Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

To the Editor:

Before the Board of Supervisors on March 13, 2018, TCEDA (Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority) requested approval of their half-million dollar, two-man budget for FY2019. They noted “We have a major ramping up of our business attraction program. Why is that important? Because in San Francisco you can get a one-bedroom apartment with a shared bathroom for $1,400-$2,400 a month. You must convince people it is time to move out of the Bay Area, come here, and bring their technology business.”

Jokingly, these same STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) companies also might be able to buy property and have “maybe a few chickens, cows, and some other things like that,” according to TCEDA.” The Supervisors enthusiastically endorsed the budget, and it will be reviewed by the Sonora City Council later in July.

Most of the economic challenges to attract hi-tech and Big Box businesses that pay high salaries and purchase large lots have never been under the control of TCEDA. Not even a little bit. Large cities will continue to thrive under today’s hi-tech economic growth environment and rural counties, according to a number of recent studies, will continue to be tourist, retirement and low-wage oriented economies.

Between 2010 and 2018, the same time period that TCEDA has been trying to attract new businesses, they have not been able to provide any measurable evidence that businesses from the Bay Area, or any other place in the USA, have relocated in the county or the city of Sonora. Population numbers in the county continue to decrease. Sales revenues are flat. Building permits are down. Our young high school STEM scholars are moving to the cities to pursue the very jobs TCEDA has tried to attract.

Chickens and cows and other things like that, oh my.

Ken Perkins


County needs a supervisor who will fix roads

To the Editor:

It’s my pleasure to recommend Laurie Sylwester for Supervisor in District 3. Laurie has previous experience because she held this office in the past.

At that time she was able to stop the rerouting of the road that runs in front of my house. Laurie worked diligently to save my property from being devastated while she saved the county a lot of money.

The present Board of Supervisors has spent our county into a $5 million debt. They threaten to close our libraries all the while ignoring the conditions of our county roads. We need a change to supervisors who are dedicated to their constituents needs and who are fiscally responsible.

I would appreciate your serious consideration in voting for Laurie Sylwester for Supervisor, District 3.

Teri Olsson

Twain Harte

Earth Day at the supermarket

To the Editor:

With the 50th observance of Earth Day on April 22, each of us can contribute by reducing our driving, use of electric energy, and consumption of animals.

Yes, that. Last fall, Oxford University’s prestigious Food Climate Research Network and Germany’s Heinrich Bolle Foundation concluded that solving the global warming catastrophe requires massive shift to a plant-based diet. A 2010 United Nations report blamed animal agriculture for 70 percent of global freshwater use, 38 percent of land use, and 19 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.

Carbon dioxide is emitted by burning forests to create animal pastures and by operating farm machinery to grow animal feed. The more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are released from digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools, respectively.

Moreover, meat and dairy production dumps more animal waste, crop debris, fertilizers, pesticides, and other pollutants into our waterways than all other human activities combined. It is the driving force behind wildlife habitat destruction.

In an environmentally sustainable world, meat and dairy products in our diet must be replaced by vegetables, fruits, and grains, just as fossil fuels are replaced by wind, solar, and other pollution-free energy sources.

Let’s celebrate the 50th observance of Earth Day at our supermarket.

Calvert Espinoza

San Andreas

Where was Tom McClintock?

To the Editor:

Where was Tom McClintock when students of his 4th District held a rally against school violence recently in El Dorado Hills? Does he know that El Dorado Hills is part of his district?

I know that living many miles outside the district makes it hard to know all the places. All of his opposing Democratic candidates for District 4, including CDP-endorsed Democratic candidate, Jessica Morse, were there. Many hundreds of parents and children that he represents were there.

But not him, the only person in Congress from our district that might be able to change things. At least hear what constituents have to say. Is one ear only open to the propaganda of the NRA and the other ear deaf to reason? It is bad enough that he chose to ignore other issues of local concern, it is plain rude and arrogant to ignore local constituents, and it is plain non American to ignore issues of national importance. One suspects pandering to a diminishing local base and worrying more about reelection than what is right.

Debi Baron

Twain Harte