Talulah’s will be missed

To the Editor:

It’s indeed sad that so many of our treasured shops on Washington Street are leaving us. Each one that closes leaves a small vacuum in our wonderful city, but the one that truly sent arrows through my heart is the loss of Talulah’s. It was a little jewel in the heart of downtown that was precious to those of us who loved it. Katherine, the owner, did everything right: it was slightly sophisticated, and it’s soft lighting, artwork, great food, and outstanding service were a rarity. To say nothing of the wonderful, oh, that wonderful, wonderful bread.

I’m glad the commercial space is already spoken for, but the space Talulah’s leaves behind will ache for a long, long while.

Iris R. Gardner


Watchdog non-profit will help communities

To the Editor:

It’s good news for the citizens of California that Ken Perkins is creating a foundation to recreate for other communities the perfect storm that toppled a secretive and wasteful agency like TCEDA. Even with the Grand Jury’s condemnation, the Union Democrat’s incredible reporting and letters to the editor, and citizens speaking in protest at supervisor meetings, it required Ken Perkin’s lawsuit to expose the absence of documentation and nonexistent records for the irresponsible one-man, half a million dollar TCEDA.

Along the way Ken took a lot of abuse:

I was at the Board of Supervisors when Supervisor Evan Royce shouted from the podium at Ken that his request for records was ‘bull****’.

John Gray, Karl Rodefer and Sherri Brennan complained at multiple Board of Supervisor meetings about the expense caused by Ken’s request for the records that they had refused to give the Grand Jury.

Even when the county lost the lawsuit because the Board of Supervisors refused to show documentation for the outrageous claims by TCEDA, the supervisors continued to blame Ken for exposing the empty claims they continued to expound.

Tuolumne County is a stellar example of how citizens can put their county government back on track when their elected officials are too implicated in gross mismanagement to admit their mistakes. Ken’s foundation can provide the assistance that removes the barrier of cost which prevents citizens throughout California from taking power back from entrenched public officials. Thank you, Ken.

Barbara Dresslar


Death by 1,000 cuts

To the Editor:

I am not sure what it will take to get rid of this illegitimate president. Don’t balk, Trump

admits it, Putin admits it, Mueller report confirms it, and more. Face it, he is not

legally our president.

Now, what he is about to do is way over the line, yeah even worse than his more than 11,000 lies. (How do you know Trump is lying? His lips are moving.)

In Orlando, he gave the command for his version of Kristallnacht - “the night of broken glass” - to begin.

But Trump’s white nationalists and his “brown shirts” (ICE) will be after brown and black people, not unlike Hitler’s white supremacists going after the Jews. Trump is “…planning to make mass arrests in a ‘blitz’ operation across major U.S. cities.” (Wall Street Journal)

Let me address one more issue. Impeaching him would be Trump’s cowardly path to victory. The man is a proven psycho, he is a criminal and a con man, he is a sexual pervert, he is a documented traitor to our country and most of all, history will show his as a failed presidency.

No, impeachment will only allow him to prolong the process for years, it will allow him to do what he has done his whole sick and twisted life — run out the clock. Even the 25th Amendment; Section 4, may not get the job done. (but the House might try convening a “disability review body.”)

Bottom line - Start an impeachment inquiry, let it punish him like a death by a 1,000 cuts. And if he lasts that long, without going completely off his rocker, file an impeachment just before the election. That Scarlet I will be with him throughout history.

Domenic Torchia


Serving on Grand Jury was an honor

Dear Editor:

Last year at this time I was asked to serve on the Grand Jury. I had no idea what our purview was as a grand juror.

Around September I started to understand the awesome responsibility given us.

As foreperson of the 2018-2019 Tuolumne County Grand Jury, I feel it is important that the public be informed why we have a Civil Grand Jury, and why the Grand Jury has such an important role in our county.

California was lawless at its birth. The Grand Jury Code was added to the State Constitution due, in part, to a lack of faith in elected officials.

The California State Constitution gives each of the 58 counties the authority and requirement to convene a Civil Grand Jury, made up of citizens to be a watchdog of the governmental workings of the counties. Investigations come from citizens and decisions made by the Grand Jury.

As residents watch their county representatives and city officials spend our money, there isn’t much a citizen can do to influence their decisions. Attending meetings, writing letters to the editor, and voting for public officials are important.

The Grand Jury is the most effective way to hold the county officials feet to the fire.

The most important part of Grand Jury reports are the recommendations. A Grand Jury needs to be careful with what they ask for in their recommendations. They will get exactly that. I am referring to the recent debacle with the conflict of interest report and the attorney/client privilege which was cited. The conflict of interest report was not released to the public.

It has been an honor to serve our community.

If you are asked to serve, do so. It’s the Grand Jury.

Frank Cooper


Youth Summer Camp

To the Editor:

I am extremely disappointed in the Tuolumne County Recreation Department.

They have seriously dropped the ball on their summer camp program for the local youth and their parents. Many parents have come to rely on this program to get them through the summer, and plan other activities to fill the gaps when the camp is not in session.

This year they made a poor decision in not letting the parents know that there was a possibility that the summer camp would not happen. Instead two days after the program usually starts the newspaper prints an article that the recreation department may not be able to provide the summer camp program.

The recreation department has a list with phone numbers and email addresses of the parents anxiously waiting for this program to begin, because they have received many phone calls inquiring about the program, their response to the phone calls was “we are working on finding a location and should have one soon.” If they have been looking since January and still didn’t have one, don’t you think the writing was on the wall?

Also the county supervisors were a little weak in their response to the situation. They could have approved the funding for this year and then the parents would have had a year to prepare and make other plans for their children next summer knowing summer camp wasn’t an option. I’m sure if the new jail goes over budget (as it may very likely do) they will have no trouble finding additional funding.

Congratulations to the Sonora Area Foundation for stepping up and providing the funding so that this program that serves the youth and working parents can become a reality for this summer and then can make other plans for next summer.

Susan Bailey

Twain Harte

Saturday market appreciated

To the Editor:

I would just like to send out a praise to the city of Sonora. I am a vendor involved with the Saturday markets and would like to send out my appreciation to all that is involved in making this event each week. The market manager Becky is the best, so easy to work with. Also, the people that come out to the market are every nice and pleasant to get to know each and every week.

Jeff Williams