Union Democrat staff

Domestic terrorism?

To the editor:

If 20,000 citizens were to be killed by terrorist activities in this country in one year, the administration, Congress, Homeland Security and many other organizations would pull out all the stops to find the cause and keep it from happening again.

Well, 20,000 Americans do die each year because they have been diagnosed with a curable medical condition, but cannot afford (or have access to) treatment. One might say that is a form of domestic terrorism. What do we do about it? Not much so far.

The United States is the only wealthy industrialized free-market democracy on earth that has not made the moral decision to make health care available to every citizen who needs it. Recent government and private studies show that health care in the United States stands near the bottom when comparing access and quality of care. We do lead the world in spending on health care. That should tell us something.

Most modern countries have found a way to provide health care to all of their citizens without resorting to "socialized medicine." Many developed countries provide universal coverage using private doctors, private hospitals, and private insurance plans that accept every applicant and never deny a claim.

It can be done here if we can overcome the special interests that are going all out to retain the status quo.

Remember: Five Americans will be dying needlessly every day while the debate continues!

Jeanne Beauchel


Wild flight

To the editor:

Taking the cartoon of Michael Moore in the Oct. 6 Union Democrat as an indicator, his movie "Capitalism, a Love Story," has put "the powers that be" in wild flight, squawking hysterically as they fly. Seeing its recent showing in our local theater, makes clear why. Portraying Moore as a capitalist making a pile of money with his film, ignores the essential message it contains.

So, it was a profitable venture? What else could it be to stay afloat in our kind of world?

The fact that it had a premiere showing at the national AFL/CIO convention in Pittsburgh a week or so ago, at the union's request, should tell us how meaningful it is to labor, as well as the general public.

All right, so it goes behind the scene and exposes the kind of people (and their actions) who hold commanding political and economic positions in our society? That it is not often a pretty picture, of course, is the disturbing problem.

So how could the big boys not be upset by his film, and not furiously react to it?

Del Berg


One agenda

To the editor:

There have been several letters lately that expose the gap between the Democrat and the Republican parties.

Given all the issues that are of concern to the public, with very little progress being made, I understand the frustration that we all feel about our collective government agencies. But what most don't seem to get is that there is one government with one agenda.

The illusion that more than one party represents us is just that, an illusion. While we the people bicker and quarrel amongst our selves, Big Brother is taking us to the cleaners and is seizing every opportunity to keep us, as a people, divided on the issues.

If we continue with our "we" and "they" mentality and don't rein in this monster, then we truly will have the government that we deserve. Without a manufacturing base to rebuild our financial base, there will not be a recovery. Both parties endorse financing the fake war on terror while leaving our borders wide open. And each is spinning for health care reform with no way to pay for it.

I am hard pressed to understand how we can put faith in a government that, lies, cheats and steals. We can blame Bush or Obama, but really our neglecting to monitor our government is the reason why we are where we are.

I find it appalling that we can't create private sector jobs, but the government seems to be growing and growing. Why right here in our own backyard we are going to be treated to a $250,000,000 (that's million folks) government (justice center) expansion. Cool, huh?

Elkin Vogt


Justice center

To the editor:

Our county supervisors seem to think we can spend our way out of this recession.

According to Tuolumne County's Web site population figures, the price tag for the new law and justice center is equal to $4,439 for every man woman and child living here. Supervisors feel somehow this money will magically appear, making everyone's life wonderful in the end.

I don't doubt improvements could be made to the current situation, but the price is more than a little steep. They seem to think the state will foot most of the bill, when in fact it's almost, if not already, bankrupt.

It's always easier to spend someone elses money. Given that these numbers are estimates, anyone with a little common sense can see the costs could easily double by completion.

Police presence here in south county is almost non-existent. I see more Mariposa County Sheriff vehicles than Tuolumne. This expenditure will only cut the budget further. Perhaps we should secede.

Charlie Speight