Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Seeking justice

Dear Editor,

My brother, Steven Rhoan, was found dead Sept. 12, 2014. When you get a call like this, you’re so numb that you can’t even think. It was a week before I could go to the home where he rented a room. Most of his stuff was gone, except for some dirty work clothes, a bicycle seat, and a duffel bag.

I knew when I walked into his room that something was wrong, and now his family is looking for some answers.

If there is anyone who saw or knows anything about my brother’s death, please call the Madera County Sheriff’s Department. We just want to know why this happened, and need justice served. No one should be allowed to kill someone and get away with it.

While we wait for an arrest to be made, wonderful family members and dear friends have been offering support during this difficult time. Donations of money, cards, flowers, and food have been coming in, and for that we are very appreciative. Thank you all for your kindness.

Kathy Rhoan,


My friend

Dear Editor,

Harry Baker has been a friend of mine for over 30 years. He was a good supervisor for Madera County for the time he was there. He was fair and honest, and did some good things me.

Now, he’s in the twilight of his years. He still has old cars and old friends, and I say, let him be.

He has been through enough for any one person. What he has done, what he didn’t do — it’s all history. Let Harry live out the rest of his life on his own ranch as he walks through green meadows and is close to the Lord.

As one old cowboy to another — happy trails.

Patrick Kennedy,


Water meters

Dear Editor,

Note: This is a copy of a letter sent to Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Madera County Board of Supervisors

Many people are upset that our government is considering water meters on private wells.

Last year, I had problems with my well, which cost me $1,500 to fix. I also installed a storage tank last year, at a cost of $1,500.

I don’t recall the state helping me with these costs, now does Sacramento assist in paying my electricity bills. Will Sacramento pay for deepening my private well if I have water-flow problems?

The last 40 years I have paid for three wells on properties I have owned, with no state or county assistance — other than a water witcher from North Fork. I would appreciate knowing of any petitions against this potential outrage.

Ron Hewitson,


See you next time

Dear Editor,

The results are in. With the efforts of 27 volunteers, approximately 65 bags of trash were picked up off the roadways of Eastern Madera County during October’s cleanup event.

Once again, North Fork came through with the most volunteers (17), plus Scout Troop 357 picked up five additional bags of trash in North Fork the following week. Oakhurst had four volunteers, Coarsegold two, Bass Lake two, and O’Neals two. With two cleanups this year, there was a total of 84 bags of trash picked up in 2014. In 2013, the total number of bags was 157.

Why the difference? Could there be less litter lining our roadways? I don’t think so. The number of volunteers who showed up in 2013 was 120 vs. 39 volunteers for 2014. KOMB has decided to move the cleanups to April and September (rather than May and October) to see if that will make a difference in recruiting helpers.

Most interesting item found during the cleanup — a commemorative coin from the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

Hope to see you all next April.

Sandee Scott,

Keep Our Mountains Beautiful,

North Fork

I am humbled

Dear Editor,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Mountain Bear Fan Club and the Oakhurst community at large for the wonderful honor of Male Angel of the Year. Due to time and circumstance, I was not able to attend the Nov. 2 awards dinner.

Be assured that I am humbled by the recognition and only hope that I, in some way, can measure up to past honorees.

Due in part to my upbringing and in part to the enjoyment I find in cooking, helping out in these events gives me a chance to contribute, and gather family and friends in our community.

A big thanks to Tom Wheeler and Bill Atwood, who I am sure exaggerated greatly and had fun at my expense.

Dr. Bob Brosi,