Friends in need

To the Editor:

The saddest thing about losing a partner is that you go home to an empty house full of memories. But with dear friends who look out for you as if you are family, I feel better and see light at the end of a 37 year marriage.

I would like to thank Phyllis Ashmead for being such a dear friend. When my wife Karen got sick, she stepped up to be of help for us. After Karen passed on Dec. 14, I asked for help and Phyllis once again stepped up.

I would also like to thank Chris and Richard Seymour, April and Bret Walker, Ilene and Jim Tassano and many dear friends who opened their homes, inviting me in to spend time with their families so that I don’t spend too much time alone.

I would like to thank my dearly departed wife Karen, who decided to move me and our son Alex, here back in 1990. We had no preconceived notions that this would be such a warm and happy place to live.

We danced often at the open music in the parks, Tuolumne City, Twain Harte, Court House park and Second Saturdays, even down grocery store aisles. We danced at the Christmas Craft Fair every Thanksgiving weekend for 20 years. We would dance to any inspiring music, which made living here like a movie set. And well we know how often Tuolumne has been the backdrop for many movies. But for me it has been home and I don’t plan on leaving any time soon.

Thank you to all that have consoled me since I returned to work, customers on my mail route, fellow workers at Soulsbyville Post Office and all the substitutes who covered my route for three weeks.

It feels good to have all of you at my side.

Carlos Canto


Kudos to Beck

To the Editor:

I was so glad to see your front page showcase Maggie Beck’s photography. I have often admired how she captures many of the events I have attended in our community, especially how sympathetically she interacts with her subjects, and how inventively she will illuminate a moment.

Many times her photo has revealed more to a story than the writing itself. Thank you, Maggie, for the beautiful images that show us the ever changing pageant of our community.

Barbara Dresslar


Historical fascism

To the Editor:

Wow. What a surprise. After the very kind and understanding request made by Editor Lyn Riddle for letters of thankfulness and decency prior to the holiday season, we get the letter from Columbia and the chief accuser, charging our president with fascism, being a dictator, lying, being unfit, obstructionism, racism and on and on, charging any form of degradation he can come up with.

The interesting thing is that he refers to Josef Goebbels. It certainly appears that the writer has learned the ‘Goebbels lesson’ well, as that is his effort every time he submits another of his diatribes against our president and subsequently; the United States. “If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.”

Where do you get your Information — 1,628 significant lies; comparison to Benito Mussolini; suppression of the opposition; modern fascism/corporatism; and then there is, of course, your call as a pseudo-psychoanalyst to charge our president with being ‘unfit’.

This is basically, my opinion, but it does not follow the writers’ hope in “checking the boxes.”

God bless America, God bless President Trump and Vice-president Pence.

Jim Dresbach
and Connie Dresbach

Cedar Ridge

Studies show grazing doesn’t harm water

To the Editor:

In John Buckley’s letter published on Dec. 23 he stated that no other agency does any water testing. This statement is factually inaccurate and misleading to the readers. There have been studies on water quality conducted by UC Davis. One study dates back to 2000-2001 and the other was conducted in 2012.

The first study was conducted in the foothill rangelands and the later was conducted in mountain grazing allotments. For the foothill rangelands study, the water quality conditions results; “In general, we found concentrations of all nutrients to be low relative to state and federal water quality standards and recommended levels.”

The conclusion for the study conducted in mountain grazing allotments; “Our results do not support previous concerns of widespread microbial water quality pollution across these grazed landscapes, as concluded in other surveys.” They both continue on to give specific details about the results.

I happen to trust UC Davis researchers a whole lot more that an environmental group with an agenda. The Union Democrat published a story “Scientists to study cattle impact on Sierra water” on Aug. 26, 2010 regarding the mountain grazing study.

Mr. Buckley’s statements lack merit and I question the motivations behind his center’s studies. Recent findings submitted by his center were thrown out due to many violations of scientific protocols such as GPS coordinates for Sierra streams that were actually in the middle of Mono Lake.

Why doesn’t this paper ever seem to do much fact checking before printing?

Sasha J. Farkas


Supervisors should say no to commercial cannabis

To the Editor:

Over time I have questioned the Board of Supervisors’ decisions or lack of, as to if they were on something. Well, Supervisor Evan Royce somewhat confirmed my suspicions with his admission he was taking pot before the meeting.

To allow commercial cultivation in our community will just bring in the Mexican cartels that will take over the somewhat legal operations by force. It happened with prohibition by the mob, it will happen here.

Providing for medical use is fine but I bet there is the same abuse as the handicap parking permits. Listen to the folks who have tried so far, just next door for one.

Watch the news, do some research and quit listening to the lobbyists. There is a storm brewing out there, folks.

Steve Hayes


Wealth inequality gets even worse

To the Editor:

The top 1 percent of households now own more wealth than the bottom 90 percent combined, the Washington Post reported on Dec. 6.

Remember what happened 10 years ago? Unbridled speculation had driven real-estate and stock prices to levels unseen. John Paulson, a New Yorker hedge-fund manager, used credit default swaps to effectively bet against the U.S. subprime mortgage lending market.

Then the bubble burst, banks and financial markets worldwide were threatened, and John Paulson was at least $1 billion richer.

AIG, a large American insurance company, was on the brink of going under. The Bush government bailed AIG out to the tune of $180 billion of taxpayer money.

That’s what President Obama inherited when he was elected in 2008. Rules to ensure the viability of banks were enacted. Now we have President Trump, whose top priority seems to be undoing everything Obama did.

Consumer protection is on the chopping block, and Trump prides himself on engineering a huge tax cut, mostly benefiting the super rich.

Didn’t we learn anything from 2008? Can we tell our kids to work hard and enjoy a better life than their parents?

The wealth of the top one percent now exceeds of that of the lower 90 percent. You read it correctly: 90 percent.

Let that sink in. If it doesn’t raise your hair you are probably bald.

Klaus Kraemer