Commentary

Godless chatter; who is in control?


Ray WestmorelandO Timothy! Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge. First Timothy 6:20 New King James Version These days, there is a lot of “godless chatter” going on. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, apps, CNN, Fox News — the list goes on and on. There are so many […]

Rest on the unchanging grace


Wynter Sturtevant III I’m writing this on a Monday, a common day off for pastors. Earlier, I was going through some old emails and was reminded that a recent date marked the sixth year anniversary of Mariposa Reformed Baptist Church’s founding. I didn’t realize that and yet still worked on a sermon about the Lord’s Day. Pastors, isn’t it funny […]

How does God speak to you?



 Life for us as we shelter in place in our homes has taken on a different rhythm. Personally, my life has sped up, not slowed down! I’ve become a video creator as well as a pastor as our congregation continues to worship God, virtually through YouTube. For parents of children, the house may feel full to bursting. With school out […]

Board shuns public during Covid-19 crisis

OUR VIEW

The Mariposa County Board of Supervisors needs to do better. The board, for some reason, has continued to use audio-only for its regular meetings during the Covid-19 pandemic. The meetings are almost impossible to follow and the audio is sketchy, at best. Take last week for example, when the board was discussing the matter of displaced residents from the Detwiler […]

Political Cartoon

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Why the world needs to have many more Woodys

BETWEEN THE LINES

 It’s always interesting to me what happens after a mistake is made. We made one of those mistakes last week and we’re still not sure how it happened. Somehow, at least a few of the previous week’s newspapers were labeled and sent out to some of our customers. How it happened really isn’t relevant once it takes place, but how […]

The 19th Amendment will be celebrated at Law Day

MARIPOSA COUNTY, ESQ.

Anita Starchman-BryantIn 1961, May 1 was proclaimed to be National Law Day. Law Day is a day for celebrating our legal system. This year’s Law Day theme is “Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100.” Each year the American Bar Association designates a new Law Day theme. The ABA chooses an annual theme to spotlight a […]

We don’t need a meat packing plant

GUEST OPINION

I read Supervisor Marshall Long’s piece in the Mariposa Gazette (April 30) about his idea for a new meat packing plant in Mariposa and I have several thoughts on the concept. Beef market prices have dropped 43 percent since 2015 so it is understandable that the Long family would desire to find new and direct-to-consumer outlets for one of their […]

The path back to normal — kind of

FREE DISPATCHES FROM DENMARK

Editors’ note: Peter Krogh Andersen is a journalist and teacher from Denmark who brought a group of students to Mariposa last year. He has been covering the Covid-19 pandemic for this newspaper from his perspective in Denmark. This is his final column for a while, unless something major happens in his region. Things are getting brighter here in Europe. More […]

Hospital district is here to serve

VITAL SIGNS

O’Donel-BrowneOn Dec. 7, 1941, our entire nation was taken by surprise. I was born a month later, into the tumultuous culture of World War II. My parents and all their friends and relatives were forced to adapt to unwelcome change. Every neighborhood lost several neighbors in the war; those who stayed behind lived on rationed food and household goods. The […]


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