Bill Rozak

Federal offense

To the editor:

I am writing in hopes of preventing people from unwittingly committing a federal offense this holiday season, like I did. I went to my mailbox the other day to get my mail. Inside, there was also an envelope from my renters with their check in it, which they often just throw in the mailbox. In the top right corner I saw "postage due 42 cents" and thought they had written it on there as a joke. Then I saw a slip from the United States Postal Service with these words, "Mail box use by non postal employee requires postage." Written in under "amount due" was "42 cents."

I, perhaps like you, am sometimes tempted to drop a Christmas card in a neighbor's mailbox during December. Take this as a warning and don't go there!

Stefani Reichle


Wrong message

To the editor:

I do my best as a mother to instill values in my children - values that include saving sex for marriage. I don't appreciate my efforts being undermined. I'm referring to an incident at the TWIST (The Women's Improvement Society of Tuolumne) Tablesetting fundraiser. Thinking that themed table settings were a wonderful idea, I attended the event with my youngest daughter.

There I saw a themed table setting representing different turning points in a woman's life. Imagine my chagrin when I saw losing one's virginity placed chronologically before marriage! I am no prude, and I understand that, in many people's opinion, one must simply wait until you are ready or until you find the right person. But I think TWIST's allowing a poor choice of setting placement by this participant gave entirely the wrong message to the very girls and women it hopes to support.

Sioban Hill

Mi-Wuk Village

Childhood memories

To the editor:

At this season we receive many requests for food donations, clothing and toys, and I began reminiscing about my childhood in Holland, during World War II. During the winter of September of 1944 through May of 1945, our food mainly consisted of sugar beets and tulip bulbs with occasional cabbage or frozen potatoes - the latter traded for new underwear or antiques with some farmer.

For several years after liberation, food was scarce and only available with ration coupons.

I remember the once-per-year treats: an orange, knitted underwear, one book at the Sunday School Christmas celebration and one egg at Easter only. Our clothing was often somewhat unconventional. Mother once made a dress from parachute material, discarded by Canadian, British or U.S. paratroopers.

The final winter of the war was especially cold, with barely any heat in our large old house. I can still see "ice flowers" on bedroom windows and feel my nose frozen to the sheets. In our present display cabinet, I still keep my childhood doll.

Her soft body was "renovated" several times and her head of paper mache. This doll was precious and I played with her daily. We had few toys, but vivid imaginations and were seldom bored.

The bike I rode to school from age 11 to 14 consisted of parts from three different models. This story could go on, as memories come bubbling to the surface, but this is not the place nor time. I just wanted to share a few childhood experiences.

The sharp edges of that period, many years ago, have worn off and although food, clothing and toys were in short supply, I dare say my childhood was basically a happy one.

Hiltje Jamieson


Re-entry issues

To the editor:

I'm glad to hear that our District Attorney, Donald Segerstrom is so concerned about a flood of early released inmates returning to society and overwhelming our local programs and services.

What services? When I was released in Tuolumne County all I was able to get was some food stamps and medical coverage - for which I am very grateful, as they helped me to get on my feet. I have a job skill and managed to make a little money and get a place to live.

If inmates do not get jobs quickly or have families to help them, they end up living in homeless camps or staying at places that are not always conducive to becoming responsible citizens. If Segerstom is so worried about inmates re-offending, then perhaps he might put some energy into helping our county better address re-entry issues such as housing, drug programs, and work training just to name a few.

Instead Segerstom continues with the "lock em up and forget about them" attitude. I realize that most people put in to prison deserve to be there, but they do eventually get released unless it's a life sentence.

If we are so worried about inmates re-offending, then let's address that issue as well.

Dan Herrin


Amazing principal

To the editor:

I would like to thank Sandy Bradley for being an amazing principal at Tioga High.

She is not only a principal, but a classroom teacher. She is always willing to help any student at anytime. She has made this school a great place to attend. She is always smiling, and is there when our school needs that extra "umphh." Bradley cares about the school and each student who goes to Tioga High. She is truly here for the students.

It is obvious, especially now that her duties have doubled and her pay has decreased.

She is here because she wants to be here, just like all of our staff members. We the students appreciate everything you do, Mrs. Bradley.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Ashley Marr