When the Ritual Ended

When the Ritual ended, and all of our friends went home, all of our friends remained in the room. We had some drinking to do while all of our friends came home from Korea. We hoped they’d each complete their journey, and that a capricious writer wouldn’t somehow jettison one of them into the sea, […]

Ladies and Gentlemen–The Iceberg

On January 18 the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence voted to publish the transcripts of testimony provided to the committee by Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson. Congressman Devin Nunes’ Communications Director, Jack Langer, emailed the transcript to the Valley Voice that afternoon. Simpson’s firm, Fusion GPS, was the outfit that contracted former British spy […]

Put ‘er There

Not just anyone can be an athlete. You have to be agile. Athletic.Similarly, not just anyone can be an intellectual. You have to be intelligent. You have to qualify for most things in life. But anyone can be a politician. Take Tulare Mayor Carlton Jones. Please. It doesn’t get much more comical or petty than […]

The Future Is Not A Promise

A few years back the Chief commanded me to harbor Hope in my heart. I’m not sure I’ve been able to comply, even if it might remain a matter of semantics. What I harbor is a sense of Trust that things can only improve. I have, admittedly, been skunked in this regard going on five […]

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 […]