Union Democrat staff

Obama's short list of accomplishments

To the Editor,

Obama's health care act passed includes 32 million more Americans while reducing the deficit $1.3 trillion over 20 years. It's illegal to deny coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Out of pocket expenses are capped when people get sick preventing bankruptcy. The medical system has been refocused to "preventative care" to avoid larger medical expenses later.

It digitizes and unifies the outdated information system reducing costs, improving care, and increasing productivity.

All Americans must have insurance making the system fairer - like requiring car insurance. The new "insurance marketplace" increases competition. While an independent commission of medical experts root out fraud and wasteful practices.

Financial reform allows the breakup of financial institutions that are "too big to fail" - a council of federal regulators coordinates interagency efforts to detect risks to the financial system - a Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection helps protect citizens from unscrupulous practices.

Obama confronted Depression. The vast majority of economists say the nation had a high chance of slipping into a Depression without the stimulus. Obama preserved three major car manufacturers, kept liquidity flowing saving jobs that would have been lost.

Given the severity of the financial crisis, our current debt, and Congressional stonewalling on job creation - recovery though slow is a reasonable expectation.

Iraq war ended. Obama ended the misguided, costly Iraq war reducing troops from 170,000 to 50,000. Remaining non-combat troops train Iraqis. Bin Laden was killed.

Legislation curbing greenhouse gases from power plants, factories, and oil refineries was passed. Energy plants must produce 15 percent from renewable sources. Obama increased fuel economy standards for cars and trucks and funded investment in clean energy technologies.

Robert Carabas


Thank you to Tuolumne County

To the Editor,

It is amazing how Tuolumne County comes together in times of strife. My daughter Heather Thomason passed away suddenly on Aug. 5.

As you can imagine, it was a shock and has been heartbreaking for so many. She was a waitress for over five years. I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to Ron Patel, Len Fadda, and her entire workplace team for the overwhelming support everyone has given to me and my family. It meant so much to see that management arranged their schedules so that Heather's co-workers could attend her memorial and show their love and support. It was a testament to Heather and who she was.

I would also like to thank Moose Lodge 2183 for the use of their facilities, and Sonora-area businesses for the use of their walk-in coolers, and of course the Sierra Bible Church for the use of their beautiful church.

Though I know it is never necessary, I would like to thank all of my friends and family that have rallied around me from the beginning of my devastating loss and continue to stand by me every moment.

Ann Wever


Shorts too short

To the Editor,

In reference to the photo on page A6, in Thursday's paper, August 30: Does Sonora High School have a student dress code?

If a dress code exists I can only assume it is not enforced, based on the short shorts on two high school girls "on their lunch break" in the photo.

We're a long way from the days when skirts to below the knee were required (and we were sent home if we didn't comply).

And there are places OK for wearing short shorts, but (in my opinion) school does not fall into that category. Between studies and hormones, teenagers have enough of a challenge!

I challenge the powers that be to create an atmosphere more appropriate and conducive to learning.

Jan Canavan