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- A hard to understand man wanted to know if we “could put more in the paper about the women’s NCAA basketball tournament regional tournament.” The Red Line thinks he also mentioned something about the homeless, but we hope he calls again and with a better connection.
- “Madera Coyote baseball 12, Sanger 0,” said a woman and hung up.
- “I saw Caltrans fixing a section of Yosemite (Highway 145) out toward Tozer,” said a man. “They had a large pothole and bumpy section done in one day. Too bad the city can’t hire Caltrans to fix 4th Street.” (Editor’s note: Work on 4th Street has been delayed by none other than Caltrans, which wants to complete improvements being made on State Route 99 before allowing the 4th Street refurbishing to go forward.)
- A woman said, “I am terrified with the increase in gangs in Madera. I am afraid to open my door when someone knocks. I am afraid to go to the store because I’m afraid someone will rob me. How much more fear do I have to live with before the police, the law and the judges start to do something?”
- A “grandmother” called “about the Easter egg hunt. I had a wonderful time and my two grandchildren did, too. Thank you to the Parks Department and everyone who helped.”
- A man said, after reading “Thursday’s front page story concerning some 50 Madera teachers being laid off. I recall five years ago when I suggested eliminating the position of supervising librarian for middle schools. From then till now would have been a saving in salaries and benefits of $500,000. But at that time, the uproar from the elitist academics was deafening. One retired teacher said anyone making that kind of proposal had no formal education. We have all heard it before. If you disagree with my position you are misinformed. Now, since those cuts were not made, we are losing 50 dedicated, hardworking employees who actually deal with our students on a one-to-one basis.”
- “I believe they should be putting a speed limit sign on Greenway, between the Sherwood Apartments,” began a lady. “People drive through there going 25 to 30 mph like it’s a regular road. There are all kinds of kids out here playing. They need to put some sort of speed limit sign here. It’s just an apartment complex and everyone thinks it’s a regular highway.”
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