Blame the government

To the Editor

The liberals hate tax cuts for the wealthy, but 20 percent are the ones paying 95 percent of the taxes and supplying most of the jobs. They are paying most of the cost for the roads, the emergency services, school etc.

How can you cut taxes for someone who pays nothing? Anyone who has had Econ101 knows that the lifeblood of any economy is jobs and by easing restrictions and lowering taxes on businesses creates jobs. It also makes them more competitive with foreign countries who pay little kids in sweatshops pennies per hour. Free trade is great, but again, the main secret is to have a balance of trade.

Microsoft employees with 0 to five years experience, meanwhile, raked in a cool $91,500 — just ahead of rivals such as Google ($87,500); Oracle ($78,100); Google actually paid the best with mid-career professionals earning $158,000.

Microsoft employed 124,000 people, Google 72,000, Amazon 542,000, Apple 123,000. And every one of the creators is a billionaire. That does not count all the other businesses and jobs that are related, which are hundreds of thousands.

If they were poor and still operating out of their garage, how many people would be employed and benefit? Only an idiot who has been brainwashed by the liberal media would be fool enough to say that there is no trickle down.

The liberals have convinced people to be jealous of someone who has more than they do and that they are stealing from the poor so you should hate the rich.

Many retirement funds are funded by stocks in big companies. The government makes the laws, and if you want to hate people for being rich, blame the government that makes all the laws governing all businesses, big and small.

James Schrotthauer


No oligarchy for America

To the Editor:

Regarding President Trump’s comment about the federal investigation of collusion between Trump and Russia, “makes the country look bad:” Obviously, he’s overlooked how bad he looks.

With the appearance of him colluding with the Russian government to sabotage Hillary Clinton’s Democratic presidency, to enhance his own Republican presidency.

And now it’s coming out in the news, that Russia has been attempting to tamper with other electronic computer voting totals, as a means to throw all U.S. elections to Trump Republicans whose politics are closer in line with a Russian oligarchy government, a country ruled by the rich with taxation benefiting the rich.

I agree our “country looks bad,” but it’s because Trump is our president with a serious blind spot about how most of the country don’t don’t want an oligarchy government. Most of our country wants a democracy — rule by the people, for the people.

To improve things, we need a Democratic president to carry out our country’s Democratic heritage, and enact taxation that benefits the most people, and that is the middle and lower income people.

Most of America does not want a rich man colluding with a foreign nation to become president, and then trying to pad his pockets while he’s in office, by cutting real estate deals on public lands by revoking the status of designated public land monuments.

Even Trump’s new tax bill favors real estate transactions. America is looking bad, but it’s not from the investigation, it’s from Trump as president, trying to make America a Republican oligarchy — rule by and for the few.

Doris Grinn

Mi-Wuk Village

Personalized news

To the Editor:

I had a genuine LOL moment after reading this sentence in Suzanne Cruz’s Dec. 27 Letter to the Editor: “Personalizing one’s news is willful blindness and insulates a person from all the facts, like perhaps how awesome Donald Trump might really be doing.”

I read the Twitter in Chief’s stuff — you know, straight from the horse’s ... ah, mouth? Not sure which end of the horse from which these come.

Donn Hohengarten


Money for unsound advice

To the Editor:

The City of Sonora makes a habit of bringing in out-of-town consultants to tell us about our downtown.

With no knowledge of traffic patterns or how we use our streets, these folks give us ridiculous advice. Sadly, the City Council listens to them and ignores what our own residents say.

Take for example the recent presentation by Wood Rodgers of Sacramento.

Who did they send us? A City Planner, a designer and a Civil Engineer, I’m told. Not a traffic engineer among them. No one with business sense.

Here is one of their suggestions: Change Jackson Street to a one-way street.

“Which direction?” I asked.

“We don’t know yet,” they answered.

“Why?” I asked.

“To add parking spaces to replace the ones removed on Washington Street for bulbouts and parklets,” I was told.

My next question was, “How big is the bone inside your head?” but I was too polite to ask it.

What they are offering us is to close one lane of traffic on Jackson Street so they can add four parking spaces to make up for the two dozen or so parking spaces that will be removed, so that downtown can have bulbouts and parklets on Washington Street.

For this sound or unsound advice we are paying $28,000 in tax dollars.

You’ve got to see these proposals to believe them. A chance to view the plans may be coming up. The public may be invited to give input at the City Council meeting on Jan. 16 at 5 p.m. at City Hall.

And a Town Hall meeting is planned for Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, at 8 a.m. at City Hall, where downtown business and building owners can hear their presentation and make comments.

Both meetings are open to all and I encourage you to attend.

Elena Linehan


Highway 108 is sinking

To the Editor:

Has anyone noticed how the road is sinking at the approach of the new bridge on Phase 2 of the bypass? It is the approach to the bridge just west of the intersection of Highway 108 and Mono Way in East Sonora. The bridge is number 32-0071.

It has a very noticeable dip when you enter onto the cement portion from the asphalt. It appears that an attempt to add more asphalt to the approach of the cement portion has failed, as it too has apparently been sinking at an alarming rate.

I am not a civil engineer, however I drive on this roadway almost every day and I can definitely attest to the fact that this part of the roadway is sinking down. Adding asphalt will not stop the fact that the ground beneath the roadway was not adequately compacted.

Something needs to be done CalTrans.

Barry Boricchio