Ever read a news story or column about a particular subject that interests you and then later wonder, "Hey, whatever happened about that?"
I know I have, and I confess that sometimes we in the media do not always keep readers and viewers updated on something we should. There have been various issues I've been meaning to keep my five readers updated on, and also let you in on some of the, ahem, interesting feedback I receive.
So let's begin.
Last September I wrote about Father Bob Gamel, a priest at St. Joseph Church in Los Banos who had been removed from his post by the Diocese of Fresno and was under investigation by Los Banos police for possession of child pornography. Father Bob also served at six parishes in Kern County during his career.
Judging by some of the comments received on this, you'd think I was the anti-Christ.
"I find you and many who call themselves sometimes Catholics do not take the time to write good positive articles about the Catholic Church," wrote Norma Sacchini.
And she wondered, if no charges are filed against Father Gamel or if he is found innocent, will I write about that?
Well, since you asked, here's the latest: After a 10-month police investigation, Gamel was arrested last month and charged by the Merced County District Attorney's Office with a single felony count of possession of child pornography.
If convicted, he faces a maximum of three years in jail or prison.
As far as police know, there was one alleged child victim. The Diocese of Fresno is encouraging anyone else who has concerns about more possible victims to contact Los Banos police.
One more thing. I have mentioned in a previous column the good work the Catholic Church is doing in standing up for undocumented immigrants. But somehow, I suspect some do not see that as a good work. Can't please everyone.
Readers also reacted with a combination of sadness and optimism in the murder case of 4-year-old Jessica Martinez. This May marked 25 years since her abduction and murder.
No one has ever been arrested, though the prime suspect is Christopher Lightsey, a man who sits on death row after being convicted in a separate murder case.
Jessica's story brought back a wave of emotion for reader Gwen Condit, who never personally knew the child or her family.
"Yes, this case has haunted me," wrote Condit.
Just like so many others, she is puzzled why the case remains unsolved and remembers Jessica as the little girl who captured hearts with her smile.
"Please don't let her story die...this story hurt me, a stranger."
Since this column ran, police have received some calls but so far no arrests. And just so you know, Gwen, I have been covering Jessica's story since day one. I pray that one day I can report that her killer has been caught. Hope is the last thing to die.
An update on Jaime Quinonez, who was removed as principal at Mira Monte High School amid a report commissioned by the Kern High School District that found Quinonez allegedly had a pattern of allegations including bullying, gender discrimination and changing grades.
Quinonez has been reassigned as a classroom teacher at the Bakersfield Adult School and will be reporting there Aug. 1. Somehow, I think we haven't heard the end of this one just yet.
But perhaps no other subject brought more reaction as the comments uttered recently by Donald Trump. The Donald said: “The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best... They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists,” he said, adding, “And some, I assume, are good people.”
The reality TV showman's remarks have been roundly denounced by an endless list of Latino groups and others nationwide. Even Trump's fellow Republicans would prefer him to go away. But the Donald has his supporters.
Here's what reader Fred Stenger thinks: "Mr. Trump is telling the truth and you liberals don’t like it. He said he loves the Mexican people. Is it time for you to write about the exploits of El Chapo?"
Fred, I'm so relieved to hear that Donald Trump really loves the Mexican people. For a moment there I was starting to worry that he was exploiting for cheap political purposes the very people he employs at his Las Vegas and other hotels, earning him millions of bucks.
And thanks for the suggestion about El Chapo. But truth be told, Trump just keeps providing so much fodder for print and late night talk show hosts. Even David Letterman lamented retiring when he learned that Trump decided to run for president.
Stella Perez thought a little differently. She refers to Trump by his first initial only.
"I always wonder what good T's negative words are? They will only add a little more salt to the already existing racial tensions and contentions. I guess it's a good thing Hispanics didn't cause 911. Can you imagine?"
Stella! Go to confession right now!