Union Democrat staff

Heartfelt thanks

To the editor:

My family was one of the many without power on Monday, Dec. 7. We have our lanterns, flashlights, portable radios and games to keep us in good spirits. We started thinking about the people who were out in the cold trying very hard to get the power going again.

When it came on at 3 a.m. on a very cold morning, we celebrated. We want very much to send our heartfelt thank yous to those people who braved the cold so we could run our refrigerator and and all the other household electrical necessities which make up our modern homes.

Chris Harris and family


Merry Christmas

To the editor:

The Christmas season is here and Christians world-wide are celebrating the birth of the Christ child. American Christians celebrate Christ's birth with special thanks because their nation, the United States of America, was founded by men who believed in God Almighty, and most of those men professed to be Christians. These men realized that no nation with its seeds planted in the soil of liberty could survive without the life-giving water of an abiding faith in God.

A basic building block of our country is the promise of religious freedom without any interference from the government. "Separation of church and state" means that "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibit the free exercise thereof." There is no law that says our government shall be Godless and reject the values upon which it was founded.

The United States of America is overwhelmingly a nation of Christians. However, we are not a Christian nation and certainly not a Muslim nation, or a nation of any particular religious creed. We are free to worship as we please. We do not have a state religion and the only restriction is that our choice of belief does not interfere with the beliefs and practices of any other group. So, Mr. President, I wish you a very Merry Christmas, not because I must, but because I am an American citizen who has the God-given right guaranteed by our constitution to do so.

I wish you a Merry Christmas because I pray to God that you believe in and respect the goodness, the generosity, the greatness, and the exceptional-ism of the American people.

David Wynne


Phoenix Lake Road fiasco

To the editor:

Once again the county of Tuolumne has demonstrated their incompetency.

As I attempted to leave my Crystal Falls home and drive down to Sonora in this first-of-the-year snowstorm, I realized that the Phoenix Lake bridge project is hopelessly behind schedule. Instead of being able to navigate the snow going downhill on Phoenix Lake Road, we are forced to try and go up through Twain Harte, or up Crystal Falls Drive. Of course, even now, at 5:30 a.m. Monday, spun-out cars have already blocked both roads. Imagine if a family was getting ready to deliver a newborn and could not get out because Phoenix Lake Road is closed. In my over 30 years living in Tuolumne County, I have come to expect bad decisions, bad management, and bad leadership of the county's affairs.

John Robinson


Tax dollars at work

To the editor:

Is there anyone in charge of Tuolumne County roads? How many days in advance does the county Road Department need to avoid a dangerous road hazard?

It was not a secret that snow was on the way. Letters had been sent to The Union Democrat stating that if we get snow with the Phoenix Lake Road bridge closed, the county will have a mess on it's hands.

Vehicles wrecked and spun out everywhere on Crystal Falls Drive. Where was the county? Where was the planning for keeping Crystal Falls Drive ready for safe passage since the main road was closed? Someone at the Road Department had to know it was going to snow. Where was the plow? Where was the sand?

I guess the head of our Road Department didn't want to get out of bed. I was taking my wife to work in my four-wheel-drive truck, but Crystal Falls Drive was closed because the Road Department didn't care if Crystal Falls Drive was littered with spun-out and wrecked vehicles.

Your tax dollars at work.

Patrick H Luepke