Commentary

Decision on salaries has ramifications

OUR VIEW

There’s little doubt last week’s vote by the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors to increase their own pay was controversial. In the end, the board voted 4-1 for the pay increase. (See complete details on our front page.) Supervisor Rosemarie Smallcombe, who along with Supervisor Marshall Long will have to face the voters first, said during the discussion she was […]

Political Cartoon

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Just a random Thursday

BETWEEN THE LINES

 I sometimes wonder just how all of us at this newspaper get through some days, or even just survive in general. There are days when it seems everything that is planned doesn’t happen at all. Sure, that’s the nature of the news business, but even that gets all twisted on certain days. I’ve threatened many times to pitch the idea […]

Breaking the law, breaking the law

PASTOR’S CORNER

Wynter Sturtevant IIIWe proceed to chapter 5 of the Gospel of Matthew. The section I wish to highlight is verses 17 through verse 18. Please feel free to check out those verses whenever you get the chance. Verse 17 happens to be one that I continually go to. It reads, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the […]

Bare root planting techniques work easily in mountain areas

OVER THE GARDEN FENCE


Shown is an example of a bare root tree.December through March is the time to plant fruit and nut trees. Bare root trees are less expensive, transport easily and acclimate best to native soils. Once you’ve chosen your variety of bare root tree, it’s time to plant. Choose a site that gets a minimum of six to eight hours of […]

Mariposa in prose

 Editor’s note: The following poem was written by Sharon Power, age 80, shown at right, a well-known local resident. We want to share it with our readers. Mariposa In California is where you’llfindMariposa, a favorite town ofmine.It has rednecks that make theirbrew,And the rich and famous livethere, too.At the fair there’s a livestock show,Demolition derby and a rodeo.Historical buildings line […]

These aren’t chump change no matter how you slice it

THE FACES OF CHANGE

Davis BryantMost people would never expect a coin to sell for millions of dollars, but multiple coins have easily sold for multi-millions. From 1700s doubloons to 1920s gold pieces, here are the five most expensive coins ever sold. The most expensive coin ever sold is the Flowing Hair Dollar minted in 1794. This coin sold for just over $10 million […]

Seeing positive things is a true human challenge

BETWEEN THE LINES

 When I set out to write this column last week, I was determined to go on another rant about the ridiculousness of social media ranting. (In fact, I wrote an entire column and then tossed it in the trash.) I was going to go off, as usual, on how people need to put down their keyboards and actually talk to […]

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McClintock, you are the swamp

GUEST OPINION

I am disappointed in Tom McClintock’s logic and remarks during the impeachment vote. I respect his opinion about whether or not Donald Trump should be impeached and/or tried for abuse of office and for obstruction of Congress, but since all he seems to say these days is the party line, I offer the following rebuttals: • First paragraph: He states […]


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