We Need a Level Playing Field

Congress needs to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) so there is real and fair competition reflecting 21st century commerce. America was built on promoting economic growth and business in a fashion that ensures fair competition for all. Today, online-only retailers are not required to charge and collect sales tax, while local businesses must. However, […]

Say Hello to Glitcho

Today’s frequent–if sardonic–observation that technology, rather than having made life more convenient, has instead spun us all off multi-tasking in too many directions, distracted by and over-dependent on our devices, is only more true as time marches forward. Yes–that was a 40-word sentence: the cell phone rang, and I lost my train of thought. It […]

Letter: Vote Kaelble

In a recent candidate forum that took place in Porterville, the current District Attorney, Tim Ward, trivialized law enforcement officers throughout the county. Mr. Ward stated that the seven local law enforcement officer associations who endorsed Ralph F. Kaelble for District Attorney did so simply because under Tim’s watch, the DA’s office had to bring […]

Whaley Responds to Case Dismissal

I read with astonishment the article headlined “DA rejects fraud case” in the April 24th Visalia Times-Delta. The sub header was entitled “FPPC finds no campaign rules were broken during raffle.” This article left people asking questions about several issues that have been previously covered regarding the illegal raffle/lottery. Acting Sheriff Boudreaux states that the […]


During our last layout session, flummoxed by too many bunny images with which to festoon the masthead in honor of Easter, I decided–in my indecision–to go with something completely different: An Easter Island moai. This set our associate editor to chuckling. “What’ll you put on the May first issue,” he asked– “a hammer and sickle?” […]