Commentary

Sunshine Week shines a light on the right to know

OUR VIEW

This week, March 10-16, is designated as “Sunshine Week” across the country. The week is dedicated to shining the light on the inner workings of government. In this day and age, there might not be anything more pressing. Sunshine Week is about many things, including the access to public records. Sometimes, people think that access is just for the media. […]

Political Cartoon

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The bad seeds need to be eliminated now

BETWEEN THE LINES

 The editorial on this page is about transparency in government and its importance in our society. As I was thinking about this issue last week, a national news story broke that goes straight to the heart of this matter. The story is about the targeting of activists, lawyers and journalists who are involved in issues along the Mexican border in […]

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Women in combat and the courts

MARIPOSA COUNTY, ESQ.

Anita Starchman-BryantJudge Gray H. Miller of the United States District Court in the Southern District of Texas has ruled that the male-only military draft registration requirement is in violation of the Constitution’s equal protection law. This ruling came as a result of a case filed by several plaintiffs including the National Coalition for Men, against the Selective Service System (“SSS”) […]

Know your real estate source for good information

MAKING IT REAL

This chart shows the data ending in February 2019 for real estate in Mariposa County. Mariposa County real estate sales increased in February. Based on data reported in the California Regional MLS (CRMLS), the median sales price is $320,000. That is up $14,500 from January and the market is showing a stable to increasing market at a 7 percent clip. […]

Quality of our people remains a positive

OUR VIEW

If there is one consistent thing about Mariposa County, it’s the quality of the people. This was put on display front and center recently when the Mariposa County High School girls basketball team played in the sectional tournament in Sacramento. By all accounts, everyone from Mariposa County was courteous, kind and treated others with respect. This includes the members of […]

Why ALF? Why not?

BETWEEN THE LINES

ALF remains a favorite, especially among the older crowd, like the author.Sometimes, when trying to formulate a column, my mind wanders. Okay, even when I write a column, my mind wonders. But that’s another matter. As I was sitting at my desk this week, looking out at the gray skies, something appeared. Actually, it’s there everyday, but it did appear […]

Bond committee issues public report

GUEST OPINION

Critical roofing work is just part of how the bond money has been spent to date.The Mariposa County Unified School District’s Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee recently met to receive a mid-year update of expenditures and to receive the independent auditor’s 2017-2018 annual report on the use of Measure L Bond funds. The Committee is writing to inform the general public […]

Container Gardening 101

OVER THE GARDEN FENCE


How are you at growing plants in containers? From Dixie Cups to 50 gallon barrels, a container’s size and material composition makes container gardening different from nurturing plants in the earth. Clay pots are porous, plastic are impermeable. A plant’s nutrients, air flow and water need attention in any type or sized container. Container gardening allows for a broad spectrum […]


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