Protecting homes from wildfires is crucial step


Beth Pratt We all want to be fire safe. I have been on pre-evacuation or had to evacuate the last three years in a row, and the Telegraph Fire in 2008 came within 1,400 feet of my home. More and more I am seeing landscapes being clear-cut down to the soil in our communities in the name of fire safety. […]

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When the stars align, maybe we’ll begin accepting truth


 Over the past few weeks, I’ve been doing quite a bit of thinking. One reason is I’ve been at my house a lot because of the oral surgery I had in late January. It knocked me down, but not out. Yet I have found myself at home quite a bit, sometimes alone, which is generally an unusual thing. Though convalescing […]

The modern leper and the lessons to be learned


Wynter Sturtevant IIIThe context of chapter 8 in the Gospel of Matthew is that Jesus Christ has finished his sermon on the Mount. He now comes down the mountain and he is not alone. We are told that great crowds followed him down from the mountain. Then behold! A leper comes to Jesus and kneels before him. His words that […]

A tribute to a local legend


This commentary is a tribute to Dr. Bill Atwood. Bill is the founder of the Jessie Benton Fremont Community Day School. He was also former principal of Mariposa Middle School before it was forced to close during the 2007 financial crises. Atwood positively educated and helped thousands of Mariposa children through education. Atwood was not only a “founder,” he was […]

Tired of the BS? I think most people are


 If nothing else, the debate currently raging about the salary of supervisors in Mariposa County has been interesting. Personally, I don’t have a dog in the fight. We’re just here to report what is happening. I can see points being made by both sides. On the one hand, it’s probably safe to say many people realize the supervisors should have […]

Florence is living in fantasy world


This is a response from the Mariposa Museum and History Center to a letter written by Don Florence. Although disappointed in the sentencing aspect of this matter, I was relieved to finally have it resolved. Reading the comments made by Don Florence, and by extension, Suzen Dyslin, made me realize she and he do not really “get it.” I’m president […]

Ferguson concept makes no sense


I wish to comment on the latest report in the Gazette on the plans for restoring Highway 140 disrupted 14 years ago by the Ferguson slide. I will begin by asking why were the supposed experts from Caltrans 25 minutes late arriving at the meeting they had called in El Portal? Of all people, they should surely have known of […]

Alliance serves the needs of many


Shown are the team members of Alliance for Community Transformations. If you’ve lived in Mariposa for the past decade (or longer), you’ve probably heard of businesses like Mariposa Heritage House, Mountain Crisis Services, CASA, Ethos and Pathos…and you probably have a general idea of what services they provide. But have you heard of Connections, Valley Crisis Center or Alliance for […]

The kingdom of God


Dave GundersonThis is a Q&A with Pastor Dave Q. Dave, what did Jesus mean when He talked about “the kingdom of God” or “the kingdom of heaven?” A. What a great question! When we think of a kingdom, we think of a particular form of government here on planet earth. Yet Jesus did not set up an earthly government. Jesus […]

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