Letters to the editor for July 23, 2009

Union Democrat staff

Oakland judge

To the editor:

Re: Oakland judge nixes logging revision.

What does this judge from Oakland know about forest and ecosystem management? Nothing, except what she hears from the same environmentalists that shut down Sierra Pacific Industries' mill and shut down most of the timber harvest in the central Sierra.

Well Mr. John Buckley and Mr. Marc Fink, "log now, or burn later." Do you liberals have a better plan? The public would like to hear it.

Don't complain when your grandkids are writing on cement tablets instead of paper products.

Mike Polovina

Kernville

Polite, refreshing

To the editor:

With all the negative hype these days, let me share some good news: Sixth- and seventh-graders from Twain Harte School came to our business, and the politeness of the students was most refreshing, thanks to good parenting and dedicated teachers.

We are blessed to live in the mountains. Country folks make good neighbors. Happy safe summer to all.

Rich and Marilyn Knudson

Twain Harte

An entitlement program

To the editor:

As we all know, our congressional leaders are currently debating a "National Health Care Bill."

Health care is not, as suggested by a number of our elected representatives, a right. It is instead, as proposed, simply another entitlement. And another entitlement that this nation can not afford.

The United States is no longer a "rich nation," but instead has become a debtor nation - and a deeply indebted nation at that. A fact that is going to come back to haunt all of its citizens sometime in the future. The last thing that this nation needs is another expensive entitlement program like the proposed health care package.

Instead of piling up more national debt, and attempting to buy votes via another entitlement program, our elected representatives should instead be working to get our nation's financial health in order.

But, if our senators do decide to vote for this bill, we should make two requests of them:

First, read it, all of it. Understand the bill and what they are voting for.

Second, place an amendment on the bill that will cause it to replace the medical coverage enjoyed by the members of Congress today. After all, if it is wonderful and good enough for us simple citizens, it should be good enough for the lawmakers.

Tommy L. Wells

Sonora

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