Union Democrat staff

Korean anomaly

To the editor:

While watching the Obama/Lee press conference, I found an interesting anomaly that may or may not have been perceived by our general public.

In past presidents and cabinets, we have seen threats, by North Korea, to bait us into worry-driven concessions, which resulted in North Korea's increased well-being.

I heard Obama say that he would not resort to concessions to appease Kim's regime, due to ongoing threats of nuclear activity. But at the same time, I heard him say that we could negotiate terms if North Korea comes back to the peace table.

Is it just me, or does this sound resolutely familiar? I am a Vietnam-era veteran and no longer a proponent of war. But there comes a time when talk must walk! If it were up to me (and probably China), I would propose a 72-96-hour time allowance for North Korea to verifiably disarm its nuclear weapons program - or face the consequences of outright war.

We have the entire capability to neutralize many missile attacks, simultaneously. We also, have the capability to wage a stifling blow to the perpetrator.

It's time for America to stand up to tyrannical forces that stand ready to inflict damage to our country, community and citizenship. (Who's to say that they're not already selling weapons to terrorist factions?)

What happened to the most powerful nation on earth? If our national leaders would delegate monies back to our national defense, there would be all kinds of jobs and renewed security for America!

So, I say to President Obama, Put up or shut up. Now is the time to prove our salt!

Wally George


Sensible solution

To the editor:

A March 13 Union Democrat story described a proposed project for the 450-acre Jamestown Mine parcel, owned by Tuolumne County. It would include a hotel, convention center, shops, sports field, campground, botanical garden and a 1,000-space parking lot. That article also said there was $10 million available for reclamation work on the former gold mine.

If a private developer could envision such a large-scale project on that property, it is unreasonable to say that a law and justice center proposed on 49 acres, to be purchased for $4.2 million dollars, would not fit on the Jamestown land. Since the property would be served by Highway 108, traffic congestion would not be a problem. A helicopter landing pad and hangar could be incorporated in the plan.

Large-scale earth moving machines and compactors could smooth out the mounds and canyons, and excess dirt could be used to fill the mine pit. Any contaminants could be sealed with asphalt or concrete and used for parking lots. Since dirt would not have to be hauled from the property, the costs would drop. Buildings could be constructed on different levels of the property and, since a 40,000-square-foot building would occupy about one acre, many buildings could be built.

It is hoped that the Board of Supervisors will consult an engineer or land planner to consider using the Jamestown Mine property for the proposed law and justice center. It seems to make sense in these hard times.

Claude Giles


Thanks for driving 25

To the editor:

I wanted to extend my thanks to all the friendly, courteous drivers who drove slowly during Aug. 19's Drive 25 Campaign on Soulsbyville Road on the morning of the first day of school. My thanks especially to all the high school students, who I noted were particularly considerate of the 25 mph speed limit. What a fabulous bunch of responsible young drivers. Thank you.

To those drivers who continue to find this speed limit difficult to maintain, let me challenge you to try it just once or twice. We all know our vehicles can go fast and that fast is supposed to equal fun. But please try shifting to second gear and seeing if your car can go slow for a change. It's really not that hard, and our town is such a small one that the extra seconds are well worth the time and can save you a speeding ticket or the life of a Soulsbyville resident's pet or even a child.

To those driving a company vehicle, please appreciate that we really do take note of you and consider speeding rather rude behavior, so are less inclined to seek your services (no names, but the plumber and the painter both know who they are).

Again, thank you to all the wonderful conscientious drivers. I was very impressed by how many people kindly kept their speeds to 25 mph. You really made my day.

Rebecca Forgan-Reed