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Mariposa First Responder Opposed To Cal Fire Contract

To the Editor: As a resident and volunteer firefighter of Mariposa County I now have TOTAL LACK OF TRUST of all our elected officials. The reasons for this are the latest actions now being taken by the board of supervisors concerning the takeover of Mariposa County Fire Department by Cal Fire. Two and a half years ago the volunteers were ...

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Letter to the Editor: Why I’m Against Measure L

Weighing heavy on the hearts and minds of Measure L opponents is the question, Are our brave fire fighters being used as emotional pawns in a sensational money grab? They march to the siren song of promise that things will get better.. .but do they have enough knowledge of the political history of the Board or the County, the Measure ...

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Letter To The Editor: Red Flags About Measure L

To the Editor: Both supporters and opponents of Measure L agree there is a need for improved safety—fire and Sheriff’s protection—in Madera County. They differ on how to fund this improved safety. Supporters want a 1% sales tax in the unincorporated parts of Madera County. Opponents contend there is enough money already in the County budget but it is being ...

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Letter To The Editor: Why I’m Voting No On Measure L

To the Editor: 13 Reasons why I’m voting “No” on Measure L, the Safety Tax 1. The County continues to pursue an OHV park for a special interest group that wants to drive fast on dirt. Estimated cost to taxpayers for getting the park operational: $1.2 Million. Approximate additional cost to tax payers if park does not meet the operating ...

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Letter to the Editor: No On Measure L

To the Editor: Commonly, under the PERS (Public Employee Retirement System), through a payroll deduction, employee’s pay 100% or less of the contribution required, and the employer (the taxpayers) may pay a share or percentage of the contribution required. Pursuant to Madera County Resolution 2016-257, Dated August 20, 2016, Madera County taxpayers will pay the full amount of the contribution ...

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Letter To The Editor: Don’t Dog The DOG Report

To the Editor: The following will address Supervisor Tom Wheeler’s criticism of Dale Drozen and his DOG Report: Many feel that Supervisor Wheeler’s comments regarding Dale Drozen’s retirement income are inappropriate, irrelavant, suggestive of pension-envy and unbecoming of a representative of the people. However, many would agree with the Supervisor’s statement that most cities and counties, throughout our Country, are ...

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Letter To The Editor: Let’s Ignore The Constitution

Let’s ignore the fact that Russia is our enemy. And let’s ignore the illegality of knowingly interfering with the American election process. And let’s ignore how one candidate encouraged and adhered to the allegiance of Russia in support of hacking another candidates email, in order to favor the outcome of the election. And let’s ignore Article 3, section 3 of ...

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An Open Letter From A Booster Dad

O’NEALS — Minarets Volleyball 2016 season came to an end on Wednesday, Nov. 16 when they lost to Ontario Christian High School in the first Round of the CIF Division IV state Championship 3-0. That’s not what this story is about. Andrew Low tells it from the heart in this post he shared with Minarets Foundation, Inc. on social media that night. Click ...

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My Campaign Signs Have Been Taken Down

This morning, when I went outside to get some things done, I found my campaign signs for Hillary Clinton, Bob Derlet and Robert Carabas had been taken down. The Hillary sign was covered with dirt and debris. I cleaned the sign and put it, and the others back up. I find it sad that there are so many people in ...

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Vulcan Takes Community And Environment Seriously

To the Editor: This is an edited version of the letter I sent to the Madera County Board of Supervisors urging them to support the Austin Quarry project with a YES vote on September 12, 2016. After working as a geologist for 20+ years with a California-based environmental consulting company, I was a bit weary of jumping into the industrial ...

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