Opinion

Dr. Bill Atwood

Appreciating the labor

This weekend the country takes a little time out from our normal routine to celebrate Labor Day. It is a day designated by Congress to honor those of us that do the work in this country. Originally the intent was to honor the men and women who are a part of the union movements but, like many things in this country, it has morphed into a day to honor workers.

Opinion

State controller dead wrong on property taxes

California’s State Controller, Betty Yee, normally displays a measured, albeit liberal, view of California fiscal affairs. While viewed as reasonably competent and not given to hyperbole, her recent statement in a local government blog was one she must have known to be flat wrong.

Peter Cavanaugh

Expression suppression

Frances Hagen is an 84-year-old former schoolteacher and Gold Star parent who lost a son in Vietnam. Mrs. Hagen lives in Oakhurst, where she has resided for more than 40 years.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Celebrating the park

One hundred years ago today, Aug. 25, the National Park Service came into existence. President Woodrow Wilson signed the legislation creating a federal government oversight agency to protect some of our nation’s most beautiful areas, and from that the service has been expanded to include historic monuments, urban parks, and other places near and dear to Americans.

Opinion

Will supervisors listen?

The Vulcan Austin Quarry Project, which will be voted on by the Madera County Board of Supervisors at a 9 a.m. public meeting on Sept. 12, will be a 100% devastating project for Madera County if approved.

Opinion

Misguided priorities

The latest request for a salary increase (Aug. 18 Sierra Star) is typical of the Madera County Board Board of Supervisors’ misguided priorities in a tight economy.

Opinion

Smoke gets in your eyes

During a four-hour lay-over in the Portland airport before boarding my flight to Fresno last week, I noticed a small group of men solemnly seated across the room awaiting their flight to Montana.

Peter Cavanaugh

Dear Tom

The following is an open letter to our fourth Congressional District Representative Tom McClintock. Congressman McClintock has two area appearances scheduled Aug. 18 - a restricted private meeting at 2:30 p.m. in Oakhurst for Chamber of Commerce members only and a Town Hall meeting at 5 p.m. in North Fork to which the general public is invited.

Dr. Bill Atwood

At least he’s not her

A few years ago Bob Beckel, a vehement liberal, was serving as a pundit on Fox News and I always enjoyed his take on things. One day he spent time putting the spin on one silly thing after another the administration had done, when he looked at conservatives on the show and told them that he wished the administration would shut up simply because he was finding it more and more difficult to defend them.

Opinion

Appalling behavior by supervisors

As a citizen of Madera County for 41 years and an elected official, (Chawanakee Unified School District Board of Trustees, 31 years), I have never witnessed such a lack of respect for our citizens and our government process as I did at the Aug. 9, 2016 Madera County Board of Supervisors meeting.

Opinion Columns & Blogs

Teachers union hits taxpayers with ‘money club' again

The California Teachers Association has just dropped $10 million into its campaign to extend the “temporary” income tax hike voters approved when they passed Proposition 30 in 2012. Proposition 55, which will appear on this November’s ballot, would extend the highest income tax rates in all 50 states for another dozen years.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Magic of schools

During this week and next the parents of school age children will be sending their children off to school. I often joke that this week would be the best week to try to pass a school bond issue. Parents can breathe a sigh of relief that the kids will be supervised during the day and that the usual routines of family life return.

Peter Cavanaugh

President Poodle?

With Donald Trump’s poll performance suddenly plummeting in gallows drop free fall, should Mike “The Poodle” Pence start preparing for the presidency?

Opinion

Too much secrecy in government

We have a secrecy problem. This may seem odd to say during an era in which the most intimate details of individuals’ lives are on display. Yet government is moving behind closed doors, and this is definitely the wrong direction.

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