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Restoring public trust in county government

The sentencing of 50-year-old Thomas Jefferson Fraser IV last week on a charge of grand theft was significant.

Not because the defendant, despite his guilty plea, insisted that he really had no criminal intent and that “vendettas” by fellow employees were what got him in trouble.

Not because emotions at the Tuolumne County Superior Court hearing were high, and that friends and family members vigorously defended Fraser.


A salute to Sonora High School heroes


Fire prevention season is upon us


Jailhouse stew now less costly


Groveland recall: Time for voters to decide

Nearly three months ago, in this very space, we urged that Grovelanders upset with their school board try communication and dialogue rather than go through with the planned recall of all five district trustees.

That was wishful thinking.

Our Oct. 22 editorial — which pointed out that recall campaigns are often divisive, destructive, expensive and can lead to board members with less-than-majority support taking office — provoked a quick and angry reaction from backers.

Their message: That previous attempts to communicate had been rebuffed by the board and superintendent, and that the aggrieved constituents were out of options.
   


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