Ranch sale was a mistake

To the Editor:

The front page headline on Dec. 7 — Wildcat Ranch Sold — immediately look me back 35 years when the exact same description was applied to the Jamestown Ag Farm and we all know how well that ended.

In the shortsighted wisdom of the Sonora Union High School District Board of Trustees back in 1984 to sell a perfectly sound investment for the youth of Tuolumne County, we now have this current board making the exact same short-sighted decision to sell what could have become the crown jewel of a school district in a county rich in an agrciultural history.

You, the board, have shattered the dreams and goals of so many students present and future, not to mention their ag instructor.

The same slap in the face was given to the ag instructors at the Jamestown Ag Farm.

Will Sonora High School ever learn from their mistakes? The kids are supposed to be the number one priority and you refused to listen to them.

Terri Arrington


The General Plan: Preparing us for the past

To the Editor:

Our county faces real challenges regarding water supply and wildfire — issues the proposed General Plan fails to adequately address. We’re aware that what happened in Paradise could happen in our own forested communities. Citizens are beginning to suggest valuable short-term solutions to this growing long-term problem. We know that sticking our thumbs in the dyke won’t keep the hole from widening.

The General Plan addresses neither wildfire nor water issues as it should. It is short sighted and will likely make things worse by allowing poorly planned development.

Our problems shouldn’t surprise anyone. For the last 35 years, science has warned that polluting our atmosphere would lead to climate change. It was even predicted that our region would lose half its forests, drought would become common, and water shortages throughout the Southwest would last longer. Now it’s happening much faster than expected. We must stop polluting our atmosphere to limit additional rising temperatures. If our bathtub over-flows we must turn off the faucet, not simply wipe up the floor in hopes of keeping up with the flooding water.

Sadly, we re-elected Tom McClintock to Congress. He votes with the fossil fuels industry and against any efforts to stop atmospheric pollution. Inaction in Congress assures worsening fires and risks our water supplies. We literally voted to make things worse.

Like McClintock, our local leadership pretends that there is no problem with global warming — a politically corrupted phrase — and they carefully avoid talking about it. Our current Board of Supervisors ignores science and then produces a General Plan that serves the past, not the impending future. Many people are working to confront the damage climate change is making and it’s time that our leadership voices the whole truth, demanding that Congress act, while supporting local efforts to deal with our new realities.

Robert Carabas