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Things to do in Fresno before you're dead

There's an old crime movie from director Gary Fleder titled Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead after a song by Warren Zevon of the same name. It was a flop on all levels, but the title and listening to Zevon's music while typing this post gave me some ideas.
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The business side of crime

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines crime as an illegal act for which the government can punish someone, a grave offense, especially against morality, and something reprehensible, foolish, or disgraceful.
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Pizzapocalypse in Fresno

It's all about the dough. Not the money-like dough; we're talking flour-like dough. Rye, wheat, all-purpose, and bread dough. The kind used to make pizza. I'm a realist. I knew when I moved to California, especially here to Fresno; I would never taste New York, Rhode Island, Boston, or any other New England or eastern style of pizza again. Instead, I'd have to travel back east to grab a starter dough from a local pizza parlor and keep it sealed. Then once I returned to Fresno, open that jar and immediately make the pizza. Only then could I possibly get authentic New York or other city-style pizza.
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Going maskless on June 15 is around the corner

June 15th is around the corner, and I spent the last couple of weeks talking with people about what it means and how they feel about it. I'm calling June 15th mask relief day; I figure why not? We've had comic relief with Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, and Whoopie Goldberg, and we've had gastro relief from anti-acid pills for years, so why not mask relief day?
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Diversity and standing tall in Fresno

Fresno's a great city. I've been here now for a little over 15 years and have come to enjoy its diversity, culture, and charm that the city exudes. The one thing, though, with all of these great qualities is that the cohesiveness of all the people who make up these attributes isn't as great as it could be.
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The Drug Crisis in Fresno

There isn't a day that goes by where we don't read in our local papers of deaths reportedly due to drugs. Whether it's heroin, cocaine, or fentanyl, the numbers keep rising, and things aren't getting any better.
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Crime is on the move to Clovis

I moved to California in the summer of 2005. Before that, I had lived on the east coast since coming to the States when I was 14. I've lived in Boston, Providence, New York and visited countless other cities worldwide, and in every one of them, there is a crime. Shooting, robberies, rapes, domestic abuse, scams, and any other crime you can name, but when I moved here, there was one city that, according to the papers, the police, and residents, had virtually no crime.
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The mask dilemma for California

On Thursday, May 13, 2021, the CDC announced that people who have been vaccinated were no longer required to wear masks outside or in specific enclosed venues. "People fully vaccinated against Covid-19 do not need to wear masks or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors, except under certain circumstances, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday."
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Policing the schools

In 1971 it was all about counselors, teachers, and principals watching and monitoring kids in school. Fifty years later, it's about police doing the job of school staff to secure and protect our kids, but at what cost?
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The Drought! The Pollution! What's Up Fresno?

If you didn't know, we're in a drought right now, and it isn't going to get better. It needs to, but that's not happening. To give you just a little information about how this drought affects us and our environment, recently, over 16.8 million pounds of salmon have been moved by trucks to the California coast.
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Why Drinking Water is not Drinkable

There's a song from the '60s by the Standells that relates to today's title and post. Dirty Water!. The "Dirty Water" is the notoriously polluted Charles River in Boston, which had become a receptacle for industrial waste. But the song comes off as a celebration of Boston, not an ecological warning:
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Water, Water, Not Everywhere

Since I moved to Fresno in late 2005, I've seen and read about the effects of the drought years from 2012 thru 2016. There wasn't a week that went by during those years that I wasn't reading or hearing about a family or families whose wells had dried up and were begging for help from the County, City, and State with water needs.
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In Search of Great Pizza

There comes a time in a writer's life when they must decide to be bold in their writing and make a statement that they believe is factual and ready to weather the storm they are about to cause.
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For The Love of Our Pets

Our pets are an extension of our lives, at least for most of us, that is. Some feel the other way that pets are for fighting, abuse of different kinds, and just around to kick around when they're upset at someone else.
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Violence Doesn't Take a Break

About two weeks ago, we had a murder in Fresno. I know we have murders all the time, but this one and its aftermath have inflamed many in the community and myself. Before I get into the murder mentioned above, I wanted to give you a little idea of Fresno's violence in the past couple of weeks, courtesy of ABC News 30, my goto news channel.
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Surviving The Past Year With ADHD & School Openings

I've written a lot lately on News Break about this past year and what it has meant to me and others living here in Fresno and Clovis. While most of the stories involved me more than any others, this one is still about me, but it's also about listeners from the podcast that I host who have dealt with the same issues and shared their frustrations and their joys living through the pandemic.