Who is calling shots in Cox case?

Editor, Finally, an answer as to how and why the Bison Creek Ranch records have been sealed. It’s because Evidence Code Section 1040 is being invoked to protect the person who “informed” the County of the BCR code violations — a highly irregular use of Code 1040. This code was designed to protect people who informed on others in criminal […]

County needs pot dispensaries

Editor, Pot is now legal in California. People with a lot of pain or who suffer from nausea or who need it for emotional reasons can now get it without having to get a medical card. But there is a catch. They won’t be able to buy it in Mariposa County. Mariposa County’s sheriff is vehemently opposed to any dispensaries […]

Founders would not like tax plan

Editor, Congressman Tom McClintock’s letter published in the Dec. 28 edition of the Mariposa Gazette was largely a defense of his vote in favor of the recent tax overhaul bill; within his statement, however, are multiple assertions that anybody opposing the legislation was a “Marxist.” The defense of tax restructuring was not surprising; there have grown unassailable and dogmatic beliefs […]

No excuse for fairgrounds gunfire

Editor, I am a Washington State resident from Aberdeen visiting friends in this beautiful community. I stayed in my RV last night at the Mariposa Fairgrounds. I work at a gun store in Washington and support ownership rights. I was stunned at the mindless irresponsibility I witnessed last night as over a dozen different weapons were fired, some into the […]

McClintock doesn’t get it

Editor, The new tax plan is an attack on the working class, and our representative, Tom McClintock, voted for it. As a middle class individual who works hard and pays my taxes, I’m livid. It is projected to increase the national deficit by $1.4 trillion. My ‘tax breaks’ are scheduled to vanish, while those for corporations are not. The Joint […]

McClintock gets it all wrong

Editor, After reading the letter from Congressman Tom McClintock posted in the Gazette, it became apparent that he really has no grasp of economics despite his years in Washington. The first clue is his use of the word Marxist to describe those that do not subscribe to supply side economics. Either he truly has no concept of what views the […]

Stop companies killing pollinators

Editor, Your two-part series featuring Beth Pratt-Bergstrom (part one published Dec. 14, 2017) raises the important issue that pollinators are dying off at an alarming rate. We applaud her mention of one thing we all can do to help: growing milkweed to provide little fueling stations for Monarch butterflies. And, as the old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is […]

I am not a Marxist

Editor, I am writing in response to the letter published in the Gazette on Thursday, Dec. 28 from Rep. Tom McClintock. Putting aside all of the arguments that he makes for his flip-flop vote on the recent tax legislation, I’d like to register my outrage at the derogatory tone of his screed. Not once, but twice in his letter, McClintock […]

Now is the perfect time to plant certain garden species


Bob LabozettaNow is a great time to plant bare root fruit and nut trees, although anytime from January through March works. At this time there should be a wide selection of cultivars that are much less expensive than containerized specimens, making it easier to transport. The process of planting bare root fruit and nut trees begins with selection. Determine what […]

McClintock defends vote on sweeping tax reform bill


Tom McClintockEditor’s note: Following last week’s congressional vote to change the tax system in America, Rep. Tom McClintock sent out this letter explaining why he voted for the bill. He had previously voted against the bill. Mr. Speaker: I opposed the House version of the tax reform bill because the loss of broad-based deductions like state and local taxes would […]

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