Union Democrat staff

Thanks to good samaritans

To the Editor,

On Aug. 20 at approximately 12:20 p.m. our GMC Acadia was hit by a driver not paying attention on a dangerous stretch of O'Brynes Ferry Road just south of Lake Tulloch Bridge. It was a very terrifying experience.

Due to a dead cellular area, cellulars did not work but our 2-meter amateur radio did. AE6LA/Ken answered our call for aid by calling 911.

A Mom and teen daughter came to our aide with moist towels, water and comfort while we waited for EMS.

An off duty paramedic assisted in calming me while the first responders were assisting in freeing my husband from the car. Names were shared with me but I was so traumatized that I can't remember the names of those who offered aid.

You know who you are; know that you hold a very special place in our hearts. Thank you!

Miriam Brown


Tax cheats

To the Editor,

Tax cheaters are traitors. If Mitt Romney won't prove that he's not one then he's unqualified to be president.

Bob Wetzel


Good neighbors

To the Editor,

We too were affected by the Monte Grande Road fire on Aug. 7. We are thankful that Cal Fire did a wonderful job and the fire was stopped across the road from our home.

Talking with neighbors further up the road, a special vote of thanks goes to all the Covers over the hill. Had it not been for their quick response and a big caterpillar plugging up the hill toward our subdivision, several more homes could have been lost. We may not know the Covers personally, but we have never heard anything but good about them and their work efforts. Maybe it is time that some of us get better acquainted with them.

Ramona Cook

Monte Grande Heights


of AB109

To the Editor,

AB109 was put into effect to reduce the prison population and give counties jurisdiction over the sentencing and housing of inmates that otherwise would have gone to prison. Prison population has reduced, but on the other hand Tuolumne County and other counties like it have increased in population size. Before AB109, if you were sentenced to prison, you would serve your time and, when released, you had a parole officer who would monitor your employment, your living environment and monthly drug tests. Being on parole, you had the opportunity to have a full time job with no interruptions of daily reporting.

Since AB109 has come into effect, Tuolumne County has taken it upon itself to give all their released inmates daily reporting, classes and random drug tests multiple times during the week resulting in missing a check in or dirty test. Results: More county time payed for by the tax dollar. Does anybody see a pattern here?

Wake up people. AB109 is a straight setup for failure for people wanting to get back on their feet. How could you possibly make ends meet or have an employer that will hire you when you have to take so much time off for these unnecessary guidelines of Tuolumne County probation? With this said, the results end in more crime when otherwise decent people trying to make ends meet end up having to resort back to crime in order to survive because of these extreme guidelines that they have to follow. AB109 is a setup for failure.

Richard Klidies