Lt. Governor's visit
To the Editor:
I was truly amazed when such a high-ranking state official as Lt.
Governor Gavin Newsom came to Tuolumne County and generously shared his
views on how to make our state great again, the absence of city council
members and county supervisors was glaringly evident. We do not live in
a vacuum and when the Lt. Governor sees the total indifference to his
visit by county and city officials one might conclude that we will not
be first on his list of counties for which he will go to bat. I
personally was embarrassed for our county.
I know that SPI was inaugurating the re-opening of their plant, but
being aware that the Lt. Governor was going to be in Sonora for only
two hours, it would have made sense for the officials of our county to
arrange with SPI to work around the visit so that they could attend.
The Lt. Governor's visit had been announced for a long time so not
knowing about it seems a feeble excuse.
The visit was a huge success and the Opera Hall was standing room
only. We were so proud to have the Lt. Governor0 visit and were
impressed with his knowledge of our problems and difficulties. It was a
Tired of being
To the Editor:
I'm tired of being a zombie. I'm tired of my eyes glazing over bank
statements, waning job opportunities, and the issues that face my
community. I'm tired of watching unemployment fan the flames of the
elder community who have lost their pensions and are now living off the
food banks. I'm tired of drug use getting severe because other people
are taking desperate measures to go numb (like zombies do) or feed
themselves by selling. I'm tired of trying to numb myself from the
issues that face my generation because our right to a basic prosperity
I am thankful for the community support of Sonora and all the
people who realize that Wall Street affects small street. Occupy Sonora
doesn't want any more for rent signs in the windows of their small
business, and want their kids to grow up with a pride that comes from
providing for themselves. That can only come when the dollar is strong.
I know that even in my small Sierra Nevada community, Wall Street
steals the tourist dollar from us as Bay Area residents lose their jobs
and choose not to spend their summers boating and winters skiing. I
realize that even as a zombie, I must do my part. Zombies are not the
brainless ones, our lobbyists and Wall Street executives are. As a
zombie, I hope that all those who choose to corrupt our capitalist
system to make a quick buck will eat each other alive and then they
will know what it feels to be the 99 percent. Let's bring brains back
to the big banks.
Establishing a Draft
To the Editor:
On April 25, Time Magazine reported that "60 members of the crew of
the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln pocketed $3.4 million in bonuses - $57,000
each, tax-free, simply to re-enlist." This action was the result of the
two Bush/Cheney administrations refusing to authorize a forced
enlistment when they started two wars, both still ongoing.
As a result of the malfeasance and incompetence of the
Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld trio in preparing for and engaging in two wars,
our troops were sent into battle without sufficient personnel, armor
and protective uniforms resulting in the deaths and maiming of
thousands of our brave men and women. The trio eventually had to send
the National Guard units of several states resulting in their
re-deployment, along with our U.S. Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force
Inasmuch as President Obama has been unable, or unwilling, to end
the wars he inherited, now is the time for a draft to be established to
avoid having to bribe our warriors to serve.
A dollar a day is the amount we veterans of Word War II were paid when we were drafted in 1941,
Tuolumne County Water Party
To the Editor:
In Washington there is a Tea Party, which stubbornly refuses to
fund Government and demands cuts regardless of consequences. And in our
quaint county there is the Water Party, known as the Tuolumne Utilities
District (TUD), which demands, with equal obstinacy, more income to pay
for its growing expenses. TUD proposes to raise the monthly cost for
the average customer, by TUD's definition, by a mere 23.41 percent
(Union Democrat, Oct. 18). The difference between the two "parties" is
that the Tea Party can shut the Government down if it wants to, while
the Water Party automatically gets what it wants because, effectively,
nobody controls it.