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- A call came in that was hard to understand due to background noise but it was about the “loss of the Zumba class at Martin Luther King, Jr., Middle School that staff and teachers were using. Why are my taxes being used for this? I can’t afford to go to a gym. I have to work out at home. This is why we can’t afford to vote for any tax increase in the state. It is being wasted in the school system.”
- A lady said, “I attended the wonderful Memorial Day ceremony at Courthouse Park on Monday and couldn’t believe someone was using the occasion to sell tickets to a tri-tip dinner. This was a time to honor our soldiers not to take advantage of the crowd and sell tickets. I didn’t see (council member) Gary Svanda handing out campaign flyers because he’s running for supervisor. He stood quiet and respectful during the whole time.”
- A woman responded to last week’s caller who said “Isabel Barreras is just a secretary.” This week’s caller said, “She is not just a secretary, although there is nothing wrong with that. Isabel has a master’s degree in public administration. She is an administrative assistant for disabled student services for Madera Unified and she’s been active in reestablishing the Madera Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.” The caller left her name.
- “I can appreciate someone having a motorcycle,” began a lady’s call. “But just have a respect for your neighbors in the city that you don’t have to rev them up so loud that if you’re working odd hours it wakes you.”
- A regular caller wanted to “give a shout out to my fellow Maderans to vote for truth. Vote for honesty. Vote for integrity and vote your conscience. Let’s not become a town like Bell (California). We pay their salaries. They deserve what they deserve, but we deserve also.”
- Several callers wanted to know “what’s going on with the freeway?” They commented, “how long is it going to be before the lanes are open again? Someone is going to get killed before Caltrans finally finishes their work.” Another asked, “I haven’t seen much progress between Cleveland (Avenue) and 4th (Street). Is this going to be another all-summer-long project by our highway department?”
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