Letters to the Editor for March 20, 2009

Union Democrat staff


To the editor:

I drive Shaws Flat Road daily and patiently endure the kid traffic between classes at the Sonora High School crossing. On Wednesday, March 4, a lull in kid traffic allowed enough time for a car (eastbound) to move on and I proceeded cautiously west. Just as I crossed into the crosswalk, two young men darted out behind the other car. They scolded me and I shouted, "Sorry."

These high school kids are old enough to know not to dart out into traffic. They need to be responsible for their own safety, along with the folks waiting for them to get to class.

Meanwhile, to the person who called my business phone at 10:15 p.m. and left a message to harass and threaten me. You do not know me, and you obviously did not witness the entire situation. You were concerned for the kids (I admire you for that).

But were the two boys reminded of their responsibilities? If you wanted to discuss this matter, why didn't you call during normal hours or leave your name and phone number? I would have been happy to explain my side of the story.

Lee Mortier


Stimulus is socialism

To the Editor:

Are we going to sit by and watch America become slaves to the subsequent taxes we will see to Obama's stimulus bills?

As many of you may know, there have been marches around the country recently, that are taking opposition to Obama's frightening socialistic policies and actions. If we are to have our voices heard, and take up our right to free speech, before it has been infringed upon, we must join together and have our views expressed in the community.

We must take a stand against the financial enslavement of the American public. Our Constitution is being used as a door mat. We must not let this continue.

Isaiah Woodall


Identities asked

To the editor:

I wish you would identify the editorial columnists and tell us their home base. For instance, it would be easier to evaluate the opinions of Rich Lowry if we knew he is the editor of the National Review, a very conservative American news magazine. Everyone is entitled to their point of view but it helps to know how they make their living.

Bob Reagan


Savings questioned

To the editor:

Upon a cursory examination of school district organization, the savings of unified districts appear to be viable. However, in reality, few unifications have resulted in savings.

The reasons for this phenomenom are: All schools in the new district adopt the salary schedule of the school with the highest salaries, a district with 12 schools will usually require approximately four assistant superintendents and an increase in support staff. Schools would still need someone on site to collect financial data, district administrators will command higher salaries, schools still need on-site principals, and only the two most impacted schools receive Title 1 money.

One of the most glaring faults of unification is that tailored management of individual schools is lost. With an excellent administration and staff, the ability to implement innovative programs presents a school with the opportunity to achieve improved student outcomes. Therefore, thorough research is needed to determine whether unification is needed and economically feasible. I would suggest that anyone interested in unification first consult the Tuolumne County superintendent of schools, outside experts in education, on-line information, and the public at large. Only then can an intelligent decision be made.

Donald Rolle, trustee

Sonora Elementary School District


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