Hanvelt led tree mortality effort

To the Editor:

I am writing this letter to express my endorsement of Randy Hanvelt for Tuolumne County supervisor, District 2. I firmly believe that past performance is a good indicator of future performance. Mr. Hanvelt’s past performance representing all the citizens of this county is exemplary. In particular, the leadership that he demonstrated during the Rim Fire in 2013 was unsurpassed.

That was followed by many other examples, the most recent (and current) is the leadership that he has demonstrated regarding the disastrous bark beetle tree kill in our county. Randy’s leadership established the Tuolumne County Tree Mortality Task Force; which has since been emulated by neighboring counties and, notably, by the State of California. His drive and leadership in this disaster has placed Tuolumne County light years ahead of any other county in California dealing with this massive problem.

Larry Crabtree

Fire Chief, Retired

Mi-Wuk Sugar Pine Fire Protection District

Misinformation or Disinformation?

To the Editor:

Those who rant in this paper against liberals spout either misinformation (unintentional falsehood) or disinformation (intentional falsehood sometimes called lying). They should consult how various encyclopedias define liberalism before spewing any more false accusations.

Our Founding Fathers were all liberals. Liberalism is a political view based on liberty and equality. Liberals generally support civil rights, democracy, secularism, gender equality, internationalism and the freedoms of speech, the press, religion and markets.

Liberalism is a political doctrine that takes protecting and enhancing the freedom of the individual to be the central goal of politics.

Liberals typically believe that government is necessary to protect individuals from being harmed by others, but also recognize that government can pose a threat to liberty. As the revolutionary American pamphleteer Thomas Paine expressed in Common Sense (1776), government is at best “a necessary evil.”

Laws, judges, and police are needed to secure the individual’s life and liberty, but their coercive power may also be turned against him. The problem is to devise a system that gives government the power necessary to protect individual liberty but also prevents those who govern from abusing that power.

America was founded by liberals on principles of liberalism and is today still a liberal nation. Other countries and parties throughout the world have been trying to prove that liberalism doesn’t work since about the mid 1800’s (if not just since 1776), and honestly it is what a lot of the World’s major Wars have been about. We should not forget the importance of defending liberal values in America and in our case that is as simple as defending the spirit of the Constitution and Bill of Rights and the character of the men and women who fought and died for them. Liberals can stand proudly before our flag.

Ed Fernandez


Royce op-ed was a hit job

To the Editor:

Is Merv Cancio winning election to the Board of Supervisors so important to Evan Royce that he would call candidate Anaiah Kirk a liar and defame him with a touchy feely, “I’m your friend” op-ed hit piece in the newspaper?

Apparently so. And, why would that be?

First off, Evan Royce is no Anaiah Kirk. Evan Royce is no scholar. Kirk is. And, it is that background that convinces me that Kirk will be more able to perform his supervisor duties where Royce has had to call it a day and quit.

And in quitting, Royce had decided that he should determine who should replace him and the electorate be damned. Why would that be?

Merv Cancio is a touchy feely, let’s all sing Kumbaya kinda guy. Royce isn’t. Cancio cannot seem to settle on what issues are important. Royce seems certain. Cancio will not take stands on certain issues. Royce has no trouble speaking his mind.

Royce is for Pot. Cancio cannot say whether he is or isn’t. Medical is okay. Recreational is, maybe, okay. Right now, that is. It appears, if you read between the lines, that Cancio and Royce are hoping for a big Pot Tax payday for Tuolumne County to help balance the budget. (A recent report states that state Pot Tax receipts are only 20% of what was predicted. Colorado is not happy with Pot Tax receipts either.)

So, let’s get this straight. Royce is willing to stab a friend in the back so he and his handpicked buddy can go down the pot path?

Or, is it that Royce needs a crony on the board for future county construction contracts such as the one at Curtis Creek School where his handpicked candidate Merv Cancio works?

Jim Jordan

Twain Harte

Opinions not necessarily facts

To the Editor:

A recent opinion compared the ACLU to German Nazis taking over a country. Really? The writers state “We allow the ACLU to exist only because we are a nation of law and justice.”

I hope the “we” refers to all Americans and not just the inferred group who believe that the ACLU as an organization doesn’t meet their standards of morality and justice.

Whether one accepts all or some of the thousands of cases handled by the ACLU before the courts as legitimate, it is the courts – our courts – take up the cases of people that if not handled by them, may never have their day in court, seeking justice the organization believes every human has a right to, regardless of financial standing or citizenship status.

The writers claim the ACLU through its petition to the Federal Appeals Court, was responsible for an “illegal” abortion that the court allowed for a teenager who was an illegal immigrant in Texas. The teen was an illegal granted, but she wanted the procedure knowing she was not ready to be responsible as a mother. Taxpayers did not pay for the abortion.

The Texas law prohibiting an abortion after 20 weeks was not violated.

The attack on the ACLU is really the attack on the law of the land, Roe v. Wade granted women the right to an abortion that the government could not ban. That law, in many states, is under attack by the “morality police,” seeking to make abortion difficult to obtain because of their “righteous” views.

God bless those who seek truth and justice for all. God bless America under Trump. We need it.

Wayne Kirkbride

Twain Harte

Supervisor is a full-time job

To the Editor:

The Tuolumne County Grand Jury stated that supervisor is a position that requires 40-60 hours of work a week. If elected as to the Board of Supervisors, Anaiah Kirk will receive a salary of $50,426 along with full health benefits and a PERS retirement. He already has a full time 40 hour a week job at the prison as a supervising correctional counselor. He was compensated $156,367.17 for 2016 for this position. This information can be found per public record provided by the Transparent California website. If elected, he would be compensated $200,000 a year of your tax dollars.

At the candidate forum hosted by the State of Jefferson supporters on April 25, Anaiah Kirk said that he will work “twice as hard” when questioned about being able to work two jobs. Two full time government positions equates to 16 hours a day of work. When will he have time to sleep, be with his children and wife, commute, and all the responsibilities and commitments of daily living that eat up our time? If elected, how effective will he be as a supervisor? As a supervising correctional counselor? As a husband? As a parent?

Let us elect a candidate who will take this position seriously and not treat it as a part time job.

Mary Stubblefield


You will pay

To the Editor:

Just going through some figures to see if we need to panic. Happy to say, not yet, but indicators are pointing to “get ready.”

However, we should always be leery of the “McTrump Factor.” That is any time our do nothing congressman, and the perverted prevaricator in the White House, are involved.

Right now, the job growth which started in President Obama’s second year and has been cooking for a record 86 months. However, this, too, is a warning sign as too much of a good thing can kill you.

Now for the things you should really be worried about:

1. The 10 year Treasury Bond closed above 3 percent for the first time since 2014 – highest rate since 2011. (you will pay)

2. 30 year fixed mortgage rate – 4.625 percent – highest since May of 2011. (you will pay)

3. Credit Card Interest Rate – national average – 5-25-2018 16.68 percent, highest rate in years. (you will pay)

4. $4 a gallon gas - It’s here Escalon Valero $3.99 9/10. It will go higher as we transition in “summer blend.” Crude oil was under $30 a barrel in 2015 today it is over $70. That is equal to $1 a gallon – that money goes to big oil company profits. You fret over a 12 cent gas tax that goes to fix your roads - don’t be pennywise and dollar dumb. Look for $5 a gallon when Trump gets done screwing with Iran. (you will pay)

5. Housing and rent costs out of control. The reasons, demand is outweighing supply, cost of lumber and other building materials are at record levels (lumber futures have doubled this year) and mortgage interest rates are up and will be moving higher. (you will pay)

6. The Trumpublican tax scam – you will pay.

Domenic Torchia