Your voice is needed

To the Editor:

If you are concerned about the condition of your local roads, the safety of your home, the cost of county government, or the vitality of your community’s economy, then you need to comment on the General Plan Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), which has been released for written public comment. The deadline to submit comments is Aug. 13.

Don’t miss your chance to improve the county’s programs to accommodate future economic development while reducing over a dozen adverse effects on roads, emergency services, and historical and natural resources.

The last time county residents had this broad of an opportunity to comprehensively improve the county was during the general plan update of 1996, over 20 years ago. Who knows when you will get another chance?

You can review the DEIR at the library in San Andreas or online at Send your written comments by U.S. mail to Peter Maurer, Planning Director, Calaveras County Planning Department, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas, CA 95249 or by email to

You may also speak to the county about issues and concerns at a public meeting at 6 p.m. July 31 at the Board of Supervisors Chambers in San Andreas.

To learn more about how to comment, you can get pointers from the Calaveras Planning Coalition (CPC) website at, or you can come to the CPC’s Brown Bag DEIR Commenting Workshop at 1 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Library in San Andreas.

Another option is to arrange for a free evening workshop for your local community group by contacting me, Tom Infusino, Calaveras Planning Coalition Facilitator, at . The Planning Coalition has been protecting our rural environment by promoting citizen participation in sustainable land use planning since 2006.

Tom Infusino

Pine Grove

The liberal moral high ground

To the Editor:

The liberals have reached a new fake moral high ground. They continue to spread misguided hate and venom. More recently, a white male who believes in the greatness of our Republic and wants to follow the laws of our country is now a racist. Isn’t judging someone by the color of their skin a form of racism?

Their newly found concern for lying is a bit puzzling. Do any of them remember, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman,” “you can keep your doctor and current insurance,” Benghazi, and Hillary Clinton’s illegal use of electronic communication devices? I could go on but there is a limit to the number of words I can use.

They are now crying about the children of illegal aliens being separated from their parents who broke the law. Where was your unbridled disdain for this legally required action when Mr. Obama was doing the same thing?

According to the mainstream media and liberals President Trump has single handedly destroyed the moral fiber of the White House, our country, and the world. This is based on Citizen Trump talking about grabbing genitalia and allegedly having an affair. Have they forgotten JFK and Ted Kennedy? Where was this hate filled mind set when Governor and President Clinton sexually abused several women and raped another?

Our country’s morality is the responsibility of its citizens. If you are going to claim the moral high ground, then you must be honest with yourself and get rid of the hate that blinds you. However as uncouth as the above behaviors are, the most disturbing newer “high” is calling the people who support controlling our country’s borders Nazis. No U.S. citizens or people from other countries are being rounded up and murdered at our borders.

Thomas P. Neiderer


The Republican Party of Lincoln

To the Editor:

I noticed the Republican booth at the Mother Lode Fair has a poster of Lincoln next to a poster of Trump. I am sorry but Lincoln belongs in the Democrat booth. Lincoln was a Republican, which, at the time, was a socially liberal party. In those days, the Democrats were a conservative, traditionalist party on social issues.

In the 1900s, around the time of Woodrow Wilson, the two parties began to switch social and cultural stances. This was largely due to Wilson’s affection for the Ku Klux Klan, and his position against equal rights and desegregation for black Americans.

In Lincoln’s time, Republicans and Yankees represented anti-slavery, northern values. They leaned toward labor unions and personal rights, liberties and protections through government. Democrats of that time didn’t want the government telling them what to do, and were against most all social laws that would protect the individual.

Eric Williams


ED note: A letter on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh has been deleted because the letter writer's identity could not be verified.