Opinion

Dr. Bill Atwood

Determination and resolve

“Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dec. 8, 1941.

Opinion

Can California’s taxpayers be thankful for 2016?

If taxpayers focus on the results of the recent election, there may not seem to be much to celebrate. While the rest of America took a big step toward fiscal sanity, the same cannot be said of California. At the state level, all 3 taxes, one on marijuana users, one on smokers and another on higher income taxpayers, passed. Fueled by massive special interest campaign spending, tax hike proponents convinced voters that they were simply raising taxes on “other people” which made them more palatable.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Abundance of blessings

On Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24) Americans pause to give thanks to Almighty God for the many blessings that we have received throughout this year and our lives. A tradition that the Native Americans and the pilgrims shared food and knowledge of how to make it in this part of the world, as opposed to living in England, has been around since those difficult days.

Peter Cavanaugh

Goodbye Medicare

At the risk of appearing unduly self-aggrandizing, perhaps even petulantly annoying, please allow me to repeat an observation originally expressed on April 2, 2015.

Opinion

Unfair fee hike

The Madera County Board of Supervisors is talking about raising trash collection fees by 12% to raise about $1.1 million dollars annually. Depending where you live that is an extra $29 to $75 a year for residential customers at minimum service rates. Commercial customers will pay significantly more.

Opinion

Clinton makes first public appearance since concession speech

Hillary Clinton didn't shy away from expressing her feelings in her first public appearance since conceding the presidential election a week ago. “I will admit coming here tonight wasn't the easiest thing for me. There have been a few times this past week where all I wanted to do was curl up with a good book or our dogs and never leave the house again," she said in a speech at a Children's Defense Fund event in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

Opinion

Five essential steps to financial independence

It’s never a bad time to consider life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, For me, those concepts also have a great deal to do with financial independence. After all, the ability to take care of yourself and your loved ones throughout life is a great source of happiness and a way to avoid stress and worry. And never forget that greater financial freedom isn’t just good news for you – financially healthy households make us all stronger as a country.

Opinion

Wage increase = job reduction

Raising the federal minimum wage to $12 per hour could reduce private sector employment by 1.8 million jobs over 10 years and cut economic output by $2 trillion, according to a new report recently released by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

Opinion

Clinton: We owe Trump an open mind and the chance to lead

Hillary Clinton delivered her concession speech on Wednesday morning offering her congratulations to President-elect Donald Trump. After a long and hard fought campaign, the first female major party candidate urged her supporters to keep fighting and to offer Trump a chance to lead the country.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Eternal thanks

This week we have the opportunity to say thanks to one large group of heroes and a smaller subset of that larger group. On Friday, Nov. 11, we will stop as a nation and take time to honor the brave men and women who have stepped up to the task and have joined the ranks of the military. The veterans are our line of defense against all our enemies. They have taken an oath to protect and defend us anywhere at any time, against anybody. God gives us our rights, the Constitution guarantees that the government can’t take those rights away but it is the veteran who backs the whole system.

Videos

President-elect Trump shares his policy plans, updates on transition

The President-elect shares an update on the Presidential Transition, an outline of some of his policy plans for the first 100 days, and his day one executive actions. Video shared via "the official 2017 Presidential Transition account on YouTube" on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016.
Transition 2017
President-elect Trump shares his policy plans, updates on transition 2:38

President-elect Trump shares his policy plans, updates on transition

Eye on Education: What does Prop. 58 mean for Fresno schools? 1:26

Eye on Education: What does Prop. 58 mean for Fresno schools?

Protest at Fresno City College against North Dakota pipeline 0:50

Protest at Fresno City College against North Dakota pipeline

Clinton makes first public appearance since concession speech 2:39

Clinton makes first public appearance since concession speech