn’t enough


How long is the #metoo going to go on? It is old already. Men, and in some cases women, are being accused of sexual impropriety from years ago. As far as I am concerned, 40 years ago is a non case. Where is the Lewinsky dress?

Harvey Weinstein set if off despite it being an ugly secret for years. And for Stormy Daniels, she is an idiot for settling for $130,000, when Donald Trump is worth billions. Since she disclosed a nondisclosure, is it void?

Then there is Bill Cosby, how long ago was he convicted for? Was it just to send a message? I worked with men who joked about sexual things, but wouldn’t have demanded sex. Co-workers are not bosses. Only once did I see a “boss” type intimate. Some women ate it up, others reported it.

Women who are propositioned have two choices, grin and bear it or report it. How about a third option? I watched a patient at Camarillo State Hospital many years ago grab any man who came on the unit right where she shouldn’t. Most men knew to guard their privates, but a new doctor was not informed about her. She would always say, “I just wanted to see if he was a man.” She grabbed him and twisted. He threw up, then went home. Would that tactic work for other women? If you don’t want sex, if “no” isn’t enough, try the M.B. solution. I could have used it 50 years ago.

Priscilla Styer



Why should I register and vote?


Many times I have had people ask me, “why should I register and vote?”

I’ll give you a few reasons. If you register to vote you then have the right to vote and choose the way you want our local hospital run, the way we want our city run, the way we want our county run, you get the idea. Also as a veteran I served in our country’s military to make sure we have the right to vote.

There are still countries where the citizens do not have the right to choose their leaders. We do have that right.

While I do have a party preference, the important thing is that we vote and make our choices known. The majority of voters in Tulare County are “vote by mail” (vbm) either by choice or by the county as of May 22 there have been 3,658 voluntary vbm ballots received and just 1,885 vbm ballots received from voters who were assigned as vbm by the county.

In the words of Samuel Adams, one of our founding fathers:  “Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote...that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.”

So, as citizens we owe it to the Founding Fathers to vote for the person we feel is best qualified for each office on the ballot and in my opinion we also owe it to all who either have served or are serving our nation.

John Coffee

Chair Porterville Democratic Club


Dia de los Muertos


In human nature, family is the reflecting remnants we have of ourselves. Therefore, we value the memories of the dead and living members of our family. In Mexican culture, the holiday Día de los Muertos is a 2-day celebration of spending time with family. 

I believe the holiday should remain today because it’s one of the best methods of remembering the history of our family and having an identity of where we come from and how we’ll be remembered once we depart from life. 

However, some people may oppose that the practice is disrespectful and it’s not a fully accepted tradition in American society. Going back in time, Día de los Muertos has always been a celebration or days of remembrance for the dead. According to Penick’s online article Día de los Muertos, “The Aztec celebration was held during the Aztec month of Miccailhuitontli, presided over by the goddess Mictecacihuatl Lady of the Dead, and dedicated to children and the dead.” 

The tradition was celebrated before the arrival of the conquistadors. The Aztecs weren’t the only ones to celebrate Día de los Muertos, other Mesoamerican cultures such as the Toltecs, Maya, Zapotec, and Mixtec. 

Originally, the tradition was celebrated for a month and was dedicated for the children and adults who have died. According to MexicanSugarSkull.com, the sugar art concept of the celebration originated from Italian missionaries in the 17th century to celebrate Easter. As for Mexico, during the 18th century, they had an abundance of sugar and were too poor to afford lavish decorations for the dead so instead they too started to make sugar art to commemorate the dead.

In Mexico, the graves are publicly owned therefore people are welcome to roam freely among the graves which grants them the ability to set up the vividly, colorful celebrations right at the graves.

However, according to Helen Tayfoa’s article The Days of the Dead, in the United States graveyards are privately owned and therefore maintained by the owner and there are only certain times in which visiting allowed which makes it harder to celebrate in graveyards.


Fernando Contreras


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