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A Major Pollutant Goes Unregulated

Nearly three decades ago, federal scientists discovered the cause of a massive die-off of fish and birds at the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge in Merced County, 10 miles north of Los Banos. [...] Continue Reading

Letters to the Editor

I've just finished reading the article, "Down Prison Road," by David Bacon in the Community Alliance. What an engaging, informative, well-researched and thought-out piece. I like the way he introduces [...] Continue Reading


When I asked Bette Peterson my usual first question, "What are the beliefs and principles that guide you?," she said without hesitation, "None. I just have stories." And that was true. As we sat for [...] Continue Reading

Whose Water? Our Water!

Water Management--or Mismanagement--in Canada and California They say water is the new oil-the likely cause of future wars, and some current wars as well. Everywhere in the world water is an issue one [...] Continue Reading

Punishment by Cold

Just because someone has been in the prison system for an exorbitant amount of time does not mean he or she has "seen it all." The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) [...] Continue Reading

The Living Room to Close

Longtime Fresno HIV/AIDS provider The Living Room will close on June 30 unless a miracle happens. However, director Toni Harrison isn't waiting for that miracle to materialize. She hit the bricks at [...] Continue Reading

Homeless Queer Kids-They Are Here

They don't all leave Fresno for San Francisco or Los Angeles.  Among the "unaccompanied youth" and older teens wandering Fresno's streets with nowhere to call home is an undetermined number of gay, [...] Continue Reading

Enriching the Fresno Poetry Legacy

Organizers of the three poetry events in the Fresno Poets' Summer Reading Series 2010, have two motives for their efforts: to support the publication of local poets through the Ash Tree Poetry Series [...] Continue Reading

Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?

Progressive Religion is not an Oxymoron Many social progressives have long been put off by the vast number of Christians who turn their back on those in society who have the greatest need and who [...] Continue Reading