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Why I send money to the NRA

Some of the grieving survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School quickly blamed the NRA. But before the attack, the students and others reportedly had given nearly 50 warnings to authorities that this psychopath was going to “shoot up a school.”

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Date night with the Armenian Studies Program

The Armenian Studies Program had been good to us while we were students, writes Sevag Tateosian. My wife and I both took classes and earned scholarships through the program. It taught us how to write in Armenian and a lot of its history. Date night? OK.

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Don’t make America grim again

Today as a 91-year old survivor of those grim days of the Great Depression, I see some disturbing, alarming signs or frightening reminders of those desperate days. The homeless camps are but one indicator.

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What do farmers think about trade wars?

Kerman farmer Paul Betancourt likes fair trade, so he’s supporting Trump’s big gamble with ag products. In over 20 years, Trump is the first one in D.C. to do more than wring his hands on the issue, Betancourt says. Yes, trade wars are nerve wracking, but if we get more fair trade deals it is worth it.

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Young immigrants see DREAM killed by politics

When they talk about immigration, neither liberals nor conservatives are proficient in “complicated.” That would require honesty about the fact that neither political party cares much about the Dreamers, and both have done a lousy job of dealing with the low-hanging fruit of the immigration debate.

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Raising Shasta Dam benefits both fish and people

Congress authorized funds to enlarge Shasta Dam, but it faces concerns from some members of the California congressional delegation that doing so would violate state law. Jon Rubin of the San Luis and Delta-Mendota Water Authority maintains that no such violations exist.

A high school senior in wheelchair graduates with twin sister and a little help from some friends

Medical personnel transport Victor Guerra to Save Mart Center in an ambulance to graduate with his twin sister and classmates.
Craig Kohlruss The Fresno Bee