Joe Mathews

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Universal Service Will Put the ‘Us’ Back in USA

“The President of The United States, Greeting: YOUR NAME HERE You are hereby ordered to report for induction into the ARMED FORCES of the UNITED STATES. …”  —  Draft notice salutation, circa 1968 U.S. District Court Judge Gray Miller in Houston rec...
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Immigrants Are Secret to California’s Good Health

What makes California the very picture of health? It’s neither sunshine nor silicone. Our health secret is immigration. While President Donald Trump blames immigrants for being sources of disease, Californians have long known that immigrants make us heal...

In Modesto, Uncle Shelby’s Old House Is Now a Rental

This is the fifth of six columns from Joe Mathews in a series about California housing, struggles, and dreams. (GV Wire Illustration/Alexis DeSha) Housing and the stability it promises can be hard to find in California. Take the family of Shelby Humphre...

This Tiny Redlands Home Once Hosted Thanksgiving for 50

This is the second of six columns from Joe Mathews in a series about California housing, struggles, and dreams. (GV Wire Illustration/Alexis DeSha) On Thanksgiving, I wish I were back at the tiny house at 830 Ohio Street, in one of the oldest sections of o...