Remember what WWII was about

To the Editor:

On page 80 of the July/Aug. issue of Reader’s Digest is an article entitled “The Price of Freedom.” It begins with a story about the B-29 crew of a bomber called “Victory Girl” flying missions over Japan in 1945. Then the story switches to one of the crew members, the right gunner, who later married a beautiful 20-year-old blonde haired, blue eyed girl, his real life Victory Girl.

Ten years earlier she was a Jew living in a small village in occupied France. One night the Germans crashed through the door of the house and immediately shot her mother and carted the 10-year-old daughter off for eventual extermination in a concentration camp.

The article goes on to describe how she managed to escape and eventually marry that gunner, have three children and live happily in Philadelphia.

The message of the article was to ask us to remember the price that many paid with their lives for them and the rest of us to be free. We must also remember that the national symbol of those in power in Germany and those that carried out unimaginable atrocities during and before WWII was a Nazi Swastika.

Ed Fernandez

Sonora

Trash problem extends to roads

To the Editor:

Thank you, thank you, thank you for bringing up the trash issue in Tuolumne County. While I know the articles in the paper have mostly addressed the forestlands, the problem reaches much further.

I drive up and down Tuolumne Road almost every day, sometimes more than once. The trash on this road is atrocious, an eyesore, and gets worse every time I drive it. I don’t think the problem is people actually physically dumping trash, but it is the trash that flies out of the back of trucks. People use their trucks as trash cans and then, as they drive down the road at 45-60 miles an hour, the trash ends up on the road for us all to enjoy: mattresses, pillows, coolers, mats, rugs, large dog food bags, boxes, plastic bags filled with trash, etc. The list is extensive.

I have contacted my supervisor about the problem, and of course received a lame excuse and a promise to get back to me, which never happened. The road is too dangerous to walk along on my own or I would get out there and pick it up myself. That would be a suicide mission.

I have recently traveled to different countries in Europe and many other states here in the U.S. and witnessed a noticeable lack of trash. And when out-of-towners come to visit, I am embarrassed. There are no excuses to give as they witness the human-made debris littering the roadside at such a level. It, unfortunately, speaks volumes about the pride we take in our community. There must be a viable solution.

Please stop trashing Tuolumne Road and every other road in this otherwise beautiful community. Keep your trash contained and in a secured trash container in the back of your trucks. Let’s not use our roads as our city dump.

Roxann M. Keiter

Sonora

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