Joe Mathews

Visalia Catholics Think Big, and It’s a Wonderful Thing

It’s Christmas, and there’s no room at any of your town’s existing inns. You can’t open additional inns because you’re already running short of innkeepers. What to do? People in Visalia — who have a spirit rare in any season — might suggest building a bigge...
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These Immigrants are Making Healthcare More Human

Immigrants, already essential  to California healthcare, will  become even more important in the future. Today, one in six medical professionals, and nearly one-third of physicians, are foreign-born, and man...

Time for Yosemite and Humanity to Take a Break?

The road to Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park is closed to cars, and the shuttle bus wasn’t running. Would the Three Stooges—my sons, ages 10, 8 and 5—agree to a 2 ½ mile uphill hike to see Yosemite’s si...
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Why Gavin Newsom Is No Fan of High-Speed Rail

How will California ever finish high-speed rail when it can’t finish San Francisco’s Downtown Rail Extension? Opinion Joe Mathews Twenty-three years ago, a restauranteur named Gavin Newsom was appointed to his first political gig, as a San...
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