Union Democrat staff

I'm afraid

To the editor:

Carol Woods (letter, Sept. 1) asks, "What is it that people fear so much?"

I'm afraid when politicians pass a bill without reading it. The result, 84 banks have failed this year. I'm afraid when candidates from only two political parties are allowed to debate, and decide what topics will be addressed. I'm afraid when politicians impose laws on the people they swore to represent, but exempt themselves.

I remember free enterprise and a strong work ethic. During WWII, 2,710 Liberty Ships were built by 18 private shipyards. It took, on the average, only 230 days to build one. How long would it take today?

I remember when we were united. My grandparents immigrated from the Czech Republic, couldn't speak English and were penniless, but they were Americans. They learned English and worked hard. Nothing was given to them. Ask people today who they are, and I suspect very few will answer "American." I'm afraid.

The media and politicians continue to identify people by race, religion or beliefs. Why?

I'm afraid we have become a divided nation. The president may have missed an opportunity to start a unifying process. What if he had said at his inauguration, "I am not black, white, brown or any other color. I am an American. I represent all of you who live in this land and we are all Americans. All of us, as Americans, can accomplish a greatness that has only been a dream, and we are starting today."

Yes Ms. Woods, I'm afraid. I'm afraid I don't believe everything politicians tell me. I'm afraid I don't believe everything "reporters" read off their teleprompters.

Ed Martin


Raucous minority

To the editor:

The once mighty "Silent Majority" has been reduced into the "Raucous Minority."

The Republican hullabaloo across America shouts that President Obama is a Hitler nasty, or a Stalin communist, or a Norman Thomas socialist, or a foreign-born, non-American Muslim intent on forming a board of no-names who will permit murder and euthanasia, at taxpayers expense, on innocent sufferers of illness, infirmity or agedness if his health plan becomes law. Take you pick, folks.

The "Party of Lincoln" has fallen into the political muck of desperation, grasping for life after the demise of the proven incompetent and war-making Bush/Cheney eight-years disaster. Republicans cannot, or will not, accept the fact that a large majority of Americans elected a bi-racial president. They typically ignore the truth that the president's mother and her parents were white; in their twisted political view, which defies logical thinking, Obama's whiteness is irrelevant.

A wise man had written that politics is supposed to be all about the art of persuasion. Will Limbaugh, Palin, Gingrich, Cheney, the Fox Network, Kristol, Boehner, McConnell and their kind persuade Americans to believe that only when President Obama is gone can America become safe from tyranny and terrorists in the White House?

Ray Mellana


Saddest dog

To the editor:

I saw the saddest dog standing on Washington Street. A nice-looking dog with a strong jaw, not sure what type. It had a chain wrapped around its neck with a huge lock attached to it. Obviously this weight was bothering him, but when it went to lie down to rest, the owner pulled on the leash and they started walking again.

It didn't seem like a bad dog. I called out to say that the chain and lock were too heavy, but the man had his phone to his ear and didn't hear. I think of my dog, happily lying on his back on the recliner. My pound-puppy was a lucky dog. I hope that dog has happier days.

Wyntress Balcher

Twain Harte

A helping hand

To the editor:

A couple of days ago I had a quick errand to run: fetch avocados for that night's dinner. I took my mother and father along for the ride. I parked way out at the edge of the lot, putting mom and dad in the only shade available.

I am currently undergoing treatment for cancer and am so loaded up on steroids that my legs have very little strength, so I use a cart for stability. I got to the car and tried to tilt the cart's front wheels up and over the curb which put me off balance and, with my slippery soled shoes, I hit the ground fast and hard.

No way was I going to get up without help, and no way could either or both of my parents haul me up. I sent mom off in one direction while from the other a couple came over when they saw me. The woman brought compassion and empathy while the man brought solid calm strength as he assisted me in exactly the right way to my feet - with avocados in hand and a heart filled with gratitude for strangers who so graciously lent a helping hand.

There are really no strangers in this world of ours. We are all in this one together.

Judith Weldon


Don't blow it up!

To the editor:

Concerning the bridge replacement on Phoenix Lake Road: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Or in this case, don't blow it up!

Ron Dennis

Cedar Ridge


To the editor:

I don't know if anyone is as furious at the Tuolumne County Road Department as I am. We were told that in 2007 J59 ( La Grange Road) would be repaired, and to this day nothing has been done. There is no reason that this road should be in such disrepair.

We need the residents that use this road daily or weekly to write our representatives. A place to start with is County Administrator Craig Pedro, who maybe can look into this major issue. It is ridiculous to have to put up with this.

Julie Doherty

La Grange