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Dr. Bill Atwood

Trump may be a louse but …

Dr. Bill Atwood writes a biweekly opinion column for the Sierra Star in Oakhurst, California. This week, he adds up all the latest news and surmises: Trump may be a louse, but he’s getting the job done.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Un-American

After kicking the budget can down the road on a number of occasions the Congress finally decided what to do. The House passed their bill and sent it to the senate. Having discussions, press conferences, more meetings, more discussions, the Democrats, led by minority leader, Charles Schumer, and decided that the Democrats in the Senate would put the welfare of 700,000 DACA kids ahead of every other single American in this country.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Liberals just don’t get it

“The sky is falling,” cried Chicken Little. We witnessed other Chicken Little’s this past week or so. Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Elizabeth Warren were talking about the end of the world as we know it thanks to the new tax cuts.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Eloquent King

He would have turned 89 this coming Monday. In April it will have been 50 years since he was gunned downed by a coward hiding in the shadows as he walked out of his motel room that morning in Memphis. James Earl Ray killed the man and not his Dream.

Peter Cavanaugh

Misery accomplished

“Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting.” -- Pope Francis – “Evangelii Gaudium” (2013).

Peter Cavanaugh

Flashback 2017

January started with “Flashback 2016” “Twitterdee Dumb” discussed the inauguration of Donald J. Trump. “Dog Catches Bus” noted a new total command of our national government by the Republican Party. “Obstreperous Obstinacy” marveled at the triumph of loyalty over logic. “Oakhurst Rising” saluted an historic turnout led by Oakhurst Area for Peace. “In This Together” recognized the advent of a new consciousness.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Goodbye Erna

Pfiat di. That is the way they say goodbye in Austria. It was announced this past week that Erna’s Elderberry House and Chateau du Sereau have been sold. At long last Miss Erna will be able to take her well earned retirement and enjoy life without the day-to-day concerns of running a world-class operation.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Merry Christmas

This coming Monday Christians around the world will be celebrating the birth of one little baby in Bethlehem that occurred 2,000 years ago. That little baby grew into a man who changed the world in more ways than any other human being who ever lived. The greatest kings, presidents, generals, and titans of industry combined haven’t affected us as much as that man. His birth and death are the focal point of the calendars for most around the world as B.C. and A.D.

Dr. Bill Atwood

Joy of giving

At this time of year I think that most of us spend time remembering events and people whom we have known during our lives. We remember experiences and we look back on our success and also on our failures. The title song from the movie, The Way We Were includes the line, “What’s too painful to remember, we simply choose to forget…” does express a sentiment that many share.

Peter Cavanaugh

Dates of Infamy

“December 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.” (President Franklin Delano Roosevelt War Message to Congress)

Buttercream Queen is open for business

Jordan Clark of North Fork, announces the launch of her new business, Buttercream Queen, a custom cake business servicing the Mountain Area and the Valley. Clark demonstrates a cake design from start to finish.