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Letters to the Editor for Oct. 21, 2011

Lt. Governor’s visit

To the Editor:
    I was truly amazed when such a high-ranking state official as Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom came to Tuolumne County and generously shared his views on how to make our state great again, the absence of city council members and county supervisors was glaringly evident. We do not live in a vacuum and when the Lt. Governor sees the total indifference to his visit by county and city officials one might conclude that we will not be first on his list of counties for which he will go to bat. I personally was embarrassed for our county.
    I know that SPI was inaugurating the re-opening of their plant, but being aware that the Lt. Governor was going to be in Sonora for only two hours, it would have made sense for the officials of our county to arrange with SPI to work around the visit so that they could attend. The Lt. Governor’s visit had been announced for a long time so not knowing about it seems a feeble excuse.
    The visit was a huge success and the Opera Hall was standing room only. We were so proud to have the Lt. Governor0 visit and were impressed with his knowledge of our problems and difficulties. It was a wonderful day.
        Janet Maffei

Tired of being
a zombie

To the Editor:
    I'm tired of being a zombie. I'm tired of my eyes glazing over bank statements, waning job opportunities, and the issues that face my community. I'm tired of watching unemployment fan the flames of the elder community who have lost their pensions and are now living off the food banks. I'm tired of drug use getting severe because other people are taking desperate measures to go numb (like zombies do) or feed themselves by selling. I'm tired of trying to numb myself from the issues that face my generation because our right to a basic prosperity is threatened.
    I am thankful for the community support of Sonora and all the people who realize that Wall Street affects small street. Occupy Sonora doesn't want any more for rent signs in the windows of their small business, and want their kids to grow up with a pride that comes from providing for themselves. That can only come when the dollar is strong.
    I know that even in my small Sierra Nevada community, Wall Street steals the tourist dollar from us as Bay Area residents lose their jobs and choose not to spend their summers boating and winters skiing. I realize that even as a zombie, I must do my part. Zombies are not the brainless ones, our lobbyists and Wall Street executives are. As a zombie, I hope that all those who choose to corrupt our capitalist system to make a quick buck will eat each other alive and then they will know what it feels to be the 99 percent. Let's bring brains back to the big banks.
        Liz Kelley
        Mi-Wuk Village

Establishing a Draft

To the Editor:
    On April 25, Time Magazine reported that “60 members of the crew of the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln pocketed $3.4 million in bonuses — $57,000 each, tax-free, simply to re-enlist." This action was the result of the two Bush/Cheney administrations refusing to authorize a forced enlistment when they started two wars, both still ongoing.
    As a result of the malfeasance and incompetence of the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld trio in preparing for and engaging in two wars, our troops were sent into battle without sufficient personnel, armor and protective uniforms resulting in the deaths and maiming of thousands of our brave men and women. The trio eventually had to send the National Guard units of several states resulting in their re-deployment, along with our U.S. Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force units.
    Inasmuch as President Obama has been unable, or unwilling, to end the wars he inherited, now is the time for a draft to be established to avoid having to bribe our warriors to serve.
    A dollar a day is the amount we veterans of Word War II were paid when we were drafted in 1941,
        Ray Mellana

Tuolumne County Water Party

To the Editor:
     In Washington there is a Tea Party, which stubbornly refuses to fund Government and demands cuts regardless of consequences. And in our quaint county there is the Water Party, known as the Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD), which demands, with equal obstinacy, more income to pay for its growing expenses. TUD proposes to raise the monthly cost for the average customer, by TUD's definition, by a mere 23.41 percent (Union Democrat, Oct. 18). The difference between the two "parties" is that the Tea Party can shut the Government down if it wants to, while the Water Party automatically gets what it wants because, effectively, nobody controls it.
        Klaus Kraemer

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