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    God bless Harry Baker.

    “Judge not, that you not be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:1-2).


    Everything is beautiful

    Whilst weeding yesterday, I discovered myself admiring the petite yellow orchid-shaped florets alongside miniature fuchsia blooms scattered about the vast carpet of undesirable flora.


    A strenuous but rewarding hike to ‘Slick Rock’

    How many of us have heard of the mountain above Bass Lake called “Slick Rock?” When I first moved into Oakhurst in 1989, this was the mountain I saw during the early morning looking across my deck through my bedroom sliding doors. The contrast between the sun peaking over the forest...


    Lessons learned?

    On the 9th of this month America passed a milestone. That day marked 150 years since Generals Lee and Grant met at Appomattox Court House and signed the papers that ended the bloodiest war ever waged in our history - the Civil War. There was nothing civil about that war as we saw brother fighting...


    Carrot or stick

    We are on the verge of a historic nuclear arms agreement with Iran. It is a testament to President Obama’s foreign policy bona fides. If realized, this diplomatic coupe will rival Nixon’s establishment of relations with China 43 years ago.


    Another historic stagecoach road

    If we research the map of Oakhurst, we will find a few forgotten roads that were carved into the Madera County mountains by our early pioneers.


    Thanks and no thanks

    My sincere thanks to the Sierra Star for publishing letters from our concerned citizens. Thanks be to God for giving us a nation with laws that require freedom of speech, of the press, and more important, of religion. Thanks to Joe Nelson of Oakhurst, for his letter to the Star, published in last...


    This our thirsty land

    With the disconcerting news of this season’s meager 5% of normal snow pack in the northern region that feeds our water stores, many have become more aware of our water usage of late. Yet still, do we accurately recognize the full ramifications of our daily deeds?


    Goodbye Medicare?

    Now - only one man stands in their way. As our new Republican Congress adjourned for a hardly earned Easter recess last Friday, the Senate completed work on their Fiscal Year 2016 Budget by a final vote of 52 to 46. It slashes $431 billion from Medicare over the next ten years without ever saying...


    The tomb is empty

    This Saturday’s Full Moon means that Sunday the 5th is Easter. Easter Sunday moves around the March and April calendars due to the ancient method of selecting which Sunday will serve as Easter. The method involves simply selecting the first Sunday following the first full moon following the...

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