Union Democrat staff

Forest and religion

To the editor:

In regard to the Rev. Lloyd Schneider's June 30 letter, I agree that the Indian tribes managed our forest very well many years ago. Too bad they aren't here today to manage our forests.

When the Indians were forced out of this area, the religious community should have stepped in and supported the stewardship of our forest and prevented the government from making the crazy regulations they have in place. When the government took charge of the forest, its rules made it very difficult for private and corporate persons to harvest timber. The mills were forced to clear-cut on their own land to assure enough logs to keep running. When the mills clear-cut, they replanted, and these areas today are beautiful plantations with very little chance of fires like those happening in the national forest today.

I suggest the religious community support our timber industry if they want a healthy forest and also to help our economy grow. The U.S. government has done a poor job in managing our forest. If we don't have change, all of our forest will be destroyed by fire and all of our wildlife will be destroyed along with it.

It doesn't make sense that 90 percent of the lumber used in the United States is coming from foreign countries. Let's support our timber industry in this country. It will help our economy and we well have fewer forests burning.

Gilbert Fryer


Obama's policies

To the editor:

I think Lori Walker's letter to the editor (July 1) is right on, however I would take it one step further.

Unlike Carter, whose agenda was out of ignorance, I think Obama and his wife have an agenda that does not benefit America. You are who you hang with. I think it was obvious, even in our biased media, that a lot of people who voted for Obama had no idea what his policies were but voted for the first time, and only because he was black.

And they talk about racism? When interviewed on the street about his policies, most of them had no idea what the interviewer was talking about. I only hope all of us who pay our bills and pay our way and expect no one to take care of us, that we will survive the next four years in order to take care of those who think they are entitled.

Kathy Chaty


Bush disaster

To the editor:

The constant blather from the Republican Party leader, Rush Limbaugh (USA Today, Gallup Poll), is that the United States is heading into a socialist state with Obama's stimulus package. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says otherwise.

According to the New York Times analysis of the CBO report, Obama's plans are only a sliver of the new $1.2-trillion deficit projected through 2012.

To wit: Clinton left office with an $800-billion surplus. Breakdown of how the deficit accumulated: 37 percent is due to the recession and business cycle; 33 percent is due to the Bush tax cuts and Medicare drug prescription benefit; 20 percent is due to Obama continuing Bush's tax cuts together with the Bush TARP bailout of banks and Wall Street; 7 percent is due to Obama's stimulus spending; 3 percent is due to Obama's agenda on health care, energy and education.

Bush created 90 percent of the future $1.2-trillion deficit; Obama created the other 10 percent. The Republican Party had eight years of increasing deficit spending; creating a richer rich class; adding five million people to the medically uninsured roles; and a recession deeper than any since the Great Depression. Republicans, try as they may, cannot dispose of eight years of the Bush disaster in the first six months of Obama's watch.

Dale Morejon


Haddix should remain

To the editor:

Mr. Vernice Haddix, deputy director of the Calaveras County Public Works Department, has done excellent work.

Finally, we have a person of not only great integrity, but honesty and a willingness to listen. He actively interacts with his counterparts and demonstrates a quiet sense of discipline and desire to improve the image of the Public Works Department. Mr. Haddix involves himself in understanding the whole picture and follows up with solutions. He is a person who works with team members to coordinate action between the Public Works Department and county residents.

Calaveras County supervisors are considering a preliminary budget which would terminate Mr. Haddix. If this occurs, what a loss for the people of the county. The County Service Area No. 1 Road Committee (Rancho Calaveras subdivision) strongly prefers that Mr. Haddix remain in his position, as he has accomplished more for CSA1 than any other public works director.

We are so fortunate to have an African-American who has been instrumental in turning around the negative image of the Public Works Department and this county. In my three years in this county, I have not seen such compassion, understanding of the issues and intelligence.

One must ask some hard questions in situations like this: How will the county and its Public Works Department carry out their public trust to the taxpayers if Mr. Haddix is pushed out?

What is the real reason his position has written out of the budget? Dare we walk into the forbidden fields of racial bias? Let's bring this out into the light of day for all to see.

Alice Raine

Valley Springs