Union Democrat staff

Consequences of a second Obama term

To the Editor,

Yes, Obama won.

Congratulations to Democrats and young people! You now own it…

The next terrorist attack; Can't get a job after graduation; Skyrocketing energy prices due to Obama's EPA shutting down the energy producing states; A nuclear Iran; Bowing to Russia; Another severe recession; A volatile border with Mexico; Trouble getting good healthcare; Higher health insurance costs and health care costs; Our allies mistrust; Another trillion of debt (annually); More Benghazi situations; Trouble getting a loan to buy a home; More dependency on food stamps; Trouble finding good employment; Several part time jobs instead of a good job; A World Government; The UN governing the United States instead of ourselves; A Senate that will not bring any legislation to the table even if it is "Dead on Arrival"; China controlling our world trade and trampling all over us; Loss of our freedoms as we have known it in the past; A dictatorship instead of a democracy that follows the Constitution; Less take home pay and higher living costs; Driving a car that looks like a toy; More government corruption and lies; More toleration of extreme and fanatical Islamists; Terrorist attacks called workplace incidents; Your revenge instead of love of country, etc.

By the way, the cows in the meadow never wonder why the nice farmer brings them free hay every day. By the time they find out, it's too late.

Ray Anderson


Gratitude for officers of the law

To the Editor:

Re: Deputy cleared of shooting (Nov. 26, 2012)

Imagine that one early morning your tranquil foothill community is suddenly thrown into chaos. A drugged and drunk man is roaming your street, repeatedly firing a weapon throughout the neighborhood, attempting to break into homes and accosting drivers. Most of us would lock our doors, hit the floor and call 911. On March 15 when just such a scenario was playing out in Arnold, one man acted quite differently. Corporal Tom Oldham didn't run away and hide. Rather, he put himself directly in the middle of danger in order to protect the people he had sworn to serve. Using his skills, training, judgement and courage, he stopped the threat and secured the safety of countless innocent citizens. Corporal Oldham does not deserve to have a claim filed against him and the county, or to have allegations made that his actions were not justified. What he does deserve is our thanks, appreciation and admiration. The use of deadly force, by its very nature, is difficult to speak of without the fear of being misunderstood or appearing insensitive. This should not keep us from expressing our appreciation for a peace offer that exemplifies the courage and commitment needed by professional law enforcement personnel. Thank you Corporal and every other member of the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office that served us so well that day. I appreciate your service.

Joe von Herrmann


Sympathies for the Krismanits family

To the Editor:

My sympathy, love and prayers are for the Krismanits family and their church community.

While we are saddened and will certainly miss the blessings of their presence here with us in Tuolumne County we can also rejoice in knowing they are in the very presence of their loving God!

I know my husband, Orville, who went to be with our Lord on Feb. 5 of this year was among the first to joyfully welcome them home!

God bless us everyone,

Linda Millhollin