Opinion

PG&E needs some common sense

Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to PG&E by one of our readers. Editor, I am one of your customers up in Greeley Hill, which is seven miles up the mountain from Coulterville, approximately 25 miles from the south end of Yosemite. According to your weather monitor on one of your poles about 100 feet from my property, our […]

The dream of helping others still alive

Editor, There’s a reason why most kids dream of being firefighters when they grow up: they are brave, they get to wear cools stuff and every day they go out and help people who they don’t even know. As we grow older, values and choices change. So as the firetrucks rolled up the driveway to save my home, you can […]

County complicit in Cox case

Editor, Ironic how in a previous editorial a Mr. Scott Bening addressed the issue of the “sealed documents.” I sat in the courtroom today (last Thursday) and I find it interesting that the same people with all of the opinions are never seen in court. Are they being coerced or just unavailable to seek the truth? Judge Dana Walton spoke […]

Politics of tourism needs a change

Editor, Geotourism: This idiosyncratic or peculiar name is attached to Mariposa’s legacy with John Muir. I’m writing this as the (past) President of the John Muir Geotourism Center. John Muir came to California in 1868 just four years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant, (1864). Muir’s 150 mile journey or Ramble Route as he called it, traversed through Coulterville […]

Residents give back

Editor, Mariposa, you the people, nonprofit groups, businesses, first responders, churches and homeless, you made our 20 years of living in Mariposa some of the finest times of our 60 years of marriage. Everyone welcomed us with open arms, and let us share our friendship with them, their organization, business, church and even the homeless that wanted to give of […]

NCFM group distracting from the truth

Editor, The president for the National Coalition for Men (NCFM) wrote an editorial that was published on Sept. 19, 2019. The NCFM indicated that Marshall Long did not tell the truth when he stated that the documents in the Jerry Cox/ Bison Creek Ranch case were not sealed and were available to anyone that wanted to see them at the […]

Shame about Yosemite Treats

Editor, I want to wish the best to the girls at Yosemite Treats as they have had to close their business. They and their families put their own blood, sweat and money to open it five years ago without any consideration from the previous owner and have not received any consideration from the new owner. It’s been a place to […]

Housing attitude discouraging

Editor, After my husband and I suffered financial losses, a business closure and the loss of our home, we were in a recreational vehicle for a year and half by the graciousness of friends. We are not alone in our story. The search for a new place to live was difficult. There are few places to rent and fewer that […]

Hemp ordinance needs changed

Editor, This Hemp Cultivation Ordinance on the agenda for the Planning Commission’s Oct. 11 meeting proposes to permit large scale commercial production of hemp in Mariposa County. Hemp is hard to tell from the hallucinogenic marijuana unless it is tested in a lab. The proposed ordinance seems well thought out but for one major part. It proposes to permit as […]

Dahlem not being truthful about Cox

Editor, I represent Jerry Cox in the receivership case brought by the county of Mariposa, which has been covered significantly in the Gazette. So far I have avoided statements to the newspaper. But after seeing the false statements made by Mariposa County Counsel Steve Dahlem in the article “Lawsuit Filed” (Sept. 26, 2019), I’m compelled to respond. Dahlem’s statement that […]


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