Campbell is out of touch

To the Editor:

Conservative voters need to know who Ryan Campbell really is. He offers no solutions and hides his liberal politics behind feel good euphemisms.

Just consider his comments at a recent candidate’s night about solar energy and the county general plan. Campbell failed to disavow the California Energy Commission’s regulation on solar panel requirements for every new home starting in 2020. Both of Ryan’s opponents oppose the regulation. Ryan sidestepped the issue by saying solar is the wave of the future. What he didn’t say is that he believes government should mandate how people should live. The regulation will easily increase the cost of new homes by no less than $10,000 and probably double that number.

Campbell also said that he wants a shot at the General Plan revision because he wants to take Tuolumne County in a different direction. What does he mean by that anyway? I’ll tell you. He means planned communities forcing people to live where he wants them, rather than where they want to live.

All the things Campbell supports translate into higher fees, higher taxes, less affordable housing, more county regulations, and lost jobs. Essentially, Campbell is out of touch. He is not what we need or want for Tuolumne County. Voters of the 2nd District have a solid choice for supervisor, that is Randy Hanvelt.

Nancy Ayala


Democratic Club announces endorsements

To the Editor:

I, and the members of the Tuolumne County Democratic Club, have spent the last year meeting and talking with the candidates for all offices in this district/county. We did not just attend one short speech, or read one brief article. We have spent months of meetings, discussions and events with the candidates.

We have checked their resumes and backgrounds. We are endorsing the following with confidence and seriousness. Several of our members were member-supported delegates to the endorsement conventions. We have done our homework and research and proudly endorse the following candidates:

Jessica Morse for U.S. Congress for CD4 (California State Party endorsed also)

Tom Pratt for California State Senate (California State Party endorsed also)

Carla J Neal for State Assembly (California State Party endorsed also)

Ryan Campbell for Board of Supervisors, District 2

Feel free to contact us at if you have questions or would like more information.

Debi Baron

President of the Tuolumne County Democratic Club

Yes to Birtwhistle

To the Editor:

We moved here two years ago from San Jose. We met Justin Birtwhistle through our children. What a fine gentleman! We have seen him in a couple high pressure situations and he remained calm.

He is extremely intelligent and capable and has a very calm demeanor. We have been impressed with his handy skills on his home. Although we don’t know him through his work we can certainly vouch for his character. He is honest and trustworthy.

And Justin is about the nicest guy on earth. We recommend him as the best candidate for Treasurer.

Sascha Corcoran


Money, media and mud

To the Editor:

I ran for the U.S. Congress against Tom McClintock, in 2016. With the June primary just around the corner, I want to share some of my thoughts on this election.

Money: First, large sums of money are needed to win. Competitive races will spend $3 million to $5 million to win a congressional seat. In our district, each of the three leading candidates are in the $1 million range. No doubt this year, the top two candidates will need to attract millions more by November. Small donations are important, but watch who gets large corporate donations, for those candidate will need to pay back big donors through favorable legislation to them, and that may hurt you.

Media: Good publicity through stories in newspapers, TV and radio can win a race. Remember Trump’s campaign? News bits flooded the airways, saving the campaign millions. But biased media reports can hurt. A Sac Bee article on 2-20-18, appeared to be “hatchet job” against Jessica Morse. After complaints, The Bee did publish a balanced article on Feb. 23. But damage from a slanted report can haunt a campaign, even once the full truth is revealed.

Mud: Mud throwing between candidates is common before November elections. But it has arrived early this year. In this congressional district, mudslinging by the Bateson team has targeted Morse. Mailers provide incomplete data on her background. References to biased media reports give the voter the wrong impression. Slamming on social media crosses the line on social norms. But Morse has risen above the mud to conduct an honorable campaign focused on issues.

For this and so many other reasons I support Jessica Morse for Congress. Her commitment to intelligently manage our forests, reduce the out-of-pocket costs of healthcare, and provide improved funding to education in our district will benefit all of us.

Robert Derlet, MD

Twain Harte

It doesn’t add up

To the Editor:

On his website, Anaiah Kirk claims that of the 720 hours in a month, his job at the state prison takes up “about 170…” Let’s look at a real week to see how Anaiah would need to spend his time to meet even his current obligations.

There are 168 hours in a week. Assuming he is a serious, honest state employee, Kirk would spend at least 50 hours working, getting to-and-from work and eating lunch. Sleeping 8 hours per night, that’s 56 hours. He needs to shower, dress and prepare for, and return from work – at least 7 hours.

He is a “Youth Director and Mentor” at his church with staff meetings, worshipping, and teaching Sunday School – at least 10 hours a week.

Spending time with each daughter for maybe 30 minutes each a day, or 7 hours a week for that.

He needs to eat, so another 7 a week for family breakfast and dinner.

Is one hour a day to spend with his wife enough? No matter how efficiently he uses his time, we hope that his relationship with her won’t suffer: 7 hours a week.

And subtract these hours: 3 to work around his house, 5 to do anything special with his family and 7 hours personal in prayer and reading the Bible – in short, putting God first.

So now, he has about 159 hours a week taken up with activities of daily life, leaving him around 9 hours to devote to a Supervisor position.

So no matter how energetic he is or how well he manages his time, Anaiah simply cannot do an acceptable job as a supervisor and keep his $150,000+ job at the prison.

It doesn’t add up. Something has to give – sleep less?

Bruce Erickson

Twain Harte

Is meat a danger?

To the Editor:

What ever happened to the good old days when the worst things we had to fear on Memorial Day were traffic jams and indigestion?

Folks setting to break out their outdoor grill this Memorial Day face a nasty choice. If they undercook their hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken nuggets, their family and friends may face food poisoning by E. coli and Salmonella bacteria. The U.S. Meat and Poultry Hotline advises raising the temperature.

But our own National Cancer Institute warns that high-temperature grilling of processed meats produces cancer-causing compounds.

Do we really need to choose between food poisoning and cancer?

Luckily, a bunch of enterprising food processors have met this challenge head-on by developing a great variety of healthful, delicious plant-based veggie burgers, veggie dogs, and soy nuggets. These products don’t harbor nasty bugs or cancer-causing compounds. They don’t even offer cholesterol, saturated fats, drugs, or pesticides like their animal-based alternatives. And, they are waiting for us in the frozen food section of our neighborhood supermarket, along with nut-based milks, ice creams, and other dairy-free desserts.

This Memorial Day, let’s stay safe on the roads, but let’s extend the safety net to our family barbecue grill.

Calvert Espinoza

San Andreas

Kirk has great ideas for the county

To the Editor:

We are voting for Anaiah Kirk for District 3 supervisor.

He is educated. He has common sense. He is young. He has energy. He is decisive. He comes from a great family and has a great wife and two beautiful kids.

And, he has some great ideas for Tuolumne County. Read his website and we think you’ll agree.

If you have questions, he is one of the most accessible candidates we have run across.

Join us in voting for Anaiah Kirk for supervisor.

Teri & Jim Jordan

Twain Harte

Cancio’s character makes him good choice

To the Editor:

I am writing this letter in support of Merv Cancio for District 3 Supervisor.

I have known Merv Cancio for almost 10 years. I first met Merv as my daughter’s kindergarten teacher at Curtis Creek Elementary School. I spent time as a parent volunteer in Merv’s classroom was always so impressed by the patience, compassion, care and great classroom control Merv had over all of his students. Merv has been an educator of various grade levels at Curtis Creek for 34 years and has consistently played an active role advocating for students and for the Curtis Creek Elementary School Faculty Association, where for five years he was the Faculty Association’s President.

I am a current member of the Curtis Creek School Board. Merv routinely and consistently attends our school board meetings and is always an active participant in the various discussions that ensue during those sessions. I always find Merv’s comments and suggestions insightful, persuasive, well-reasoned and logical.

In summary, Merv brings forth a very high degree of professionalism in every facet of his career, yet he is also very approachable, friendly and willing to listen to other’s concerns and/or suggestions. I personally feel Merv’s qualities, character and demeanor will make him an excellent District 3 Supervisor and an asset to the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors as a whole.

Melissa Knobloch


Hanvelt is pragmatic

To the Editor:

I have known Randy Hanvelt for several years and have found him to be a very thoughtful and well-informed advocate for the citizens of Tuolumne County. He has amassed an amazing list of contacts and has represented our county well at both state and federal levels.

Randy approaches issues pragmatically, with the mind of a scientist. On environmental issues, when he is provided reasonable and defensible scientific information he is more than capable of making decisions that favor our county and its priceless environmental heritage.

When justifiable, compromise is a term Randy understands and is willing to employ.

For those reasons, I strongly support his reelection as a Tuolumne County Supervisor.

James P. Maddox


The writing is on the wall

To the Editor:

With regard to the recent Santa Fe High School shooting, seems like deja vu all over again. Our hearts surely feel a genuine sense of loss and compassion for the families and friends of those who lost their lives there.

But we can’t, no matter how hard we try, bring those lives back. We can honor them by doing all that we can to prevent such heinous acts from occurring again. So, what have we learned from the string of shootings over the past few years that we can apply toward more effective prevention going forward?

Is it still too politically incorrect of me to say we now have a more thorough understanding of the profiles of likely future suspects? With all due respect to probable cause and due process is it going too far to take focused, proactive, preemptive steps toward prevention?

If not, then remember, all you teachers, fellow students and community members, see/hear something, say something.

And that’s just for starters. And parents, please, don’t be negligent about securing your firearms from unsupervised access by your children. Columbine, Sandy Hook, Parkland, Santa Fe and all the rest: This is what happens when we stick our heads in the sand, when we neglect the red flags, the handwriting on the walls, when we blame weapons, when we fail to act preemptively, when we fail to apply what we’ve learned.

Karl Merrill


A note to candidates

To the Editor:

I notice that none of those running for office have stated any plans in detail; in fact they haven’t stated any in broad strokes either. All they have done is identify them.

Here’s what I would do. Maybe they can learn something.

The homeless: Have the paper, radio, local government, churches and civic organizations disseminate information about a Patreon account set up for donating to help the homeless to set up local shelters with beds, showers and staffed by volunteers (paid depending upon money). A website would list the organizations in an easily understandable format and the Sonora Area Foundation would administer the account.

Roads: Allow local people to send photos and descriptions of the road they are concerned with. After it has been sorted, send it to a committee designated by city council and county supervisors, as in order of priority.

Government funding: Designate a one-time grand jury of citizens in the accountant and insurance business who should be able to scrutinize funding and priorities and also have the education to give suggestions with some force. They should not be in contact with officials, but get the information through clerks. After it’s done; the white paper should be sent to the supervisors and city council. Full vote on measures should be done at a public meeting on a weekend. I am not a fan of politicians having meetings when citizens cannot go to them due to work constraints.

Sonora High School properties: A grand jury should be impaneled for a white paper also; with a view to looking over all the parties to the transactions and the relative merits, keeping in mind the spirit of how the property was deeded with the intent that such deeds be respected in spirit, not just in letter.

Dwan Seicheine