Commentary

Don’t harm local business because of different beliefs

OUR VIEW

A culture war seems to be developing in Mariposa County. The “war” is between those who believe wearing face coverings can help slow the spread of Covid-19 and those who believe the requirement is a violation of their civil liberties. The social media wars taking place are ridiculous, where normally sane people are using vicious language to degrade others. There […]

Political Cartoon

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The blood will be on the hands of the knuckleheads

BETWEEN THE LINES

 Knuckleheads. I read that term the other day in a story about how people across the country are responding to rules and regulations relating to Covid-19. The rules include wearing face coverings in public settings. They also include social distancing, avoiding large gatherings and personal hygiene. We’ve all become familiar with these terms over the past three months. I would […]

Be prepared for wildfires

VITAL SIGNS

Dr. Kenneth Smith For the past 70 years, John C. Fremont (JCF) has provided critical emergency and medical care to Mariposa County residents. As the only hospital serving all of Mariposa County, the importance of our local hospital has never been more paramount. As the Chief Medical Officer and Emergency Medicine Physician, I work alongside highly skilled medical personnel who […]

How to survive the Green Mamba And other tales of how America is failing its Covid test

PRACTICING PUBLIC HEALTH


Charles Mosher One way to categorize all those things that can attack the bodies we live in is a division between acute and chronic illness. Case #1: L A County Medical Center, 1970, 2 a.m. We internal medicine interns functioned as first-year residents, admitting new patients. Often the ER would send up a “Red Blanket” patient — someone in imminent […]

It’s annoying, but we need to wear masks

OUR VIEW

 Last week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an order requiring people to wear masks in the majority of public settings. As expected, the reaction has been mixed. Some say the order needs to be followed to help save lives. Others call it an intrusion on personal freedoms. Whatever your feelings, the fact is Newsom is the duly elected governor of […]

Maybe some good can come from the darn virus

BETWEEN THE LINES

 A lot has been written and said about the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. We’ve done a lot of that ourselves. In the past three months, the landscape of America has changed drastically. From the pandemic to racial tension, this America is different that it was even in March. Many of the changes this country has experienced may become more the normal […]

Time is now to empower youth

FORGING AN ALLIANCE

Tyson Wellcome At Ethos Youth Center, we believe that each young person deserves the opportunity to be recognized as an individual, and thrive in a place of creativity, security and support. It has been over 10 years since our youth center has opened its doors and we have learned so much about the young people of this amazing community, as […]

Resolve your anger

PASTOR’S CORNER

Dave GundersonQ. I once was asked a personal question: “Dave, have you ever gotten mad at God?” I admitted that I had. “As a Christian?” “As a minister?” “Why, yes I have.” The person had a look of disbelief and shock. Then he said to me: “I don’t see how a good Christian can ever get angry with God.” A. […]

NASCAR makes a bold, correct move

BETWEEN THE LINES

 Last week, NASCAR took a stand against racism. It’s certainly been a long time coming, but that didn’t make it any less significant to me. I’ve been an auto racing fan for, well, my entire life. I grew up in Indiana, where racing is second only to basketball — and that’s saying a lot. In addition, I have lived a […]


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