Union Democrat staff

Corrupt machine

To the editor:

Re: Letter to the editor by Billie McArthur ("Health care reform," March 26), which included, "To be Republican is to be without a conscience."

Impudent, but typical liberal vitriol.

In every recent poll the vast majority of Americans opposed this monstrosity. March 22 was not a good day for America. Speaker Pelosi knew the country was against the bill. That is why she kept her members in Washington and forced a vote on that day. She knew if she let the members go home on Easter break, their constituents would convince them to vote no.

The Obama-Pelosi-Reid machine combined the radicalism of Alinsky, the corruption of Springfield and the machine power politics of Chicago. The vote was a pressured, bought, intimidating affair worthy of Hugo Chavez, but unworthy of the United States of America.

The real principles of the machine were articulated by Democratic Congressman Alcee Hastings, who was impeached and removed from the bench as a federal judge, before being elected to the House. He said, "There ain't no rules here, we're trying to accomplish something ... All this talk about rules ... When the deal goes down ... we make 'em up as we go along."

The American people will not allow a corrupt machine to dictate their future. Together we will pledge to repeal this bill and start over. Together we will prove that this will not stand. The elections this year and in 2012 will be among the most important in American history, and these elections will allow us to save America from a left wing machine of unparalleled corruption, arrogance and cynicism.

Ray Anderson


Bypass the bypass

To the editor:

Our state is bankrupt, $20 billion to be exact. Our county Road Department has such limited funds that all it can do is patch.

To quote The Union Democrat, "Staffers scrambled to cut out various aspects of Phase 2 of the East Sonora Bypass, including a westbound off-ramp at Peaceful Oak and Standard roads and an eastbound on ramp at Standard Road."

So it's OK to proceed with a version of a road we can't afford and is less accessible to local citizens?

I understand how dangerous a few sections of the highway are, and that something must be done. Don't we (Caltrans) own enough right of way from Standard Road to the Twain Harte Grade to straighten out several of the existing curves and widen it to allow for a turn lane?

I don't think spending "roughly $65 million" on a scaled back version of what was originally planned is necessary. It is not fiscally responsible in these times or any time.

We have to stop spending money we don't have. Our local roads are falling apart. We need to help secure funds to improve roads throughout our county. Teachers are getting pink slips, school budgets are being slashed, fire services are being cut and we are struggling to keep police officers. How is it possible to proceed with this phase of the bypass?

Supervisor (Teri) Murrison is correct when she asked why we are getting a scaled down version of the original project.

Do not compromise from the original plan. Just look at the Phoenix Lake Road exits. Sorry, Hess.

Better yet, realign.

Matthew de la Motte


Don't print bad news

To the editor:

I feel that printing things like "The outlook is grim" ("Pedro says 3-year budget outlook grim," March 17) is inappropriate and should be left out of the paper.

The people of Tuolumne County are having enough trouble as it is with the economy without local politicians saying things like that. That man (County Administrator Craig Pedro) should be fired from his job, and someone else put in his place who makes less money to do the same job.

After all, people will not start to spend when they hear such things. We are going to have to continue with life regardless of what happens. We don't need politicians throwing another stick in the spokes.

The newspaper has no right printing such things. I think the economy will pick up sooner than we expect. Please don't print depressing things such as, "The outlook is grim." It will not help matters any, just makes things that much worse.

Brian Winters


Patriotic Americans

To the editor:

Being a Vietnam vet and, 40 years later, finally getting a parade that was long overdue, I want to thank all the people who came to support the Vietnam veterans and welcome us home.

It is great to know that there are patriotic Americans in Sonora. Thanks to all who give support, and God bless America.

Proud to have served,

Ervin Kroeker

La Grange