The week between Christmas and New Year's is typically a slow news period -- but not this year. State and federal judges grabbed headlines with major rulings. Readers were fired up about pension costs -- and the foul air shrouding the Valley this winter.
Here are the top stories of the past week, along with selected comments posted by readers at fresnobee.com.
Redevelopment takes a hit
"It's amazing to me that many of the people who supported the redevelopment agencies were the "small government" type people, but I guess it's all different when the government welfare falls into the hands of developers instead of poor people. ... We need to spend redevelopment money on basic public services. Schools and firefighters must come first."
"Amen. Redeveloment schemelopment. Waste of money. Get rid of them and their bloated salaries."
Setback for landmark law
"All trucking companies and owner operators need to take their trucks, their income tax revenue, their sales tax revenue, their payroll tax revenue, the jobs they provide, their DMV fee revenue, the money they spend on fuel, tires, parts, etc and set up shop in more business friendly states. Let the environmentalists get their goods by rail."
"Its funny how one of the only wastelands in California is the Central California area.. If you go anywhere else, it tends to be nice, clean, inviting for tourism..Oddly enough, much of the rest of the state supports laws like AB32."
Sooty air month
"The air seems a lot worse this year than last. ... I live south of Fresno by some distance and it is almost as bad as Fresno. Rainfall isn't the total answer to clean air but it does mitigate the particulates in the air."
"I was down in Fresno yesterday and it was bad. What a thick, nasty haze. I'm sorry you're cold, really. But that doesn't give you license to gunk up our shared resources."
"These unions look at the public tax payers as cash cows ready to get milked again."
"Average retiree receives 35,000.00 per year. 100k are the 2%, print facts not fiction."