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Vaccination is a societal obligation

A small editorial note about a big topic locally: Childhood vaccination.

Cal Fire's credibility problem

Josh White, Cal Fire’s Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit chief, is again in the news.

This time, his credibility to being questioned in a legal petition filed in Santa Clara County court.

A crib sheet for upcoming McClintock visit

Rep. Tom McClintock plans to visit Sonora on Thursday for a “town hall”-style meeting.

We encourage Calaveras and Tuolumne county residents to get out and hear from their congressman.

Here’s a backgrounder on some of the latest votes and legislative efforts by McClintock, R-Roseville.

Why we ran the gay marriage letter

Earlier this week, The Union Democrat ran a letter to the editor from a reader who opposed gay marriage.

Proposed health benefit for retiring Columbia superintendent is wrong

A burning question on many minds regarding the June retirement of Columbia Elementary School District Superintendent John Pendley is this: What will his pension be?

As the highest-compensated school administrator in Tuolumne County when he retired this month — making a reported $175,761 a year — it’s bound to be high. But how high?

The Jubilee is a must-see

Arguably one of the undersung heroes in the panoply of annual Mother Lode events, the Tuolumne Lumber Jubilee, began Thursday.

Kudos due Lode Fair volunteers


The lowdown on downtown business

Union Democrat Opinion Page Editor Craig Cassidy sat down this week with Sonora City Councilman George Segarini, who served as executive director of the Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce for 17 years before retiring in June 2013 to run a pair of restaurants with his son. Segarini was elected to the council in 2014 and previously served on the city Planning Commission. 

Topics touched on in this interview included the city budget, adopted Monday, business development, particularly downtown, and the Vision Sonora plan, which proposes several downtown infrastructure projects including the addition of small parks, a new public restroom, a walking path on Stockton Road, parking changes downtown, and an entry arch for the city.

Recognition for a star, a military hero

Too often, bad guys and dumb moves hog this space on the Opinion Page. So we’ll take this opportunity to recognize a star performer and a hero from a few weeks back...

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