Facebook is not the problem - Lax privacy rules are

As recently as 2010, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executive of Facebook, believed that … Read more

Life as a kid behind bars

When a kid in trouble arrives at the Mother Lode Regional Juvenile Detention Center, they … Read more

To the ‘important things’ that shape our community

An important community effort Each year, a Leadership Tuolumne County class studies community challenges, identifies … Read more

Vision Sonora, a community plan for revitalization

You may ask, what does revitalization do for a historical Gold Rush downtown? A group … Read more

Walking our path

Toward the end of each week, I go through all the stories written by our … Read more

The narcissist’s mirror

We all check the mirror in the morning to do what we need to do. … Read more

On civility, friendship, investing in community

Bravos To Tuolumne County students who showed us the way to have a civil conversation … Read more

Gender identity: How can I help my struggling teen?

As an agency working with families in our community, we have noted a marked increase … Read more

On free showers, Linoberg plan and public swim

Bravos To Hazel and Dick Mitchell and their tireless support for the homeless. They gave … Read more

On running on trails, for office and from law enforcement

Bravos To those who worked, planned and donated to the extension of Dragoon Gulch Trail, … Read more

Guns can’t pull their own trigger

In the wake of the school shooting in Parkland it’s time to have a real … Read more

The ‘forgotten war’ and the residents who fought it

I walked up the street to City Hall the other day to talk to Pat … Read more

Don’t normalize mass shootings

I am a first grade teacher at a local elementary school and I am writing … Read more

Russia, what are we waiting for?

We hid under our desks in school practicing safety from the nuclear bomb sent us … Read more

Bravos and Barbs, on nature, kindness and paying what’s due

Bravos To the National Park Service (and taxpayers and the Yosemite Conservancy) for the three-year … Read more

No child is alien or illegal

There is no such thing as an illegal child. There is no such thing as … Read more

Families need a shelter of their own

The outpouring of support for Nancy Rogerson and her granddaughters has been overwhelming to watch. … Read more

On service, persistence and baby formula

Bravos It’s more commonplace to criticize a public utility, but this week praise — and … Read more

Medical Center seeks support for Dignity contract

Providing Calaveras County residents with access to compassionate, high-quality health care has always been Dignity … Read more

We should all work together

I attended the annual Martin Luther King Celebration at the Sonora High Auditorium earlier this … Read more

This 24-year-old is an emblem of the White House’s recklessness

If the name Taylor Weyeneth rings a tiny bell in your head, then you might … Read more

On community, good planning and the future

Bravos To Dao Nguyen French and all the people who helped her overcome a childhood … Read more

On friends, teachers and including everyone

Bravos To Mary Jane Riva, CEO and president of Pizza Factory, who donated a buddy … Read more

Build that courthouse

At this point, we might be forgiven for feeling just a little bit like Charlie … Read more

We need better land-use planning

Congressional candidate Jessica Morse in an excellent guest opinion cited the expense of preventing and … Read more

Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties - Elected Officials

Calaveras County Board of Supervisors District 1 Gary Tofanelli gtofanelli@co.calaveras.ca.us (209) 286-9002 District 2 Jack … Read more

On helping others, and the others who don’t

Bravos To the folks from Veterans Services who spent their own time helping one of … Read more

Homelessness is a community problem

The weather has warmed up some and so the threat of people freezing to death … Read more

How to contact elected officials

As a public service and to ramp up civic involvement this year, The Union Democrat … Read more

Hello, 2018

So here we go, running headlong into 2018. Blank slate. What’s next? The holidays are … Read more

Bravos & Barbs — On an impactful community

Bravos To the outpouring of support for Marlin and Erline Heldstab, longtime Tuolumne educators who … Read more

A look back and ahead

When I speak to civic groups, the question about the future of the newspaper always … Read more

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