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Just Say Yes

By Trudy Wischemann In case you missed it last week, friends, it was a rousing good time at the Lindsay City Council meeting on the 12th. Folks from all over town, but particularly downtown, came to just say yes—to change. Yes, folks came in the name of the businesses they own or operate on Main […]

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Absentee Management

By Trudy Wischemann “It sounds like the ship of state is being driven into the shoals again,” said my astute other half, listening with 10% of his attention to my breakfast diatribe about Lindsay’s city manager. That 10% is enough, of course, since it’s the same old song, 99th verse. I’d like to sing a […]

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The Victim

By Trudy Wischemann Last week, with its terrible news about Lindsay’s functional bankruptcy, was a mixture of pain and relief for me. It was horrible realizing that the fiscal shenanigans we’ve been tracking since 2009 have continued and are worse than I imagined. It was wonderful having someone else finally finger the culprits and reveal […]

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Sweet Civic Sobriety

By Trudy Wischemann Last week’s Sun-Gazette carried an important news article about the City of Lindsay: we are functionally bankrupt. The article was fine, but if you want to truly understand how we got that way, listen to “The Paper Trail,” the podcast of this paper’s publisher, Reggie Ellis, and editor, Paul Myers (www.papertrailpod.com.) The […]

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The Golden Egg

By Trudy Wischemann There’s a phrase from one of Aesop’s Fables that has become part of our American lexicon, shorthand for making a really big, stupid mistake, one motivated by greed. The phrase warns against killing the goose that laid the golden egg. I’m afraid the City of Lindsay is about to make that mistake.  […]

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Better Place

By Trudy Wischemann “He’s in a better place now,” my sweetiepot said automatically when I told him I’m missing our cat, Bubba. “No he’s not,” I said just as automatically, since I buried him in the cold ground after having him put down. I understand the hopefulness of the idea, but I think more often […]

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Dear Remnants

By Trudy Wischemann A week ago last Sunday I had the privilege of delivering the message at Lindsay United Methodist Church. Our new pastor, Vai Heimoana, who also serves Exeter UMC, had a busy week ahead and asked me to take up some of the slack. It gave me an opportunity to explore a topic […]

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Potters Field

By Trudy Wischemann I went to Potters Field last Wednesday to attend the mass burial for Tulare County’s unclaimed dead. I didn’t know why I felt called to go, but the urge was as solid as the Sierra.  Founded in 1964, Potters Field is a blank piece of land surrounded by a black chain link […]

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Non-Essential

By Trudy Wischemann If you listen to public radio or watch public TV, all week long you’ve heard stories of the 800,000 people whose jobs and/or paychecks have been temporarily taken from them. They work for the federal government, and because our congress is so hog-tied by our president, the money to pay them is […]

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