Bill Rozak

Thank you

To the Editor:

Soroptimist International of Calaveras County sends a very special thank you to everyone who supported the Festival of Trees Carnevale celebration. Our generous underwriters, sponsors, countless volunteers, attendees and those who purchased raffle and auction items, you are the ones who allow us to continue our vital programs, improving the lives of women and girls in our community and throughout the world. For a complete list of our sponsors, please, District III Calaveras County.

Kathi Flores

Mountain Ranch

Soroptimist International of Calaveras County

5 percent solution

To the Editor:

Well, now that the bailout is turning into another (financial) Iraq, it seems the feds will be shelling out, in the end, potentially trillions "with no end in sight." Sound familiar?

As the money wheel turns, Congress has just now begun dialogue as to what to do about the core problem of bad loans and hyperinflated interest rates.

Might we consider a solution that would cost the taxpayers nothing, allow the banks relief and their customers the opportunity to stay in their homes, keep their cars (now that gas is 10 cents a gallon), have some money to pay other bills, and give everyone some breathing room? Let's try the "5 percent solution."

All current and new loans would be rolled back to 5 percent through the end of 2009, then re-evaluated.This includes all auto, credit cards, mortgages, student loans, and any other secured or unsecured loans. The only significant long-term downside may be less bond purchasing by foreign countries, to finance deficit federal spending.

Guess Washington will have to tighten its belt(way) like everyone else. Will this be considered? Probably not, it makes too much sense and doesn't cost enough.

John Kramer


Give what you can

To the Editor:

The inn had no room for them so Mary had to give birth to baby Jesus in a stable as the stars in the heaven shown down on him. A little girl lay upon the ground cold and hungry. Her mommy and daddy wept. No one had a home for them. The little girl looked up at her parents as she took her last breath.

Many people are cold and hungry and homeless. Many die each year. Could you have helped, or did you look the other way and say no?

Jesus said the poor would always be with us, and to go and feed his sheep.

Feed the poor, widows and orphans.

This Christmas look around and help someone in need. Let the spirit of giving be in your hearts. If you don't have much to give, give what you can. Love and compassion is free. As you know, little is much when God is in it. If you bless someone else, you will be blessed.

Have a Merry Christmas and healthy New Year.

Barbara Melchor