Letters to the editor for September 20, 2012

Union Democrat staff

Sherri Brennan for supervisor

To the Editor,

Bob and Sherri Brennan are good friends and wonderful people. When we learned that Sherri was running for Supervisor in District 1 it made us excited for her and for the county.

They have raised two children who would make any parents very proud. Their daughter attends CSU Fresno and their son is a high school senior. They are the type of parents who have taught their children good values to live by and we are confident she will bring those same values to the board.

Our county needs new blood with leadership that will take us boldly into the future while stabilizing the economy and ensuring our quality of life.

Sherri has the vision, the experience and the ability to do that. The Brennan roots go deep and they reflect a love and respect for the people, the environment and the history of Tuolumne County.

Anybody who knows her like we do knows that she will make an excellent supervisor. Our county needs Sherri Brennan on that Board of Supervisors. We hope you agree and will vote for Sherri Brennan, supervisor District 1!

Carol Slicton


Political parties

To the Editor,

America's major political parties' hegemonic foreign policies can only ultimately result in total failure, because those policies are based on the unrealistic attempt to limit the global spread of scientific knowledge, and the foolish objective to crush the resolve of peoples around the world to take charge of their own destinies. The historic record on this latter point is clear to anyone interested in American foreign policy research. (Example: see "Killing Hope," William Blum, 2004) The U.S. looks out on the world and sees limitless "evil doers"; the world looks on the U.S. as an hypocritical power that wishes to maintain its own nuclear weapon superiority to deny to others what it has in abundance. It preaches "democracy," "rule of law," but sets itself out as the ultimate arbiter of what is "just" or "unjust."

"You are with us or against us" (Bush 2). This simplistic mantra is totally empty of furthering any progress on a more peaceful world. So is carrying around in your back pocket a "kill list" of those we wish to eliminate without the "rule of law" or "due process" (Obama).

Others also see the transparent idea that if one possesses nuclear weapons and the systems for ultimate delivery they essentially immunize themselves from further destabilization attempts by the U.S. The corollary to this terrible policy is that in order for the U.S. to further its own "interests" abroad with such unrealistic policies it must further undermine the basic constitutional rights here at home of its own citizens. (Example: The American Defense Authorization Act 2012)

This is a recipe for national and ultimately global disaster. We are destroying our republic for empire.

Bert Canepa


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