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There were numerous calls about the recent series on complaints from employees of the District Attorney’s Office and the lawsuits that resulted from three of them. These are the gist of those that left messages.
- “I think the DA needs to be replaced,” said a lady. “Recalled, replaced, a 100 percent.”
- A woman “just wanted to say in the last three years a lot of Madera County employees have lost their jobs with the budget crisis. I think it is a slap in the face to those employees that lost their jobs that now the board of supervisors is wasting $1.3 million on the district attorney’s office and continue to pay costs that he incurs with the county. This money could have been well spent paying the salaries of those people who lost their jobs.”
- A lady said, “I can’t believe a man really called in and said we should investigate Ernie LiCalsi, the best DA that this county has ever had. Take a look at Michael Keitz’s record. He doesn’t prosecute all the cases that he should. He’s been brought in front of the board of supervisors and asked why he hasn’t prosecuted (cases). He is not a good leader. He doesn’t know how to run his office and costs the county millions of dollars. So don’t be saying we should investigate Ernie LiCalsi.”
- A man called “after reading the stories on the district attorney. I feel like I am reading the Madera Enquirer. Is business so bad that the Tribune has to resort to such defaming methods of reporting the local news?”
- A woman said she was “very sorry Judge Oakley would not release the (Rowley) report. I just can’t believe it and he’s such a great guy. You put in the paper that if the report was released there would be irreparable harm to Mr. Keitz by its release. Well then, there is something in there that every taxpayer needs to know because we pay his salary. That report needs to be released. The board of supervisors needs to wake up. Otherwise recall him.”
- A man said, “I think it is time we hired a new district attorney and maybe we could save some money. Also, I would like to know who the person was that stopped us from having yard sales every Saturday instead of just once a month. I think that is ridiculous. We are the only town in the state of California that does that.”
- “I missed your writer Leon Emo’s ‘Mo’s Meanderings’ Saturday,” began a man. “I hope you will continue his travel stories. They are fascinating. Especially the ones he takes to the desert.” (Note: Because of the writer’s wife’s extended hospital stay and recovery from heart surgery there was no ‘Meanderings’ for November. The feature will return to its regular day, the last Saturday of each month, beginning Dec. 29.)
- A man had “an idea about those political signs left around town. You can take them apart and use the metal frames for a trellis for landscaping. If you are an artist you can use the sign for a backing for your paintings or prints. Or, if nothing else, you can put them in Leon Emo’s shorts that he wears all year round. He would look like Madera’s version of Sponge Bob Square Pants.”
- A gentleman wanted “to know if the prices are set at different stores for your newspaper. The one I go to charges 60 cents for the Tribune when it is supposed to be 50 cents.” He left his phone number.
- “Hey Chuck (Doud, editor-publisher),” began a man. “I was reading your editorial about no chocolate covered pretzels. Well, guess what? I found them at the Valley Pistachio Store. There was a big ad in your paper on Thursday and they have all kinds of chocolate pretzels. You need to read your own newspaper.”
- A woman was “very happy with the Ellis Street bridge that has opened. It saves me a lot of time going to work, but as you approach Country Club (Drive) the (traffic) light there is very short (duration) for us to cross in a timely manner. One car can cross and with the second car it is already turning yellow. If someone could please adjust the time so those of us wanting to cross Ellis can cross without having to wait for multiple light changes. It would be greatly appreciated.”
- A man “just wanted to put a message out there for the Liberty Hawks football team and congratulate them for their valley championship title. Way to go, boys.”
- A gentleman called “regarding Mr. Uribe’s attack (by letter) on (columnist) Tami Jo Nix, I’m certain Mr. Doud realizes this sort of controversy sells newspapers. As a Christian who attends the Catholic Church I completely understand Tami Jo’s point of view. So, Mr. Uribe, you might want to take this all under consideration.”
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