Union Democrat staff


To the editor:

Hopefully who ever removed our signs will read this and perhaps use better judgment and maybe feel bad about what they did.

The annual Christmas in the Colony Boutique was a great success as usual. This was our 18th year. It is a fun time for many people who come each year to browse, shop and visit with friends. We have several participants who each bring their own specialties. They come from Kerman, the Bay Area and Sacramento as well as we locals.

This year for the first time we had a very negative situation happen. Friday someone took down all our signs. They weren't young kids playing a joke, as the signs (which took a lot of time and expense to make) are plywood and heavy. The person taking them would have had to have a pickup truck to carry them off. They went to a lot of effort to take eight signs, two of which are 2-by-4-feet.

Too bad the same people couldn't put their efforts into something positive instead. The taking of the signs did not change the number coming and we had a great time, but it was disappointing that this happened.

Bonnie Durling and Marge Kiriluk


Not rational

To the editor:

By what rational thought process would the Postal Service decide that the month before Christmas was the best time to remove the stamp machines from all of the post offices? Then to reduce the hours at the Standard Post Office to just two a day. This last decision has caused long lines and delays, at least at the Soulsbyville Post Office and probably others. At certain times of the day a person can't even find a parking place at Soulsbyville.

I think I answered the question I posed in the first sentence: The thought process was not rational.

Eric Olson


We will pay

To the editor:

On Nov. 4, The Union Democrat ran the story, "Law and justice center financing OK'd."

In this article it is pointed out that $26 million of the total $253 million for the entire project will be paid by the State of California. On this same date it is pointed out that the State of California is $26 billion in the red.

The reasoning behind this future Tuolumne County boondoggle is: existing facilities are scattered in downtown Sonora, where parking is tight, and they are outgrowing their space.

Craig Pedro hopes the vast majority of the center's total price tag will be paid for by the state. Anyone who believes that will believe anything. Supervisor John Gray, who previously voiced opposition to this proposed fiasco, suddenly changed his vote after contacting those who will benefit from this scam, and asking them to sell him on the project. I wonder what was told to convince him to do his about face.

Speaking of those who will benefit from this proposal, I think it would be nice to know who they are. Certainly all police, district attorneys, public defenders, lawyers, jailers and judges are in favor of it. Also some criminals who will enjoy more upscale digs will applaud this endeavor.

The average, taxpaying Tuolumne County citizen, however, will seldom, if ever, have occasion to visit this "campus," as it has been called. But you can bet your bottom dollar that it will be them (us) who will end up paying the bill.

Sam Elkins