Union Democrat staff

Healing event

To the editor:

I deeply hope that the Welcome Home parade on March 28 will be a healing event for Vietnam veterans. Those of us who were around in the '60s know that although our veterans did the job they were called upon to do, the American citizens did not do our job of supporting the troops after they returned from Vietnam.

We have the chance on Sunday to unite in the simple "thank you to" our veterans for risking their lives when they were asked to do so. I hope the citizens of this wonderful community of Sonora will line the streets on March 28 and let the entire Vietnam veteran community - whether marching or watching - hear our praise and feel our appreciation for what they have endured.

And if a lot of us bring cookies and letters of thanks to the Veterans Memorial Hall, where veterans will have a meet and greet after the parade, that could leave a sweet taste.

See you there.

Susan Reid


Press the button

To the editor:

Using credit or debit card to buy gas? I did not know about the clear button, but from now on I will be pushing it before and after I swipe my card and after just to be safe.

People are getting really desperate due to the constantly rising gas prices.

A friend just told me about something that happened to one of his coworkers. She used her credit/debit card to purchase gas at the pump (like most of us do). She received her receipt like normal.

However, when she checked her statement, there were two $50 charges added to her purchase.

Upon investigation, she found out that because she did not press the clear button on the pump, the employee inside the store was able to use her card to purchase his own gas!

To keep this from happening, after you get your receipt, you must press the clear button or your information will be stored until the next customer inserts their card.

Be sure to tell all your friends and family so that this doesn't happen to them!

I had never noticed the clear button, but I got gas the other day and sure enough there it was.

I shall be using it from now on.

Donna Stensland

La Grange

Health care reform

To the editor:

March 22 was an historic day, a tribute to the late Senator Ted Kennedy and to the hard working Democrats who managed to work through the lies and deceitful attempts to derail all efforts for health care reform.

The Republican machine blatantly supported corporate profits above human lives, whined about not getting a bipartisan bill when 200 Republican amendments were added to the heath care bill. And screamed, "even though we need health care reform, we cannot do it with such a huge deficit."

Let's not forget who ran the deficit up for a fabricated war and huge payoffs to the Halliburton and Blackwater Companies.

For a "pro-life" party, the Republicans condone a lot of death - 45,000 people a year for a lack of health care. They want fiscal responsibility while allowing families to enter bankruptcy every 16 seconds because they cannot pay their medical expenses. They scream "government take-over" in response to regulations. Corporate CEO's acting with integrity would equal less government interference.

To be Republican is to be without a conscience.

Billie McArthur


Dishonorable discharge

To the editor:

This is such an amazing country. There are so many people with so many things to say without worry of having their tongues cut out. We are blessed - but are we heard?

Why don't we vote on everything? Have you ever been polled? I haven't. How does my opinion get heard? Am I supposed to simply trust that because I voted for this person, he's got my back? Half the time my vote is based solely on the fact that a candidate represents "my" party.

Here is a simple solution: accountability! All elected officials must carry the knowledge that they stand to be "dishonorably discharged." Upon discharge, he will lose it all - the job, the benefits, the retirement.

Nancy Pelosi has pushed a bill through stating that she'd do it "with or without a vote." If California voted whether she properly represented her constituents and decided the answer was no, she should then be discharged dishonorably.

Maybe the incentives won't be so enticing if there is a personal price to pay. God Bless America.

Aileen Cappa