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- A woman suggested Madera Unified School District get rid of their vice-principals. “The district could save millions of dollars by eliminating those positions. Please, take a stand.”
- Yet another caller had “a complaint about 4th Street, all the way down to Lake Street. When are they going to fix that street? It is ridiculous that they haven’t done anything yet.”
- A hard to understand gentleman seemed to have a complaint “about the (Madera County) Animal Shelter. I waited all day Saturday.” His message was too hard to understand after that.
- A woman responded “to the Red Line of March 13 and the man who said ‘what is so important about the Catholic Church anyway?’ If the Catholic Church’s moral rights are taken away, what makes you think your rights won’t be taken away?” said this week’s caller. “The Jewish Holocaust, Catholic, the (not understood), haven’t we learned anything?”
- A lady commented on an editorial and said: “He’s right. Health insurance should be for our catastrophic needs. Our car insurance doesn’t come with gas and oil. We should have the freedom to get the health insurance we want. Not have it mandated by our government.”
- “I want to thank the Board of Supervisors for approving the ordinance for medical marijuana,” began a woman. “I hope it is a step in the right direction. They are not trying to take away the rights of the people to smoke it who need it. As for Supervisor Max Rodriguez. Don’t get too excited about getting re-elected, we know where you stand now and I wouldn’t be surprised if you smoke the stuff yourself.”
- A man wanted “to know why it is okay for Supervisor Rogers to okay pot (marijuana) growing and not be for the casino. He said the casino would cause crime. I don’t believe it will. But growing marijuana in your home will cause home invasions and more crime. These people who say it’s for their pain relief just want to sell it.”
- A woman had a message for “Supervisors David Rogers, Frank Bigelow and Thomas Wheeler. I see you Tea-Party supervisors are all for growing pot. I guess that’s how you want Madera to make its money by being the No. 1 one pot county in California. I know one thing. I will start getting mothers against marijuana growing and get a group against you.”
- Another woman said, “I’m so thankful of the supervisor’s decision. I suffer from chronic pain and have a prescription. I used to go to Fresno, but they shut them down. I would have had to go to Oakland and I can’t tolerate even driving across town. Thank you, supervisors. You have made my life tolerable. Bless you.”
- A man wondered: “After those ministers from our churches went to Sacramento to oppose the casino that will bring $85 million to our revenue and county, yet they are all for growing marijuana? Step up ministers, unless you’re accepting that, and that some of your congregations are users.”
- A man called about “the casino in downtown Madera. (Note: the proposed casino would be located at Highway 99 and Avenue 17.). The supervisor’s letter states it would create thousands of jobs.” He broke it down including “the 1,875 that would make minimum wage. The county would have to supplement with food stamps, housing allowance, medical and school assistance and PG&E assistance.” He suggested “a casino up by the old sawmill in North Fork may work due to the number of people on Social Security that could use a part time job.”
- A lady gave her name and asked, “If the property owners or city workers get rid of all the mistletoe in the trees around 4th Street, across Shannon and Hilton areas. These trees provide shade for the summer around these houses. I wonder if the people know that mistletoe is a parasite and will kill their trees and then they won’t have any shade.”
- A lady said, “Another Thursday, another ‘Stallions in the Spotlight’ again. It has literally been months since Coyote Corner has been in the paper. For those that go to Madera High we would like to know what goes on at our school. (Note: As is Madera South, Madera High is responsible for sending the Coyote Corner to the Tribune for inclusion in the paper and we have not received any information.)
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