Thrown To The Wolves

I surmise that most of you reading this do not number among the top 1% income bracket. Furthermore, I gather that most of you reading this–at least in Kings and Tulare Counties here in California–identify yourselves as Republican. I’m writing to you. You can thank your party for the tax hike most poor and working […]

Adrift In A Sea Of Ignoramuses

The Kid’s favorite comedian is Louie C. K. Maybe not so much, now. She is, she said, very disappointed that someone who could come across as funny and insightful would be revealed as so disturbed. She was in the kitchen making dinner when a report of his contribution to the latest cultural catastrophe came over […]

A Day Late and $85 Million Short

Tulare Regional Medical Center (TRMC) its clinics and gym, Evolutions, are scheduled to close–temporarily, it is hoped–at midnight tonight, 28 October, and at the time of this writing the new board of directors has yet to have access to the financial information it requires to accomplish much of anything. The books are still in Healthcare […]

The Subtlety of Loss

  One theme of 2017, especially the latter part of the year, must surely be disaster. The hurricanes and fires recently wrought by Mother Nature have overshadowed any political catastrophe we live with daily. During our five years in Cabo San Lucas we endured many hurricanes, and, because these storms are large in area, a […]

Keeping Up With The Jones

Carlton Jones should step down as Mayor of Tulare and resign from its city council. It would be the correct–and decent–course of action. Ask yourself if Jones is a decent individual. Over the years we at the Valley Voice have received numerous complaints about Jones, most amounting to nothing more than gossip. Gossip because people […]

How Greene Was My Valley

How Greene Was My Valley Tony Maldonado, Dave Adalian and I have been hard at the oars now for the better part of two years regarding the doings at Tulare Regional Medical Center (TRMC). It was with some surprise, then–and no small relish–that, before the 7 September issue, I watched the Chief take sudden umbrage […]

Matador With A Toothpick

This is the 100th edition of the Valley Voice since the Chief and I took ownership of it more than four years ago. I don’t know what–if anything–we’ve accomplished during that time. I’ll let our readers decide. But let me describe the experience. Operating a newspaper during this era of their contraction and decline is […]

Delenda Est Carlton

The ancient Romans, if you remember your history, had a few kerfuffles with Carthage, a city-state on the north coast of Africa. Cato the Elder famously–and repeatedly–called for its destruction, thus the lingering phrase, “Delenda est Carthago.” Carthage must be destroyed. I’m not calling for the destruction of Tulare Mayor Carlton Jones. That wouldn’t be […]

Where’s Wardo?

The Valley Voice has been keenly covering the doings at Tulare Regional Medical Center (TRMC) because the hospital is a public–therefore governmental–entity. When board members are sworn in, for instance, they take an oath to preserve and defend both the national and state constitutions. We reported on the seismic realignment with a new medical executive […]