Union Democrat staff

Save the money

To the editor:

An article on July 29 announced that the Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools was awarded a $499,759 grant to implement emergency readiness programs in local schools.

I think I can save some money here. If there's a fire, get everyone out as planned and practiced and call 911. If there is an intruder or wild animal reported, lock all the doors and call 911. There, I just saved $499,759. Oversimplification? Perhaps, but do you think our schools are not safe now? Do you think the teachers and staff at our schools are not already capable of handling emergencies?

The Superintendent was quoted as saying "We feel really, really good about it (the $499,759)." I would feel really, really, good if we stopped feeding a top-heavy school bureaucracy and sent the money directly to the classroom.

Robert Canavan


Political doublespeak

To the editor:

Beverly Lovejoy's Guest Opinion of July 30 was a wonderful example of political doublespeak.

She states that Obama's proposed Socialized Medical Health Care Bill will allow us to continue to make a choice. Quote: "If you like your doctor, you keep your doctor, If you like your current insurance, you keep your current insurance. Period." Then, two paragraphs later she admits that the government plan will put those private insurance plans out of business. This is emphasized in the tenth paragraph of her article. It's first class political doublespeak.

She also complains that insurance companies make money and goes further in stating that they should not. She states that health care should be nonprofit. Wow! The only ongoing organizations I know of that continue to operate as nonprofit are some churches, the Salvation Army, and the California and U.S. Government, none of whose business plans I want my health care provider to imitate. I wonder how those union pension plans that invested in those wicked insurance companies feel about them going nonprofit.

She also mentions the results of numerous polls showing how concerned people are about the health care system, and are demanding that it be "completely rebuilt" (her words). Funny, but so far, never, not even in one single conversation, has the need to rebuild our health care system come up in any conversation with anyone I've spoken to. This issue seems to be completely politically driven. And, not one person I know has ever been asked by any pollster how they feel on this issue. I can only wonder who is being asked.

Nice article Beverly, But it's just not convincing.

Tommy L. Wells


Dodging bullets

To the editor:

There is an accident waiting to happen on Nevada Street and Hospital Road, near Tuolumne General Hospital. On occasion when we use Hospital Road, we notice that certain individuals fail to stop at the stop sign. They go right past it like it does not exist.

I reminds us of the suicide bridge on Rawhide Road, in which people ignore the yield sign. It was put there for a reason and either people can not see both signs or do not know what it stands for.

There are too many near misses on the road. I have experienced several near collisions on the bridge. It's nearly as bad as dodging bullets. The posted speed limit on that road is 40 miles per hour and that is ignored.

Barbara J. Machado