It was a week of protests in downtown Fresno, as Occupy Fresno demonstrators dared sheriff's deputies to arrest them at Courthouse Park once their permit ran out, and homeless advocates objected to the city's cleanup of homeless encampments.
A new business plan for high-speed rail doubled the price tag, triggering sticker shock for many readers. Meanwhile, some dedicated students of chess in west Fresno County have brought home a national championship.
Here are the top stories of the past week, along with selected comments posted by readers at fresnobee.com.
"They've proved their point, so what's the value in hanging around being a nuisance? I don't see anything coming from all these protests but costing cities bundles of money. ... I'm part of the 99%, but these loose cannons don't represent me!"
"I have sympathies for the whole OWS movement but Fresno seems to have been very cooperative. If they no longer want to carry on with a permit then they are subject to the law."
"GO OCCUPIERS! YOU ARE ALL TRUE PATRIOTS! DON'T LISTEN TO THESE SMALL MINDED FresNOids! THEY ARE ALL SMALL-MINDED TROLLS, who insist on keeping Fresno a small 'bottom of the pile' town."
Rail costs rise
"Billions that could have been spent on Education, Scientific and Medical Research, Community Enrichment, and Debt Reduction simply wasted on a fools dream of a train."
"Build it now! Cheaper than runway expansions or oil used to crowd highways. Heck, I might even visit Fresno if it's in place."
-- John C. Baker
"The homeless contribute absolutely nothing to this country or this city; in fact they are a burden to it. They abuse the 911 system, and they turn their little section of the city into a disgusting trash heap full of hazardous materials ... if tent city was next to your business, or close to your home, you wouldn't want it there."
"Soooooo perhaps the ACLU would like to pony up the money to cover the cost of storage for the belongings left behind. ... I cannot think of anyone (on the right or the left) who would not like to see a humane and long term solution for our homeless problem. "
What readers said:
"we're used to the media always focusing in on how poverty-stricken we are; this is a nice change of pace. great job guys."
-- Fernando Maravilla
"I'm an avid chess player living in Clovis and I know you have to love this game to be good at it. This truly is a great achievement for ... these youngsters. Good job guys."