Merced County Times Newspaper
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Custom classics grilled for just plain bad taste

Sometimes custom car builders, or even the auto factories, get it wrong in their designs, to my way of thinking. In perusing the latest street rod magazine issue the other day, I came upon coverage of a 1955 Ford Crown Victoria street machine. It's a pretty striking car with lots of innovation and craftsmanship — except for one glaring flaw.…

Government Has Killed The Fatted Calf

Editor’s Note: The following is from a Legacy column by Publisher John Derby that was first published 14 years ago, on May 26, 2005. This beautiful state that we live in is the most prosperous in the nation, generating more income than most countries in the world. Yet it is on the verge of going broke under the weight of pension and…

Arts Education Matters: In Good Times, And Bad

By Roger J. Wyan Last fall, I was asked to teach an after-school photography class for middle school youth in the small town of Delhi. Having taught photography on the high school and college levels for many years, I wasn’t sure about teaching this age group. After all aren’t these 12-13 year-olds some weird form of human being caught…

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