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    7.1 million and counting

    They said it couldn't be done. Coming up on the fourth anniversary of Obama's signature legislation, The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has reached a significant milestone signing up more insurees than projected despite technical snafus.

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    Courage in Oakhurst

    The Gary Sconce/Karen Scot controversy brings to mind the expression, "All it takes is one 'aw crap' to wipe out a career of 'atta boys.'" There may be times when this is appropriate but, my goodness man, Sconce did not commit a heinous crime. What I know of Sconce is only what I have read in the...

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    A good thing

    Most of us remember and enjoyed the Lee Van Cleef and Clint Eastwood iconic Spaghetti Western "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly." So, too, did I enjoy Doug Macaulay's guest commentary bearing the same title in last week's Star.

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    A better way

    In last week's guest commentary, "Responding to fracking," David Johnson harshly chastised me for not only misleading, but flat-out wrong, statements about water usage for fracking, water injection and steam injection used to extract oil in Kern county. I said Kern oil producers use vast amounts...

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    Hurting America

    If we've heard it once, we've heard it a thousand times and that's not just a figure of speech. As far back as early 2011, Rep. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Rep. Darrel "bulldog" Issa initiated the Fast and Furious investigation into ATF gunwalking. In late 2011, hearings and investigations were led...

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    Fracking up close

    In the early 1900s, wildcatters perforated the landscape in search of black gold – oil. Back then, they could practically stick a straw in the ground and oil or gas would gush out. The days of easy gas and oil recovery are over.

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    We care — really

    Almost five years ago today, Barack Obama was sworn into office as President of these United States. The electorate consisted of the most racially and ethnically diverse group in U.S. history. Blacks, Hispanics and Asians accounted for unprecedented share of the presidential vote. Younger voters...

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    This sleeper is a keeper

    Having strayed from Catholicism since my early teens, I am now reconsidering since the anointment of Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis. Despite my youthful naiveté, I couldn't reconcile the inconsistencies and contradictions of the faith. Until my epiphany, I was very devout and always ...

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    Reprehensible

    We're slowly approaching the end of a journey filled with intrigue and treachery, morality and ethical challenges, deception and dishonesty, and tactics worthy of the 2013 chess championship between Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand. The final chapter has not been written, but recent chapters...

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    Tea Party concern

    I was comforted to learn in "Making sense out of cents," last week's installment of My Thoughts by Bill Atwood, that "Tea Party folks aren't crazy and they don't want to harm, deny people health care or have dirty drinking water and air."

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