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    Shrewd Trump

    In response to Eric N. Loos’ letter to the editor on the July 30 edition of the Sierra Star regarding Peter Cavanaugh’s column about Donald Trump, Mr. Loos wrote: “For us, a citizen candidate who reflects the ideals and concerns of the average patriot are a welcome breath of...


    Are there thousands of new politicians in our future?

    Would-be reformers have filed an initiative that, if adopted by voters, would make the California Legislature one of the largest – if not the largest – legislative bodies in the world. The Neighborhood Legislature Reform Act (NLRA) would require one Senator for every 10,000 Californians...


    Why run for office?

    I spend a fair amount of time talking to students and other young people about Congress and politics in general, and I’ve noticed something. It used to be that I’d regularly get asked how one runs for office. Nowadays, I rarely do.


    An excise tax on marijuana could make sense

    Taxing marijuana could raise nearly $60 million in revenue annually.


    We want clean water without strings

    On July 23, homeowners of Lakeshore Park delivered an almost unanimous written petition in opposition to privatization and consolidation of our water resources at Lakeshore Park WMD-6, at a meeting held at the Oakhurst Library by county officials.


    Over 50? Supersize your retirement savings

    If you’re over age 50 and not sure whether you’re going to be able to retire, it’s time to focus, get advice and build a realistic plan.


    Beleaguered taxpayers indeed

    Especially in California, the word “taxpayer” is frequently preceded by the word “beleaguered.” Given our large tax burden and the tragic level of government waste, perhaps there should be a grammatical rule that these two words must always be combined.


    Take our jobs, please

    There’s a joke about public sector union bosses making the rounds in Sacramento lately: What happens when the California Legislature hands over a blank check to the California Teachers Association (CTA)? It’s returned the next day marked “insufficient.”


    Rockin’ with AARP

    It was a once in a lifetime gathering of “Awesomely Ancient Radio Personalities.”


    Don’t forget - I won’t

    This Saturday, Aug. 15 marks the 70th anniversary of the announcement that the Japanese Empire was going to surrender to the United States and end the war in the Pacific. The formal surrender ceremony would take place aboard “The Mighty Mo” on Sept. 2, 1945.

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