Dr. Bill Atwood

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The people are the treasure

On Dec. 8, 1980, I became a resident of Bass Lake. After finishing my teacher credentialing program at California State University, Northridge, I started looking for a position during a tough time in education when jobs were few and far between. The superintendent from the Raymond-Knowles School District called and stated they had an opening in the middle of the year as the current teacher, Harold Tackett, had accepted a position in Mariposa County Unified. I drove up from Los Angeles and interviewed and after returning to my home in LA received a phone call telling me I was the sort of teacher they were looking to hire.

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Determination and resolve

“Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dec. 8, 1941.

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Abundance of blessings

On Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24) Americans pause to give thanks to Almighty God for the many blessings that we have received throughout this year and our lives. A tradition that the Native Americans and the pilgrims shared food and knowledge of how to make it in this part of the world, as opposed to living in England, has been around since those difficult days.

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Eternal thanks

This week we have the opportunity to say thanks to one large group of heroes and a smaller subset of that larger group. On Friday, Nov. 11, we will stop as a nation and take time to honor the brave men and women who have stepped up to the task and have joined the ranks of the military. The veterans are our line of defense against all our enemies. They have taken an oath to protect and defend us anywhere at any time, against anybody. God gives us our rights, the Constitution guarantees that the government can’t take those rights away but it is the veteran who backs the whole system.

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What tangled webs we weave

“Oh what tangled webs we weave when first we practice to deceive.” The Sir Walter Scott line tells of the dangers of trying to do something and then covering it up with lies and distortions. I can’t understand how politicians always seem to think they can keep stuff hidden from the public. Eventually it comes out and it looks even worse because of the cover up.

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Disgraceful behavior

For a number of days we have heard people on television express their shock and dismay at the vulgar and crude comments made by Donald Trump more than a decade ago in a locker room chat with a reporter. That was the extent of the sin; he talked about crude and vulgar actions. No evidence appears that would indicate he acted on any of those rantings; he just uttered the words.

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No friends here

This election is driving a great many of us to get past some ill will toward the candidates. Usually folks like one candidate and their positions and they don’t agree with the other candidate’s positions or even that candidate.

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No Donald sticker

A few weeks ago as I was driving up Highway 41 in Oakhurst on my way home, I happened to follow a car with two bumper stickers. One stated, “I Love Obamacare” and the other promoted the candidacy of Bernie Sanders, the self-avowed socialist who ran for president.

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Despicable actions

Her true colors are coming out. The hope of the Democratic constituents and leader of the progressive movement, the tolerant one has now announced that half of the Trump supports are deplorable human beings. She states that half the country is racist, homophobic, sexist, xenophobic, Islamaphobic. I guess her tolerance of anyone with a differing view is a hateful rant of name calling.

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Gullible followers

For years I have had a running gag with students that the word “gullible” wasn’t in the dictionary. I told them it was a French word and hence not listed in an English dictionary. They would look to verify that it wasn’t there and when it was they would laugh at me and tell me how wrong I was. Then I would look at them and chuckle about how gullible they were. I think that some of the staff in the Clinton Campaign must be wondering about being either so gullible or so willing to continue to drink the Kool Aid.

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