Keep Santa in the park

To the Editor:

Re: Santa’s House

My husband and I moved to Sonora 30 years ago, and one of the greatest pleasures of every holiday season was driving down Washington Street past Santa’s House and seeing the children and their parents waiting to see Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The reindeer and sleigh by the house were perfect! I am curious. Who is responsible for this decision to relocate Santa’s House? City Council? Mayor? This should have been put up for vote by all the citizens of Tuolumne County. I would guess that at least 90 percent would have voted to keep the house in Courthouse Square where it has always been.

The city has improved the park over the last few years. Removed some trees, replanted the grass, and it looks very nice. One thing has been overlooked by the city: Grass grows back!

So, let’s put Santa’s house right where it’s been for many, many years, and let that small patch of grass grow back in January. This will bring much happiness to citizens of Sonora, of all of Tuolumne County, and to all visitors to our area.

Marilyn Sime


Palin the wrong choice

To the Editor:

I was disappointed when Trump won the election. I felt we had no “good” choices, but Trump seemed the worst. Now he is proving that he is not competent to be president by his choices for cabinet seats.

He chose a banker known for foreclosing on family loans for Treasury Secretary.

Now he is considering Sahara Palin for Secretary of the Department of Veteran Affairs. He could not have considered a less competent person or a dumber one.

With all the retired military generals he had supporting him, there must be a leader there with veteran experience and better knowledge of what disabled veterans need in the VA.

A Palin choice reveals a total disregard for our veterans who look to the VA for medical attention. Palin has no connection to this important position or the veterans using the facilities. She is only a political cheerleader for Donald Trump.

Trump should look for a better candidate; a disabled veteran. We have hundreds of thousands of them to choose from.

R. Douglas Nunes

Disabled Army Veteran