Letters to the Editor for February 24, 2012

Union Democrat staff

A need for facts,logic and reasonTo the Editor: I've promised several of my conservative friends that I would write another letter to the editor. Actually I've been avoiding it for months. It isn't that I haven't had the motivation or time to write a letter. It isn't that I haven't had plenty of liberal lunacy to dissect and destroy with laser-like logic. It simply seems to be an incredible waste of time. People are going to believe what they want to believe regardless of reason, logic, and facts. All sides make the same arguments to prove all the others wrong. How does that work? I'm a constitutional conservative converted from a very liberal social Democrat. I read, study, research, observe, and make my conclusions accordingly. We should all do the same before we decide what we believe and what we believe in. It's clear that many of those who write letters to the editor fail to do so. Happily, my letter writing career is at an end. God Bless and Protect the American spirit. The government won't. David Wynne SonoraPraise forNorm WatersTo the Editor: Norman S. Waters spent five terms representing the 7th Assembly District. First elected in 1975, he knew how to "win friends and influence legislation" and Norm's expertise would greatly benefit Tuolumne County. Your former editor/publisher, Harvey C. McGee, wrote (the Sierra Lookout) on July 1, 1982: "But none of them could have enjoyed this week's pages more than Norman Waters, our assemblyman. In politics it's win or lose. To have tried and lost is worse than never having tried at all. But Norm had put his name on two victories in two days. First came success on (Sonora) by-pass funding, an effort he has joined wholeheartedly in recent years. Then, came funding for Jamestown's Railtown. This victory was even more delicious, for Waters climbed aboard when it came out of the station and stayed at the throttle through some tight turns …" To paraphrase Gen. Douglas McArthur, "Old Lawmakers never die, they just … quit authoring bills." Norm told me, last week, he's suffering from kidney failure and is on dialysis. At age 85, am sure a "Thank You" from former constituents would do wonders to cheer him up. His address: Assemblyman Norm Waters (Ret.), Postmaster, Plymouth, CA 95669. Postmistress will be sure he gets it. Bruce Cassasa Dayton, Wyo.

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