Union Democrat staff

Land grab

To the editor:

In reference to the March 25 story entitled, "Conservancy drafts sweeping plan for Sierra." It should read "sweeping land grab."

Next time you staff a meeting of the conservancy, the reporter needs to ask where the phrase "sustainable development" comes from, and note the talk about public and private parties working together on this.

I suggest you do some investigative reporting and look up United Nations Agenda 21, Section I, Subpart 8.1, and read it very carefully. Then you need to get on YouTube and type in Michael Shaw Agenda 21 and find out what "sustainable development" means to him as a landowner in Santa Cruz County.

Then please call Mr. Branham and ask some tough questions for once.

I own land in the Merced River watershed, and it will stay private. I will not be told how much water I can use, or ordered to clear my land.

The conservancy is anti-private land ownership, and when you hear "sustainable development" and "public private partnerships," run as fast as you can the other direction.

Kent Thompson


San Andreas fault

To the editor:

What is wrong with the Calaveras General Plan Update process?

I suspect that the San Andreas fault (pun intended) lies not with the county staff, but with the planning profession and some self-enamored citizens who have an idealistic, but impractical vision of forest primeval and grand vistas of bucolic wildlife, all under their wise supervision.

Planners have degrees in planning and public administration, but is Agenda 21 the mantra of this profession? Think smart growth, new urbanism and total government control of your property.

What to do? Start by putting the Board of Supervisors on notice: We, the people, do not ask that you do more for us. We only ask that you do less to us. Then ask board members to scrap Mintier's fuzzy draft vision statement in favor of a realistic statement of objectives, like:

The general plan shall within applicable state and federal statutes preserve property rights and achieve orderly and proper land development with the least possible regulation, process and delay.

Tell the supervisors that you would rather keep your life, liberty and property under your control.

Federal and state law already has more than enough restrictions and mandates to protect the environment and wildlife. More red tape is not needed.

Bob Mulvany


Compassion needed

To the editor:

This is a follow-up and clarification to the April 1 story, "Cat fight erupts."

I work part-time at one of the businesses at Indian Rock, and have contributed to the spay/neutering and feeding of the feral cats. First, I want to point out that we relocated the feeding area of these cats eight months ago to a wooded area adjacent to this business complex, on a lot full of debris and old truck tires.

In response to a recent request from an employee of one of the businesses in Indian Rock, we relocated the feeding area again, this time even further away from the businesses. I also want to point out that - to my knowledge - none of the surrounding businesses have observed these cats urinating or defecating on cars, as was described by Mr. Stevens. This is not consistent with the behavioral pattern of cats. Nor has this attracted any more strays. According to Sonora Cat Rescue, rodents in this area carry diseases and these felines will not be able to survive without supplemental feeding.

This has been a personal collaboration of several individuals who work in this complex, spending our own time and money providing for these cats. It is unfortunate that others can't show just a little compassion for these innocent creatures. Stop trapping them or harming them, and instead let them live out their lives where they have made their home.

Janice Mussatto


Get rid of them

To the editor:

We do not have enough taxpayer money to just give these crooks billions for evil deeds on behalf of our government. Get rid of them now.

Recent congressional hearings have painted a dismal picture of military contractor Blackwater's operations. Employees stole hundreds of weapons meant for the Afghan national police. They billed the U.S. government for a prostitute.

And then they created a shell company called "Paravant," so they could keep getting government contracts after they trashed the Blackwater name.

We must stop giving contracts to businesses like Blackwater - and the only way to do it is to pass the Stop Outsourcing Security Act.

Please join me in asking our elected officials to make this act a priority.

Carol Keltner