Fox News isn’t a legitimate news outlet
Fox News is not only the perpetrator of lies but a leader of Hate news. Just like the moron in the White House who couldn’t tell the truth even if Tulare’s congressman slapped it on his forehead. Followers and admirers of these two must be quite happy seeing the idiot in the White House giving more love to that dictator in Russia than he does his own judicial departments. Fox News is not a news outlet. People who follow them are not stupid, just very narrow-minded.
— Ernest Beltran, Tulare
Andrew Janz should run for Congress again, not Fresno mayor
I enthusiastically volunteered for Andrew Janz’s Congressional campaign because I believed he was running on principle more than just seeking a political opportunity. Janz had the integrity and platform needed to unseat a truly malicious congressman who is a threat to our democracy. Now I learn Janz is running for Mayor of Fresno instead of regrouping your congressional campaign for another battle with Devil Nunes. My unsolicited opinion is Andrew, this is a big mistake, for several reasons:
- You have the right stuff to beat Nunes, and he needs to be beaten
- You would show true grit and perseverance by battling him again in 2020; many great leaders had lost previous campaigns yet finally prevailed after showing resolve continue the fight.
- Sadly, running for a different office groups you in the category of just another ambitious politician, rather than a principled Champion of American Democratic Values.
I guess, with your announcement to run for Mayor, the decision is unchangeable. I am sorry. A potential hero has stepped down, to let lesser men or women attempt the challenge.
— Bruce Joffe, Piedmont
Trump opponents too old, weak to stand up to America’s foes
In October 1962, the Russians moved missiles into Cuba, causing a crisis that might have killed us all. The feeling at that time was that Khrushchev believing Kennedy to be nothing but a playboy had misjudged the president’s ability to respond. The point is, that today, every American City is targeted by at least one Russian (or Chinese, or North Korean) atomic missile. Does anybody think that a Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, and Kamala Harris could confront a thug like Putin? They are either, too old, second rate and/or too inexperienced to handle such a crisis. The fact remains, in the area of foreign affairs, Trump ( while maybe not a Truman or an Eisenhower) Is the only game in town.
— Marlene Overbeck, Visalia
VUSD critic: Oto too gentle, forgiving in light of poor results
The Board’s decision to replace Visalia Unified School District Superintendent Todd Oto had to be very difficult. Closed sessions for employee evaluations have been listed on their agenda for several months. They obviously performed their due diligence before reaching the decision to take the district in a new direction. The Board had numerous performance facts in front of them that the public — including teachers — did not see. Once elected, those Trustees volunteer an enormous amount of time to study issues — just try reading the entire meeting agenda and list of expenditures they have to approve. Oto had a long and distinguished career with Visalia Unified and obviously enjoyed support from many. Perhaps he was simply too gentle and forgiving on issues like classroom discipline and safety. Let us thank him for his loyal service and now begin work on restoring safe classrooms and academic results in our schools.
— Jerrold Jensen, Visalia
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