Union Democrat staff

Belleview stays open

To the editor:

There have been rumors that Belleview School is closing. This is absolutely not true. I am an actively-involved parent at this school working with the parent's club, going on field trips and attending school board meetings. I have it on very good authority (right from the board's mouth) that our school is just fine.

I won't say that we aren't being affected by our state's budget cuts, but as of right now, we aren't even planning to lay off a single teacher. Belleview has a plan for the future that puts our kids first, and our school is going to be around for a long time.

Michelle Fell

Cedar Ridge

Wal-mart Supercenter

To the editor:

I don't understand why there is a debate about adding grocery space to the Wal-mart in Sonora. If someone wants to save me money, while there is a place down the street with higher prices but shorter lines or a better selection, I get to choose what is most important to me.

The usual suspects are opposing the Wal-mart expansion, including unions and the few local gadflies that pop up every time anyone wants to do anything that benefits those that actually live in Sonora and surrounding areas.

Remember the motto, "For the good of the many." Give me my Supercenter!

Ray Anderson


More on Wal-mart

To the editor:

I'm sure you've seen the commercial on TV. It goes something like, " ... live better ... Wal-mart." As far as I'm concerned, I'm insulted.

Let's face it: Wal-mart's expressed appeal is to low-income families. It's unfortunate that Wal-mart has driven out most of the stores that catered to medium- to high-income families, and forced some of us to shop like low-income families.

While they may be on the cutting edge, they are not on my cutting edge and they never will be. I shop there because Wal-mart may be the county's gift to those looking for part-time, uninsured, employment, but let's be honest and look at their real appeal.

As for the sales tax revenue, great! What is it? $4.97?

William E. Freeze


Kinder reminder

To the editor:

I was very privileged to be a part of the Seeds of Kindness 2010 project. It was a very rewarding experience to spread this message across the county.

The Board of Supervisors, proclaimed Feb.15 to Feb. 22 as Kindness Week, and Calaveras County was declared a Kindness Zone.

But what happened when that week ended? Did we all stop being kind? Did we go back to being a grump? I hope the message of kindness sparked a fire in your heart, a fire that will continue to glow and make Calaveras County known for its kindness.

The Kindness volunteers have come up with a way to keep those kindness ripples, rippling. The first Monday of every month will be a Reminder to be Kinder day. Start your month off with a blue ribbon bang, wear your blue ribbons and pass that kindness on.

Monday, April 5 will be the first Reminder to be Kinder day. In reading some of the Kindness Hero Essays by students, I was struck by one student whose hero was a fellow student, one who was kind to him "because he's always using put-ups, he never uses put-downs. He is always thinking of ways to make other people feel better."

What an awesome young man his hero must be. What a remarkable man he will grow into, what a blessing he will be and is.

Have you had a kindness shown to you? Pass it on! For more information please visit online at, www.theseedsofkindness.com Thanks for listening and being kind.

Billie J. Westernoff

Angels Camp

Dog park

To the editor:

Nice to know that Tuolumne County supervisors approved a dog park when jobs are being cut at the Chinese Camp Mill. Thank goodness their priorities are in line.

Woof woof.

Kathleen Mills Kracy

Bagdad, Arizona

(Kathleen Kracy is a former Tuolumne County resident).

Vets' schedules

To the editor:

On a very recent mid-Saturday afternoon, my small pet became seriously ill. I called each Sonora vet business. Not one was open, and would not be so until Monday.

A couple wanted a message left and would return my call whenever. One would call back if I was already a customer. One business didn't see any animal from 4 p.m., Thursday, until Monday at 8 a.m. The only option was to take my pet to Stockton or Modesto.

The trip to the Modesto emergency took an hour and 15 minutes. When your pet is dying, not only is that length of time and distance an eternity, but what about the agony of the pet? And the heartbreak of the owners?

The emergency care in Modesto kept my pet for more than 24 hours, and the professionals were able to save her.

Why can't the area vet businesses rotate weekends? And be open later than 5 p.m. on week nights?

It is unreasonable for animals to schedule their needs at vet convenience, and given the number of seniors who have pets as friends, especially, it seems unreasonable for there to be lack of more convenient animal care.

Clearly, a different service philosophy needs to be practiced.

Arthur Case