Union Democrat staff

Green technology

To the editor:

Let the market decide the merits of what's being sold. This is the creed of the free marketeers. How do the champions of laissez-faire keep a straight face when they criticize Al Gore for profiting handsomely by investing in green technologies?

Hasn't the market spoken? Green ideas and technologies are winning out in spite of Republican resistance on behalf of oil and coal and the status-quo. If success in the marketplace is proof of a good product, then how can Republicans point at Al Gore's economic success and not see that on many fronts it disproves their own politics?

Gore keeps showing that green is profitable - and that really irks the right.

Bob Wetzel



To the editor:

Judging by some letters to the editor appearing lately in The Union Democrat, it is apparent that there are still a few politically-muddled "tea bag" high riders roaming the range in our mountain community, determined to be instrumental in imposing their brand of government functioning on us.

Though much of what they present is unverified suppositions, along with poorly-thought-out and vague formulations, they no doubt expect us to buy it.

One writer moans, while health care guaranteed for everyone would be good, that it would result in heavy job losses with a subsequent loss of tax revenue we so badly need. Oh yes.

Another, whether realizing it or not, casts a bad light on "American Patriots" (whom he appears to identify with) in proclaiming, "Government tyranny is rampant at all levels, from local to federal".

We might wonder, is it a carryover from the tea bag affair or a relic of the long-defunct anti-government-taxation movement centered in the Midwest - Wisconsin in particular, as well as parts of surrounding states.

One other notion a couple of them dwell on is the standard refrain of those opposed to a socially owned and administered health care arrangement, that such has proven poorly managed and largely inefficient in countries where it has been instituted, such as Ireland and Britain. So the Irish and British people are too dumb to function efficiently.

Don't try to give us that kind of horsefeathers.

Del Berg


Be a donor

To the editor:

Please become an organ donor. I have always been an organ donor. I made that decision when I got my driver's license at age 16.

I never thought much about it until lately. My wife, Holly Orman, had a heart transplant on Dec.13 at Stanford Medical Center. She would have died without the new heart. She was classified as 1-A, as she was an in-patient in severe heart failure on inotropic support, dobutamine. Within 48 hours a matched heart was found and then transplanted in a nine-hour operation. Now she is in the ICU off the ventilator, doing well and starting to regain her strength.

It is going to take a while, but without the new heart none of this would be possible. It is truly a miracle.

Support organ donation. It can make a huge difference in someone's life, maybe even someone you know.

You can follow Holly's progress at www.carepages.com/carepages/HollyOrman.

Thank you, and God Bless the donor's family.

Rodger Orman, MD


Front-page news

To the editor:

It was with sadness and regret that I read of your choice to make front-page news (Dec. 1) of the sentencing of my friend Peter (Linhart) as a result of something that affected only a few people. Front-page news should be that which affects or is of interest to the majority of readers. This was neither.

As a good man who has served his community, I believe having to register as a sex offender is coverage enough. I see your decision to make his story front-page news as based on what makes provocative reading rather than what is "need-to-know" news.

Marcia Watts


Welcome recognition

To the editor:

On behalf of the board of directors and staff of SOAR (Society for Outdoor Adaptive Resources, Inc.), thank you for drawing attention to our efforts through Lenore Rutherford's piece, "Dogs take disabled into the wilderness" (Union Democrat, Dec. 11).

Many years of struggle have gone into development of our Wilderness Service Dog project, making your recognition a welcome event. It is our hope that one day, wheelchair visitors into designated wilderness will be a common occurrence nationally, perhaps through use of Wilderness Service Dog protocols, home grown here in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties.

Mark Villasenor,

executive director

Society for Outdoor

Adaptive Resources, Inc.

Twain Harte