Our elected representatives have opinions on just about everything, frequently sharing them with The Bee’s editorial board via press releases. Some of those releases are serious, such as Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen’s impassioned plea for all parties to begin “working diligently over the next five days to negotiate a final (water) bond” that actually does something. Others are a bit fluffier. All of them include talking points, and we’re happy to pass them along ... with a talking point or two of our own.drowned
He brought a college to the foothills
Harvey Rhodes was never really called Harvey. He was known as “Dusty” to his friends and family, but he was probably best known as the man who helped bring an affordable college experience to the foothills. Rhodes died Monday in Sonora at age 96. In the mid-1960s, he was tasked to help get the new Yosemite Community College District campus established. It probably didn’t help that it was going to be built in an official ghost town. But Rhodes did get it off the ground, and Columbia College now draws students from throughout the region to study a full range of disciplines, from anthropology to forestry to welding technology; it’s especially well known for its hospitality-management courses. Rhodes started his teaching career in Modesto after having served in the Navy during World War II and helping form the Central Valley Naval Reserve Unit. The things he helped get started apparently have a tendency to last.