Old boy network

To the Editor:

As some of you may be aware the City Of Sonora’s city administrator/manager recently retired. The city administrator runs the day-to-day operations of Sonora, the City Council meets twice a month to advise and consent, so it is an important highly skilled position. On inquiring as to how the search for a new administrator was going. I was told by the city attorney that “the City Council has directed that a local recruitment be conducted to fill this position.”

And that the position had been advertised on the city website, in The Union Democrat for only nine business days and was not advertised more widely. The application period is now over and the first group are being interviewed by the City Council.

I would imagine that the applicant pool of talented, professional, available, upper level government managers is small locally. Why is the City Council limiting the recruiting to the local area. Old Boy Network? I was told recently by the city attorney that it is not illegal to only advertise locally but is it good business practice, and should the minimum standard for the City Council be “it is not illegal?”

David Morgan


More on Garage Doors

To the Editor:

A recent letter to the editor addressed a concern that I think correctly identified another example of government overreach; i.e. the new California law requiring new and replacement power garage door openers to be of the battery back-up design.

Or face a $1,000 fine.

It seems odd that a state government that largely ignores, among other issues, the many and serious problems associated with homelessness, and is using tax dollars aiding and protecting those illegally in our country, chooses instead to direct their legislative attention to homeowners and their garage doors.

Unfortunately, as I was collecting data to support my rant, I discovered that my wife, once a physical powerhouse to be feared, now, with the passage of time, is unable to manually lift our very average garage door. Darn.

Probably Trump’s fault.

Oh well. Even though my non-battery unit is legal until it needs to be replaced, for safety reasons I will soon voluntarily replace it with the new system.

I don’t need orders from our surrogate parents in Sacramento who have found yet another ingenious way to raise funds.

Ray Bailey


Really Republicans?

To the Editor:

I continue to hear that 85 percent of Republicans approve of the Lyin King’s performance. This is a man who apparently condones Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea (didn’t Republicans previously oppose Russia?) and lobbied for Russia to rejoin the G7.

He ignores the blatant reality of increasing worldwide temperatures, actually actively pursuing policies that aggravate it (do you have no concerns for your children and grandchildren?).

His incoherent trade policies threaten to exacerbate an already slowing world (and national) economy, not to mention a tax giveaway to the super rich and corporations (the GDP is back down to 2.1 percent and the deficit is ballooning-where are those famous GOP deficit hawks?).

It boggles the mind to think of all the ways this guy is dragging the country down, every day another blatant offence, another crime against the country/national interest.

What do you profit, are you not concerned?

Two anti-civil rights/anti-women’s rights Supreme court judges (+multiple lower court judges with similar views)--is that worth it?

Anytime I hear about some inhumane, anti-environment, pro-plutocratic, racist, overtly (or covertly) policy or development, I’m not surprised that the Lyin King or his administration is behind it.

This probably won’t be printed till mid September and I have no doubt that more, previously unbelievable ethical/morally abhorrent events will occur (just saw the Lyin King promoting his golf club in blatant violation of the emoluments clause) by then. I can’t understand how this can be acceptable to anyone with a conscience.

Terril Spitze

Twain Harte