Letters to the editor for Feb. 2, 2010

Union Democrat staff


To the editor:

Call me naive, but I always thought that the courts of our country were supposed to be fair and unbiased, especially the Supreme Court of our land.

Only a very biased mind could conceive of a corporation as a person and grant them the rights of an individual. In light of the considerable power of a corporation, there is no way that this could be construed as an impartial judgment.

If it's possible that we can impeach these judges, then, by all means, they should be impeached.

Myrna Doering


Services available

To the editor:

In reference to the letter to the editor by Karen Maciejewski (Jan. 8).

I would like to remind our community that even though the Acute Psychiatric Unit, formally known as the "third floor" has been closed, behavioral health crisis services are available to everyone through our crisis assessment and intervention program (CAIP).

CAIP is at 105 Hospital Road in Sonora, site of the former TGH Family Health and Wellness Center. This outpatient program is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Anyone in crisis is encouraged to call 533-7000. Professional staff are always on duty, with regular hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. A walk-in clinic is also available from 3 to 11 p.m. every day.

Yes, budget restrictions have resulted in the elimination of ongoing therapy sessions for those not covered by Medi-Cal or who are indigent, but anyone in crisis can seek help here. People are sometimes offered up to 23 hours of outpatient expanded crisis services when the problems need extra attention.

Bea Readel, director

Tuolumne County

Behavioral Health Department


Bible fraud

To the editor:

Your article entitled "Conservative Bible Project" (Dec. 4) must be answered.

In all fairness to The Union Democrat, the article was prepared by Associated Press, which, in my opinion, is notoriously anti-Christian.

Since I came here, I have been impressed by the fairness with which your reporters treat us, quoting us exactly with no attempt to twist or ridicule what we say.

According to the article, a group wants a "translation" of the Bible more to their liking. They especially dislike Luke 23:24, "Father forgive them for they know not what they do."

The Nestle's Greek text says the same. It says what it says. To twist or omit it and call the result the Bible is fraud and should be punished the same as fraud on any other book.

There is no other book on earth with manuscripts, some only a few years after the original, and what we have today is the same in Greek or Hebrew.

George Sanderson


Signal appreciated

To the editor:

I would like to thank everyone responsible for the new traffic light at the Pedro Y - Parrotts Ferry Road and Highway 49. I have driven through this intersection for 45 years and have had many close calls. It is sad that we have had some serious accidents there.

Neil E. Power


Confusing logic

To the editor:

Re: "Bad Science" (Jan. 19). I confess to being rather confused by Dave Maloney's logic.

After informing us of deaths and illnesses caused by pollution in less-regulated nations, he seems to suggest that we eliminate our own regulations.

Does this make sense in any other situation? Do we make our roads safer by eliminating speed limits? Maybe the reason why 800,000 Americans aren't dying of smog is precisely because we passed these environmental laws years ago.

I also must take exception with all the things Mr. Maloney claims to know about how the California Air Resources Board works. Has he served on it before? Does he have any firsthand experience with the board? Are these really facts, or guesses and assumptions?

I welcome his clarification.

Josh Grahek

Santa Rosa

(former area resident)

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