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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.

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.

Dr. Bill Atwood

A bunch of bloviating, moaning whiners

One of the seemingly fastest growing groups in America today is the BMW Club. The Bloviators, Moaners, and Whiners are unhappy and offended at so many different things. It seems to be an outgrowth of the “everyone gets a trophy” way of thinking. Everyone wins, nobody loses, and certainly nobody can ever be offended.

Dr. Bill Atwood

A losing proposition

Last week there was a letter to the editor of the Fresno Bee from a lady named Bennie that addressed her opinion regarding the high-speed rail that this state is funding. Bennie works in the Bay Area, but after 30-40 years in the real estate business she states she cannot afford the high priced homes in that area. She wants to live in the Madera/Fresno County area. Her solution is that the rest of us fund a multibillion dollar train so that she may live here and work there.

Peter Cavanaugh

Forty years gone

It was the autumn of 1956. Barbara was a 14-year-old honor student, Girl Scout award winner and founding member of our St. Joseph’s Catholic Youth Organization in Syracuse when she carved five letters onto her lower left arm - E-L-V-I-S.

Peter Cavanaugh

Michael Moore opens Broadway show. His target? President Trump

I sold popcorn with him at the University of Michigan (Flint) student theater when his annual income was less than I paid in taxes. Years later, legal papers estimated his net worth at over $50 million, the bulk of it accidentally earned when Walt Disney chickened out at the last minute and allowed him and partners to acquire, release and distribute a new film Disney had bankrolled. That was Fahrenheit 9/11 - the highest grossing documentary of all time. Michael Moore had just turned 50.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Welcoming our tourists

In a few short weeks the tourists will have come and gone from our area. They will have traveled from nearby Fresno or from Denmark to visit Yosemite or Bass Lake and they will have enjoyed for a few days what we get to enjoy day after day.

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