Union Democrat staff

Simple, profound

To the editor:

There is a simple but profound Lakota prayer: Mitakuye Oyasin. These words mean "All My Relations" or rather "We are All Related." To pray this prayer is to petition God on behalf of everyone and everything on earth. Mitakuye Oyasin honors the sacredness of each person's spiritual path, acknowledges the sacredness of all life (human, animal, plant, etc.) and creates an energy of awareness which strengthens not only the person who prays but the entire planet.

The Great Mystery might bring a lesson to you in the innocent smile of a child, or even (and especially) in the words of a stranger on a bus in the middle of rush hour. The Great Mystery speaks to us in many ways, for the lesson in these things really and simply is to "learn to listen." Many would do far better to develop a meaningful relationship with their creator rather than be warriors of political platitudes under the cloaking of religious robes, when in truth, the emperor hath no robes.

This is why it is perfect for a Christian, for example, to hold belief in something, but to vote and put it to Capitol Hill, when it's truly scripturally motivated, takes God out of the equation and breaks "the Greatest Commandment" and its second (Matthew 22:36). We forget that, even though the Bible talks against such things, that even Jesus hung out with prostitutes and thieves rather than throwing stones at them. Leave it to politicians to put the "white" in whited sepulcher, but for the rest of us to understand that what is truly important is but a prayer's breath away.

Cryss Blackwolf


Not cost effective

To the editor:

In the not-too-distant past, the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors decided to table the medical marijuana "card" issue. During discussions, a supervisor was advocating for it, saying it will remove a burden from the sheriff.

Now (at least in my case), we had two deputies, paid $18 to $25 an hour, making an unannounced visit at my residence in Cedar Ridge (90 minutes total time, including transit) asking to see my recommendation. The deputies were cordial, personable and apologetic. But $50 (not to mention fuel, etc.) for my recommendation? Not cost effective.

Tuolumne County needs to address this problem.

Paul McNaul

Cedar Ridge