Last Thursday (June 22), the highly anticipated and secretive Senate health care bill — “Better Care Reconciliation Act” — was unveiled by Senate Republicans amid reactions ranging from “finally” to a huge chorus of “oh no, here we go again.” Here we go again because the margin for passage is so razor thin that if three Republicans vote against the measure even a tie-breaker vote cast by Vice President Mike Pence won’t be enough to guarantee passage.
For all the fame and notoriety that Mineral King has achieved since it was first discovered by deer hunter Harry “Parole” O’Farrell supplying the Hockett Trail crew in 1864, it was the mining era from 1872 to 1881 when the whole world started watching and, by far, the most people came to this magical place. Magic, because as the name implies, nearly every precious mineral is known to exist here but it was silver that caused the local excitement.
The year 2016 marks 30 years since I first visited Mineral King. We all have those life-changing experiences or moments that define our lives. September 26, 1986 — the day I first set eyes on Mineral King — was without question one of mine.