Rutted road

To the editor:

Jackass Creek Road is so rutted it's impassable.

This road is a main evacuation route when fire comes up the Priest Grade. It's also a main connection from Groveland to Greeley Hill for workers, residents and business. Mariposa County keeps its side maintained. Tuolumne County's side is not. Shame on them.

Leonard Cassoretto told me that the Bureau of Land Management was to maintain it. I called Dan in Folsom, in charge of roads. He came out and inspected the road. It had been over two years since it was maintained. He called and said he'd send out a load of gravel, but winter was on us, it would be spring before he could fix it, and he wished Tuolumne County would help maintain it.

How hard could it be for Tuolumne County to put in some drains, culverts and maintain five or so miles? Our taxes on this side should go to fix our county roads and maintain them.

The Forest Service got a grant to fix some forest roads. Let's fix this one and get the county to maintain it. Jackass Creek is our local concern.

We've got a great bunch of guys at our local fire department. Paramedics, ambulance and fire cannot respond fast to Jackass due to roads. They have to park at the end and go in with a pickup to bring people out. Time means life. Fire trucks need to get there fast. Bad roads slow them up.

Those who want Jackass Creek access road fixed, call County Administrator Craig Pedro in Sonora, or Dan Lusby in Folsom (916) 941-3101 Ext. 3050 or Ext. 3123.

Barbara Melchor


Non-majority rule

To the editor:

We the people are the foundation of all political power in the United States and California. All authority of the government emanates from the fountain of the people's supremacy. The "people" does not mean individuals, but refers to the majority of citizens. This is the only rational and legitimate form of representative government.

And yet the government at every level represents the non-majority. Individual politicians now represent their own views and those of a myriad of special interests. Those interests include illegal aliens, homosexuals, foreign governments, financial and banking corporations, unions and others.

The politicians have forgotten that their opinion does not really count for anything. Their job is to represent the majority views of the citizenry.

Think of the federal bailout of Wall Street. The majority were against it. but due to self interest and outright bribery, it became law.

In California think of government benefits to illegals and the big push for homosexual marriage. The people of California have said no time and again, but the self-interested politicians ignore the will of the majority.

Even at our local level, think of the justice center. Look carefully at every proponent of it, and it stinks of self interest. Judges, law enforcement and county officials are the advocates and beneficiaries of a $266 million project in the midst of the Great Recession, no less. This project deserves the consent of the people through a referendum.

A government based on representation of the non-majority is despotic. Our current government at all levels is illegitimate and needs to be removed.

Randy Meyer


Propane prices

To the editor:

If you want to get the best price on propane, you first have to know what the company is paying for propane. The price changes every Thursday. Last week, the wholesale rate was $1.33 per gallon.

If the company will not show you in writing what they pay, go to a different company. Negotiate a fixed margin price you are willing to pay. You should be on a will call basis and check the price in writing before you order fuel. The company can e-mail you a copy of the Butane Propane News newsletter on Thursday just like they do for me every week.

Check your invoice when you get fuel to make sure it is correct. Remember, when the price of gas goes up, so does the price of propane, but when the price of gas goes down they do not lower the price of propane unless the customer complains. Propane at your primary residence is tax-free. In my opinion, if you are paying over $1.95 per gallon today, you are paying too much.

Richard Shears


Campaign finance

To the editor:

John Goodhart of Groveland and Elkin Vogt of Jamestown (Letters to editor, March 10, 2010) are the latest to voice their objections to the Supreme Court's ruling on campaign finance and political donations made by corporations and unions. Well ... That is not exactly correct!

Their objections instead seem to be to the making of the playing field level. They expressed strong disapproval toward corporate donations, but zero disapproval towards union donations.

Where were they in expressing objections to the unions giving virtually unlimited funding and "soft money support" to their political candidates over these past many, many, many years, which were just about 100 percent to the Democrats?

Is it possible that it's not about the corporations being allowed to give unlimited political donations, but instead that it's the corporations being allowed to give unlimited funds to political candidates they are prone to disagree with? You know, like the unions have been doing for years to those of us who opposed their selected candidates!

Tommy L. Wells