Is it OK to smoke marijuana in California?

On Nov. 8, 2016, Proposition 64 was approved by the California voters. This proposition was designed to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the State of California. This legalization is not without current restrictions and future controls and laws which may affect how and where it is used.

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The freedom to leave

Human beings prefer freedom to collectivism and tyranny. Only those in complete denial disregard the negative consequences of policies that suppress liberty. Consider North Korea versus South Korea. And recall that in Berlin during the Cold War era, people weren’t shot trying to go from West to East – not that anyone tried anyway. Finally, in the course of the last 55 years of the Castro regime, very few people jumped on rickety boats in Miami seeking a better life in Havana.

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California Democrats behaving like Confederates

For fiscal conservatives and free market advocates, the national elections in 2008 and 2012 brought no small measure of disappointment. In its eight-year run, the Obama Administration imposed a host of new taxes – including several as part of the failed “Affordable Care Act” – and, just as egregious, nearly doubling the national debt from $10 trillion to over $20 trillion.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Bye Bye, Barry

Tomorrow, Jan. 20, the peaceful transfer of power will take place on the steps of the capitol at noon. Donald Trump assumes the office of President of the United States and Barack Obama assumes the role of private citizen.


Resolve to replace your bad financial habits

Most people have at least one bad financial habit. Whether it’s impulse shopping, forgetting to pay bills on time or putting off building that emergency fund, balancing what you want to do and what you “should” do is never easy. The new year is the perfect time to identify potential financial weak points and replace bad habits with productive ones.

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A happy new year for state workers

In a recent column, I commented on how joyous the holiday season would be for members of the state legislature and our constitutional officers who are seeing a four percent increase in their pay. California lawmakers were already the highest paid in the nation.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Moving onward

My mother’s favorite hymn was Onward Christian Soldiers and we sang it at her funeral here in our little mountain Christ Church - Anglican. It had very special meaning for her and now it always reminds me of her.

Peter Cavanaugh

Dog catches bus

“They’re like the dog that caught the bus. They don’t know what to do about Obamacare.” – Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York), Jan. 4, 2017.

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The great California breakaway

California breaking off into the ocean as a result of the “Big One” is science fiction fantasy to Hollywood, credible urban legend to citizens of Los Angeles and San Francisco and, perhaps, the secret hope of many Americans residing on the other side of the Sierras. However, backers of a just filed initiative, “Calexit: The California Independence Plebiscite of 2019,” want a different sort of California breakaway. They envision the state as a “free, sovereign and independent country.” Although the effort began several years ago, secessionists have been bolstered by those suffering Trump Derangement Syndrome – a condition where “alt left” adherents lose their minds over the thought of a Trump presidency.

Dr. Bill Atwood

A new year

Happy New Year. If it seems like it has only been 31,622,400 seconds since the last time the ball dropped in New York, you would be correct. So much has happened and so many other things did not happen, but at this time of the year we get reflective and look back.

Dr. Bill Atwood

All about His birth

Merry Christmas. It is that time of year when we gather to celebrate sacred holidays. My Jewish friends celebrate Hanukkah and other faiths celebrate other rituals. But I celebrate Christmas because I happen to be Christian.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Do more

Last week the headline on the Sierra Star extolled the $22,000 that the Boys & Girls Club Tree Auction had raised. That fact alone tells what a great community this is. I estimate the Mountain Area raises about $5 million per year for our charities and the number of hours donated by volunteers, even at a rate of $10 an hour, would equal millions more. This really is a caring community.


President-elect Trump shares his policy plans, updates on transition

The President-elect shares an update on the Presidential Transition, an outline of some of his policy plans for the first 100 days, and his day one executive actions. Video shared via "the official 2017 Presidential Transition account on YouTube" on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016.
Transition 2017
President-elect Trump shares his policy plans, updates on transition 2:38

President-elect Trump shares his policy plans, updates on transition

Eye on Education: What does Prop. 58 mean for Fresno schools? 1:26

Eye on Education: What does Prop. 58 mean for Fresno schools?

Protest at Fresno City College against North Dakota pipeline 0:50

Protest at Fresno City College against North Dakota pipeline

Clinton makes first public appearance since concession speech 2:39

Clinton makes first public appearance since concession speech