Union Democrat staff

In support of

Mike Dambacher

To the Editor:

Vote Mike Dambacher for Tuolumne County Assessor-Recorder.

As Tuolumne County Assessor-Recorder for 28 years (1979-2007) I feel it is my responsibility to let the voters know which candidate will get my vote. I hired Mike Dambacher as an appraiser in 1989 because he was the most qualified applicant and I believe he is the most qualified of all the candidates for assessor-recorder. His credentials speak for themselves and I can vouch for his honesty and integrity.

The county's assessor-recorder salary is over $100,000 per year. Mike Dambacher is the candidate for assessor-recorder who has what it takes to earn his pay from day one. Mike is the only candidate who is a state licensed general appraiser which is far in excess of the minimum legal requirement. Mike has a bachelor of science degrees in business administration from Fresno State. Mike is the only candidate who has over 20 years private appraisal experience plus nearly five years as a senior appraiser in the assessor-recorder's office. Mike has successfully operated his own appraisal business for the past 18 years.

Just as important is the job of county recorder. The recorder is custodian of public property records, such as deeds, and vital records like births, deaths and marriages. In addition the county archives are part of the recorder's duties. The Carlo M. De Ferrari Archive is the repository of Tuolumne County's written history since 1850. I believe that Mike Dambacher's pioneer heritage and knowledge of county history make him uniquely qualified to administer the archives and all the duties of county recorder.

Please join me in hiring the best qualified candidate for assessor-recorder by electing Mike Dambacher to serve the people of Tuolumne County. Vote Mike Dambacher, assessor-recorder. I like Mike.

David W. Wynne


Buckley, CSERC

do not 'obstruct'

To the Editor:

I am dismayed by the letter by James Mosson, M.D., and by others calling John Buckley an "obstructionist." Aside from being inappropriate in civil discourse, this name-calling is a misdiagnosis. John is a father, a husband, a citizen and an engaged civil activist. While most of us are content with armchair prognostication, John is tirelessly going to meetings, reading and commenting on documents and plans that pertain to the condition of our local environment.

CSERC does not obstruct, but constructively engages in the civic process of planning and development. In our country, with our government "of the people, by the people, and for the people," John is a model citizen, thanklessly going to hundreds of meetings, and commenting on every project he can, that would adversely affect our environment. Insisting that our environmental laws are obeyed is not "obstructionist," it exemplifies what our American flag represents. Our republic is founded on the democratic principle of openness and public participation. It is the rule of law that protects all of our citizens from this kind of arbitrary and corrupt decision making that afflicts so many repressive countries in today's world. The right of citizens to sue in court to enforce laws, is one of the last bastions of the power of the people.

While some would agree the implementation of rules and regulations is often annoying, burdensome and costly, the lack of regulation can be chaotic, corrupt, hazardous and costly. Let's face it folks, it is a crowded world, and we can't always have our way.

Regulations are the price we pay to protect the rights of all citizens. But we do have the right to engage in the decision making process, go to open meetings, speak out and organize. But just because you don't like the message of another, don't blame the messenger: Be civil.

Clay Knopf

Twain Harte

Schools need more vocational programs

To the Editor:

This morning (March 30) I listened to the radio. The subject matter pertained to vocational classes and programs offered to prisoners at Sierra Conservation Center with the goal of giving inmates marketable skills upon their release. Classes include construction, electronics, plumbing, auto repair and other necessary services we all need and use, I agree with this concept to qualified inmates, but would also like to see a proactive approach instead of a reactive solution.

Shouldn't our public schools reinstate all those vocational programs that have been eliminated from the curriculum so that young high school graduates have a skill to offer and perhaps getting that job to keep them from choosing the wrong path? Not every student is college bound and hands-on skills are an absolute necessity to keep this county, the state and the nation running.

Terri Arington


Questioning sense in evolution

To the Editor:

In response to Robert Dorroh's letter, I think atheistic evolution makes good, rational, scientific sense. Does any rational thinking person agree with this?

Atheistic evolution: The belief that there was once absolutely nothing. And nothing happened to nothing until the nothing magically exploded for no reason, creating everything and everywhere. Then a bunch of the exploded everything magically rearranged itself for no reason whatsoever into self-replicating bits that turned into dinosaurs.

"The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God.' " Psalm 14:1

Ritchie Christianson