Union Democrat staff

What's good for goose and gander

To the Editor,

I was appalled, but also amused, at the comments by Supervisor Randy Hanvelt about the Cooperstown Quarry legal settlement ("Quarry deal ends lawsuit," September 5). Other media reports indicate that Supervisor Dick Pland also used the word "extortion" in characterizing the settlement of the litigation.

But Hanvelt clearly won the rhetorical rant n' rave competition, by adding to his claim of "extortion" the assertions that the settlement was "tyranny," "un-American" and "anti-Constitutional."

And, as a parting shot at the Riverbank City Council, he asserted that they had violated their oaths to abide by the Constitution by bringing litigation in the first place. And he then looked inward and said that his own board members were "prostitutes" for accepting the settlement agreed to by all other parties.

Hanvelt wasn't around when Tuolumne County supervisors, including Pland, unanimously voted in 2004 to sue Calaveras County in connection with the Oak Canyon Ranch project approval on exactly the same theory that Riverbank and two non-profit organizations used in the Cooperstown Quarry litigation - that the defendants had failed to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act.

And to add a bit of irony, when Tuolumne County filed that suit against its neighbor, Tuolumne County used one of the law firms that just represented Riverbank in the Cooperstown Quarry litigation.

Apparently with Supervisors Hanvelt and Pland what's good for the goose ain't good for the gander. Or maybe they are just disciples of Ralph Waldo Emerson who famously said, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."

Whatever the case, it's clear that rampant hypocrisy is alive and well on the 4th floor of 2 S. Green St.

Kristin Sullivan


Great job TUD

To the Editor,

I'm writing in regards to Tuolumne Utilities District. They have just completed the potable water line on Sawmill Flat Road giving potable water to members of the Sawmill Flat Water Association. Potable water - it's been a long time coming.

We are all very grateful and excited about this project and would like to thank those for making it possible: Pete Campa, Erick Johnson, Tom Scesa, all the board members, the crew, Brian Secora, Albert Matlock, Tim Grandbois, Keith Hockett, Todd Waelty, Louie Pazz and Les Dean for a great job! Well done.

Also the construction company did a speedy and efficient job. Thank you for going the extra mile on getting the grant and getting the job done.

TUD does do good things for their customers! I will be forever grateful.

Potable water is a wonderful commodity for those of you who it be thankful you do! Thanks again!

Kathie Turgeon


The President

dresses sloppily

To the Editor,

I'd like to comment on the current resident of the White House's poor display of how said resident should present oneself.

Does the man not own a suit? He looks like a schlep with his collar open, no tie and his sleeves rolled up.

For crying out loud, he looks like he is getting ready to wax a floor or wash his car. Everything he does is so unbecoming of the office he holds. From charging $12,000 per photo op with him (for a fundraiser! Talk about prostituting yourself), to schlepping all over the United States with his shirt sleeves rolled up.

When President George W. Bush took office he made a declaration that while in the Oval Office he would not be seen in gym clothes (i.e., President Clinton) or any other inappropriate dress. He respected and honored the most important office in the free world.

Chris Luckie


Columbia School and its trustees

To the Editor,

Once again the Columbia School Board over stresses our credulity. Board President Clark Segerstrom says a lawsuit prevents the trustees from discussing the district's notorious sexual abuse case. This is logical. But Segerstrom adds, according to the Union Democrat, that the litigation "keeps them from providing information about the policies currently in place to protect students or prevent further sexual abuse. If this is the advice of the school's attorney, he is advising the board to violate the California Public Records Act - as well as common sense. As a matter of law, existing policies are public record and must be accessible by any and all citizens.

It makes one wonder if there are, in fact, "existing policies" to protect the community's children.

Michael Ackley