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Letters to the Editor

Water Shortage 01/23/2014

Bob Petersen

Why is it that, given the lack of rain, those in charge are talking about all the things that citizens can do to save water ? I would like an explanation of why all the reservoirs in the area are empty. These lakes were semi full to full at the end of the summer in 2013.< more

County’s Pick & Choose Encroachment Enforcement Laws 10/06/2013

Donald E Mason

I’m a 90 year old USMC WWII 100% disabled purple heart w/ a bronze star veteran who owns a cabin that I built with my brother back in 1965. I have a steep asphalt driveway that is being destroyed by … more

Government Shut Down 10/01/2013

Eleanor Wittrup

As I understand it, in order to pass (or repeal) a law in the U.S.A. you have to pass it by majority vote in the House AND the Senate and then the President has to sign the bill into law. … more

Recent Blogs

Budget & Legislative Deadline 06/24/2016


The Legislature passed a budget with record high spending. The $122.5 billion dollar spending plan socks away money into the “Rainy Day” budget reserve fund, increases K-14 education spending and includes some new funding for local law enforcement and jail construction. These are good things. more

Tree Mortality: Seeing is Believing 05/27/2016


Seeing is believing as the old saying goes. Maybe that’s why tree mortality isn’t a bigger issue for more people. If you haven’t seen it for yourself, it’s hard to believe that 29 million trees have already died in our foothill and mountain counties, and many more will probably die. Watch the video here. more

Taking A Look Back 05/16/2016


Over the past 4½ years that I have contributed to this blog, every so often I take a look back at previous grants awarded by the Sonora Area Foundation to see how the grant funds have been expended. You may … more

Economy: Families Vs. State Agencies 05/02/2016


While California is slowly recovering from the great recession, state agencies are busy passing new regulations that will increase energy costs on families and business. State bureaucrats function as though they have been given a green light to act unilaterally … more