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- “I’m calling about that lady who put the bad mouth on (unintelligible name) buddy, Mr. Doud,” a male caller said. “Got some news for you, lady, he is telling us about the bad things going on.”
- A woman called to praise the local railroad stop. “Yes, thank you for a beautiful Amtrak station, flags and all. It has not gone unnoticed where the work was done. They did a beautiful job. Again thanks, it really looks like a train station now.”
- A lady inquired about the upcoming candidates for public office. “Yes, could you please let us know where we can find out who’s running for office, or are you guys going to be putting it in the paper? We know there’s a lot of different people running for offices, six for sheriff, five or six for DA, and we’d like to know who’s running or where we can find it. Thank you very much.” (Editor’s note: The Tribune ran a Page A1 story about filings last month, naming all candidates who had filed a Form 501 as of that date. That form acts as an official indication of an intention to run, and gives basic information about the candidate. It also enables a candidate to legally raise money for a campaign. The period for nominations, declarations of candidacy and statements of qualifications began Monday, and will run until March 7. The Tribune will run news about filings as they occur throughout this time. Thanks for your interest. A lot of people couldn't care less about who is running for office. The filings, by the way are public information, at the County Clerk’s Office.)
- “I was sure surprised when I heard around town and on television about a lawsuit against Smith Manor Grace Chapel due to some negligence,” a Madera woman wrote the newspaper via the Internet. “Why is it when I read The Madera Tribune there was not one article on the subject? Is it because they are a major advertiser in the Tribune? The Tribune should print the news of our community not pick and choose your articles from what hurts your supporters and what boosts them. Let’s see if this even makes it in the newspaper.”
- An online reader commented on an article by Tribune reporter Mark Smith and the Associated Press about California’s decision not to send water from the state’s reservoir system to local agencies this spring. “The drought’s impact on Millerton Lake and the San Joaquin River Restoration, all of which bears directly on water agencies and farmers in Madera, is being reported as far away as New York. One would think that the Tribune as Madera’s local newspaper would write something locally relevant about this.” (Editor’s note: The paper published a six-page section on the drought Jan. 29. It also has published several stories about it since then, including more than one about the subject this writer references.)
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