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Housemate’s week of solitude comes to a close
When our Congress can’t stop quibbling (that’s the mild term) long enough to appoint all of our ambassadors to other countries, then it’s time to admit our nation’s ills have hit an all-time low.
Jul 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Concerns for personal safety and belongings
I won’t belabor the point, but Pattersonites are becoming concerned about instances of major crime in our community.
Jul 03, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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In response to Lustgarten’s letter
Few Pattersonites who daily drove past that boarded-up derelict house on Sperry Avenue were shedding a tear after a fire of undetermined origin recently destroyed the structure. I, for one, should ...
Jun 26, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
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Cramped quarters at local post office
It was nearly 50 years ago that the Patterson Post Office moved into its new digs at the corner of Salado Avenue and El Circulo. That’s a while back when this city’s population was well under 4,000...
Jun 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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Verbal battles often get nasty
There are seldom winners in a community fight. Verbal battles often get nasty when the finger-pointing begins. Justifiably or not, it escalates from there. And one is underway out at the Hammon Sen...
Jun 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend
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General observations about Apricot Fiesta’s 44th run
I … love a parade … da da da di da, da da da di … Another fun-filled Apricot Fiesta. Let’s started by thanking the heavens for ideal weather – cool mornings and just enough warmth throughout the da...
Jun 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend
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Historic fire rages in Patterson’s downtown
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
May 28, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
Longtime Patterson residents will remember the tragedy, but probably not the anniversary date. It was 50 years ago this week – Thursday, May 28, 1964 – that a fire destroyed a major portion of down...
‘Young people don’t talk much anymore’
May 21, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
OK, I know I promised to spare you readers of any more cell phone talk, but questions keep arriving. To wit: Mr. Swift (that Mister always catches my attention): Your wife (that would be HM, or hou...
‘Pick a battle, fight it yourself’
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
May 13, 2014 | 2 2 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend
Virgin ground has been broken in Patterson politics. A spouse has shown up at a public meeting to defend his other half— one who serves as an elected official. The spouse being defended is Councilm...
‘How the heck am I to remember that?’
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
May 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend
Life gets progressively more complicated with each passing day. Hardly a day slips by without having to use a password for … well, just getting by the day. There’s the password for getting into you...
Actions of elected officials affect us all
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
May 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 95 95 recommendations | email to a friend
Advance warning: This Fast Talk may bore you to death. You may care less about the subject. But some things need saying. The subject is City Hall, not a favorite for many. In fact, some Pattersonit...
Patterson gears up for future projects
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
Apr 22, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 103 103 recommendations | email to a friend
Action is heating up in Patterson, and I’m not referring to City Hall. Ideas are moving. Groundwork is being laid. People are getting involved. You can feel the enthusiasm and accelerating pace in ...
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