Hitting a target is not easy

To the Editor:

It has been awhile since we’ve heard talk about teachers having guns in schools. And that is just as well when we consider what we’ve heard about the two Sacramento police officers recently shooting a suspect they were chasing.

The report said the two officers fired 20 rounds at the suspect and hitting him with nine rounds. The question is, what happened to the other 11 shots? Where did the bullets go?

These were two police officers who were trained on how to use their weapons in many stressful situations. Yet, less than 50 percent of their shots hit their target.

Now, imagine a teacher trying to hit a person who was firing a gun in a classroom full of students, or in a hall crowded with students between classes.

Since two highly trained police officers hit their target less with less than 50 percent of their shots, how can we expect a teacher, under an extremely stressful situation, to hit their target with every shot? Let’s say the teacher has a pistol that holds six rounds and only two hit the target - what about the rounds that miss? Where would those bullets go? How could that teacher live with himself/herself if a student, or students were hit by one of that teacher’s bullets?

Shooting accurately with a pistol is extremely difficult, much more so than with a rifle due to the shortness of the barrel.

We’ve all seen movies where the cowboy hero, galloping on a horse, fire a pistol at a bad guy also on a galloping horse and hit his target with only one shot, or have seen the hero shoot the gun out of the hand of the bad guy from across the street. It just isn’t that easy.

Mahlon Conly

Twain Harte

Leave the Gun Club alone

To the Editor:

This might draw criticism but I’m saying it anyway. Oh brother, leave the Gun Club alone. Of course, there’s going to be lead found there, it’s been a shooting range for years. It was established in 1939 long before the EPA, CAL-OSHA, Storm Water, Runoff, Erosion and Environmental Concern Units were even born.

Now the estimates are coming out of the woodwork to aid the Gun Club in becoming compliant. Is this a witch hunt? Who’s next?

If all these people are so concerned about polluting Woods Creek, perhaps they should take a hike up into the homeless camps all along Woods Creek.

Diane Corcoran-Serrano


Upsetting presence

To the Editor:

This letter will probably elicit another nasty and insulting telephone call from one “retired medical doctor.” I do, however, feel that recognizing the event is important.

So the ACLU has arrived in our county? This is sort of like watching Hitler’s Storm Troopers take to the streets, or of a gathering of the MS-13.

These are enemies of the people and our nation. They break our laws in the guise of protecting and upholding our freedoms. It is unfortunate to have to speak of the ACLU is this way, but we remember how Germany was taken over by a group, much like the ACLU, and the horror that was perpetrated there and around the world.

We allow the ACLU to exist, only because we are a nation of law and justice. The ACLU flies this banner of protecting our freedom but, in my opinion, they do not believe in the rule of law.

For example, look to the event recently, in which a pregnant young illegal immigrant demanded an abortion (prohibited by law in that state). Through the participation of the ACLU the illegal abortion was performed. Showing clearly how they break the law. It is well that you recognize that one of the purposes of the ACLU is to support the murder of babies through abortion and partial birth abortion. Is that what you want to support?

God bless President Trump, God Bless Vice President Pence and God bless America

Connie and Jim Dresbach

Cedar Ridge

This is not about politics

To the Editor:

Whether congressman or citizen, voting should be conscience driven and not about party loyalty but what is best for the country. After ten years in office, Tom McClintock has done little to improve the lives of the 4th District citizens he represents.

He has sponsored only three bills that were enacted into law. One took federal land into trust for an Indian tribe and the other two renamed post offices. He does not live in the 4th District. Graduating from college he worked four years for politicians and since age 26 has only held political office. From a wealthy New York family there is no indication McClintock ever had a private sector job nor the experience of the military.

Contrast his background with that of his major competitor, Jessica Morse, a fifth generation resident of 4th District with a public affairs master’s degree from Princeton University. Intern experience in Nepal and Ethiopia followed by teaching to at-risk-youth. Government experience starting as an information officer for USAID writing briefs for President Bush. Various positions in Iraq for both USAID and the U.S. State Department. Political officer in the New Delhi embassy. Policy advisor for U.S. Pacific Command. USAID analyst and budget manager for Syria, Egypt, Libya, and Jordan. More recently an independent writer and researcher.

Where McClintock focuses on Tea Party politics of cutting taxes without regard to consequences, Jessica Morse has been out among the public presenting her positions on issues important to the Mother Lode such as fire, water, jobs, and healthcare.

Jessica will be both approachable and bring a new approach to the issues important to us locally. She will have an experienced and steady voice in foreign affairs and national security. This is about voting smart not political. Vote Jessica Morse.

Ed Fernandez


A good leader

To the Editor:

I’ve been around Tuolumne County most of my life and have been involved with natural resource issues ever since I retired and it was suggested to me I should get involved with the “Our Back Yard” collaborative group trying to restore the footprint of the Granite Fire.

That fire was the largest in the county when it occurred in 1973. I have been involved in the various groups as things have evolved over the years and have gotten to work with, know and respect Supervisor Randy Hanvelt.

Randy is willing to listen to all sides of any issue and then participate in discussions to come to a consensus to get things done for all of the citizens of the county. I am sure he has a very different background from my 5th generation Tuolumne County background but he is willing to listen to me and others because he can see the value in moving forward and being proactive to improve our county.

With the Rim Fire devastation and closely followed by the tree mortality issues from the bark beetles Randy has stepped up in his leadership to get both the state and the federal government involved in solving these important issues, even going to Washington to testify so we can get funds on the ground and changes in policy so history is not repeated and our county can be safer and an even better place to live.

Randy is a proven leader and good and caring human being representing the residents of Tuolumne County in the Second Supervisorial District. We need to re-elect Randy Hanvelt, not for his benefit but for ours. He truly cares about Tuolumne County.

Jim Phelan