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Holy Trinity church: Important to its Armenian congregation and to all of Fresno

The text message that came through the group text had a picture of a flyer advertising an event at Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic church. Family night was coming up. The flyer stated that there would be dinner, dancing and games. My wife and I immediately knew we would be there. It was a Friday night event for the family. Besides, the weather had been in the 100s for a while, which meant the kids were cooped up inside the house. It would be a nice release and we’d see longtime friends and acquaitances from church.

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Proposition 5: A step in the right direction to dealing with state’s housing crisis

California has a housing shortage problem that is talked about quite a bit, but very few solutions that make fiscal sense are offered. Housing prices are rising beyond affordability for the middle class in most markets, and certainly for first-time buyers in almost all markets due to the law of supply and demand. We simply don’t have enough housing. There will be two propositions on this November’s ballot that will deal with housing, Propositions 5 and 10.

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The identity of our ‘idiot’ American president might be a surprise

Much has been said about the “unfair” criticism of this American president. But, as cautioned by Theodore Roosevelt, our 26th president, “to announce that there must be no criticism of the president . . . is morally treasonable to the American public.” And as Winston Churchill noted, “(c)riticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.”

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Putting Randa Jarrar’s comments in context is key to the debate

Fresno State Professor Randa Jarrar rocked the local academic scene with her accusation that the recently deceased Barbara Bush was an “amazing racist” and that she was the mother of a “war criminal.” While these comments harvested a huge return of often vitriolic comments, no one seems to have evaluated the truth of these statements.

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Trump won the presidency. His successor will have to restore it

The president of the United States of America is now nearing the midpoint of his term. What this nation witnessed during the 2016 presidential campaign was a successful effort by a political party to put forth a candidate patently without the historical qualifications to serve as our nation’s leader. They brought forth a racist describing 11 million undocumented immigrants as rapists and drug dealers. They asked us to vote for a sexual deviate with a validated history of violating women both vocally and physically. They endorsed a man of great wealth gained in part through his adroit manipulation of our bankruptcy laws. They endorsed a religious bigot who would bar Muslims from entering our nation because of the actions of a miniscule few. The ultimate irony is that we found ourselves installing as president a candidate who received approximately 3 million less popular votes than his opponent.

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The summer family trip to Santa Cruz was hard, but well worth it

“Nothing worth doing is ever easy ...” Growing up, I’d rely on this cliché to get me through challenges in school and career pursuits. As a mom, I find myself spurting it out when my daughters get frustrated with homework or something they’re working on. This summer, I’m realizing it also applies to family traditions and coping after loss.

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McCarthy, Valadao, Denham stand strong for Valley ag on immigration reform

The House of Representatives twice failed to pass legislation dealing with DACA (“Dreamers”) and border enforcement. First, centrist Republicans and Democrats rejected a bill by Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte that was seen as too restrictive on Dreamers. That bill also required all employers to use the electronic employment verification system, E-Verify, plus provisions that would wipe out most the work force supporting California’s farms. Days later, a bill on DACA and border security – minus mandatory E-Verify and the harmful provisions for California’s farm workforce – fell far short of approval. While comprehensive immigration reform appears to be stalled, a workable immigration fix for agriculture may be coming soon.

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Adult education is for everyone

Education is a lifelong experience whether you are young, a seasoned citizen, or somewhere in between. We all need to upgrade skills to remain competitive and to expand our horizons. College is for all adults; no need to feel left behind.

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Honoring Mahatma Gandhi as 150th birth anniversary nears

Mahatma Gandhi, the great spiritual, social and political leader of India, is considered the most revered figure of our time. He will remain so because of his eternal message of peace, love and the universal relevance of the principle of nonviolence. Recognizing his immense contribution to freedom struggles across the world, human rights and the novel method of mass mobilization (Satyagraha) to fight oppression, in 2007 the United Nations General Assembly designated Oct. 2nd, Gandhi’s birthday, as International Day of Nonviolence. This occasion is now observed by 193 member nations.

These students chose to spread joy because "that’s what everyone needs"

Students at Fresno's Sunnyside High School celebrate their school campus, their diversity, their humanity and their unity with what could be the largest photo art installation in the country.