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Nunes and loss of power | Letters to the editor, Nov. 16, 2018

In this March 2017 photo, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, center, flanked by the committee’s ranking member, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., left, and Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y during the committee’s hearing on allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. With the recent election giving control of the House back to Democrats, Nunes will step down as committee chair and Schiff will take over.
In this March 2017 photo, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare, center, flanked by the committee’s ranking member, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., left, and Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y during the committee’s hearing on allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. With the recent election giving control of the House back to Democrats, Nunes will step down as committee chair and Schiff will take over. AP file

Nunes back to House out of power

Congratulations to Devin Nunes on his re-election in jerrymandered District 22.

I’m sure Adam Schiff is looking forward to Mr. Nunes’s return to the House Intelligence committee.

Alfred Leal, Fresno

Janz earns praise for campaign

Letter to Andrew Janz: You are my new hero. You did the impossible: gave people hope where there was none; motivated action where there was apathy; created a reason to register and vote in a district that was completely rigged and locked up. You were a bright star in a dark time, and people from all over the country came together as never before.

Because of you, actions and energy coursed through Tulare and Fresno counties that will set the stage for the future. You generated a movement where there was no heartbeat. More people are registered to vote; thousands voted for the first time; your name and face are etched into our hearts and minds. You inspired action and that cannot be stopped. I'm so impressed with you and incredibly proud and excited to be part of the Janz legacy. Thanks from the bottom of my heart.

Marla Reyes, Visalia

Measure P is really police, prisons

It was encouraging to see that common sense prevailed in voting down Measure P. I can’t understand why anybody would want to commit a 3/8 percent sales tax for 30-years at a cost of $2 billion dollars to fund parks when poverty in Fresno is at 28 percent, PG&E is in the process of raising rates, student debt is high, grocery costs and living expenses continue to rise, and the passage of Proposition 6 will result in higher gas taxes. I am also sure some folks would like to save for retirement.

Only 21 percent of Measure P funds would have been allocated for new parks — the remainder to plant grass and repair restrooms at existing parks. So if you were expecting a new park, you would have to move to a new housing development.

When I hear that felons are released from prison early because of lack of space, watch the evening news with random shootings and store robberies, persistent red light runners and the fact that a lot of people are afraid to go out at night, maybe the new ‘P’ should be for Prisons, Police and fire Protection.

Ray Cortez, Fresno

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