Letters to the editor for Nov. 9, 2011

Union Democrat staff

Accessible crosswalks

To the Editor:

The signal light on Mono Way and Fir Drive is not accessible to those of us who rely on the use of wheel chairs. It is not easily accessible for those who use walkers or crutches either. The curb is too high and the signal button is out of reach.

I am one of the many disabled people in our community and it would help if this was fixed.

Bill J. Tracy


GCSD Sewage Spill

To the Editor:

After reading The Union Democrat's Oct. 27 article concerning the unreported GCSD sewage spills, and reviewing a copy of the State Water Control Board letter to the GCSD attorney stating that the "allegations suggest a culture within the district (GCSD) of poor spill management and cover up over many years." It is alarming to me that either employees of GCSD and/or GCSD Board members may have contributed to such cover-ups. If this is proven, then GCSD should terminate any such employees and any directors that might be involved would resign immediately. These actions could even prompt a recall of directors as many of us in Groveland have put our trust in this agency to keep the public safe. All sewage spills must be reported promptly and accurately by law. The 1.1 million dollar fine imposed on GCSD by the State is proof of the seriousness of this problem.

Lawrence Romaneck


Summerville High play

To the Editor:

Summerville High School and Connections Academy have done it again. Their production of "The Sound of Music" is excellent. While the play opened last week, there will be performances at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of this week. On Saturday, there is also a 2 p.m. matinee.

This is a family-friendly play with children welcome.

Tickets are available at the door.

Treat yourself to a great play and support the performing arts.

Jody Kellerman


Indigeny Apple Ranch

To the Editor:

In response to Mr. Knopf's complaints (on Oct. 28) against the county planning commission's treatment of the expansion of Indigeny Apple Ranch, government should generally avoid trying to control what people do on their own property, commercial or residential. When the government is involved in private property use it should be as accommodating as possible to the landowner, whether for commercial or private use.

This whole issue arose over fruit being brought in from off-site and a gift shop. Why does the county even waste its time with rules about this? The current priority for Tuolumne County is that of easing the local economic depression through job creation. What the Indigeny Apple Ranch would like to do is not only increase revenue for other businesses in the county (other orchards that would supply fruit, transportation of that fruit, etc.), but create jobs. If Tuolumne County is not able to reduce its double-digit unemployment, property values across the county won't be worth the ink used to print the mortgage agreements. The government also should apply limitations to property equally: the restrictions the residents have asked of the Apple Ranch would require the ranch to reduce its noise level below what is required by the county noise ordinance.

Everyone needs to contribute to helping the local economy. It is interesting that people with million dollar houses are trying to hurt job creation just because it is happening in their back yard. I guess they have theirs and don't care about anyone else. Commissioner Kight was actually showing indifference to the "not-in-my-back-yard" crowd and was really serving the interests of the entire county. We need more like him.

Rachel Mosley


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