Union Democrat staff

Our democratic process

To the editor:

It seems that a large percentage of Republicans have acted like whiny children since they lost the election. They have refused any level of cooperation, and some of their supporters have responded with screaming, yelling, breaking windows and threatening with snipers.

Is this really how our democratic process is supposed to work?

I find it hard to understand how anyone can believe that what is in the best interest of the for-profit medical insurance industry is also in the best interest of the people. This same industry has spent millions to defeat health care reform.

How many of us know people who are uninsured? How many know of those whose insurance has been dropped or have had claims denied? What about those who have insurance, but after the cap has been met, mounting medical costs outweigh their ability to pay and they lose their homes?

Insurance companies hope that people will give up the fight with the reams of paperwork, or just drop dead before the claims are approved.

Those with preexisting conditions are denied coverage. Don't these people deserve care? How about those whose failing health won't allow them to work until they are eligible for Medicare and thus lose coverage?

At long last, with the Democrats finally passing a bill, we might all have a chance at decent health care. Interesting that a poll taken after the passage showed 49 percent in favor of what was passed and only 40 percent opposed.

Those who don't want it may choose to follow Rush Windbag to Costa Rica. Then again, maybe not, as Costa Rica provides medical care for its citizens.

Chuck Holland


Affordable stores

To the editor:

There is something basically wrong with the letter by William Freeze of Jamestown (March 19).

He doesn't like Wal-mart and its Supercenter because Wal-mart caters to the poor. Wake up, Billy: Tuolumne is a very poor county. The average wage is very low, jobs are almost non-existent and most are not paying a living wage.

The local government cannot keep the streets in repair and cannot supply basic law enforcement. Drugs are rampant, and students have trouble passing tests. Instead of chasing away huge stores like Wal-mart, we should be recruiting them. With proper city planning (we also lack that), we can have the affordable stores everyone else has and still keep our mountain personality.

Randy Villata

Twain Harte

Air resources

To the editor:

A while back, a reader requested clarification regarding my thoughts on the California Air Resources Board mandates requiring absurd concessions from everyone in our bankrupt state.

Billions of wasted dollars and fleeing businesses aside, why do we blindly accept anything stamped and endorsed by science? I sincerely believe CARB has already cost California residents billions in phony smog compliance and industrial regulations, but, as a state entity with a vested interest in perpetuating itself, its members are void of common sense.

China's bad air kills over 22 million annually, and that nation builds a new coal-fired powerplant every 88 days.

My point was and is that the CARB folks will cause irrepairable damage to the state and the nation (CARB's mandates are seen as good for America, says Obama). Simply put - in the light of China, India, deforestation, oceanic dead zones - CARB's mandates are specious science and very bad business. In this light, we are our own pandemic.

Compared to volcanic eruptions and meteorite impacts, we are temporary indeed. I would ask Californians to meditate upon their sublime insignificance and realize that CARB is a Band-Aid on a serious bullet wound.

Watch the film, "The Eleventh Hour," and be sure to use extra bleach for those whiter whites.

Dave Maloney