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  • There were several calls about the median islands. A man said, “They are a stupid idea. You can see the skid marks. There’ a better way to use the taxpayer’s money. You can fix all these potholes. I’m pretty sure there are a lot of people riding around with cars with bad suspensions due to the potholes in the street.”
  • Another man said, “we should be spending less time on the islands in Madera. Putting more islands in Madera is unsafe.”
  • And another man had the opposite view. “Before the islands were put in that help beautify the town, the center was known as the suicide lane. I was almost hit on Industrial, before the median was put in, by a teenager talking on her cellphone. She swerved across the center lane into oncoming traffic and almost hit two of us. If you think the medians are too dangerous you’re driving too fast.”
  • “I think they add a lot of safety on our streets,” said a woman. “If you check the statistics they would show that median islands prevent head-on accidents. If you hit the center curb of an island you’re either going too fast, on your cellphone or not paying attention. Any of them and you’re breaking the law. Be grateful you hit the center median instead of an oncoming car.”
  • A woman who gave her last name said, “what goes around, comes around. Being helpful to others. Don’t leave pets on the side of the road for others to take home. Call Madera County Animal Services at 675-7891. Adopt a pet. They will be the best friend you can have.”
  • A woman who “lives off of Howard Road between Road 24 and Avenue 14 1/2,” said, “someone is burning garbage. I’ve tried calling the fire department, San Joaquin Air Quality Control and can’t get through to anybody. It would be nice to leave my window open, but these people are so sly they burn their garbage at night. I just hope someone can do something about this. I’m at my wit’s end. They are right behind Santa Barbara Estates. These people need to be fined for burning garbage.”
  • “I’m calling to let you know the Madera Drive-in is open,” said a woman. “If you drive down Gateway the billboard will tell you what movies are playing.”
  • “Don’t you have a right to park your car anywhere you want as long as it’s your property?” began a woman. “How can code enforcement tell you you can’t park your car on the side of your house? If it’s your home I thought you could park it anywhere you want to.”
  • A lady called to say, “There are good people in this world. I went to the store to get groceries for my son with his card. I didn’t know there was no money on his card. The store didn’t accept the card because of this. The lady behind me told the cashier to go ahead and put it on her bill and told me to pass it forward. It was $64 and she paid it. There are good people and I will pass it forward.”
  • “I would like to respond to the article about graffiti on the front page,” said a man. “The parents are going to be fined for what their kids did. I think it’s the stupidest thing that ever happened. These people ought to be fired for creating such a law. I thought this was America. How can you be punished for something you never did?”
  • But another man said, “whatever it takes to get these vandals, taggers and gang members to pay for their crime. If the parents aren’t good enough parents or don’t care to keep control of their kids then they should have to pay along with their law-breaking kids. Anything to clean up this town from gangs and graffiti is fine by me.”
  • A man “wanted to give a shout out to my fellow citizens of Madera,” and urged them “to vote their conscience and what is right. Our politicians need us more than we need them. Think about the ones that are good and honest and do not re-elect those that have done nothing for us.”
  • “Way to go Madera Unified (School District),” began a caller. “What do you say? Another program lost.”
  • A man asked, “What has happened to the Ramblin’ Rec. in Monday’s paper. I enjoyed reading it and got a lot of information about programs and the leagues I play in. I hope you bring it back.”
  • A woman said, “I never went to any meetings concerning the rapid transit (high-speed rail). I figured somewhere along the way some folks would decide and I was very happy with their decision. But now, some farmers have got on their high-horse and the last thing we need is a bunch of farmers deciding for the rest of us. I don’t think a farmer would have the knowledge or experience to make such decisions.”

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