Weâ€™d like to think we live in a fishbowl hereâ€”that everyone in California (and beyond) is paying attention to us.
We are a small town in one of the most remote, inaccessible areas this side of the Pakistan/Afghan border.
We all signed up for that, for a variety of reasons. But for those who may wish for thoughtful attention from Sacramento or L.A., not to mention Washington, D.C., it is best to get used to how small our fishbowl really is.
Well this guy will put the government right inside your hoo-ha. Todd Akin, a Missouri congressman who, by the way is on the Science Committee, let it slip that many in the Republican Party believe that if a woman is â€ślegitimately rapedâ€ť her own bodily trauma will prevent conception from occurring. Â
The conclusion which must be drawn from this statement is that raped women who did become pregnant (about 32,000 a year) must, somewhere deep down in their glands, have wanted to be raped.
Mammoth finally settled its lawsuit with Mammoth Lakes Land Acquisition this week. Our immediate response was a sense of relief, and we werenâ€™t alone.
All over town, our citizens talked it up, not knowing, really, what the terms of the settlement actually are. We donâ€™t know either, but we know enough to sense that it is not a victory.
Rather, the settlement is wrapped in the clothing of defeat. Our battle flags in this matter now are furled, never again to be unfurled. The settlement and its complicated aftermath represent a sorry chapter in our little townâ€™s short, little history.
The Mammoth Unified School District would like to give a warm thank you to the community for their support of the temporary closing of Minaret Street for the Bluesapalooza Event the first weekend in August.
We thank the Town Council for their continued foresight to support community safety with their action with the temporary closure of the road.
We thank Sean and Joyce Turner who allowed our high school students the opportunity to solicit voluntary donations for folks that wanted to park their cars on Minaret for the event.
Members of The Campaign For A Healthy California would like express their deep appreciation to the all those from Mammoth and other Eastern Sierra communities, including representatives from Mammoth Hospital and the Department of Health, who joined us Tuesday eveningÂ for the showing of the wonderful documentary,Â The Healthcare Movie. Â
Beginning Aug. 1, a new rule went into effect that as part of the Affordable Health Care Act passed over two years ago by Congress that requires organizations/employers who provide health insurance to their employees to include access to family planning services.
It hurts to write it; it hurts even worse to witness the impending bear die-off this summer, and do nothing.
Yet the best way to deal with Mammothâ€™s starving bears is to let nature take its amoral, cruel course. As painful as it might be, the very best thing for the bears is to let them die in their own way.
Starvation is nasty business, but itâ€™s better than putting bullets in their brains. Certainly it is better than to keep them on the razorâ€™s edge of life by handing them freebies, only to watch them become problem bears later.