Union Democrat staff

Vote No on

Senate Bill 249

To the Editor,

The law-abiding citizens of California have been duped big time by State Senator Leland Yee, D-SF.

Senate Bill 249, which he authored and introduced in the State Senate on Feb. 10, 2011 was originally an innocuous food/ag bill.

After passing in and out of Assembly committee hearings since, it has, at Yee's doing, been significantly amended into a very sinister attack on our second amendment right.

Essentially, its passage will outlaw civilian ownership of any semi-automatic firearm with a removable magazine of a caliber larger than .22LR in California.

What's more, the bill includes a means by which such described currently owned firearms will be confiscated and without just compensation.

I accuse Senator Yee and coauthors of SB 249 of deliberately intending to deprive the law-abiding California citizenry in a most deceptive, heinous manner.

They've mounted an end run to try to pass this "legislation," with total disregard for the will of the people.

They know that if put to the voters as a statewide proposition that we would never ratify such trash.

Shame on you, Senator Yee, shame, shame, shame.

Effectively, if SB 249 is passed into law, law-abiding citizens like myself will be forced back into 19th century means of self-defense while the bad guys continue to evolve their weaponry without regard for law.

I call upon San Francisco voters to retire Senator Yee and for all California voters to send a resounding "No" to their state legislators and Gov. Brown regarding SB 249.

Karl Merrill


Does anyone remember history?

To the Editor,

The United States elected three Republican presidents (Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover) between the years 1921 and 1929.

Two were wealthy businessmen and Coolidge (a former governor of Massachusetts) was a successful attorney. All favored a smaller government, supported tax cuts for the wealthy, and opposed federal regulations as well as Roosevelt's New Deal progressive policies.

All were partial to business over labor.

So what was the net result?

Answer: The worst depression the country had ever seen; where the rich retained their wealth and the rest joined the breadlines.

Is history about to repeat itself?

Allan Bell

Twain Harte

Twain Harte

signs helpful

To the Editor,

When we drove into Twain Harte this weekend, we noticed the new signs showing directions around Twain Harte.

We are weekenders who often lend our house to others and I must say this is a very nice addition.

My wife noticed directions to the Community Center, so when we went to watch a film at the Twain Harte Film Fest, we knew exactly where to go.

Thanks to whomever thought this up and made it happen.

Craig Seidel

Twain Harte/Palo Alto