Opinion

Parking lot closure hurt everyone

Editor, As a resident of Mariposa, I was disappointed this weekend to see the parking lot of Pioneer Village (the second largest parking lot in town) closed down for repaving. The weekend of the Butterfly Festival is one of the busiest weekends for our town; it has been going on for years, and the date doesn’t change — always the […]

Supports opposition to sanctuary law

Editor, This is an open letter to the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors It’s a given that societies in which the law is respected and obeyed enjoy a much higher quality of life than those in which it is not. Respect and obedience for the law, and by extension, quality of life, depend, to a large degree, on effective law […]

Bert Smith — A man to remember

MARIPOSA COUNTY FLASHBACK

Shown from left are Winnie Williams, George Fournier and Bert Smith at the barber shop.Editor’s note: Mariposa County Flashback is a collaborative effort between the newspaper and the Mariposa Museum and History Center. Bertram “Bert” Smith was born in 1884 in Auburn. He moved to Catheys Valley with his father, John Richard Smith, in 1894. John Smith worked in the […]

Greed affects infrastructure

GUEST OPINION

After writing about how the ‘military-industrial complex’ lobbies our lawmakers to assign massive amounts of money to the military budget leading to the neglect of our deteriorating infrastructure, I concluded we can attribute the skewed fiscal priorities of our government to greed. But what is greed? For an objective understanding, let’s dispense with the negative connotations of avarice and moral […]

Bernikoff listens to all sides

Editor, I have been impressed with the quality of Heather Bernikoff’s thinking, knowledge and ability to understand trends. I am a farmer in District 3 with a young family. While I appreciate Heather’s work to protect agriculture in our county, I have been equally appreciative of her thinking beyond the issue at hand to consider how our agricultural lands might […]

Bernikoff will work diligently

Editor, I am a small business owner in Mariposa. I met Heather Bernikoff years ago when she volunteered to help us out at a local non-profit, putting labels on programs for mailing. No job was too small or too humble for this professional with a Master’s Degree in health education. I respect and admire Heather for taking on the responsibility […]

Long is here to stay

Editor, There are many reasons to vote for Marshall Long for District 3 Supervisor. Here are a few on my list : Marshall is actively working on a solution to the county’s looming unfunded retirement liability, which will preserve the benefits for which our employees have labored in good faith, as well as maintaining the services we need and enjoy. […]

Bernikoff has the know-how

Editor, As each supervisor election approaches, I study the candidates, and one of my top considerations is stewardship of our vulnerable water resources. Heather Bernikoff is the clear choice on that score. She has a wealth of education and practical experience in the areas of community planning, community healthcare, protection of ag land, local education and economic development suitable to […]

Kehoe is honest, has integrity

Editor, We urge you to vote for Vince Kehoe for assessor/recorder of Mariposa County. He has been an active member of the Mariposa community for many years, with extensive professional experience in all aspects of real estate. He has a thorough knowledge of real estate throughout the county, and expert knowledge and experience in appraising all types of real estate. […]

Bernikoff is the best choice

Editor, My choice for supervisor for District 3 is Heather Bernikoff. I have known her for over a decade and found that she: • is an attentive listener• researches her decisions well• is not beholden to any special interests• is committed to the future of our county• has been a strong supporter of our community I hope you join me […]


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