Please slow down
The tragic motorcycle accident last week is unfortunately only one of many accidents on Highway 41. My condolences to the family.
In many places, Highway 41 is a very winding and narrow road. Too many, if not most, drivers disregard speed limits and many other traffic regulations.
According to CHP reports, the driver was not obeying all the traffic laws, which probably led to the accident. On a curvy road like 41, that is extremely dangerous.
For your own good and the safety of other drivers, I ask you all to please pay more attention while driving and obey the laws. Speeding to save a couple of minutes is not worth the risk of injury or death.
Helga Weber, Coarsegold
Freedom of Speech
Bill Atwood has the same advantage as Donald Trump, free press coverage to spew out his hatred. In Atwood’s case, it’s his weekly column “My Thoughts” in the Sierra Star. I stopped reading Atwood a long time ago. All I have to do is read the title of his column.
Out of one side of his mouth is God and love, and out of the other is pure poison for someone, generally politically, with whom he doesn’t agree.
Is it impossible for someone of his education to disagree with respect and perhaps objectivity?
Mary Herrmann, Oakhurst
Regarding Peter Cavanaugh’s “Doofus Days” column in last week’s Sierra Star, there were a number of inaccuracies, the main one being his statement that Hillary Clinton did not lie. Her lying is now well documented on a number of issues, including telling the parents that Bengazi was caused by a video.
But for those who need more glaring examples, I refer you to the brief July 7 Youtube video of Mr. Comey being questioned by Trey Gowdy. The questions are regarding Mr. Comey’s statement to the nation on July 5 about the email scandal. Seven blatant Hillary lies are exposed in the first four minutes of this video. Please note below:
☆ Hillary said she never sent or received classified information over her private email system. A lie.
☆ Hillary said that none of the emails were marked classified. A lie.
☆ Hillary said that she did not email any classified material to anyone with her email system. A lie.
☆ Hillary said that she only used one device. A lie.
☆ Hillary said that all work-related emails were returned to the state department. A lie.
☆ Hillary said that no work-related emails were deleted from her account. A lie.
☆ Hillary said her lawyers read all her emails. A lie.
It is suggested that Mr. Cavanaugh exercise more care in the future about calling someone a “doofus” or any other name for that matter.
David Deeken, Ahwahnee
Generous help with physicals
Thanks to all the terrific high school coaches and professional volunteers who helped make the recent Yosemite High School Sport Physicals Night a huge success. Coaches from volleyball, cross country, girls’ basketball, boys and girls soccer, swimming, softball, and baseball were on hand to help the process run smoothly. These coaches are the backbone of our athletic program.
Yosemite High School and the Athletics Department wish to thank the following community professionals who volunteered their time to complete physical exams for over 80 athletes as they prepare for the 2016-2017 school year.
Health Providers: Kaiser - Dr. Jerry Chastain, Dr. Dan O’Meara, and Nurse Practitioner Joelle O’Neil. Adventist Health - Dr. Linne Curtis. Oakhurst Medical Group - Phil Morin and Dr. Jeff Barigian. Eye Doctor - Dr. Raj Dosanjh. Physical Therapists - Oakhurst Physical Therapy (Tony and Lori McLean and two Fresno State students). San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Oakhurst Outpatient Center - Carolyn Summers, Lori Van Zant, Amy Popp and Katiria Sanchez. EMT/Paramedics - Bill and Gina Hartley and assistants.
Without the generous help of our coaching staff and community professionals, this event could not happen. Their unselfish commitment of time, energy, and professional skills has been on display year after year as they serve the high school on Sport Physicals Night. They receive our deepest gratitude for another job well done.
Cari Rumohr, YHS Athletic Trainer
This is regarding Peter Cavanaugh’s last editorial. Although I disagree with him most of the time, I thought Peter was a thoughtful person, but that image was ripped to shreds. We all get it that Peter is a Democrat and loves HRC but he lost all credibility with this last rant.
When the director of the FBI outlined her very careless handling of classified material which to any reasonable, intelligent person was a violation of the law, Comey took a 180 and said there was no intent. What was he talking about? Intent was not even a part of the law.
But poor Peter was in a state of denial and desperation. I feel sorry for him as he and so many others want Hillary to be president so bad it doesn't matter how guilty she really may be. But to all reasonable people the fix was in. Actually that decision was a gift as it showed just how corrupt and to what ends this administration and Hillary will go to obtain or retain power. And now I will probably be audited by the IRS.
Tom Wider, Fresno
County Fire Budget – Not enough
Madera County just approved a budget of $6.384 million for firefighting/prevention. They rely heavily on volunteers but that group's numbers are dwindling. We no longer have an effective firefighting force. To prove that, your insurance rates have increased or are high. The fact is that local station may be unmanned or undermanned most of the time. When the bell rings even for a medical response multiple stations are called just to gather the man power. An effective fire station needs a 4 man crew 24/7 365 days a year. Two engines and a water tanker could be at your front door but not with one man on duty. Our rural community and the fact that fire stations are not real close make this a more difficult problem as the next closest stations might be 20+ minutes away. We need the first responders to be fully capable to handle the event. That means manpower and multiple trucks. That leaves the other stations able to respond to an event in their area.
Other Counties spend significantly more money or have an effective volunteer program. This County has declared an emergency due to the dead trees, yet they have not yet placed an emphasis on funding. Instead the budget increased by $32.3 Million Dollars or 13.8% on expanding government, salary increases, new employees and tax consultants to name a few.
The first responsibility of the county is to provide safety and security for its citizens, allowing the community to burn down fails this. The fire department is also our first responder for medical issues including traffic accidents. They say seconds count, but the County won't fund the program as needed.
Politicians say "never let a serious crisis go to waste". So let’s increase the sales tax to pay for firefighting. That's the play to make you pay more. But the proposed increase will only bring in about another $5 Million dollars and we need a total budget of about $20 Million Dollars.
County Supervisors need to get real and make funding the fire department a first priory. We have an emergency, the bell is ringing and no one is home.
Marc Sobel, Oakhurst