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Audra McDonald charms President Barack Obama while receiving a National Medal of Arts at the White House this week. Community Food Bank packs its pantry with enough food for 1.6 million meals with a September food drive. Fresnans step up to help family in tragedy when two preschoolers drown.

Victor Davis Hanson

War clouds are gathering; a hard rain is going to fall

War does not sleep. Wars often seem to come out of nowhere, as unlikely events ignite long-simmering disputes into global conflagrations. The instigators often are weaker attackers who foolishly assume that more powerful nations wish peace at any cost, and so will not react to opportunistic aggression. Unfortunately, our late-summer calm of 2016 has masked a lot of festering tensions that are now coming to a head – largely due to disengagement by a supposedly tired United States.

Valley Voices

A hot-headed son’s last tender gift to his father

I was present when John, who’d been behind bars a hundred miles away in the prior week, softly told his mother that he’d take care of his father ... of her beloved husband. In the still, fragile seconds after the death, John approached the hospital bed in the middle of the living room. He tenderly bathed the man who gave him life.


Busted! We’re glad Fresno litterbugs are learning a costly lesson

We shouldn’t have to say it: People who toss coffee cups and cigarette butts and empty ashtrays in the roadway are lazy, disgusting and disrespectful of themselves and society. Though they don’t think of themselves as such, they are vandals. They best straighten up before a citation lightens their wallets by several hundred dollars.


Gov. Brown, there’s more work to do in Fresno

The Brown administration has funding available to speed downtown Fresno revitalization and clean some of the nation’s dirtiest air. About $140 mllion in cap-and-trade funds have been designated for economically disadvantaged communities that suffer from unhealthy air. Fresno deserves no less than half of that pot.

Valley Voices

Pushing out the ‘school pushout’

I wasn’t the best kid in school and my behavior was fairly mischievous, however kicking me out of school and sending me home for days at a time wasn’t a solution. Instead, this approach to discipline kept me from education and affected who, and where, I am today.

Letters to the Editor

Refugees depend on government aid

These refugees are coming to this country without capital to start a business, cannot speak our language, are not educated and are unemployable. This leads to only one avenue of support, that of perpetual welfare. This action is less about a humanitarian cause and more about establishing a society of people dependent on government subsistence.


The politics of graduation rates

Fresno State has been named the top public university in the country when it comes to reaching its graduation rate goals. Fresno Bee Editorial Page editor Bill McEwen and Fresno Bee political writer John Ellis compare and contrast the management styles and management teams under which Fresno Unified Superintendent Michael Hanson and Fresno State President Joseph Castro operate.
The Fresno Bee
The politics of graduation rates 4:24

The politics of graduation rates

White House considers Kaepernick's perspective 1:18

White House considers Kaepernick's perspective "objectionable," but defends his right to expression

NFL players, coaches, and fans react to Colin Kaepernick protest 21:12

NFL players, coaches, and fans react to Colin Kaepernick protest

Lighthouse for Children aims to help Fresno youth 0:38

Lighthouse for Children aims to help Fresno youth