Union Democrat staff

Let's not hinder business

To the Editor:

I am writing in response to the letter from Domenic Torchia that appeared in the Jan. 7, edition of The Union Democrat. First, I am confused by his use of Old Town Sonora. I believe that is located on Stewart Street where there is virtually no large truck traffic.

Why does he single out Blue Mountain Minerals? We have at least two companies with cement trucks, many logging trucks, many transfers as well as other semi-trucks en route to businesses in the city and county that travel Washington Street. To many of us, the presence of these vehicles represent companies that provide many of our county's jobs. Blue Mountain, for example, employs nearly 50 people. Sierra Pacific Industries employs over 100 people. Mr. Torchia represents himself as a pro-labor person but then wants to make it more difficult for companies to conduct business. Should we be charging everyone a quarter to park at Wal-Mart? Cars and pickups damage roads too.

Where is the corruption he alludes to - corporate giveaways, lack of transparency and crony deals? If he has facts to back up his allegations, he should present them.

Larry Jones


Save the English language

To the Editor:

My "Letter to the editor" from Sept. 14, 2010 has at least one follower and I salute Sidney Taylor, The Union Democrat letter of Jan. 10, who espouses the disposal of several phrases or buzzwords in today's English language. Some of those I have no clue what their meaning is and probably for the better. Edwin Newman in his book "Strictly Speaking, Will America be the Death of English," published in 1974, addressed the misuse and abuse of everyday English. I believe that our schools could do a better job of educating our students in the better use of English and parents do a supporting job likewise. Edwin Newman's book would be a positive addition to the library of any school. My letter from September 2010 highlighted the misused address of "you guys" when a mixed group is greeted. However, I have seen no abatement of this address when being greeted in different venues or events. What is wrong with "hello folks," or "welcome ladies and gentlemen" (at a formal gathering) or something more imaginative than "hello guys" when a female person is in attendance. I will not agree to the excuse that it is now common usage but to aspire to speak correctly and to communicate plainly and not to be open to be misunderstood. Even when I brought my concern to the attention of an English teacher at a local high school a short while ago, she left my wife and me with the comment "bye, guys."

Peter Jelito