Union Democrat staff

Cemetery rules not fair

To the editor:

I read the Dec. 23 story on the Mountain Shadow Cemetery rules.

My reply may be, enforce them, but they're not fair.

I have had family members there for more than six years, and we use artificial flowers - just a few around the two graves - to make them look nice.

It is an affordable option for those who can't afford to buy the "real" flowers or plants. Those can be very pricey for those who don't have a lot of money.

So are you now saying we can have nothing at all?

Please do not take our fake plants and flowers. You should just control how many we can have, which shouldn't be too hard to do.

Jeannie Eddy

Twain Harte

Afghan lessons

To the editor:

The U.S. does not learn from their NATO allies, who prefer to train Afghans and concentrate on infrastructure improvements in Afghanistan. The U.S. prefers troop engagement with the enemy on their land on their terms (hit and run).

Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey turned President Obama down on sending combat troops. Instead, Mr. Erdogan increased the number of military troops exclusively to train Afghans to fight their own war. If NATO wants to eventually leave Afghanistan it is important that they learn to fight the Taliban.

The U.S. war against al-Qaida is more complicated. Al-Qaida is very fluid, and its terrorism plans can originate in Hamburg, London, Madrid, or in any city in the United States. Europe already recognizes that "home-grown terrorists" that live among you and speak your language are much more dangerous than bearded men speaking Arabic in far away mountain regions.

Angry men who have major issues against countries they hate have found profound violent means to get even.

Dennis Schneider

Angels Camp

A gift to the community

To the editor:

Two hundred seventy-five words. That's how many words you give us to express our wisdom, our ignorance, our humor, our anger, our love, our caring, our political views and much more every month.

"Letters to the Editor" is a gift. It's a gift to the community for many reasons and a gift to The Union Democrat because it helps sell papers. Regardless, it is a gift because of the First Amendment that guarantees Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press.

The press has no legal obligation to print any letter to the editor, but it does have a obligation to the community it serves. I believe The Union Democrat does an outstanding job (most of the time) of allowing its readers to sound off.

Thank you and Happy New Year.

David Wynne


Don't blame us

To the editor:

In response to letters re: Phoenix Lake Bridge.

First the project was not behind schedule. To let you all know, we were plowing snow all day. Sorry if we don't sit around in our trucks just waiting for people to see us. We are working trying to keep the roads clear for all of you.

We are out plowing snow by 4 a.m. Did you realize even four-wheel-drive vehicles were having trouble going up and down Crystal Falls Drive without chains? Or do you just want to dog on the very people that make sure you make it home when it snows?

Common sense would tell you, we have to plow the roads before we can sand the roads. Did anyone notice how many of the cars that were spun out had chains on? Zero.

I didn't spin out all day. Imagine that. So to anyone that had an emergency and couldn't get through, thank everyone who did not want to put chains on. Don't blame us.

Christie Leers


Health care reform

To the editor:

We do not need any form of health care reform in this country, especially one that the government is involved in. After all, what do you think bankruptcy court is for? Assuming you will even have enough money left to file for bankruptcy.

Is it really a Christian thing to do to profit from somebody else's misfortune? Did Jesus ever charge for healing people?

Don Stowell