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Dr. Bill Atwood


Under a cloudless sky, a group of citizens gathered at Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park to witness the dedication of the Veteran’s Memorial on Flag Day. A fitting day to observe the sacrifice of our brave and selfless veterans as those warriors all served under that flag.

Peter Cavanaugh

Eve of Obstruction

“They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice.” Donald J. Trump, 3:55 a.m., June 15, 2017.

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Recall effort stymied by Sacramento

Members of the California Legislature apparently believe they have the power to change outcomes they don’t like. This is like awarding the NBA Championship to Cleveland by retroactively mandating that all of Golden State’s three point baskets be counted as only two.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Leaky Comey

People around the world have to be amazed at how we are governed and how the media treats the American people. Our great nation is one of few places on the planet that has the freedom to elect our leaders and look at what we do to ourselves.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Schools of learning

Children are naturally very curious. They will try to figure out how certain things work. When a baby ages just a few months and is able to crawl, that baby will move toward an object that attracts its attention.

Dr. Bill Atwood

A patriotic weekend

This coming Monday the nation will take time to honor two wonderful groups of heroes. On Memorial Day we honor from dawn until noon the War Dead. More than 1,050,000 men and women have lost their lives on the field of battle to defend this nation and our freedoms. At noon we hoist the flag from the half staff position to the top of the pole to honor the War Injured. They are the ones who came home blind, deaf, lame, in wheelchairs, brain damaged, suffering from PTSD, burned, and other maladies that we can’t imagine. In November we will honor all the Veterans but this Monday we honor those who made a greater sacrifice.

Dr. Bill Atwood

A tough week

The past few days have been quite interesting if you happen to be a news junkie such as I am. President Trump fired the director of the FBI unifying many on opposite sides of the aisle in their comments. Donald Trump finds that he and Rosie O’Donnell agree on that issue and many conservatives who were mad at James Comey over not charging Hillary for her crimes are happy he is gone.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all. Yes, even the guys are wished a happy Mother’s Day if you follow the original intent of Anna Mae Jarvis, who conjured up the idea of celebrating the gift that mothers are in our lives with a special day. Miss Jarvis, who wasn’t a mother, wanted to pay honor to her mother and that was her idea. When she wished people a, “Happy Mother’s Day,” she was honoring that person’s mother and not the person to whom she offered the greeting.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Rule of Law

Last week I had the opportunity to join with several hundred students and a couple of dozen federal and state jurists in the celebration of Law Day in Yosemite National Park under the leadership of the Federal District Court Magistrate, Michael Seng, who has a great team that provides a superb program for students.

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Secrets to saving on your summer city vacation

Cities attract people for different reasons, which is partly why cities are such popular vacation destinations. Summer is one of the best times to visit, as the long days give you extra hours of sunlight for exploration and many cities host a variety of free activities. The busy season can mean rising prices, but there are a few city-specific savings tactics that can take some of the strain off your budget.


Is it heat stroke or heat exhaustion? Here's how to tell

Dr. Jesus Rodriguez of Kaiser Permanente in Fresno tells our health reporter a few ways to spot the signs of heat stroke in children and adults, plus how to prevent it.
Aleksandra Konstantinovic, Barbara Anderson The Fresno Bee
Is it heat stroke or heat exhaustion? Here's how to tell 2:44

Is it heat stroke or heat exhaustion? Here's how to tell

NASA’s Juno spacecraft captures Jupiter's 'Southern Lights' 0:17

NASA’s Juno spacecraft captures Jupiter's 'Southern Lights'

Know the signs of heat stress and exhaustion in pets 1:54

Know the signs of heat stress and exhaustion in pets

Diabetic? Hot weather is not your friend. What you need to know. 1:56

Diabetic? Hot weather is not your friend. What you need to know.