Union Democrat staff

Exception taken

To the editor:

When I had read Aileen Johnston's letter (Aug. 12), several points came to mind:

• From my perspective, Citizens for Responsible Growth is not running the city of Sonora, or else the Lowe's issue would not have come to a lawsuit - which, by the way, was decided by the appellate court against the city of Sonora.

• The Sonora City Council did approve the environmental impact report on the Lowe's project and it was found to be defective by the court in several points.

• If you did not like the city to pick up its legal tab, take the Sonora city administration to task, as it permitted it to happen by not holding the city harmless by the developer.

• The comment regarding new housing is out of left field, as the lawsuit pertained to a commercial development and had nothing to do with new housing.

• The comment, that growth should have been stopped 50 years ago shows your concurrence with growth limitation. Is the pan calling the kettle black?

• By the way, the right to speak out when feeling wronged or to disagree is guaranteed by the First Amendment of our Constitution. Remember Civics 101? I respect your right to make accusations, even when they are wrong.

The need to travel to Modesto is questioned but understood, if you want to buy a Mercedes or a Toyota car. Our local businesses will try to get any item they do not carry on the shelf, if only asked. I am talking out of experience.

Peter Jelito


Joyful excitement

To the editor:

So much is going on. Economic crisis, statewide budget issues, the health-care reform bill. We all have much to ponder and worry about.

However, as this new school year begins, I feel energized and happy. I am confident that this will be a grand year at beautiful Curtis Creek School. The campus looks great, teachers are preparing their classrooms, and collaboration and planning have begun.

As I work in my room during these final days of summer vacation, I hear happy talking and laughter through the open doors of neighboring classrooms. There's an air of joyful excitement in the building. Our support staff has been hard at work all summer, moving teachers into new classrooms and preparing the school for its start on Aug. 26.

The campus is clean, and the landscaping is well-groomed. Our classrooms are clean and fresh. The administration, too, has been hard at work, organizing and planning for a smooth start. (Thank you, Sonora El, for agreeing to share your superintendent with us!)

In spite of funding issues (which, for a teacher, is like being handed a boxed cake mix and being told to bake a perfect cake without the oil, water, or eggs), the faculty at Curtis Creek has always stayed the course and done its level best to maintain a strong educational program.

I am proud to be part of such a hard-working, professional staff. Go, Mustangs!

Kathryn Adriano, fourth-grade teacher

Curtis Creek School


Letter on letters

To the editor:

Re: Aug. 12: I'm so glad to read a whole page without any political letters in it. Happy anniversary, Rusty and Sharon.

Re: Aileen Johnson ("Busybodies"): I was going to write about the same thing, but you said it much nicer than I would have. Mine would have started, "Citizens for Responsible Growth, who died and left you in charge?"

Re: Kathy Symonds ("Ill gotten gains"): I think there is already a program for this. The proceeds go to the police force that recovered the money and cars.

Re: Barbara Brakefield ("Willing to pay"): According to the article on the front page of the Aug. 12 paper, with our new-found money, they can keep the pool open. Oops, just a little accounting error.

Now it's my turn: I get sick of all the people who write to the opinion page and disrespect our president. Even former presidents, like Clinton and George H.W. Bush, are called "former presidents."

Even if you are not happy with his ways of running the country, you still should call him President Obama - at least out of respect for our country.

Jackie Davis


Anarchy needed?

To the editor:

The Democratic Party and the Obama Administration bleated "change" to the American voters. They would clean house of the horrible execution of the presidency by the Bush team.

But our "American Empire" continues its overt and covert wars, renditions and torture, holding individuals in prisons regardless of whether they have been charged with a crime. Those who precipitated the economic mess have been given the reins to "bring us out," with no new ideas except to begin building another bubble to crash in the near future. This has increased our bloated military machine while we are cutting back necessary parts of a good democracy - like education and support for the unfortunate. Universal single-payer health care has been condemned to the trash bin without good, healthy debate.

We have the "staging" of "town hall" meetings that have ground rules to stifle debate, and probably a "salted" audience is opposing true health-care reform. Business Week (a true "lefty" rag) says the insurance industry is already celebrating.

I'm reminded by friends who oppose my views that, "things can't change overnight." But, when all is said and done, this political party in charge will leave no stone unturned to maintain the grasp of power over the people. (Disclosure: I'm a registered non-partisan voter).

To have true "change" or at least a good debate about change, we need more political parties to grow and challenge the two-party "American Exceptionalism" theory, whereby our leaders are always right and the American people are just "children."

That is monarchy and political mediocrity. Maybe we need some anarchy.

Bert Canepa


Really school?

To the editor:

Did school really start?

The headline over the pictures on the front page (The Union Democrat, Aug. 20) said, "School Starts."

My Webster's says, "School is an institution for teaching and learning; also: the pupils in attendance."

Well, the three pictures show that the pupils were in attendance - eating lunch, visiting at recess and heading to the bus after school.

Did school really start?

Pat Loring