Letters to the Editor for July 12, 2012

Union Democrat staff

Local attractions and visitor support

To the Editor,

Railtown, Jamestown, the Fairgrounds, Sonora and Columbia make a wonderful cluster of tourist destinations.

History, events, food and shopping all close together, are a cluster of Gold Country gems.

I always make sure my visitors to the Jamestown Branch Jail are aware of this unique grouping of destinations. Also, I share a very well kept secret that most visitors wish that they had known to include in their plans for the day.

The "secret" is the weekend 49er Trolley service, run by the Tuolumne County Transit, to Railtown, Jamestown, Fairgrounds, Sonora and Columbia - 1 hour round trip for $1.50. Or an all day pass for $4. Get off and on as often as you wish to visit all the sites. Park once, no driving and see it all!

This is a great service but we need to get the word out. Visitors should be given this information from their overnight accommodation providers or given out as an additional perk.

This "secret" needs to be shared! The current ridership is low and if it does not improve this valuable service might be lost.

Even though those who voted against the TOT don't get it, we are all in this together and our visitors support much of our economy. Visitors need to be informed of all services available to them, especially if it enhances their experience. Spread the word: let's remove the 49er Trolley service from the "secrets" list.

E.C. Sonny Ellefsen

Jamestown Branch Jail constable


GSCD budget woes and valuing safety

To the Editor,

In response to the recent article about GCSD's budget woes, my suggestion is go with Fire Chief Warner's suggestions to bridge the gap.

I know without a doubt that Shane Warner cares deeply about his community and fire fighting family in Groveland. He understands the budgetary shortfalls and will, if allowed, make cuts to meet the shortfall while not compromising the integrity of services provided to the Groveland citizens, this includes keeping as many fully trained firefighters employed as possible.

I would not want to live in an area that values budgets more than safety, which is where the other budget cut suggestion is going. GCSD board members would be wise to listen and take the advice of someone who has to provide fire and sometimes medical services to members of their community, one that is rather isolated.

If more money in needed for the Fire Department maybe the GCSD board members could do something radical and take a stipend suspension to help bridge the budget gap and therefore prove to the community of Groveland that safety is an important quality of life.

Tracy Hoyle


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