On free showers, Linoberg plan and public swim

Bravos To Hazel and Dick Mitchell and their tireless support for the homeless. They gave … Read more

On running on trails, for office and from law enforcement

Bravos To those who worked, planned and donated to the extension of Dragoon Gulch Trail, … Read more

Guns can’t pull their own trigger

In the wake of the school shooting in Parkland it’s time to have a real … Read more

The ‘forgotten war’ and the residents who fought it

I walked up the street to City Hall the other day to talk to Pat … Read more

Don’t normalize mass shootings

I am a first grade teacher at a local elementary school and I am writing … Read more

Russia, what are we waiting for?

We hid under our desks in school practicing safety from the nuclear bomb sent us … Read more

Bravos and Barbs, on nature, kindness and paying what’s due

Bravos To the National Park Service (and taxpayers and the Yosemite Conservancy) for the three-year … Read more

No child is alien or illegal

There is no such thing as an illegal child. There is no such thing as … Read more

Families need a shelter of their own

The outpouring of support for Nancy Rogerson and her granddaughters has been overwhelming to watch. … Read more

On service, persistence and baby formula

Bravos It’s more commonplace to criticize a public utility, but this week praise — and … Read more

Medical Center seeks support for Dignity contract

Providing Calaveras County residents with access to compassionate, high-quality health care has always been Dignity … Read more

We should all work together

I attended the annual Martin Luther King Celebration at the Sonora High Auditorium earlier this … Read more

This 24-year-old is an emblem of the White House’s recklessness

If the name Taylor Weyeneth rings a tiny bell in your head, then you might … Read more

On community, good planning and the future

Bravos To Dao Nguyen French and all the people who helped her overcome a childhood … Read more

On friends, teachers and including everyone

Bravos To Mary Jane Riva, CEO and president of Pizza Factory, who donated a buddy … Read more

Build that courthouse

At this point, we might be forgiven for feeling just a little bit like Charlie … Read more

We need better land-use planning

Congressional candidate Jessica Morse in an excellent guest opinion cited the expense of preventing and … Read more

Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties - Elected Officials

Calaveras County Board of Supervisors District 1 Gary Tofanelli gtofanelli@co.calaveras.ca.us (209) 286-9002 District 2 Jack … Read more

On helping others, and the others who don’t

Bravos To the folks from Veterans Services who spent their own time helping one of … Read more

Homelessness is a community problem

The weather has warmed up some and so the threat of people freezing to death … Read more

How to contact elected officials

As a public service and to ramp up civic involvement this year, The Union Democrat … Read more

Hello, 2018

So here we go, running headlong into 2018. Blank slate. What’s next? The holidays are … Read more

Bravos & Barbs — On an impactful community

Bravos To the outpouring of support for Marlin and Erline Heldstab, longtime Tuolumne educators who … Read more

A look back and ahead

When I speak to civic groups, the question about the future of the newspaper always … Read more

Speaking with words

When I read the recent headline that our nation’s primary public health agency, the Centers … Read more

Displays illuminate the magic of Christmas

In our family, driving around to look at Christmas lights is a tradition. We’ve been … Read more

Medical marijuana helps many

After several years of pharmaceutical treatments for my disease, I was at death’s door. Desperate, … Read more

Preserving Tuolumne County heritage

It’s not often that the county can do one, let alone two, historic preservation projects … Read more

On helping, technology, giving and criminals

Bravos To Tuolumne County for spending $3.5 million on software and other technology to enable … Read more

Let us hear your thoughts for the coming year

A reader suggested we print letters to Santa from grown-ups this holiday season. It seems … Read more

Programs teach an awareness of the wild

In 1990, I left work as a Forest Service firefighter to help launch a nonprofit … Read more

I am an American veteran

I have hit the beach at Normandy, and weaved my way up Mount Suribachi, charging … Read more

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