Union Democrat staff

Moon landing

To the editor:

At 1:17 p.m. on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong announced to the world: "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed!"

Forty years have passed, joyfully. I remember being one of the cheering Americans on a boat crossing the English Channel when we heard the earth-shaking news.

Bettie Ries


Dedicated professionals

To the editor:

My family and I wish to express our sincere gratitude to the dedicated professionals of the Twain Harte Fire Department. We sincerely appreciate the efforts of those emergency medical technicians, along with the entire emergency room staff at Sonora Regional Medical Center for their rapid response to my husband's recent medical emergency.

Although my husband did not survive his medical emergency, my family and I will be forever grateful for the compassionate professionalism and sympathy extended to us in our time of need.

Lynda Word

Twain Harte

Wolves in danger

To the editor:

Sarah Palin may be leaving office, but that doesn't mean Alaskan wolves are out of danger. Palin supported the Alaska Fish and Game's brutal aerial hunting of wolves (which involved chasing them in planes or helicopters until they grow tired then shoot them down), pulling pups from their dens and killing them, and she allowed the use of bear traps to be placed in front of dens, trapping parent wolves in its snares.

Now, she is allowing the use of carbon monoxide bombs to kill pups in their dens. On May 29, Lt. Governor Sean Parnell filed these regulations with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game: "5 AAC 92.125 (k) (5) (D): "Notwithstanding any other provision in this chapter, including 5 AAC 92.110, the commissioner may authorize removal and/or euthanization of wolf young from dens, and use of traps and snares to catch wolves around dens" and "Clarify that ADF&G staff are authorized to ... euthanize orphaned wolf pups by shooting or use of carbon monoxide in dens."

Wolves are a keystone species, and support the ecosystem by hunting the oldest and weakest prey, allowing for healthier, balanced populations. Alaskan lawmakers refuse to see the impact their actions have on the ecosystem. Alaska is already exploiting a loophole in the Federal Airborne Hunting Act to justify its brutal practices and, with complete disregard to scientific opinion, to allow more deer and elk to roam for hunters to kill.

I urge you to write to or call your representatives and tell them to support the Protect America's Wildlife Act, which will close this loophole and protect our nation's wildlife for generations to come.

Michael Herman


Jubilee thanks

To the editor:

The Tuolumne Lumber Jubilee Board wishes to thank all of the people who attended this year's event, participated in the activities, or were just one of spectators to the events.

The Jubilee Committee has worked hard the last two years to put on a clean, well organized resurgence to this event. We could not do it without the donations from all of the community: The Tuolumne Park and Recreation District, newspapers, radio, collaborating workers, and all who made this a jampacked weekend.

Many of our donations were not actual cash, especially this year with the economy. But supporters were there physically in any way they could, and we needed the help.

Hooray for the American way of making things work. We are looking forward to putting on the 61st Jubilee, June 17,18,19 and 20 of 2010. We hope to see the addition of the Northern California Soap Box Derby and make it become a permanent part of the event.

Plan now to save the weekend and don't forget to say thank you to all of your neighbors, friends and the community of Tuolumne for putting on this event.

Tuolumne Lumber Jubilee Board: Joe Turner, Bobbie Miller, George Laszlo, Cindy Rhorer, Robert Walker, Gina Hupp and Ginny Van Bolt