Union Democrat staff

Good samaritans

in the foothills

To the Editor:

Do you know what a caring, wonderful community we live in? I do, because last week I was in Sonora on my way to a medical appointment when my car quit running. A lady, I didn't get her name, asked some men to push my car to the curb, stopped a man with a cell phone so I could call for help. Then a man offered to take me to my appointment, and he came back after and took me to the garage where my car had been towed. I want to thank all those good samaritans who came to my rescue. Thank goodness I live in the foothills.

Frances Easley

Angels Camp

Support local theaters

To the Editor:

We recently returned from a weekend in Sonora and Jamestown and are deeply worried about one of Tuolumne County's great treasures - The Sierra Repertory Theatre. We have been season ticket holders since they began and we lived in Jamestown. What troubles us are the half-empty theaters we see at each performance. It makes us wonder if the locals realize what a treasure they have in their own backyard. We are both retired so we know how tough the economy is on people's budgets. However, the pleasure we get out of attending a performance in Sonora or Columbia far outweighs the cost of the 250 mile round-trip, motel room and meals. We also make it a point to tell the management of each place we spend money that we are patronizing their establishment because they support Sierra Rep by advertising in the theater's program or newsletter and we urge other theater lovers to do the same. They say, "Money can't buy happiness." However, a small investment in a season ticket can go a long way toward at least putting a smile on your face. We have committed ourselves to the long drives for 2012 by renewing for another year and we are hoping to be greeted by full theaters. You never really know what you have until you lose it.

Doug and Ruth Eaton


Tuolumne County Human Relations Alliance

To the Editor:

Regarding the Local Organization dedicated to Understanding and Acceptance.

The purpose of the recently formed Tuolumne County Human Relations Alliance is clearly defined in its mission statement. "Promote mutual respect, understanding and acceptance among all persons, affirming the inherent value of each and every member of our shared community, acknowledging the diversity of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, gender, sexual orientation or socio-economic status." As we embrace these values, we offer support and assistance to people and groups who have been victimized by hate incidents and crimes.

Members of our community have expressed through letters and discussion the hurtful impact a recent display on private property has had on both individuals and our community. However, we chose not to challenge the display. The Tuolumne County Human Relations Alliance recognizes that a display of this nature is not unlawful and is constitutionally protected.

We do see an opportunity to invite our community to acknowledge the impact that our words and actions may have on our neighbors and community as a whole. The TCHRA encourages everyone in our community to interact with one another in a way that promotes mutual respect and prevents violence.

We invite you to join us in promoting a community where all people are safe and free from discrimination, harassment and violence. The TCHRA meets on the fourth Monday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. at the Tuolumne County Library on Greenley Road.

Paolo Maffei

TCHRA Board Chairman


Sonora Lions

To the Editor:

On Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1 the Sonora Lions, (with help from the Sonora Mountain Lions), collected non-perishable food items for donation to Interfaith at four local markets, lower Save Mart, Safeway, Grocery Outlet, and Price Co. Over the two days the Lions collected over 3,300 pounds of food that was in turn given to Interfaith.

I would like to thank the entire community for their generous support of our food drive, and their continued support of the Lions projects.

Thanks also to the local markets for the cooperation.

Jack Harris

President, Sonora Lions