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Higher Vaccination Rates Help Our Schools

By Steve Tietjen, Ed.D. & Salvador Sandoval, MD It has been more than a year since the COVID-19 health crisis disrupted our lives. While most schools are back in session, we have a long way to go before we can get back to a more normal school day. Our local school boards, teachers, administrators and support staff have all worked…

Local media shares insight on covering deadly pandemic

Editor’s Note: Columnist and author Steve Newvine wrote the following article recently for the news website By Steve Newvine It was one year ago, March 2020, when life in our world changed forever. The coronavirus pandemic changed life in many ways. Face masks, social distancing, hand sanitizer, outdoor restaurant…

Hard Choices & Camaraderie: How the pandemic hit Merced College

By LUCIANA CHAVEZ Kelly Fowler was hustling through the Fresno-Yosemite International Airport, off to Seattle for a conference, when she saw English professor Keri Ortiz heading in the other direction. The Merced College Vice President of Instruction knew Ortiz was also going to a conference in Washington that week. She wondered.…

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