Valley Voices

Valley Voices

The giving tree: 13 ways valley oaks teach kids of all ages

Tree-planting projects a lot more than how to dig a hole, writes David Roberts of Fresno, a general contractor and father of two. He is especially fond of the valley oaks, so working with Tree Fresno, he worked with an eager group of workers as they planted eight valley oak trees at Ruth Gibson Elementary School in Fresno.

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What I love about Fresno: a thank you note from our poet laureate

Fresno’s second Poet Laureate, Lee Herrick, pens an open letter: “I have read in almost every major city in the country, and everywhere I go, I’m asked what it is like to be a poet from Fresno. I’ll say it succinctly – aside from the heat, the work ethic, the grit, and the legions of breathtaking books of poems by Fresno authors, it is the people.”

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Armenian Christians: We don’t forget, but to forgive is to heal

Clovis, California, resident Silva Emerian, an Armenian mother of two who is a transplant to the San Joaquin Valley from Boston, writes about her feelings toward Armenian Genocide on the 102nd commemoration anniversary. Emerian says the Armenian Genocide “will always be a part of our identity – but it should not define us. Let us forgive to rise above the hatred, to begin to genuinely heal, and to represent our true identity in Christ Jesus.”

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A diner’s guide to people watching in Morro Bay

The back shop of a restaurant is predestined to dwell in the Twilight Zone, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay be damned. But the clientele and the front staff can be sifted, sampled and given a Michelin review, welcomed like the perfume of sautéed garlic shrimp or scorned like burned popcorn.

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Mine eyes have seen the glory of the mystery of Easter

I liken the wondrous mystery of Easter to when I’ve stood at a mountain pass in the Sierra, sweat-drenched and wind-swept. For miles, I mostly gazed at the ground as I slowly, slowly trudged upward. Then, at Glen or Franklin or Bishop Passes, I’d suddenly look up and see ridge after ridge after ridge of the High Sierra seeming to extend forever. You can see the glory, and yet you cannot even begin to encompass the fullness.

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When employer power reaches into our private lives

Fresno State professor Kathryn Forbes analyzes the Lars Maischak case and poses a thoughtful question: What aspects of an employee’s life should an employer be permitted to regulate? We should be worried, she says, when employers reach into our private lives and even more worried about expecting that employers should do so. Both signal creeping authoritarianism disguised as “good business.”

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Fresno’s city parks are not a problem – they are a solution

Fresno physician Venise C. Curry writes that city parks help prevent heart disease and diabetes by providing children and families with safe places to play and exercise. Building new parks, upgrading current ones, and enriching all parks with programming and amenities is not only good medicine, it is also good for the bottom line.

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