To the editor:
Barb Birks' June 29 letter was right on.
Not only do the people whom come to our country cost the USA financial hardship, but the ones that come legally.
My husband and I have a rental property in Fremont. Back in the
late '80s or the early '90s, we rented to an Afghan family that came to
our free country, and I do mean free country.
The husband was 66, collected full Social Security and Medicare,
did not work a day in our free USA. The wife was not recognized by our
government as his wife, because she was his third or fourth spouse and
he was still married to other women. So she collected full welfare for
their five kids.
Red Cross gave them all their beautiful furniture, including TV's
and stereo equipment. He was some important person in his country, his
countrymen would visit him and give him money, witnessed by my husband.
Their teenage daughters would travel to Germany every summer. They had
a sponsor that helped them get all the freebies.
Now think of how many more of these people coming to our wonderful
free country legally and collecting all our free benefits. Ask
yourself, why are our teachers, law enforcement, fire department
personnel getting pink slips?
To the editor:
Carol Ann Smith (letter, June 23), here are some facts:
Israel hijacked an aid ship flying an American flag in
international waters. Twelve Americans were kidnapped, one was shot in
the head four times and once in the chest. Nine other men were killed
that day. One was a 19-year-old senior in high school. Eight were
fathers, leaving 28 children fatherless.
What do 87 senators and your president, Barack Obama, do? They show
their loyalty to Israel by defending their actions of kidnapping and
Israel not only stops weapons from entering Gaza, but it stops everyday goods which ensure a better quality of life.
UNICEF reports that 14 percent of Palestinian children are
malnourished. Israel is accused of dropping white phosphorous on
Palestine families, not Hamas. Israel is creating terrorists with all
these acts on Palestine.
If someone was doing those things to your family and everyone around you, what would you do?
Let's call our congressional representatives and tell them to
secure our borders and stop the terrorism coming from south of the
border and to stop sending taxpayers' dollars to Israel and start
To the editor:
I would like to congratulate Larry Cope and his team of
professionals at the Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority on
their stunning accomplishment regarding the great news that SPI will be
retooling and reopening the mill in Tuolumne County.
Many public officials use the national economy as the whipping boy
for the plight of their counties in these tough economic times. The
TCEDA has once again proven them wrong.
The addition of some 130 local jobs once again proves that a
well-structured partnership between local government and the private
sector can benefit everyone.
Some months ago, we had (TCEDA Executive Director) Larry Cope speak
to a group of interested business leaders here in Calaveras County. The
most asked question was, "Can we do something like this in our county?"
Larry's response was clear, concise and consistent: "Only if you have
the involvement of county government."
(Calaveras County Supervisor) Merita Callaway referred to the
meeting as a "political stunt" and actually tried to prevent Mr. Cope
from attending our presentation. She continued later by stating that
"government has no role in business development."
Once again, we are witness to government failing the people of
Calaveras County, while enlightened counties, like Tuolumne, move
forward in a positive way.
The people of Tuolumne County should also be thanked for electing
public officials who really serve the public, instead of "ruling" the
I hope the people of Tuolumne County appreciate the great effort
and expense the residents of Calaveras County go to traveling to your
county to spend their money.
Bill McManus ran unsuccessfully against Merita Callaway for the District 3 Board of Supervisors seat.