Merced County Times Newspaper
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Of Leadership and Falsehoods

By Anthony L. Martinez Since the end of 2016, I have had the duty and pleasure of serving on the Merced City Council. In that time I can say that I have seen a lot and learned a lot, much more than I could have imagined before being elected. And of all the things I’ve seen regarding political maneuvers in this town, I would like to write to…

Groups organizing to gain seat at the table

The public comment portion of Monday night’s Merced City Council meeting was packed with speakers demanding that something be done to protect undocumented residents living in the area, and to lessen widespread fear in the immigrant community. Various people, including some from groups with the titles Democratic Socialists of America and “ICE…

Pickup trucks remain strong on the American landscape

One of the largest and most thriving segments of our old car hobby revolves around pickup trucks. It has been said the best-selling vehicles on the road today are pickups. Much like chili or burritos, trucks come in mild to wild form. Some are down-and-dirty plain Jane work vehicles that have never had a bath in their "lives." On the other…

Merced Real Estate — Déjà Vu All Over Again?

Lest anyone forgot, Merced was the poster-child for the American sub-prime mortgage nightmare (2007-2010). The unbridled enthusiasm surrounding a new University of California campus built near cheap land attracted hungry housing speculators which drove Merced brokers, developers and planners to over-build and sell Merced homes propped up by extra…

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