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Column 1: Come on, Kamala

Column 1: Come on, Kamala

| August 5, 2018 | 1 Comment

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist COME ON, KAMALA, do the important job you wanted and were elected to in 2016. Give up this preparing for a run for the top job in 2020. California has so much need for effective members of the Senate, you need to concentrate and focus on being a […]

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Letter to the Editor: Are Martinez midterm elections silly?

Letter to the Editor: Are Martinez midterm elections silly?

| August 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

In the most recent Mayor’s Message by Rob Schroder he stated “Very soon, what many call the silly season will begin – the start of the midterm election campaign”. He also stated “We will all be relieved when the silly season is over”. According to Webster’s dictionary August is the “silly season” when journalists have […]

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Letter to the Editor: Grass fires

Letter to the Editor: Grass fires

| July 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

Out along Alhambra Valley Road, on the west side just past John Swett school, there is a considerable build-up of wild dry grass. In years gone past this fire danger got remedied by cows grazing on the various ranches. That apparently is no longer permitted so we have a serious danger that needs to be […]

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Column 1: Say that again

Column 1: Say that again

| July 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist “SAY THAT AGAIN”, was the quote of the week seen and heard around the world. Who said it? Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence, while being interviewed on MSNBC LIVE at a nationwide security meeting in Colorado. Why? He was just told by interviewer Andrea Mitchell that Vladimir […]

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Letter to the Editor: Thank you Measure I supporters

Letter to the Editor: Thank you Measure I supporters

| July 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Martinez city council certified Measure I at the July 18 meeting and a cheer went up from the gallery. The citizens of our city owe a deep debt of gratitude to Tim Platt and the other tenacious people who saw the need and fought for two long years against a mayor and city council […]

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Postmaster Column: Eyes and ears of the neighborhood

Postmaster Column: Eyes and ears of the neighborhood

| July 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

By JANETTE DAVIS Postmaster Dear Neighbor and Postal Customer, Mail security and the sanctity of the mail are of the upmost importance to the United States Postal Service and to me as your Postmaster. A report of mail theft from residential mailboxes, postal collection boxes or postal vehicles is of great concern to me. To […]

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Column 1: Children

Column 1: Children

| July 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist CHILDREN captured the headlines across the globe as two groups struggled to survive the past two weeks. One group in a seemingly impossible recovery in Thailand deep in a cave. The other children are in a ridiculous web of stupid political confusion brought about by the inept current […]

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Column 1: As our nation celebrated

Column 1: As our nation celebrated

| July 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist AS OUR NATION celebrated its 242nd anniversary as a land of the free and home of the brave with traditional events like parades, fireworks, picnics and BBQs, memorial services and, of course, the annual Coney Island hot dog eating contest (returning champ ate 74!!) (ugh!!), hyped new car […]

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Column 1: Two obituaries

Column 1: Two obituaries

| July 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

By BILL SHARKEY III Martinez News-Gazette Columnist TWO OBITUARIES this past week told us of the passing of two men in our town who were well-known and admired as they had spent lifetimes serving the community in different endeavors. One, Allan DeFraga, an attorney and civic leader in a prominent law firm; the other, “Tuti” […]

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Letter to the Editor: Work not done

Letter to the Editor: Work not done

| July 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Dear Editor, Measure I—The Citizen Initiative won. Congratulations to all of us for this truly community-wide effort to protect all Martinez open space and parks, now and in the future. We stood up for what we felt was best for us all. Working together, we showed we can make a difference, we can change the […]

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