Valley Voices

Valley Voices

Summer break for moms means take a break

“Which summer camps are your kids doing this year?” friends ask me. “None,” I reply. “We’re mostly meeting up with friends, spending time together and exploring our local area.” My response is usually followed by blank stares of shock and judgement. (Technically, my older daughter did one week of Girl Scout camp and both my girls are doing a four-day dance camp in August. But that’s it for us with camps this summer.)

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Muslim ban 3.0 driven by fear and hatred. It must be dismantled

In a 5-4 decision this week, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed an injunction that had – until December 2017 – prevented the Trump administration from using the Muslim ban 3.0 as a basis for denying visas to foreign nationals from eight affected countries. Although the court acknowledged that President Trump and his advisers had made a number of anti-Muslim statements and comments, they concluded to uphold the decision.

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West Hills Community College is like a farmer sowing seeds in the fertile Valley soil

For nearly 90 years, West Hills Community College District has served the post-secondary educational needs of residents and employers in the central San Joaquin Valley. At our colleges in Coalinga, Lemoore and Firebaugh, we take 100 percent of everyone in our 3,500-square-mile district, where a majority of our population lives at or below the poverty line, unemployment is higher than the state average, and skills attainment is lower. We must change that, especially in the Central Valley with 12 percent of the state’s population but only 6 percent of the state’s bachelor’s degree holders. The state’s new funding formula is a step in the right direction: student-focused funding is about providing students who have faced barriers to success with additional support to achieve their goals. So what is West Hills doing beyond that to address these equity issues?

These students chose to spread joy because "that’s what everyone needs"

Students at Fresno's Sunnyside High School celebrate their school campus, their diversity, their humanity and their unity with what could be the largest photo art installation in the country.