Only half of California’s 58 counties have veterans courts. Thus, while Fresno, Tulare and Kern counties have terrific veterans’ treatment courts, no such services are available to nearly 12,000 veterans in Merced County, 8,500 veterans in Madera County and 6,500 veterans in Tuolumne County.
This week at the Democratic National Convention, the scene, we hope, will be different than what transpired at the Republican National Convention. Hillary Clinton will have a chance to appeal with hope and rationality to voters and to offer more fact-based solutions to the nation’s problems, which are considerable, but objectively nowhere near Donald Trump’s grim landscape.
Thumbs up to sprinter Don Cheek, 86, for his world-class accomplishments in the Senior Games. Thumbs up to Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro for his leadership award. Thumbs down to Attorney General Kamala Harris for her lack of oversight on an important ballot measure on criminal sentencing.
Why there has not been a huge outcry against this destructive project baffles me. Drive north on I-5 and look east at the Granite gravel project to see what the Vulcan project will look like – a true eyesore.
If the bulk of Americans leaning to Donald Trump knew what the party’s new principles and policies are, they would reject them. Soundly. But, increasingly, presidential campaigns are sound-and-light extravaganzas, and specifics don’t matter.
This summer has exposed a divide in perception of California, between the political triumphalism of our elected officials such as Gov. Jerry Brown and the more anxious state of affairs depicted in the broader culture.
Ted Cruz wasn’t finished speaking, but few could hear the final paragraphs of his speech over the boos. Even if Donald Trump’s supporters bashing someone for not toeing the party line was the ultimate irony, the smell of burning bridges filled the air.