Valley Voices

Valley Voices

Wellness is elusive for a large number of people in Fresno County

As human beings our single most important individual asset and resource is our wellness. Wellness is that ability to recognize, and capacity to achieve, the maximum of our genetic makeup, and it is something that many of us casually take for granted. In fact, it is something that requires literally 24 hour a day consideration, and spans the realms of physical activity, nutrition, environmental awareness, relaxation, sleep, medical interventions, emotional self-awareness, interpersonal relationships and spirituality.

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Special prosecutors and the brass ring

Special prosecutor, independent counsel, special counsel. They have been around for more than a century, and are always controversial. They are lawyers appointed to investigate, and potentially prosecute, alleged federal crimes.

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Is compassion from nature or nurture? Wherever it starts, John McCain demonstrated it

The Association for Psychological Science defines compassion as, “the emotional response when perceiving suffering and involves an authentic desire to help.” An outpouring of compassion has followed Sen. John McCain’s death. Another moving display occurred last December on the television show, “The View,” and involved Vice President Joe Biden and McCain’s daughter, Meghan. As she began to talk about Biden’s book and her father, she was overcome with emotion. Biden got up from his chair, moved to sit beside her, held her hand and consoled her. He not only sensed the depth of her feelings, he desired to help her through those feelings.

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Holy Trinity church: Important to its Armenian congregation and to all of Fresno

The text message that came through the group text had a picture of a flyer advertising an event at Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic church. Family night was coming up. The flyer stated that there would be dinner, dancing and games. My wife and I immediately knew we would be there. It was a Friday night event for the family. Besides, the weather had been in the 100s for a while, which meant the kids were cooped up inside the house. It would be a nice release and we’d see longtime friends and acquaitances from church.

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Proposition 5: A step in the right direction to dealing with state’s housing crisis

California has a housing shortage problem that is talked about quite a bit, but very few solutions that make fiscal sense are offered. Housing prices are rising beyond affordability for the middle class in most markets, and certainly for first-time buyers in almost all markets due to the law of supply and demand. We simply don’t have enough housing. There will be two propositions on this November’s ballot that will deal with housing, Propositions 5 and 10.

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The identity of our ‘idiot’ American president might be a surprise

Much has been said about the “unfair” criticism of this American president. But, as cautioned by Theodore Roosevelt, our 26th president, “to announce that there must be no criticism of the president . . . is morally treasonable to the American public.” And as Winston Churchill noted, “(c)riticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.”

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.