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- “You need to put a bullet in the bullet train,” began a lady about the high-speed rail plan. “Japan began using their bullet train and it lost out to the automobile. There weren’t enough tourists riding the train to pay for it.”
- A man wanted “to congratulate Mr. Paul Stanford on his article about the Madera fans. I think it was really great. The best thing I’ve heard yet. And it’s true. Once, when I went to school, Madera took pride in their fans and school sports.” The caller then asked, “When are we going to start having yard sales every Saturday?”
- A woman called and asked, “What about parent participation? We had parents that didn’t show up for the whole volleyball season. It was a disgrace. If I had my son or daughter out there playing at least I’d show up.”
- A woman said about last week’s caller who asked about an electronic waste disposal day. “I, too, have things stacked in my garage, but I don’t know where to take them. Please answer the question?” (Editor’s Note: Occasionally electronic waste disposal events are held in Madera. Watch the newspaper for announcements of these events. Or, you can call Allied Waste, the city’s garbage hauler, at 673- 5191.)
- A lady gave her first name and said, “if we had more heroes like Chowchilla school bus driver Ed Ray, who passed on May 17, 2012 in Chowchilla, what a wonderful world this would be.”
- A woman wanted “to say something in regards to Lions Town & Country Park. There is so much life in that park. But there has not been any water in that stream that goes through the park for quite some time. Shame on you parks and recreation. (Note: The Parks and Community Services Department relies solely on Madera Irrigation District to supply water for that stream.)
- A caller responded to the woman who “hoped that drunk driving pleas are not being made. I know of at least two local elected officials who have had their DUIs hushed up, covered up or dropped. There needs to be an investigation.”
- A man called “in regards to Chuck Doud and his Editor’s Corner. I wonder if he is really that blind or is just a hater of marijuana. He’s always down on the marijuana growers. He needs to get out and walk the streets. I talked to a (police) officer a little while ago and he told me there are over 80 burglaries a day in Madera County. The issue here is methamphetamine. The police don’t want to go clean it up. They’re afraid of it. They’re afraid they’ll get hurt. All the crime in Madera is because of meth. It’s everywhere.”
- A couple of callers left their name and address and asked if the newspaper could be left in a special place when delivered. If you have a concern with your delivery please call 674-2424 during regular business hours Monday-Friday from 8 to 5. Thank you.
- A woman left a message for “Mr. District Attorney Michael Keitz. Please don’t let this animal abuser get off with probation or less. What she did to that pitiful animal is no different than abuse to a baby. Both are helpless. That dog was a helpless baby. Make her an example of what can happen to this kind of person. Please.”
- “I’m calling to say thank you to Madera Classic Cars for the wonderful show you are putting on free for the community of Madera,” said a lady caller. “It’s a great family time. It’s a wonderful thing. I think everyone should go out there and kudos to Madera Classic Cars.”
- A woman, after reading the voter guide, had this to say about a candidate for supervisor. “She made statements where she would create jobs in the community, and expand access to quality health care. As a supervisor I have no idea how she would accomplish this. Just rhetoric. She states she is the executive director of the Madera Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. What do they do? I have not seen anything. Wake up. You are a secretary.”
- A woman suggested, “you need to fix your Red Line answering message. I have no idea if this is the Red Line.” She didn’t leave a message.
- An online contributor said, “Please don’t vote unless you take the trouble to figure out the issues. The politicians hope only idiots vote, because only idiots pay attention to the stupid ads they put out. Of course, there are a lot of idiots in this town.”
(Editor’s note: We thank those callers who told us of trouble with The Red Line greeting. We will try to fix it.)
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