Dr. Bill Atwood

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all. Yes, even the guys are wished a happy Mother’s Day if you follow the original intent of Anna Mae Jarvis, who conjured up the idea of celebrating the gift that mothers are in our lives with a special day. Miss Jarvis, who wasn’t a mother, wanted to pay honor to her mother and that was her idea. When she wished people a, “Happy Mother’s Day,” she was honoring that person’s mother and not the person to whom she offered the greeting.

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