Union Democrat staff

We must stand as one

To the editor:

Black Panthers are back, full force (hatred of whites, slavery, etc.).

As a result, skinheads, Nazis, Klansmen and anarchists shall rise in numbers. Once again facing us with rebellion, segregation, violence and confusion. To say the least.

With the downfall (financially and morally) of the United States of America, the likes of alQaida shall attach and/or infiltrate intelligence weak spots, leaving us even more vulnerable to enemy nations and/or peoples attempting to downgrade and/or bring about the fall our nation. If warranted action is not taken, ASAP, anarchists shall reign. Of any color.

This nation is a combination of all, intertwined…

During the Oklahoma bombings, Twin Towers destruction, etc., color and finances had no meaning. We were Americans, standing by aiding and assisting those in need. Men of many colors worked together, side by side, to simply save other Americans and loved ones.

Yet under present circumstances, shall we progress or degenerate? Current situations show degeneration.

This leaves us wide open to foreign infiltration, strikes and confusion - an actuality no one wishes to face.

Face it Americans, we are one. We must stand tall, together. Work and coincide with one another to keep foreign enemy infiltration and death from becoming a daily exercise.

Stick together: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Doug Alleman


CEO dismissal

To the editor:

Why, since December 2009, has there been such deafening silence surrounding the "dismissal" of Mark Bergstrom, former Sonora Area Foundation CEO?

He was chosen from a national search. He was homegrown, had an impeccable resume, and in 31 days raised $500,000 (May SOS campaign).

Recently, your paper published details about a tort claim filed by Mr. Bergstrom, naming the Foundation and its board.

Last December foundation directors Gary Dambacher and Jim Johnson said Bergstrom's "dismissal" was the result of the board wanting to restructure and take the organization in a different direction. Contrast that with your article last week, which reported that Mr. Bergstrom's tort claim focused on wrongful termination based on ethics violations, board self dealing, and conflicts of interest at the foundation, and major questions arise.

We are blessed that Irving Symons and Elaine Baker Symons left such a large gift to the foundation. Our community, private donors, and the nonprofits as beneficiaries deserve an explanation.

Many of us in the "wait-and-see majority" fear the Foundation has serious issues that will damage its legacy and those who need it most.

The current board composition reflects important pillars of our community. Those who are concerned for our community and the health of our foundation, should question the current board members as well as our local media.

We need to insure that the spirit in which the Symons family established the foundation be protected for future generations.

Let's not just wait, as Jim Johnson, foundation president, said in his June 24 press release, for the "appropriate judicial forum." It may be too late by then.

Vicki Kennedy


Carly Fiorina and HP

To the editor:

Voting is a privilege, allowing us to select individuals to make decisions on our behalf. However, that privilege comes with the responsibility of educating ourselves on the candidates.

Millions of dollars are being spent to sway our votes. To insure we get the kind of country we really want, we must not be fooled by the campaign glitz.

Here are some facts about Carly Fiorina, U.S. Senate candidate and former CEO of Hewlett Packard, based on my personal experience at HP for 30-plus years:

• Carly claims that she rose from receptionist to CEO while at HP. Actually, she had a summer job at HP and returned many years later to the position of CEO.

• One of Carly's first decisions after becoming CEO was to replace the fairly new corporate jet with a newer, more expensive model.

• Carly pushed forward on the merger with Compaq Computer, despite serious board concerns. The result was the ousting of founder Bill Hewlett's son from the board and an expensive, disruptive merger.

• Carly laid off more than 30,000 HP employees, outsourcing the jobs to China. She called it "right-shoring".

• The price of HP's stock dropped 52 percent during Carly's tenure, despite of an overall booming economy.

• Carly is the only CEO in HP's 70 year history to be fired.

• Conde Nast named Carly as one of the "20 Worst American CEOs of All Time".

Vote this fall, but know the facts before you check the boxes.

Beth Hatcher