Opinion

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Firefighters risk all for others

A total of about 2,000 front-line firefighters fought the two large wildland fires that recently terrified the Mountain Area - the Railroad Fire in Fish Camp and the Mission Fire just east of North Fork at Cascadel Heights and Cascadel Meadows.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Angels in our lives

This past Saturday at the Heritage Days Parade, people were waving at the parade participants as they walked, drove, or rode by. That happens at every parade in the world. What was enjoyable to see and to hear was the reception for the local firefighters.

Dr. Bill Atwood

It’s our history, so come celebrate at Heritage Days

On Dec. 8, 1980 I moved into this community. Having been offered a teaching position in the Raymond-Knowles School District by then principal Don Bryant, I left my home in Los Angeles. I knew little about here except that I enjoyed vacationing at Bass Lake and Yosemite. I was young and looking to carve out a life in this mountain community.

Opinion

Patient-centered care shouldn’t be just a marketing slogan

Recently I heard from a woman in rural Nebraska who told me about her 76-year-old father, who in late April had a lemon-sized cancerous mass removed from his brain. The man chose to have his chemotherapy and radiation treatments at a hospital close to his home instead of at one of the larger hospitals farther away. Not surprisingly he wanted family nearby.

Dr. Bill Atwood

The real America

Things got very ugly last month in America. It was sad to see and hear about the racists rantings, the violence, the hate-filled speech, and the anger that a few of our fellow citizens embrace. The fringe element of our society doesn’t define us; they misrepresent us.

Peter Cavanaugh

My summer vacation - Part II

In a previous episode of “For Your Consideration” - Sierra Star columnist Peter Cavanaugh recounted his abundant lack of enthusiasm when suddenly confronted with an unscheduled four-day hospital stay while vacationing with Eileen in their hometown of Syracuse, N.Y. This was precipitated by a combination of COPD driven pneumonia and a newly experienced “Atrial Flutter.” It felt like a naughty butterfly was stuck in his heart.

Opinion

McClintock spearheads proposal to stop protecting wild horses

In 1971 Congress designated about 17% of federal range land to be managed “primarily for the benefit of wild horses and burros.” Despite that directive, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has allowed private livestock leases on those ranges, outnumbering wild hoses and burros by as much as 9 to 1.

Opinion

Want to improve housing affordability?

California is in a housing crisis. The cost of housing — both for purchase and rental housing — is too expensive. Ineffective public housing policies and anti-growth policies that impede even reasonable development projects have choked supply in a high-demand market. California needs to start building homes and apartments as soon as possible. Recent estimates show that California must build 180,000 units of housing a year over the next 10 years simply to keep pace with demand. Currently, only about half of that amount is being constructed.

Opinion

Climate of denial

It seems to me that Tom McClintock cares more about billionaires getting richer than he does about our grandchildren having a habitable planet.

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