There are upward of 700,000 Sikhs in the U.S. Yet they remain largely a mystery to most Americans and are targets of hate crimes. It’s past time to learn that their culture represents the best of American ideals.
Opinion by Bill McEwen: Fresno Mayor Lee Brand is blander than oatmeal out of the box, straighter than a 2-by-4 without a knot and head down in the weeds of budgeting and job creation. Thus far, he’s also done a pretty good job.
The focus now, while the Fresno police and FBI continue to investigate confessed killer Kori Ali Muhammad, should be on the defenseless victims, their families and our city. Fresno overwhelmingly is filled with good people who do good things everyday.
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Commentary by Bill McEwen: Fresno State history professor Lars Maischak blames Breitbart News for negative attention he’s receiving after tweeting “Trump must hang.” He also accuses the university president of selling him out. Maischak best look in the mirror. He alone is responsible for the mess he’s in.
Even as House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes steps aside from the Russia investigation because of an Ethics Committee inquiry, know this: He’s not a diplomat. He’s not a negotiator. He knows one speed – pedal to the floorboard. Whatever the consequences, he won’t ever second-guess himself.
Commentary by Bill McEwen: Cynicism occupied no space in John Wallace’s heart. He judged people and stories on their merits, always leaving room for second chances. Whatever your memory of Wallace, you can best honor him by trying to uplift others
Commentary from Bill McEwen of The Fresno Bee: American populists and billionaires come and go. What endures are the high ideals that have distinguished these United States from the start. President Donald Trump must start embracing them.