Union Democrat staff

Support Measure H

To the Editor,

In regard to Measure "H," I have yet to hear a credible argument against passing the extension of the bond for Summerville High School.

Some assert that taxpayers are over burdened, and the timing just isn't right to extend this bond. My question is: when will the timing be right? Education and schools have taken a backseat in funding by the State of California for years. Public Education has been consistently held hostage by governors and the legislature since the 1970s, as each year the budget is finally passed with new, more complicated formulas for funding education. There are no winners in this game.

The most vocal, yet most illogical argument against the bond extension is posed by those who were disappointed by the way the original bond monies were spent.

"Taxpayers didn't get what they paid for; they're afraid the same thing will happen, again."

The truth is we are 14 years down the road with different administrators, school board members, an experienced architect, and a citizens' oversight committee to make sure the bond extension monies are spent prudently.

Are we determined to punish today's students for what happened in the past?

One of the ways to improve on the past, is to become involved, learn from the facts and move forward for a positive outcome.

Test scores at Summerville indicate that students are succeeding with help from involved parents, a dedicated staff of administrators, and hard-working teachers, all with a common goal: prepare students for life in our fast-paced society. They deserve the best we can offer in the way of technology and modern facilities.

Please join Summerville High School Foundation and vote "yes" on Measure "H."

It is the right time … it's about time.

Jan Hiebert, director

Summerville High School Foundation

Intersection by Sonora High

To the Editor,

I don't know what it takes for the Sonora City Council or the local Caltrans to get off their butts and do something about this intersection. Over the years there have been quite a few accidents and deaths there.

Let's have this stop.

There is plenty of space there for a roundabout. Do something!

On Sept. 25, a kid was hurt badly, and is in critical condition now. My heart goes out to his family and friends, and let this be the last time.

Take this example and fix the problem.

Dwan Seicheine


Tipping point

To the Editor,

Have you noticed that most so called news stories begin with a specific presupposition (or spin) that the writer wants to convey, which is followed by cherry-picking information to support that premise?

This is consistent with the way that artists and writers see the world, not the way that empiricists like scientists and engineers see it. The world view of the former is "how it should be" and they advance their vision for that, while taking the moral high ground to assure us that their motives are pure. Then they systematically go about abridging private property rights, suppressing free speech and, in the most extreme circumstances murder fellow citizens whom they can't coerce to see things their way.

Empiricists, on the other hand, seek first to understand how the world works, independent of their desires for it. They then devise policies and systems to channel outcomes, to the extent possible, in a desirable direction. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are empiricists.

Unfortunately, a large portion of voters are susceptible to the manipulation of propagandists, e.g. taxes are good, and each person is "owed" a middle class life.

Obama is a determined collectivist, looks down on the masses, sees no individual as exceptional, exemplary or worthy of distinction in his delusional world of all-the-same equality, sloth and deceit as he tears us all down into mediocrity, a life by government ration and collective misery. He's a turtle on a fence post. You know he didn't get up there by himself, he doesn't belong up there, he doesn't know what to do while he is up there, and you just wonder what kind of a dumb fool put him up there.

A vote for collectivism is still a vote that kills the goose.

November is the tipping point. Vote carefully.

Ray Anderson