Persistence Wins the Day

The legality of Tulare’s City Council extending a $9 million line of credit to Tulare Regional Medical Center in a 2-0 vote may–or may not ever–be adjudicated. I’m not sure it matters anymore. Last week the hospital drew $4,861,885 on its line and is looking, this week, to take on a further $1,138,115. It is […]

The Courage to Defend Democracy

The title of this column is actually a quote from Tulare Local Healthcare District (TLHCD) Board President Kevin Northcraft. These were the words he used to commend the Tulare City Council at its February 12 special meeting. At issue–the sole issue–was the approval of a $9 million line of credit that TLHCD requested from the […]

A Slow-mo lobotomy

Sometimes, things come together. Sometimes the stars align serendipitously, and sometimes the alignment is by process. For the past 11 years we have been awash in serendipity. True, we’ve lost a son–and people can’t be replaced–but everything else we’ve lost has, spookily, been restored. Quickly, and without effort. When the house we were in before […]

Say Hello to Alice

It seems our esteemed leader might be poised to declare a national emergency along our southern border because it lacks a continuous wall. But that’s not where the crisis looms. Our national emergency is within the Oval Office. The president, undeniably, owns our current government shutdown, the longest in our nation’s history. “…I will take […]

What am I missing here?

On January 22 a two-week long evidentiary hearing will commence during which Dr. Benny Benzeevi, CEO of Healthcare Conglomerate Associates (HCCA) and former chief of Tulare Regional Medical Center, will attempt to recover property and bank accounts seized by the Tulare County District Attorney. The Valley Voice has been granted permission to photograph the proceedings, […]

Rowing An Aircraft Carrier

Our youngest son and his friend, Simon, are visiting us this Christmas season. With our son’s return strains of original music are again wafting throughout the house. He and Simon are composing on their computers. It may be a return to fresh music, but everything is different now. In many ways there’s no return at […]

Tis The Season

It’s that accursed time of year again–Christmas. Other holidays come and go but are not really accorded their own season. Traditions, yes, but not an entire campaign, a full-court press of decorating and cooking, movies, shows and music. And it all begins before the Thanksgiving dinner is fully digested. This year, somehow, everything but making […]

Back Full Circle to the Pre-Trumpian World

Through no bravery of their own, because his constituents overwhelmingly voted to retain him, Devin Nunes will now harmlessly recede into the mist of his office. Gone are the committee chairmanships. Gone is any influence. All that remains is his own sense of importance. And, of course, the water he claims he’s secured farmers. Shall […]

Bandwagoning Pirates Discourse

However politically unpopular they might prove to be–or however inconvenient–we print the facts as we uncover them. Rational people appreciate this. This is, after all, our mission. Then there are those who lose their composure over press releases, assuming the Valley Voice endorses whatever statement has been issued. And there are those, too, who take […]