commentary http://kvpr.org en Commentary: Just How Much Does California Want To Do For The San Joaquin Valley? http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-just-how-much-does-california-want-do-san-joaquin-valley <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s not clear if Governor Jerry Brown and his challenger Neel Kashkari will debate each other this fall. But if they do, there should be no doubt about the proper location for any and all debates: the San Joaquin Valley.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 23:01:42 +0000 Joe Mathews - Zocalo Public Square 35387 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Just How Much Does California Want To Do For The San Joaquin Valley? Commentary: What Is Death? http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-what-death <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Should parents have to option to determine the definition of death for their children? </span>Jahi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>McMath’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> case has motivated that question, along with a host of associated ethical concerns. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 04:07:20 +0000 Christopher Meyers 33629 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: What Is Death? Commentary: Education Key To Ending Sexual Assaults On Campus http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-education-key-ending-sexual-assaults-campus <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this month the Obama administration released the names of 55 colleges and universities under investigation for their handling of sexual assault complaints.&nbsp; The problem of sexual assault and rape on college campuses is significant.&nbsp; In this edition of The Moral Is, Fresno State communication professor Diane Blair says a culture change in this area will require education, and a lot more.&nbsp;</span></p><p>----</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 20:07:17 +0000 Diane Blair 32975 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Education Key To Ending Sexual Assaults On Campus Commentary: Response To Multilingual Coke Ad Displays Deep Divide On Immigration http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-response-multilingual-coke-ad-displays-deep-divide-immigration <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With the issue of comprehensive immigration reform once again stalled in the U.S. House of Representatives, the nation's deep divide on immigration remains vivid. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 02:55:26 +0000 Diane Blair 29633 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Response To Multilingual Coke Ad Displays Deep Divide On Immigration Commentary: Planada Teens Organize For Bike, Pedestrian Safety http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-planada-teens-organize-bike-pedestrian-safety <p>We live in Planada, California, a small, unincorporated town of 4,500 people nine miles into the croplands outside Merced. In December 2012, we joined a youth group here organized by the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program that meets every Friday after school. Although Jonathan is only 14 and Uriel is 13, we’ve become regulars at county planning meetings: We want to figure out how to make Planada’s streets safe.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 23:37:28 +0000 Jonathan Hernandez & Uriel Sanchez 28930 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Planada Teens Organize For Bike, Pedestrian Safety Commentary: California Should Go 'Rogue' Like Fresno http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-california-should-go-rogue-fresno <p>I’m not talking about secession or flying Sarah Palin down from Alaska but about what may be the most important California arts event most Californians have never heard of: Fresno’s Rogue Festival. Founded more than a decade ago in the backyard of artist Marcel Nunis, the independent festival brings thousands of people from around the country and the world to Fresno the first two weekends of March for hundreds of performances in a dozen different venues. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:11:45 +0000 Joe Mathews 28651 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: California Should Go 'Rogue' Like Fresno Commentary: It's Not Too Late For Americans To Rekindle The Flame of Science http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-its-not-too-late-americans-rekindle-flame-science <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">America was once the scientific “City on the Hill”, investing its resources and its capital to improve the world’s physical, social and cultural infrastructure.&nbsp; But in the </span>21<sup>st</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> century America seems to have lost its moral compass in this regard. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 17:09:00 +0000 Madhusudan Katti 23845 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: It's Not Too Late For Americans To Rekindle The Flame of Science Commentary: Privatization Doesn't Always Pay Off http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-privatization-doesnt-always-pay <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Is it more efficient for local and state governments to privatize provision of government services to save money? In this edition of Valley Public Radio’s commentary series The Moral Is Ida Jones, Professor of Business Law at Fresno State argues that there are hidden costs to privatization. Using for-profit prisons as an example, she connects increased privatization to higher long-term social and financial costs.</span></p><p>----</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 22:07:34 +0000 Ida Jones 23846 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Privatization Doesn't Always Pay Off Commentary: Debate Over Syria Highlighted Separation Of Powers http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-debate-over-syria-highlighted-separation-powers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When President Obama asked Congress to make its own decision on invention in the Syrian crisis, it marked a break from other recent military actions, where the commander in chief didn’t seek such approval from the legislative branch. </span></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 22:07:50 +0000 Andrew Fiala 23853 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Debate Over Syria Highlighted Separation Of Powers Commentary: With Climate Change, Are We Trapped By Artifical Boundaries? http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-climate-change-are-we-trapped-artifical-boundaries <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As global concerns about climate change continue to grow, could it be that our basic human nature is part of the problem? Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:32:21 +0000 Madhusudan Katti 21124 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: With Climate Change, Are We Trapped By Artifical Boundaries? Commentary: Californians Should "Get Busy" To Solve A Slowing Birth Rate http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-californians-should-get-busy-solve-slowing-birth-rate <p>At the moment of my birth—a moment that occurred only last week—I was the most valuable child in the history of California.</p><p>That’s not merely the opinion of my proud father, the usual author of this Connecting California column. And that’s not the idle boast of a 7-day-old infant. My value is a hard demographic and economic fact for California—and a huge burden for me.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 22:56:44 +0000 Sam Mathews 21012 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Californians Should "Get Busy" To Solve A Slowing Birth Rate In Visalia, Pizza and Poetry Mix at Howie & Son's http://kvpr.org/post/visalia-pizza-and-poetry-mix-howie-sons <p>If you want to hear poetry on a Friday night in the San Joaquin Valley, stop by <a href="http://howieandsonspizzaparlor.com/">Howie &amp; Son’s Pizza Parlor</a> in Visalia.</p><p>You’ll find us in the back room, by the video game machines.</p><p>This isn’t your standard poetry reading. It’s poetry slam, the competitive art of performance poetry. We write our own verse and then deliver it, forcefully and in our own distinctive style.</p> Sat, 24 Aug 2013 00:22:54 +0000 Michael Jasso - Zocalo Public Square 20524 at http://kvpr.org In Visalia, Pizza and Poetry Mix at Howie & Son's Commentary: With Liberty and Justice For... Some? http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-liberty-and-justice-some <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of </span>Trayvon<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Martin has sparked a national </span>dialogue<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> about race and justice. In this edition of Valley Public Radio’s commentary series The Moral Is Ida Jones, Professor of Business Law at Fresno State, says the verdict makes her question our nation’s commitment to the principles of justice and fairness.</span></p><p>--------</p><p>What happened to the principles of justice and fairness the U.S. was supposed to represent?</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 18:07:51 +0000 Ida Jones 19564 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: With Liberty and Justice For... Some? Commentary: Forget Debates, Here's Five New Ideas For California Candidates http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-forget-debates-heres-five-new-ideas-california-candidates <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week, I watched a debate between Los Angeles mayoral candidates Eric </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Garcetti</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Wendy </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Greuel</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and a clear winner emerged: Warren Olney, the moderator. I’m not saying that Olney’s fine grilling made the experience worthwhile, though, because nothing could. The California political debate is dead. When was the last time you heard one with an argument that convinced you of anything? Wed, 15 May 2013 18:36:58 +0000 Joe Mathews 15184 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Forget Debates, Here's Five New Ideas For California Candidates Commentary: Attitudes About Role of First Lady Reflect Cultural Expectations http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-attitudes-about-role-first-lady-reflect-cultural-expectations <p></p><p>Shortly after First Lady Michelle Obama took the stage at this year’s Academy Awards, commentators from both Hollywood and inside the beltway erupted with criticism. &nbsp;It was just the latest chapter in a decades old debate about the proper role of the first lady in contemporary society. On this edition of FM89’s commentary series The Moral Is, Fresno State communication professor Diane Blair says that when it comes to public praise or criticism, it often tells us more about society as a whole than about the first lady herself.</p><p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 22:56:01 +0000 Diane Blair 13044 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Attitudes About Role of First Lady Reflect Cultural Expectations