Union Democrat staff

Votes and the election results

To the Editor,

Robin Zeutzius finds it "dumbfounding" that Romney/Ryan lost the election because of "how many states actually voted for them."

In fact, Romney/Ryan won only 24 states, and Obama/Biden won 26 (and the District of Columbia).

Plus, I don't think it would work if the winner of the presidency was decided by whoever won the most states. The combined population of the 26 smallest states is less than 54 million people, so they would be able to out vote the two largest states (California and Texas), which have a combined population of over 64 million.

Also, Obama/Biden won by "popular opinion" since they won a majority of the popular vote as well as a majority of the electoral vote.

I do agree that perhaps we should consider doing away with the Electoral College. If we had, Al Gore, who won the popular vote, would have won in 2000, and we all would have been spared eight years of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and their wrecking crew.

Charles Ralston

Mi-Wuk Village

Move doesn't save schools or state

To the Editor,

Joe Silva and the Tuolumne County Schools Office trustees were justly caught trying to circumvent California Education Code, in a scam. They had planned to stick taxpayers with a $25,000 pay raise to Superintendent Silva by sticking the California State Teachers Retirement System with the cost of his newly inflated salary.

This is just the City of Bell retirement scam in a different format.

Superintendent Silva and the trustees who supported this plan should be fired for attempting to break the law, sticking taxpayers with more expenses, and giving Silva an illegal raise by renaming it "saving our schools money."

Further, the County School's lawyer, Byron Smith, is the same lawyer who advised John Pendley and his gang in the cover-up of the Columbia Elementary School sexual predator scandal. Perhaps school district trustees should pursue better legal advice, before getting caught breaking the law.

Randal Lee


Citizens want moderate gov't

To the Editor,

Whether Republican, Democrat, or independent, the lesson learned not only from the President being re-elected, but from the Senate seats increasing for Democrats, is that citizens want a moderate government - not extreme on the left or the right.

The GOP has allowed the "tail to wag the dog" with its adherence to too-far right ideology promoted by its Tea Party wing. Mitt Romney in order to secure the acceptance of that increasing faction, had to feign being a "severe" conservative, which he wasn't. He moved more to a moderate position once he secured the nomination of his party, but by then it was too late. His position swings lost credibility with the electorate, along with never being free from the stigma of Wall Street's Bain Capital and the infamous video disparaging the 47 percent.

The final poll figures show how out of touch the GOP is with groups other than a declining percentage of white people. The vast majority of "minority groups" belonging to a struggling middle class and lower class saw no champion to their plight or aspirations by voting for Romney.

To see Democrats winning in strong red states along with the polling percentages increasingly going towards the Democrats should send a strong message to the GOP that they need to put their house in order. They can start by realizing that so-called big government is not the enemy but rather those like Grover Norquist, Karl Rove, and unlimited, unnamed funding sources that distort democracy and believe compromise is a dirty term.

We'll see how three aging white men, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and Harry Reid pick up on the relevance of this election and act in the interest of the country, not in the interest of their parties.

Wayne Kirkbride

Twain Harte