Union Democrat staff

TUD board ranks money over water

To the Editor:

Drive anywhere in Tuolumne County and you'll see signs urging water conservation. So why is the Tuolumne Utilities District Board of Directors taking steps that will do the opposite and waste water? Could it be that they're more interested in collecting fines than actually conserving this precious resource?

The TUD board has decided that the ultimate users of the water, the people who actually flush the toilets, water the lawns, and take the showers, should not be billed, let alone fined, if those ultimate users are renters and not the property owners. They've decided to send the water bills and $500.00 fines for overuse to the property owners. Does any other utility do this? Not PG&E. Not Waste Management. Not Dish or Direct TV. Only TUD has devised this plan. Do they think people will conserve water when they're not responsible for the bill or the fines?

Mr. Kent Johnson has ensured that this issue will be an agenda item at the next TUD board meeting 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at TUD headquarters. Please attend if you feel their approach to "water conservation" is misguided.

Cori Frank


Like playing chess with a pigeon

To the Editor:

RE: Mahlon Conly (April 7), Robert Carabas (April 11) responding to my letter.

Conly sketched out an over the top history lesson. It is doubtful that monopolies of the 19th century will materialize in this century given government regulation. Unfortunately, extensive government restraints are now in place to repress a truly free market capitalist society.

Carabas - what can I say - habitually has liberal talking points at the ready on every subject - this time, anti-Walmart.

They are doing the liberal two-step, leaping from one point to the next, citing all kinds of irrelevant cherry picked data or history seeking to enhance their self-interest versus overwhelming public support.

The most important thing is that Walmart truly does successfully lower prices. When Walmart comes into a grocery market where they have not previously done business, they lower grocery prices 15 percent. If you're living on a modest income, if you're living on $500 or $600 a week, you're a single mom, Walmart just bought you seven weeks of free groceries a year. That's what a 15 percent savings means.

Conly, Carabas and allied groups are out to deny seven weeks of free groceries to poor people. They are part of today's liberal gentry that operates on a narrowly self-interested basis. Modern anti-industrial liberalism is implicitly organized around exclusion - fighting to preserve the status quo, poverty and all.

By the way, I do realize that arguing with liberals … it's like playing chess with a pigeon; no matter how good I am at chess, the pigeon is just going to knock over the pieces, crap on the board and strut around like it is victorious. It is a thankless task, but someone needs to shed light on the "let them eat cake" liberal gentry alliance in our county.

Ray Anderson


Biblical inerrancy continues

To the Editor

Let's put the specious argument that we were founded as a Christian nation to rest. The obvious first step in seeking out our nation's origins is to read its founding documents. In doing so, one is struck by the total absence of any mention of Jesus Christ or Christianity.

I'm saddened, but not surprised by Paul Fairfield's April 2 letter in which he chided the newspaper for printing an "inflammatory letter" stating god is not in the U.S. Constitution. He gullibly cites the fact the Constitution is dated "in the year of our lord" 1787. This was simply the customary way to date a document in those days. The Constitution is strictly a secular, or godless document, with no mention of any deity. Its only mention of religion at all is where the Constitution's First Amendment's Establishment Clause enacts a strict separation of church and state.

Mr. Fairfield noted that the Declaration of Independence says we are endowed by "our creator" that all men are created equal ..." The declaration refers only to "Nature's God," "divine Providence" and "Creator." These are vague terms that can be used by non-Christians as well. The Founding Fathers were profoundly influenced by deism, which claimed god created the world then stepped back to let us work out our own destinies without god's intervention. In fact, the only deity mentioned in the declaration is the deist's "Nature's God."

Deists like Thomas Jefferson and unitarians like John Adams rejected the divinity of Christ, the trinity and biblical inerrancy. Evangelical Christians, who preach individual conversion and biblical inerrancy, were a small minority in the 18th century. The Founding Fathers were mostly mainstream Anglicans and Congregationalists. The 1797 Treaty of Tripoli, signed by Adams, says "The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion."

Robert Dorroh