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Guest Editorial: Be Sure to Vote

By Warren Gubler Mayor, City of Visalia Election day, November 6, 2018, is fast approaching. We’ll have the opportunity to exercise our franchise in various national and state races, and regarding numerous propositions. Just as important are the local races for city council, school board, and a Visalia school bond. It is imperative that every […]

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Steve Woods Stands With Education, Endorses Measure A

Dear Editor, Among the propositions and candidates you’ll come across on this November’s ballot will be Measure A, a school bond measure that aims to build a fifth high school campus and update 18 other campuses across Visalia. Passage of Measure A allows our city to meet a window of opportunity in which to obtain […]

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Letter to the Editor: Principals’ perspectives on Measure A

Dear Editor, The word “modernization” has been used frequently in the last couple of months as school district folks educate our community on Measure A. As the principal at Royal Oaks Elementary School, I am excited to let Visalians know what modernization has meant to our teachers and students. Thanks to Measure E, we have […]

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Notes From Home: Politics vs. People

By Trudy Wischemann The ballots are out, the Vote-By-Mail ballots, along with the voter guides. With the huge increase in what used to be called “absentee ballots,” what used to be that intense last week before the election now actually has become four. Four weeks of intense lobbying, name-calling, and scare tactics intended to get […]

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Letter to the Editor: Help end hunger – and support bright futures

Dear Editor, Measure A on the November ballot appears to be all about roofing, flooring, heating and other very tangible—and important—improvements to our schools. But from my perspective, Measure A is so much more. As the executive director of Visalia Emergency Aid, I see the reality of poverty and hunger every day. Hard-working families trying […]

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Guest Editorial: There’s “Lots 2 Love” About the School Lunch Program

By Tracey Ritchie Director of Education Earth Day Network One of the most successful and bipartisan programs in United States history is the National School Lunch program – and today as we celebrate National School Lunch Week this October 15–19, it’s important to reflect on the millions and millions of children who have benefited from […]

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Gardening Guru: Mother Earth, Rosie and Spireas

By Susan Franciskovich UCCE Master Gardener Before sharing information about ever-faithful and easy to grow spireas, I ask for your indulgence and invite you to contemplate the approaching season’s change, considering all the while the homage which Mother Earth deserves in our gardening psyches. I especially invite new and non-gardeners to read along, even if […]

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