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Casting ballots early will speed counting process

    Here are a couple of questions that may have crossed voters’ minds during the two weeks between the election and Nov. 16, when Tuolumne County’s last ballots were counted and its tightest races were finally decided.
    • How come it takes our elections office one night to count more than 20,000 votes and nearly two weeks to tally another 3,800 ballots that were either dropped off at polling places on election day or raised some eligibility questions and were classified “provisional”?
    • Is there any way to speed the process, thus sparing candidates, the backers of bond measures and the interested public long days of suspense and anxiety?
  


Letters to the editor for Nov. 23, 2010


Letters to the editor for Nov. 22, 2010


Letters to the editor for Nov. 19, 2010


Letters to the editor for Nov. 18, 2010


Salute to firefighters, weather, luck

    With a key assist from cooler and wetter than average late spring and summer weather, Tuolumne and Calaveras county residents and firefighters did a good job keeping losses to a minimum during the 2010 fire season. 
    Now the challenge, through preparation and vigilance, is to keep the numbers low in the years to come.
    Cal Fire’s Tuolumne-Calaveras Ranger Unit reported that only 582 acres burned during the 2010 fire season, which stretched from late May until Nov. 1.
   

Letters to the editor for Nov. 17, 2010


Letters to the editor for Nov. 16, 2010


Letters to the editor for Nov. 15, 2010


Bravos to our veterans, voters, schools and Giants

    It’s time for the post-election edition of Bravos & Barbs, The Union Democrat’s occasional compendium of the good, the bad and, sometimes, the ugly in the Mother Lode.
    As usual, far more of our residents deserve bravos than we have the time or space to list. You heroes and Samaritans know who you are, as do your friends, neighbors — which probably means a lot more than recognition in this space.
    Our barbs found a few targets among the unworthy, but others — they know who they are, and so do what friends they have left — escaped their notice. But their time will come.
   

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