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The Fresno BeeDecember 6, 2013 

Thumbs down to Fresno County Supervisors Andreas Borgeas, Judy Case, Phil Larson and Debbie Poochigian. They supported a resolution involving the Gerawan Farms labor dispute that included the words "hereby recognizes Fresno County as a right-to-work county and recognizes December 3, 2013 as 'Valley Farmworkers Let Your Votes Be Counted Day.' " California is not a right-to-work state. Furthermore, the Taft–Hartley Act does not authorize local governments to outlaw the union shop and agency shop for employees in their jurisdictions. These supervisors passed a resolution that might have made themselves feel good, but it's worthless.

Thumbs up to the Fowler High School Redcat Men's Alliance, who delivered Christmas gifts to patients Friday at Children's Hospital Central California. The alliance is a group of young men who are learning leadership skills, engaging in community outreach and mentoring elementary school students. The Fowler Improvement Association assisted their efforts Friday.

Thumbs up to Hannah Johnson for her campaign to provide winter coats for every Calwa Elementary School student who needs one. Johnson learned of the need a year ago when she visited the school to read a holiday story. Noticing that students were wearing T-shirts and skipping recess because of the cold, she decided to make a difference. The community has responded, and Johnson already is delivering coats to the school. "I've gotten incredible response about my #Coats4Calwa mission..," she Tweeted. For details, follow her on Twitter: @HanMJohnson.


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