Irony not lost

To the Editor:

The irony of reading The Union Democrat article "Racism is Alive in Tuolumne" (Dec. 12) in juxtaposition to Ray Anderson's Letter to the Editor ("Sore losers show their stuff") was not lost on me or probably other readers. Things really are looking up for America, perhaps from the gutter.

Donn Hohengarten


Unwelcome solicitation

To the Editor:

It seems to be happening more and more. When you go shopping these days and you get to check out the inevitable question comes, "would you like to make a donation to whomever"?

First of all, let me say I am not a Scrooge. I donate to several organizations of my choosing whom I think are deserving and are good stewards of the money they receive. When I go shopping in a store I do not care to be patronized by a clerk for a donation. I have made comments to clerks that I do not feel it is proper to be asked for donations. Some have replied to me that they do not like asking the question but are told by management to do so. I believe it puts the clerk in an uncomfortable position to ask the question and the customer in an uncomfortable position as well.

It would be best for businesses to put containers at the exit doors with a sign, and if people wish to donate they can do so at that time. I would like to know if there are others that feel as I do? Maybe The Union Democrat could do a poll.

Ed Evans


Every vote should count

To the editor

I read with amusement a recent Letter to the Editor (“Electoral College,” Dec. 7) in which the writer praised our Founding Fathers for setting up the Electoral College. In his letter, Mr. Ackley says that the Electoral College not only prevents each state from electing its favorite son as president, it also prevents the most populous states from deciding who the president will be “with little regard for the smaller ones.”

First of all, with the 50 states in our great country it’s ludicrous to think one state has the power to elect its favorite son. Secondly, Mr. Ackley is failing to recognize the irony in the fact that now smaller and more rural states can choose a president “with little regard” for the more popular, more urban states. Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, in spite of Mr. Ackley’s hope that it was only because of a large number of “illegitimate voters.”

We have some of the most honest elections in the world, and it’s time for each voter to have his or her vote be given equal weight.

Ann Leonard