Union Democrat staff

Don't blame NRA for gun violence

To the Editor:

Most countries experience mass shootings because every country has some wackos.

Some politicians will blame the NRA but when is the last time an NRA member committed such an act? Individuals will occasionally go crazy and act out. But we should be more concerned about governments' and nation states' violence.

Our government gives guns to Libyans, Syrian rebels, and, in the 1980's, to Arab fundamentalist groups in Afghanistan (who later formed Al Qaeda). In 1993, when Americans near Waco, Texas, had smaller guns than the above rebels the FBI and ATF used a military style attack against them and ending up burning 17 children alive plus their parents. How ironic is this: Arm rebels and extremists around the globe but take away the guns of our own citizens?

We do not need more government regulation or infringement of our Constitutional rights.

Everyone should remember that Prohibition of Alcohol was tried in many countries and they all had disastrous consequences.

Dennis Schneider

Angels Camp

Abandon these buzzwords in 2013

To the Editor:

Buzzwords and catchphrases I wish we could retire with 2013:

1. I got your back

2. Baby Daddy

3. You guys

4. "So called" Fiscal Cliff

5. Double down

6. Baby bump

7. Tricked out

8. Under the radar

9. Who are you wearing?

10. How fun is this?

And let's get rid of using the word literally over and over again.

Sydney Taylor


Thank you for your service, Dick Pland

To the Editor:

Tuolumne County will sorely miss 5th District Supervisor Dick Pland when his fourth term expires at the end of the year. He was a 1st Lieutenant and platoon leader during the Korean War and has been a leader ever since. He was a logging executive at Fibreboard lumber company's Standard and Chinese Camp mills until 1995 when it was purchased by Sierra Pacific Industries. He also served on the Tuolumne County Schools board before he became a supervisor in 1996.

Before Dick came on board, Tuolumne County supervisors were locked in an acrimonious feud over what was to become known as "Golfgate" in which three supervisors had collaborated with a developer to get the county to build a public golf course as the centerpiece of a housing project in Don Pedro.

Golfgate caused a flurry of board battles, pitting the three against the two supervisors who opposed it. The proposal was eventually tabled because of the public uproar over it but not before three supervisors were fined by the the state's Fair Political Practices Commission for violating political disclosure laws.

Dick pledged during his 1995 campaign to restore a sense of decorum and civility to board meetings if he were elected. He delivered big time on this promise. Over his 16 years on the board, he has been the voice of reason and fairness in an era of bitter partisan politics,

I was left paralyzed from the waist down in an auto accident 12 years ago. Since then Dick and his lovely wife Audrey have always made a point to say hello and shake my hand at community events. I will never forget this.

Robert Dorroh