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Peter Cavanaugh

All That Rises

After 40 eventful years in broadcasting and what we thought was an early retirement, Eileen and I moved to Youngstown, Ohio in 1998, right after we helped the Toledo Irish-American Club join with the Lucas County Ancient Order of Hibernians to bring in The Wolftones - Ireland’s biggest rebel group. It was wall to wall.

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What took so long?

Property tax assistance for low income seniors, the blind and the disabled is available again. In 2009, the Legislature ended the Property Tax Postponement (PTP) program that for 40 years had allowed low income seniors, the blind and the disabled to defer payment of their property taxes.

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Trump, Clinton clash in first presidential debate

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton went to head-to-head Monday, September 26, 2016. They discussed jobs, racial divisions and national security with many personal jabs thrown in between. The debate, moderated by NBC anchor Lester Holt, is the first of three scheduled ahead of election day.

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Change of heart

We were happy when the Madera County Board of Supervisors put the brakes on giving themselves a 25% pay increase Sept. 13.

Peter Cavanaugh

Fraidycat

You may have missed it. In early September, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found that Wells Fargo employees, facing pressure to meet unrealistic sales quotas, opened more than 2 million deposit and credit card accounts for customers who never asked for them.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Despicable actions

Her true colors are coming out. The hope of the Democratic constituents and leader of the progressive movement, the tolerant one has now announced that half of the Trump supports are deplorable human beings. She states that half the country is racist, homophobic, sexist, xenophobic, Islamaphobic. I guess her tolerance of anyone with a differing view is a hateful rant of name calling.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Gullible followers

For years I have had a running gag with students that the word “gullible” wasn’t in the dictionary. I told them it was a French word and hence not listed in an English dictionary. They would look to verify that it wasn’t there and when it was they would laugh at me and tell me how wrong I was. Then I would look at them and chuckle about how gullible they were. I think that some of the staff in the Clinton Campaign must be wondering about being either so gullible or so willing to continue to drink the Kool Aid.

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Taxpayers to pay even more

As the final day of the legislative session dawned last week, taxpayers were cautiously optimistic. After all, we had already stopped the most direct threats to Proposition 13. Those included Senate Constitutional Amendment 5, which would have weakened the rules regarding how some properties are valued for tax purposes and Assembly Constitutional Amendment 8, lowering the two thirds vote at the local level for taxes and bonds. Another success was notched by derailing an eleventh hour effort to make it much easier to raise property fees by broadly redefining sewer service to include storm water runoff programs. While seemingly arcane, this would have exposed California homeowners to billions of dollars in new property levies without direct approval.

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County bullies

Ever go to a Madera County Board of Supervisors meeting? They should sell tickets because it is a show.

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Trump doubles down on commitment to build border wall - Election Rewind

In a much anticipated policy speech on Wednesday, Donald trump showed no "softening" of his stance on immigration. The Republican presidential candidate renewed his commitment to a border wall and deporting illegal immigrants. The fiery speech came hours after Trump met with Mexico's president, a move criticized by Hillary Clinton.

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Trump, Clinton clash in first presidential debate

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton went to head-to-head Monday, September 26, 2016. They discussed jobs, racial divisions and national security with many personal jabs thrown in between. The debate, moderated by NBC anchor Lester Holt, is the first of three scheduled ahead of election day.
Cristina Rayas McClatchy
Trump, Clinton clash in first presidential debate 4:36

Trump, Clinton clash in first presidential debate

Hillary Clinton's deplorable weekend - Election Rewind 1:25

Hillary Clinton's deplorable weekend - Election Rewind

Trump doubles down on commitment to build border wall - Election Rewind 1:43

Trump doubles down on commitment to build border wall - Election Rewind

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Trump supporters gather to catch glimpse of their candidate in Tulare County