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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.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Where was your outrage then?

Ever since it became clear that Donald Trump was going to be the nominee for the Republican Party the left wingers have been vitriolic in their attacks and insinuations. Enough is enough. I voted for him for only one reason. I did not want Hillary Clinton nominating any Supreme Court Justices. He’s pompous, arrogant, and he goes against common practices at times. The attacks on everything he does go beyond the pale.

Peter Cavanaugh

My Summer Vacation

When a lab technician stares at the screen and loudly proclaims, “Wow,” adding, “Don’t you feel that,” one realizes he is at the scene of breaking news.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Speaking my mind

This Tuesday the nation will pause to celebrate 241 years of independence from the British Crown. Our founding fathers committed treason against their king in an effort to secure the blessings of liberty for themselves and their posterity. Most of them had wealth and they understood they could lose that or worse; loss of their lives.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Reflections

Under a cloudless sky, a group of citizens gathered at Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park to witness the dedication of the Veteran’s Memorial on Flag Day. A fitting day to observe the sacrifice of our brave and selfless veterans as those warriors all served under that flag.

Peter Cavanaugh

Eve of Obstruction

“They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice.” Donald J. Trump, 3:55 a.m., June 15, 2017.

Opinion Columns & Blogs

Recall effort stymied by Sacramento

Members of the California Legislature apparently believe they have the power to change outcomes they don’t like. This is like awarding the NBA Championship to Cleveland by retroactively mandating that all of Golden State’s three point baskets be counted as only two.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Leaky Comey

People around the world have to be amazed at how we are governed and how the media treats the American people. Our great nation is one of few places on the planet that has the freedom to elect our leaders and look at what we do to ourselves.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Schools of learning

Children are naturally very curious. They will try to figure out how certain things work. When a baby ages just a few months and is able to crawl, that baby will move toward an object that attracts its attention.

Dr. Bill Atwood

A patriotic weekend

This coming Monday the nation will take time to honor two wonderful groups of heroes. On Memorial Day we honor from dawn until noon the War Dead. More than 1,050,000 men and women have lost their lives on the field of battle to defend this nation and our freedoms. At noon we hoist the flag from the half staff position to the top of the pole to honor the War Injured. They are the ones who came home blind, deaf, lame, in wheelchairs, brain damaged, suffering from PTSD, burned, and other maladies that we can’t imagine. In November we will honor all the Veterans but this Monday we honor those who made a greater sacrifice.

Dr. Bill Atwood

A tough week

The past few days have been quite interesting if you happen to be a news junkie such as I am. President Trump fired the director of the FBI unifying many on opposite sides of the aisle in their comments. Donald Trump finds that he and Rosie O’Donnell agree on that issue and many conservatives who were mad at James Comey over not charging Hillary for her crimes are happy he is gone.

Videos

Up-close footage of California National Guard firefighting efforts

The 129th Rescue Wing shows its recent firefighting efforts in Northern California. The crew on the Pave Hawk helicopter, included Major Nate Nowaski, Capt. Tyler Gibson, Staff Sgt. Christian Meyers and Senior Airman Ryan Dumatol. Video was posted July 17, 2017.
129th Rescue Wing California National Guard
Up-close footage of California National Guard firefighting efforts 0:58

Up-close footage of California National Guard firefighting efforts

See the Detwiler fire from satellite high above California 0:19

See the Detwiler fire from satellite high above California

Detwiler Fire on social media: Flame. Smoke. And a goat 0:23

Detwiler Fire on social media: Flame. Smoke. And a goat

It's too hot to cook. Make these no-bake fruit tarts instead 0:57

It's too hot to cook. Make these no-bake fruit tarts instead