Let Dave do it!

To the Editor:

I was pleased to be a part of the State of Jefferson Candidate Night. The audience learned a lot about the candidates and the State of Jefferson movement. I was impressed with the preparedness of every candidate and their willingness to participate in the meet and greet part of our program after the debate.

However, there can be only one chosen in each category and my choice for District 2 Supervisor is Dave Titchenal. We need a person on the board whose focus is solely on our issues at the local level. That is where real change can be made. It is time to address the fiscal problems that have plagued us for years but continue to get kicked down the road. We can’t keep balancing our budget with furloughs, layoffs and cutbacks in police and fire.

Dave recognizes the issues and problems. He has the experience and willingness to tackle them. Dave is a business man and a family man. He is guided by God and the Constitution. He speaks from the heart. As a longtime resident; he has a vested interest in our county and most of all, he is not a politician. He is well schooled on the issues and is ready to take them on.

It is time for a change. For District 2 Supervisor I say; “Let Dave do it!”

Frances Boricchio

Sonora

Hanvelt is the ‘go to’ supervisor

To the Editor:

It is my honor to heartily endorse Randy Hanvelt for reelection as Supervisor District II. Over the past eight years I have had the pleasure of working closely with Randy on regional, state and national issues which all have implications for our neighboring counties.

Because of Randy’s experience, strategy, tenacity and indefatigable commitment to tackling the most challenging problems affecting Tuolumne County, he has become a “go to” elected official for groups as diverse as our congressman, the Governor’s Office, the Rural County Representatives of CA and the Western Interstate Region of the National Association of Counties.

I have been a Mariposa County Supervisor for 10 years. Randy has also become my “go to” fellow foothill supervisor as we have grappled with tree mortality, flood damage, rural economic development, forest health, emergency response, federal Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and on and on.

Randy has also served as vice president of the Golden State Finance Authority (GSFA) which manages over $150 million in funds solely directed at helping California rural county residents. I work with Randy because he gets things done.

With so many challenges facing our counties none of us have time to play politics or waste time going through motions. I greatly appreciate Randy’s continual analysis to insure he is working on the most important issues for Tuolumne County. I value Randy’s partnership and sincerely trust the folks of District II will reelect this valuable asset for our counties.

Kevin Cann

Mariposa County
Supervisor District IV

Facts about climate change

To the Editor:

A recent letter to the editor asked for facts about climate change. Then it proceeded to clearly state the facts about climate change but represent these facts as theory. “Global warming theory posits that man’s burning of fossil fuels has increased atmospheric CO2 from previous highs of 280 ppm to the current 410 ppm thus increasing atmospheric reflectance of infrared radiation which raises surface temperatures.” This is fact and has been agreed on for years. Climate scientists have moved on. They are now concentrating on trying to predict the future. A front page article from the LA Times summarized a recent study by UCLA stated that total rainfall in California will not change. We will have more extreme years. Longer droughts and heavier rain years. These results agree with other credible studies.

Climate change deniers should ask themselves why sea levels are rising, sea water is becoming more acidic, and coral is being damaged. Glaciers are melting around the world. Glacier National Park will be free of glaciers in my kids lifetime. Almost 200 countries signed the Paris Agreement proving that they agree that climate change is a real problem. The only country not signing was Syria. They finally did sign up this past year.

The entire world is trying to reduce their carbon footprint. We should be leading this effort. It is good for your health, good for the economy, and good for the world. Save our planet for our grandkids.

Bob Gould

Groveland

Driving under the influence of pot

To the Editor:

I was pleased to see the question about driving under the influence of marijuana and how the Sheriff’s Department handles it. I recently sold my summer house in Oregon where marijuana is legal. I hired a handyman to help me move heavy furniture with his truck. He got into it and had to press buttons or do something in his truck before it would start. I asked him what that was all about and he told me he got high on marijuana, arrested and now he was on a monitor and couldn’t start his truck without unlocking his steering wheel or starter before driving, an enforcement device installed by the county. I wish I had paid more attention to how the device operated, but if other areas have figured out a way, we can do it here, too. I hope the Sheriff will contact Jackson County Oregon Sheriff’s Department and ask how it is done.

Mary Matzek

Murphys

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