Need to do better

To the Editor:

I'm writing this in regards to an article that was published on the front page of The Union Democrat on Christmas Eve of this year.

This particular article was sharing the details of a private house fire that occurred off of Italian Bar road the previous Tuesday. What should have been reserved for a few lines in the News of Record section was placed as the leading story on the front page. With only a few quotes from the woman affected I can only assume she was distraught at the prodding from a local media outlet for details on a highly traumatic experience that had just recently occurred. If any space or time was given, Lyn Riddle, the author of this article, may have received a more accurate portrayal of the history of the home and the woman affected by the tragedy.

As a major news outlet for Tuolumne County, you have a responsibility to portray the citizens of this area with respect and give them the privacy they deserve. A slow news day does not give you the right to publish poorly researched, hastily written, private stories on the front page. Media isn't about exploiting personal drama for the general public, but for informing citizens on current events that pertain to them. You need to do better.

Gabriella Carne


A climate legacy

To the Editor:

On Jan. 20, Obama leaves office.

Will he take the one action that could preserve his legacy of fighting global climate change? Let’s work together to pressure him to do just that.

Twenty-one young people in Oregon have sued the federal government under the public trust doctrine, claiming that the government has not defended their right to a livable climate. Obama’s justice department has been fighting this lawsuit, but if we can persuade him to settle it before he leaves office, the terms of the agreement would be legally binding on President Trump. We must tell Obama to include language in the settlement which will require the U.S. to abide by the Paris agreement on climate change and to create a sustainable energy policy and economy. On Nov. 10, 2016, Judge Ann Aiken issued an opinion and order denying the U.S. government and fossil fuel industry’s motions to dismiss this lawsuit. The 21 young people and their lawyers at Our Children’s Trust have done the hard work of putting it together and fighting off two motions to dismiss it. Now it’s our turn.

Ask President Obama to leave a lasting climate legacy by settling this lawsuit with the 21 young people from Oregon before leaving office. Call or write Obama through Jan. 19 (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414.

Andrew Clemo