Letters

Let’s acknowledge the issues

Editor, It’s been almost a month and a half now since the last of the unemployment benefits ended on September 4, so I took a drive through town to see how many places were still trying to fill positions. I was quickly able to find double digit numbers that were hiring — I stopped counting at 15. It’s time to […]

Thanks for great article

Editor, Thank you for the excellent article on biogeochemist, Dr. Marilyn Fogel. I have been fortunate to be one of many mentored by Marilyn and Dr. Chris Swarth, retired director of the 6,500 acre Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve at UC Merced and Marilyn’s husband. What an inspiring example of a loving, supportive couple sharing their environmental concerns and careers. […]

Big investments are needed

Editor, Two weeks ago, the Gazette published Congressman McClintock’s essay rejecting the Biden plan to “Build Back Better,” projected to cost $3.5 trillion over 10 years, or $350 billion per year. The week before the Gazette published a guest opinion I had written on the same topic. Briefly I’ll respond. Government investment has benefited all Americans greatly. FDR’s New Deal […]

Thanks for helping, Peter

Editor, I would like to thank Peter Beck for confirming, albeit inadvertently, an important point in my previous letter, to wit: Significant numbers of medical products that have completed the full-on, notoriously rigorous FDA approval process can and do turn out to cause serious, unforeseen adverse reactions years after release for sale. Whether or not these products were permanently taken […]

We all can help cleanup county

Editor, On Saturday, Oct. 9, I organized a Yaqui Gulch cleanup with community members and enlisted the aid of the county road department. Due to the danger of working the road, especially on curves, I contacted Ahmad Alkhayyat who directs the county road department to ask if there might be a possibility of help with traffic control. Ahmad advised there […]

The Covid juxtapositions

Editor, There were a couple of striking juxtapositions in the Oct. 7 Gazette. Almost a page was devoted to opinions decrying threats against county health employees and lack of action on Covid-19 by the supervisors. On the same page was a letter from Harry Strawbridge that mentioned an article on NPR.org, suggesting it cast doubt on vaccines. This NPR article […]

Get the facts straight

Editor, Harry Strawbridge’s response to my letter reveals the depths of his ignorance, disingenuousness and misplaced moral outrage. He must have read the classic “How to Lie with Statistics.” Strawbridge’s letter is largely devoid of actual facts or data, but the one statistic he does provide is just plain false. Strawbridge claims, “According to npr.org, 71 of 222 drugs approved […]

Griz win a dream come true

Editor, A huge congratulations and thank you to the Mariposa Grizzlies varsity football team! Friday Oct. 8, the thumping of the Denair Coyotes was a 60 year dream come true. Having played on the ‘60, ‘61 and ‘62 Grizzly teams, our trip to Denair in ‘61 still haunted me. It was a cold, foggy night and we were down to […]

The true shrine to justice

Editor, FOX propaganda (news) celebrated its 25th anniversary last week with a twisted account of Critical Race Theory (CRT). The most crucial CRT court decision ever, and from the 20th century, connects to Mariposa’s “Shrine to Justice” courthouse. It comes spiritually through the friendship of Judge Thomas Coakley and Governor/Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren. The Brown v. Board of […]


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