Editorials

Editorials

Thumbs up, thumbs down: Forgiving victims, beloved corn, bad water

Thumbs up to three bicyclists who this week forgave a drunken driver who crashed into them as they rode. The drama played out in Fresno Superior Court, where Patrick Wayne Holmes of Clovis was to be sentenced for his guilt in driving a motorcycle while intoxicated and plowing into the three northeast of Fresno one summer day last year. They sustained broken bones and teeth, plus cuts and bruises. He faced 12 years in prison. But bicyclists Lou Major, Kevin Emerzian and Richard Gabel told Judge Jon Nick Kapetan that it was not in their nature to seek vengeance or harsh punishment. “I’m normally a pretty forgiving person because we have all done dumb stuff,” Majors told Kapetan. “But we all are supposed to know right from wrong. He should not have been out there.” The cyclists thought five years would be sufficient punishment, and that is the term Holmes received, even as it was his third drunken-driving incident. Here is hoping their mercy impacts Holmes enough that he never makes this mistake again.

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The real ‘fake news’ is Devin Nunes’ ad about The Bee

You might be seeing or hearing an ad paid for by the campaign to re-elect Devin Nunes as congressman for the 22nd District. The Fresno Bee is the subject of his ad. Actually, his anger at The Bee is the real subject, but Nunes hides it behind wanting to protect what he calls a family owned winery and vineyard.

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Trump policies on asylum children causes them serious harm

Of the many tweets sent by President Trump, one of the most misleading ones ever was a recent tweet demanding that Democrats put an end to the “horrible law” separating children from immigrant parents who are seeking asylum at the border. This tweet was in response to a growing backlash against heart-rending stories of children, including screaming toddlers and preschoolers who, as a result of a new policy directive (not a law) issued by Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, are being ripped from the arms of their mothers and fathers and carted off, sometimes hundreds of miles away, with no clear information given to frantic parents as to where they are, who is taking care of them or how to get them back.

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Thumbs up, thumbs down: Women DAs, yucky mold

Thumbs up to ground-breaking women who ran for district attorney in Madera and Merced counties in Tuesday’s primary. In the case of Merced, Kimberly Helms Lewis easily defeated incumbent Larry Morse II by capturing 65 percent of the ballots in unofficial returns. In Madera, Sally Orme Moreno led her race with about 44 percent, ahead of challenger Paul Hornick, who had 33 percent of the votes. Incumbent David Linn received 22 percent and conceded the race Wednesday. Moreno and Hornick will head to a run-off in November.

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WWII vet recalls sinking of the USS Lexington

Gordon Scott, who served as a US Navy petty officer 3rd class on the USS Lexington during World War II, survived the ship's 1942 attack in the Battle of the Coral Sea, the first aircraft carrier to aircraft carrier battle in history.

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Thumbs up, thumbs down: Famous daughter, bad banker

Thumbs up to Audra McDonald, Fresno city leaders, the Fresno Philharmonic and Fresno Unified for combined efforts to make Saturday special, as the City Council designated it Audra McDonald Day on her latest visit to her hometown. McDonald is the famous graduate of Roosevelt High who has gone on to star on Broadway and win six Tony awards. Her theatrical beginnings trace back to Roosevelt, where on Saturday morning the theater will be renamed Audra McDonald Theater in her honor. At that event McDonald will also receive a key to the city and a miniature version of the street signs that proclaim “Audra McDonald Way,” as the stretch of M Street between Inyo and Ventura avenues is now renamed. In the evening she performs at the Saroyan Theater with the orchestra to a sold-out audience. A stop on her “Sing Happy” tour, it will mark her first performance in Fresno since 2011. To it all, we heartily clap and say, bravo!

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Thumbs up, thumbs down: Amazing students, poor condom retailing practice

Thumbs up for all the hopeful applicants looking to land jobs at the new Amazon and Ulta fulfillment centers nearing completion in Fresno. The retailing giant Amazon started accepting applications this past week, with the fulfillment center expected to ultimately have 1,500 workers. Ulta, meanwhile, will have a core group of more than 500 workers that would double in size for peak retail seasons. Both warehouses are being built on Central Avenue in south Fresno.

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Propositions 68, 69 deserve your vote

California’s June ballot will have only five propositions, and count your blessings. All were put there by legislation; initiatives from the public now are consigned to the statewide November ballot, which will be loaded this fall.

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Sunnyside students celebrate unity. Sex trafficking survivor gets award in D.C. Creeps prey on Fresno County senior citizens. Ice cream food fight at Ampersand, vote with your tongue.

WWII vet recalls sinking of the USS Lexington

Gordon Scott, who served as a US Navy petty officer 3rd class on the USS Lexington during World War II, survived the ship's 1942 attack in the Battle of the Coral Sea, the first aircraft carrier to aircraft carrier battle in history.