Union Democrat staff

Sick of SHS board's sleight of hand

To the Editor:

I attended the Sonora High board meeting earlier this month. In addressing the board, I did not intend at any time to indicate that I would "go along with what you are going to do." I am opposed to the plan for the Aquatic Center as it is proposed. Board member Smith and Superintendent McCoy cannot badger the questioning public into believing that they acted in a straightforward manner in this matter.

One issue that was continually avoided was the sad maintenance history of existing facilities. Generous citizens who invested in our community's future by donating to the rebuilding of the Community Swimming Pool and football field had a right to expect that the facilities would be maintained in a professional, responsible fashion. Clearly that did not happen.

It seems to me that the superintendent might serve us better by staying home and doing his job. It would befit the board president to recognize that members of the public who attend board meetings could and must be treated with respect and consideration rather than disdain, sarcasm and rudeness.

Many of us who supported passage of the bond are insulted by the sleight of hand practiced by McCoy and the president. I know we have board members who do their homework and who agree that the public who elected them deserves not only to be heard, but listened to.

I hope board members heard the public ask them to slow down and consider the priorities and costs of the projects to be funded by the bond.

Mike Macon


Blame Rim Fire on spending cuts

To the Editor:

Legislators all the way up the food chain have systematically gutted funding for National Forests and Parks over decades. Now they want to point the finger of blame for the Rim Fire. They are also in a big hurry to hand over timber salvage (from public land) to logging companies.

This fire was a dangerous disaster, and experts are needed to deal with the situation. Politicians and special interests cannot be considered experts, or necessarily spokesmen for the public. Let the Forest Service do the job they know how to do, and give them the resources to do it right.

Mary Tune

Twain Harte

Climate change hoax claims false

To the Editor:

J.B. Dugan on Sept. 17 claims global warming is a hoax and that NOAA and the United Nations support his claim that the planet is cooling. Dugan is wrong. Those organizations make the case for global warming, complete with graphs showing temperature climbing since 1880s but dramatically in the last 40 years. Both organizations urge Congress to act.

Energy companies want their profits on $100 trillion worth of oil reserves. But if we burn 25 percent of those reserves during the next 10 years we will exceed the 2 degrees centigrade line science urges us not to cross. It is nearly unavoidable because Americans don't read their own sources. They elect representatives like Congressman McClintock. His statements on global warming are among the most uniformed in Congress and he represents us.

How can McClintock remain ignorant while having the University of California at his disposal? Imagine knowing the facts when your contributors don't want warming confronted. McClintock lacks the integrity to know and courage to speak to power. He prefers to flail at paper tigers.

Obama was correct: 97 percent of scientists engaged in climate research agree that man's burning of fossil fuels causes global warming. Dugan claims, "…only 30 percent…blame man-made CO2." This is incorrect. Read the Doran Survey.

"Cap and Trade" is one proposal to confront warming. Or consider this one: An income neutral carbon tax refunded entirely but equally to all citizens monthly. Conservers make money - wasters pay more. Poor McClintock couldn't even imagine such an idea much less work for it.

Go to Dugan's sources, NOAA and the United Nations, and search "global warming." It's overwhelming reading how our niche on this planet is threatened by ignorance. But then knowledge is burdensome and demands responsible action.

Robert Carabas