Union Democrat staff

Anti-Obama paranoia in Sonora

To the Editor,

The latest anti-Obama sign on Phoenix Lake Road that says, "Barack (Adolf) Obama" and the "Downfall of America" letter in Friday's Union Democrat reconfirm that anti-Obama paranoia is alive and well in Sonora.

In the 1960's it was left-wing lunacy plaguing our country. Now it is the right-wing variety.

Despite over 200 years of a constitutional republic of checks and balances, there continues to be those individuals who willfully ignore our history and continue to be swayed by demagogues whose rants and tirades undermine the fabric of our society. These ravings generally charge that President Obama is a Muslim, that he is not really a citizen, that he doesn't hold American values, that he is trying to take away our guns, that he is a socialist (What are Social Security and Medicare if not forms of socialism?), that he is a dictator, that he threatens our freedom in general, that he will cause a depression.

What rubbish.

We have an excellent library in Tuolumne County with many outstanding works on American history. More people should read them, especially those works that include discussions of the causes of the Crash of 1929, the Great Depression that followed, and President Roosevelt's New Deal.

Daniel Connell


Romney is no better

To the Editor,

Response to Patricia Dufur's letter, "Downfall of America," from Friday.

You have it right Patricia. Having said that, I must add that Romney is no better. There is not a dimes worth of difference between the Repubs and the Dems. They are simply coming at you from slightly different angles. Your current government makes the Mafia look like a Sunday School class.

I am, frankly, surprised that your views are as accurate as they are. The lame stream media that is more concerned about telling you about the social status of the Kardashians, the shenanigans of Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus' sex life, does not think the actions of America's King is important enough to inform you of. By the way, how did you form your opinions? More should subscribe to it.

Sam Elkins


Saunders' high-speed rail column

To the Editor,

Debra Saunders' column: 'California high-speed rail: unsafe at any speed,' never once acknowledges the many construction workers who will find jobs during the building of the rail; the concessions that will be needed, agriculture, motels, soft drinks, food, equipment etc., nor the local made-in-America steel that will be used on that job.

Many workers will be needed and that will be a huge lift to our state from the start, wage earners pay taxes.

The building first and then the permanent jobs it will create to run the trains, sell tickets and so on.

I ride our underfunded Amtrak and it is so crowded one can hardly move on it in the Southern California sector. Common transportation is never expected to pay for itself in any country in the world.

Just as airports do not pay for themselves, nor roads. We subsidize roads, and most major transportation venues.

Keep in mind that High-speed rail is not an expense, it is an investment in our economy; it will pay huge dividends in the long run. It is good for our economy and should be started as soon as possible.

Mary Matzek