Union Democrat staff

Well done

To the editor:

I want to thank the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department, specifically Deputy Paul Spears, who came out after hours for Animal Control to deal with a large, distressed, pregnant deer in my backyard.

Good job, sir, you did more than required and are a credit to the department.

Joe Augustine


Flagrant injustice

To the editor:

As a child, I cringed to hear "Because I told you so." Fortunate for the parents I had, they were only human. The problem raising me wasn't their inability to be 7-Eleven saints, always open, but my inability to not question what was unfair and unjust. No amount of parochial schooling would silence me. I was Norma Rae in a pin-stripped uniform.

Today, my ideals only strengthened through life experience, I see that hypocrisy remains a flagrant foul. At work or play, in the home or on the Hill, the chorus of hypocrisy adds fuel to flames of injustice. It's more blatant in public by those standing on pillars of piety holding a Bible in one hand and a gun in the other (or wedding ring on one hand and passport to Argentina in the other).

But what's happening in Iran versus what isn't happening in America would make our forefathers weep. America was founded on dissent by those asking "Why?" who refused to be silenced by fear from those saying "Do as I say, not as I do." The United States of America is not the Church of America or United Assimilation of Americans. We are a melting pot of citizens in a global environment of change and idealism who cannot expect government to fix what we see with eyes closed. Our political system is like a sewage system ignored, corroded within but seemingly fine because the water is lucid and flowing. If we want toxicity removed, it won't happen while we phone-text or charge it with VISA. As Gandhi once said: "Be the change you want to see happen in the world."

M. Cristina Long


Bust up meth labs

To the editor:

In response to the article, "Marijuana bust nets 15k plants" (Union Democrat, June 16):

Sgt. Craig Davis, TNT commander, was quoted as saying, "This could be a record-breaking year." He said, in this time of budgetary crisis, it is very difficult to execute a large-scale operation alone and if it weren't for CAMP's manpower, helicopters and expertise such missions would not be possible.

Well, how about using some of that manpower and resources and taxpayer dollars to bust up meth labs. No, I am not a pot smoker. But I am a former meth user. At this writing, I have 10 years, 6 months clean from the use of all illegal drugs. I have been 8 years, 3 months sober from the use of alcohol.

For the life of me I can not understand why these agencies don't spend their/our money and manpower to eradicate methamphetamine labs.

Methamphetamine is a huge problem. I know first hand that it will ruin lives and destroy families. It will destroy everything in its path.

Who cares if someone is growing some pot? Pot will never leave a path of destruction like methamphetamine does.

People who get arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol get chance after chance; violation after violation, 'til some innocent person gets killed by a drunk driver.

Meanwhile, people growing pot go to prison for the first offense. This makes no sense to me. Methamphetamine and alcohol are killers. Please use some of that manpower and taxpayers' dollars to fight the war against these killers.

Cindy Samolis


Columbia changes

To The Editor:

Geraldine McConnell would roll over in her grave if she knew what was going on in Columbia.

Gerald Howard