Editorials

Editorials

We must make room for Laith Hammoudi

Laith Hammoudi was one of tens of thousands of people ensnared in the ban imposed by President Donald Trump on travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, Iraq included. Federal courts halted that ban, but Hammoudi, like many aspiring Americans, remains stuck in a Kafkaesque limbo. Surely, there is room for them in this welcoming nation.

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Nunes’ intelligence obligations Trumped by loyalty to president

Rep. Devin Nunes of Tulare, who chairs the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, has no interest in getting to the bottom of the Michael Flynn scandal or learning the extent of the Trump administration’s ties to Putin’s Russia. This shirking of responsibilities has revealed the outspoken Nunes to be a paper tiger.

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Thumbs up, thumbs down

Central Valley nonprofits are encouraged to apply for some of the $100,000 in grant money being offered by the Central California Women’s Conference; teen girls from Central High are raising money for a beloved coach battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma; dancing siblings AJ and Alyda Raguindin charmed Ellen DeGeneres and earned a new car for their parents.

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GOP offers good ideas for fixing California roads

In this state so dominated by Democrats, a freshman Republican from Bakersfield might seem easy to ignore. But Assemblyman Vince Fong’s pedigree includes having worked for a decade for U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, also of Bakersfield. And in Republican-controlled Washington, McCarthy will have a say over federal money earmarked for roads and other infrastructure.

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School health centers are big boost for Fresno

California’s fourth-largest school district partners with Valley Children’s Healthcare and Clinica Sierra Vista to increase medical access for students and their families. Fresno Unified has agreed to open six campus health centers over the next two school years.

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Thumbs up, thumbs down

Thumbs up and thumbs down from The Fresno Bee editorial board. Thumbs up to Felicity Adams, who is recovering at Stanford Children’s Hospital after a kidney transplant and other surgeries. Thumbs down to President Donald Trump for asking local police to act as immigration enforcement agents.

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In Trump vs. McCain, trust the senator on national security

An editorial from The Bee in Fresno, California: Though he needs Sen. John McCain’s support on defense policy, Donald Trump persists in picking fights with the Arizona Republican, this time for commenting on a commando raid in Yemen. Our thin-skinned president is absolutely wrong to seek to muzzle McCain, who has a duty to speak out as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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How Trump is boosting Wall Street, not Main Street

In their zeal to rip up Barack Obama’s legacy, President Donald Trump and his inner circle appear willing to risk a repeat of the 2008 financial meltdown. Issuing yet another directive, Trump said he expects to cut many of the Dodd-Frank rules because they make borrowing too difficult for his wealthy friends.

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Thumbs up, thumbs down

Erna’s Elderberry House and Chateau Du Sureau, the region’s most elegant restaurant and hotel, gets another five-diamond rating, and Panoche Water District is a loosey-goosey with its books while doling out generous employee benefits.

Editorials

Here’s how to resist President Trump’s chaos strategy

To resist Trump’s most extreme moves, it’s all hands on deck – and the early lesson is that it all adds up and can make a difference. Politicians from Congress to city halls must continue to speak out but also follow through with action. Corporate leaders can’t stay on the sidelines. Americans from all walks of life can be active citizens, contacting their elected officials and peacefully protesting.

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San Joaquin Valley farmers continue to drill even as groundwater limits loom

Two years after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill designed to limit groundwater pumping, new wells are going in faster and deeper than ever in the San Joaquin Valley farm belt. Farmers say they have no choice given cuts in surface water deliveries.
Ryan Sabalow The Sacramento Bee
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