Union Democrat staff

Shared wealth

To the editor:

Here is a quote from a Christian leader that someone recently sent me. It seems appropriate for today:

"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

It was written by the late Adrian Rogers in 1931. He was a writer, conservative and three-time president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

C.L. Weaver


Tree huggers

To the editor:

This letter is in regards to the Tuolumne County Alliance for Resources and Environment's community forest forum meeting that was held on June 19.

I couldn't be there, but wish I could have. I thought it was great that someone out of this area would take the time to educate the tree huggers and us common folks about the environment. I was surprised to see critics and tree huggers weren't there at the meeting. (Oh, I know, they probably didn't know about it, right?)

They probably just didn't want to know what really happens out in the forest so they can still tell lies to people. I guess knowing their owls, frogs, flowers, and trees are safe from logging was fine with them. It's always better that the logging industry give up their jobs to save those.

Well, as long as we can all look to welfare and unemployment, I guess that makes everything better.

The only thing holding this town together now is Black Oak Casino, Wal-Mart and the prison. Hope we can all survive on getting jobs there. The mill has become the victim of both issues, the economy and tree-hugger rules.

We don't agree with clear-cutting, but it's not our property so we don't have the right to tell people what to do with it. Thinning needs to be done so we don't end up like Tahoe. In closing – you might have won part of this battle, but don't worry, we'll be back. We always come back, just like your precious poison oak.

Bobbie Carne


Volunteers at the fair

To the editor:

In response to the article on June 10 about volunteers for the fair, I first must commend the fair manager for this inventive way in which to staff the building in this rough economic time (four hours of volunteer time in exchange for free admission to the fair).

But what about the other volunteers already committed to the fair? I'm talking about the 4-H leaders, FFA instructors, Small Animal Association and the Livestock Auction Committee. These volunteers have worked for months to get the kids in their groups to the fair and to get the auction organized. Each has paid an exorbitant amount to gain entry to the fair as volunteers, to support the youth of the county and promote agriculture. Many are taking time off work to do this.

They aren't looking for a thank you and a pat on the back, but a slap in the face like this seems wrong. I'm sure this is an oversight on the part of management.

Tom Griffiths