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jtaylor's picture
Tuesday, September 30, 2008 - 7:55am

I should've picked up Ray Steele's hints a couple of weeks ago. "I thought you'd been retired by now," he said to me as a group of Clovis citizens met with him to discuss the demise of the Clovis Independent newspaper.


"How come you're not retired?" I parried, in style characteristic of my 30 years in the news biz. Steele shrugged his shoulders.


So, when his retirement as Fresno Bee publisher was announced Sept. 29 after 40+ years with the McClatchy newspaper chain, I was relieved and saddened.


wholderman's picture
Sunday, September 28, 2008 - 2:32pm

There are some things that persist to consume me and anxieties I hang on to...when it comes down to it, do they really matter?


Sometimes I get so upset when my hair doesn't cooperate, that there's a runner in my hose, that the dogs chewed up an item I left out erroneously, that there is an accident that slows me down for work, that the bread I had popped in the toaster came out burnt, that when I was rushing to get to my car, the fuel tank was nearly empty and I was already running late, and when the football team you're cheering for loses...


jtaylor's picture
Friday, September 26, 2008 - 7:25am

Let's not forget yet another casualty of the Wall Street meltdown: health care reform.


Sacramento bureaucrats were swept up in (or swept away by) Gov. Schwarzenegger's epic health-reform concepts earlier this year, which dissolved in the multi-billion-dollar magma of deficits. Surprise: Instead, there were health care cuts, some of which are still being fought in court. (Too late for those made jobless at hospitals in Visalia, Corcoran and elsewhere.)


wholderman's picture
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 5:38pm

I just returned from a trip to the Northern Indiana area where my husband's family have a cottage on one of the numerous lakes in the region. In the late 1930s, his grandparents purchased a lot for $700.00 (and at the time, they just didn't know if they could afford it). It was quite rustic at that time, but over the years, the area has been developed into a beautiful resort-like atmosphere with a golf course nearby. When we walk out the front door (the front doors there face the lake, and the back doors face the road), we walk about 30 feet to the water's edge.


jtaylor's picture
Monday, September 22, 2008 - 11:16am

Never know what you'll find when you go mall crawling on a Sunday morning. A new Asian goods store (new to me, anyway) has sprung up at Sierra Vista Mall in Clovis. And it's devoted a whole window to a couple hundred dollar coat of mail.


Looks like we're all going to need body armor to survive the economic siege that's ravaging health care -- and personal health. The facts in a Sept. 22nd Wall Street Journal hit me like a load of rocks thrown by a well-built trebuchet.