How astronaut Neil Armstrong stayed humble

There’s a short scene near the end of “Apollo 11,” the thrilling new documentary about … Read more

Letters to the Editor for March 16, 2019

VA contractors needed To the Editor: It is beyond me why our area has no … Read more

Letters to the Editor for March 13, 2019

I love The Union Democrat To the Editor: I subscribe to both, the print and … Read more

CHERRY: Newspapers play an irreplaceable role in democracy

What do you think about the proposal to construct new bus stops in downtown Sonora? … Read more

Letters to the Editor for March 9, 2019

We need Brooks column To the Editor: I know that because of the bankruptcy of … Read more

BROOKS: The impossible ‘Medicare for all’

The Brits and Canadians I know certainly love their single-payer health care systems. If one … Read more

Letters to the Editor for March 6, 2019

Calling all good men To the Editor: Did you see the Trump drive-by Cohenoscophy on … Read more

On trails, championships, setbacks and optimism

Bravos Dragoon Gulch is getting a lot of love these days, as well it should. … Read more

Letters to the Editor for March 2, 2019

Whipping Man is a must see To the Editor: I just saw “The Whipping Man” … Read more

Letters to the Editor for February 27, 2019

Murphys theater successes To the Editor: It seems the Union Democrat does not review plays … Read more

BROOKS: A nation of weavers

I start with the pain. A couple times a week I give a speech somewhere … Read more

Letters to the Editor for February 23, 2019

Citizen advocacy gets results To the Editor: The vote to shut down TCEDA by both … Read more

EDITORIAL: Government works best when the light shines through

To paint the debate over the Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority as a dispute between … Read more

Letters to the Editor for February 20, 2019

Emergency To the Editor: We are all betrayed. I needed an entire day to think … Read more

Letters to the Editor for February 16, 2019

Sensible gun safety legislation To the Editor: Last Spring, more than 300 local residents gathered … Read more

EDITORIAL: On good deeds, growth, and the arts

With all the snow challenges this week, we thought it appropriate to highlight only the … Read more

Letters to the Editor for February 9, 2019

Wrong people in charge To the Editor: Lady Justice holds up scales as a symbol … Read more

LAYHEE: Perspectives on science, society, and women

I am a biologist with a local non-profit. In my career I have been involved … Read more

Letters to the Editor for February 6, 2019

Too many outside consultants To the Editor: Why are the city and county contracting outside … Read more

Here’s how to help

We have been uplifted by the many, many people who have written and called to … Read more

SHAPIRO: Last JFK aide dead. Silent generation still has something to say

It is a futilely human failing to try to find some larger pattern in the … Read more

HANSON: Much has changed for the better since 2016, not that Donald Trump will get credit

The news obsesses over the recent government shutdown, the latest Robert Mueller arrest and, of … Read more

EDITORIAL : On using knowledge and poultry problems

Stretching for knowledge When students at Sonora High School make their proposal for their senior … Read more

Letters to the Editor for February 1, 2019

Our Views is a near-sighted one To the Editor: The idea that Board of Supervisors … Read more

RIDDLE COLUMN: Stories well told — That’s your local newspaper

If you haven’t read Alex MacLean’s story about an 8-year-old Valley Springs boy who was … Read more

PARKER: Spoiler alert — or not?

WASHINGTON — Billionaire coffee magnate Howard Schultz has two problems: Ross Perot and Ralph Nader. … Read more

Letters to the Editor for January 31, 2019

Unfair sentence To the Editor: So this guy received a five year, four month sentence … Read more

REARDON: And another thing! Americans have become a big bunch of complainers

I want to complain about complaining. Wait, let me rephrase that. I’d like to make … Read more

BROOKS: Kindness is a skill

I went into journalism to cover politics, but now I find myself in national marriage … Read more

Letters to the Editor for January 30, 2019

Democracy needs you To the Editor: Now is the time for good men to come … Read more

Kamala Harris candidacy is a test, and not just for her

Of course, a reporter asked Kamala Harris how she would describe her identity. The California … Read more

Meaningful lives are marked, above all, by loyalty

In 1900, there were two great philosophers working side by side at Harvard, William James … Read more

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