Union Democrat staff

Call a vet

To the editor:

My brother is a Vietnam vet. I call him on Veterans Day every year. He joined the Marines the day after he graduated from high school; this was what he was waiting for. He served his country well and has two Purple Hearts to prove it.

When he came home he did not understand the insults and angry words, and was spit on. His life has not been easy, but still he loves his country.

So next time Veterans Day comes around, call a vet.

Linda Bennett


Celebrity infidelities

To the editor:

There are too many people worried about the private lives of celebrities, and not enough people taking care of their own.

All Americans are afforded certain civil rights that allow them to express their opinions. However, when you force your opinion onto others, you are violating their civil rights.

You may choose to dislike or disagree with celebrities such as Tiger Woods, Jesse James or (enter name here), but it doesn't give you the right to pry into and affect their private lives.

You may choose not to support them financially by not watching them on TV, or not purchasing their products. These things are parts of their public persona. But when you expect or even demand explanations about their private lives, infidelities, or current family situations, this is where I believe the line is crossed. There are plenty of men and women who would be very upset if our local media published details of their cheating, mistakes and private family affairs.

The bottom line: If people would worry more about practicing what they preach rather than looking down their noses and pointing fingers, this world would be a much better place for all.

Todd Cangiamilla


Poor government!

To the editor:

Tuolumne County Administrator Craig Pedro says that even with employee pay and benefit concessions we have to cut 60 jobs and without those concessions we have to cut 100.

For years government has never stopped to think that the money could some day run out, so they just kept hiring more and more people. Paying their wages, their insurance and their retirement was no problem as long as the taxpayers didn't revolt.

Well, now the money has run out. If we can lay off 100 people in the county and still function, why the hell are they even on the payroll? Did it ever occur to government administrators that "lean and mean" would save taxpayer dollars, or did they ever care?

One doesn't have to deal with too many government employees to find that many have become lazy, unproductive, and arrogant, expecting to do as little as possible for their 30 or so years and then retire with big retirement checks and lifetime health insurance.

Many things have changed in our country, except the attitude of government. It thinks that, sure, things are bad now, but when they improve we can go right back to our bloated wasteful ways, hiring lots more people than we need to do the job, and setting up sweet retirement deals after as little time on the job as possible. It's a sad state of affairs and one that will probably not change, no matter how good or bad the economy, until those in charge wise up and see that taxpayer dollars are not stacked up in a bottomless pit.

Philip Gross