Thumbs up to Fresno’s Gordon Paul, 64, for winning three medals, bronze silver and gold in his age division at the World Masters Games in New Zealand. Just eight months after his hip was replaced, he became a world champion. A health insurance agent, he is scheduled to have his left hip replaced In August. Now there’s inspiration to swim a few laps in the gym this week.
Thumbs up to Alice Daniel, Benjamin Boone and Tegan Jones of Fresno State for receiving Fulbright awards that will take them around the globe this year.
Alice Daniel, a lecturer in the Department of Media, Communications and Journalism, and her husband, Benjamin Boone, a professor in the Department of Music, will travel with their sons, ages 13 and 15, to the University of Ghana to teach and do research during the 2017-18 academic year.
Jones, who recently completed her bachelor’s degree with a major in English and a minor in German literature and folklore, will spend the next year in Berlin, Germany, working as an English teaching assistant.
Champagne toasts all around! This speaks well of Fresno State, its faculty and its students.
Thumbs down to Congressmen Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield; Devin Nunes, R-Tulare; David Valadao, R-Hanford; Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, and Tom McClintock, R-Roseville, for their amnesia in voting for the so-called Financial CHOICE Act. which consumer advocacy groups say will set us up for another housing crisis and Great Recession. California – especially the devastated Valley – was the epicenter of that mortgage meltdown. We still haven’t fully recovered. It would be a huge mistake to get rid of the rules passed after that life-changing crisis.
Another nasty byproduct of this toxic bill pointed out by The Sacramento Bee’s Foon Rhee is that California retirement savers lose nearly $1.9 billion a year because of “conflicted” advice from financial professionals. A version of the “fiduciary rule” took effect last week, requiring advisers to act in their clients’ best interest instead of their own. But the rule would be repealed if this train wreck of a bill gets to Trump.
We have been warning about this in editorials ever since Trump was elected, and he enthusiastically promised to help out his banker buddies. No surprise. Trump and his billionaire cabinet members are boosting Wall Street not Main Street. Thank goodness, it appears that the bill won’t make it through the Senate.
Thumbs up to Artie Padilla and Every Neighborhood Partnership leaders for receiving a Pillar of Public Health Award Thursday from the Fresno County Health Department. ENP has connected churches and community partners with local schools in Fresno and Clovis for nine years. They train volunteers to serve in local neighborhoods, engaging students in a healthy, fun, positive activities. Well done!
Thumbs up to Fresno State for getting a grant for $50,000 to help Fresno Unified School District students improve their math skills. Fresno State has a partnership with Fresno Unified’s math pros, and the money is designated to boost that innovative effort. The money comes from Universities and Coalition of Urban-Serving Universities.
Thumbs up to Knitted Knockers of Central California for crocheting, knitting and stuffing about 150 prostheses last weekend for women who have had surgery for breast cancer. On Worldwide Knit in Public Day, they used the time to show their skills outside Swatch at Bullard and West Avenues, according to Jennifer Taylor, the local founder. Since the group started, volunteer knitters have filled more than 800 requests for knockers. The knitted prostheses are lighter, softer and more comfortable than the commercial breast prostheses.