Union Democrat staff

Media lifestyle a bad influence

To the Editor:

My concern is what I call "lifestyle of the media."

Not many years ago we cringed if we heard profanity or cursing on TV or in the movies while today we laugh nervously and say its OK, its just the movies. Do you actually think it is OK when you pass someone on the street using foul language or does it make you a little uncomfortable? How about your kids, is that OK?

Meanwhile sex, profanity and violence have escalated and escalated and we have all allowed it to continue by going to those movies and supporting the products of offensive TV shows. Have you noticed that if we see something often enough, by the media, all at once it is OK? So if the movie and TV shows us over and over we soon follow right along? I listened to people rave about the movie "Heat" and at the same time saying you have to get past the "F" word. Why? Why do we have to get past the "F" word? Why not protest and stay away? I just don't get it. It is not OK. Time to stand up and say no! If we don't what is going to be shown to our children in five or 10 years. What is wrong, is wrong no matter what the media says! Think back. How long ago would you have said enough and now follow the "lifestyle of the media?" How long has it been since you went to a decent movie and you came out feeling good and glad you went?

Just wondering.

Beverly Gulseth


When dogs doo, owners don't

To the Editor:

Recently I took care of my friend's dog. Buddy and I went to the dog park. We were disappointed to find that some owners were not picking up after their dogs. I really don't appreciate the "packages" your dog leaves in my yard, the smell from the "gifts" left in neighbors' yards by your dog, or even the unsightly mess in your own yard. If you are going to have a dog or any pet, you have a responsibility to take care of them. You need to clean up after them! In the park there plastic gloves and trash cans for disposal. You have no excuse. Many people have gone to great effort, lots of time and money so everyone can enjoy this park. To misquote Forrrest Gump, "Excrement happens!" It doesn't mean it has to stay there.

Linda Martin

Twain Harte

Fickle fate for same-sex marriage

To the Editor:

The fickle finger of fate strikes again! The 5-4 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act, aka "DOMA" is unconstitutional; the deciding vote for the majority decision was cast by Justice Anthony Kennedy, a presumably loyal and solid Republican in the eyes of President Ronald Reagan who appointed Justice Kennedy to sit on that powerful and illustrious bench.

Wasn't it President George W. Bush who often declared that a marriage was a sacred act performed only by a man and a woman? And wasn't it President Clinton who signed that act of Congress into a law?

Will wonders never cease?

Ray Mellana


Stumbling blocks are stepping stones

To the Editor:

As many of you know, last November along with Kent Johnson, John Maciel, and Mike Sarno, I was elected to the Board of the Tuolumne Utilities District. And, as many of you know, I recently resigned after having my ankle run over by a truck.

Upon election, there were four things I wanted to accomplish quickly: (1) Have local legal counsel present at the meetings, as both the city and county do; (2) have monthly financial statements with variance reports and adjustments; (3) have a full mid-year budget review to verify that the budget adopted for fiscal year 2012-2013 was and is truly balanced; and, (4) get an agreement including a promissory note, with interest, signed for the $9 million in Sewer Enterprise funds which have been used by the water system. (In August, 2012, I presented, to no avail, a sample of such documentation to the prior Board.)

Unfortunately, I was unable to accomplish even one of the above list of my priorities to my satisfaction.

Even though I resigned "for health reasons," I still feel that these items are important. Perhaps, they are more important than ever, because, I think the District financial audit will probably show a loss of over $1,500,000 for fiscal year 2012-2113. I think it is irresponsible not to cut spending when revenues are below projections. The district has had six consecutive years of losses. This has to stop!

I will miss the people, fellow directors, employees, and constituents. In May, I spent parts of nine days on TUD activities. In June, zero! Truly, I am sleeping better now.

Soon, the board will select my successor. I wish him/her well.

My continuing goal is to represent the ratepayers, and am hoping to gather a coalition of like minded people.

Jim Grinnell