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 […]

Try This On For Size

Here’s a nightmare scenario for you, Tulareans: The return of Carlton Jones as mayor. Think that’s outlandish? I’ll admit to its not even occurring to me until the following was messaged to the Valley Voice: …so here’s what’s being talked about in the area about what happens when David Macedo’s time is up on the […]

A Stroll Down Memory Lane

There’s California, it seems to me, and then there’s the rest of the world. Speaking of the rest of the world, California’s economy is currently the fifth largest, globally. Imagine everything going on in California–everything from farming to high tech–and it’s a diverse range of endeavors and people to meet them. If I could live […]

Who Needs Comedy?

After years of lurching from one emergency to the next I have learned that my family is awash in serendipity. But maybe we all are. Maybe it’s called the election season. Irrespective of your political stripe, it’s an opportunity to weigh in. It’s a duty. So is writing this column. I have to call it […]

End of an Era

In the staff box below is a phrase averring ownership of the Voice as yours. And that’s true, broadly; strictly speaking, however, the paper belongs to the Chief and myself–which means we set policy and pay all the bills. But the paper has never been profitable. We’ve run it the last five years as a […]

Riddle Me This

How, technically, did Emperor Jones take control of Tulare? He wasn’t elected mayor; in fact, he’s claimed the office is purely ceremonial. But that’s not how he behaves. He holds court. He hosts private forums. “This isn’t a public event,” Jones said of his May 31 “town hall” meeting. “This is money that I took […]