Please bring Bateman back

To the Editor:

“Recalled to life!” echoed in the streets of France, heralding Dr. Manette’s freedom after 18 years in prison in Charles Dickens’ great novel of the French Revolution, “Tale Of Two Cities.”

“Recalled to life!” Long-time Union Democrat reporter-columnist Chris Bateman is back in the saddle with his front-page feature, “A bestie for Bateman.”

His column drew a large readership, regaling us with creative writing laced with wry humor. He lampooned public officials and held them accountable for their deeds. He dished out barbs and praise when needed.

His writing skills are suited for a major newspaper. Instead, he set down roots in our community to work 30-plus years for The Union Democrat.

His stories are gems. Let’s hope he’s back for good.

Robert Dorroh


Kudos to the governor

To the Editor:

In reference to the letter “A Nations of Laws?” saying the governor has not followed the rule of law, nor the voters’ choice regarding the death penalty. In fact, Gov. Gavin Newsom did follow the rule of law and acted accordingly with the peoples vote.

Our State Constitution says the governor has the authority. See Penal Code – Part 3 – Title 3 – Chapter 2 - section 3700: “Governor can suspend execution of a judgment of death.”

In 2018 the people of California voted to make Gavin Newsom our governor and in doing so, entrusted the governor to do what is in the best interest for all Californians. The governor’s moratorium on the death penalty was the right thing to do.

It is a known fact — there are innocent people on death row. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences determined at least 4 percent of people on death row are likely innocent. This means that of the 737 inmates on California’s death row, in all probability 30 are innocent.

Secondly, the judicial system is skewed. There are people, in some cases, who have committed more horrendous crimes than some on death row, yet are out walking our streets. Those without wealth are 60 percent more likely to be on death row.

If you were in the governor’s shoes, could you with the stroke of a pen write the execution orders to take a person’s life, knowing that that person could be innocent? We have a moral and legal obligation not to take an innocent person’s life, and in some states not anyone’s life. The moratorium is the right thing to do.

Ed Gorth


Return to Eisenhower era

To the Editor:

Let us again delve into the absurd theatrics of the fratricide of the Abrahamic Religions. The corrupt political hacks of the New York Trumpeters combined with the corrupt political hacks of the Netanyahus totally negate the possibilities of the descendants of the Aramaic-speaking peoples to actually get along.

The Iran nuclear deal is not the great boogeyman the Trumpeters profess and that is echoed by the petulant Netanyahus. The organization of AIPAC should be made to register as a political lobbying agent of the state of Israel and its ability to finance United States election races must be eliminated. The money-laundering pipeline that stretches from the Persians and Arabs to the real estate markets of New York and the cloakrooms of Washington D.C. must be turned off and prosecuted.

The foreign policy of the United States of America must return to the Eisenhower-era doctrine of being an honest broker to the childish conniving Abrahamic worshipers, whether they be Christian, Islamic or Hebrew.

Lawrence Hall


Manafort sentence too light

To the Editor:

Manafort should have been tried for treason against the USA — once again, the rich never get punished for years of theft, tax evasion/fraud and being a Russian connection for Trump and his swamp.

If Manafort were a poor black man he would have gotten the 24 years plus10 additional years to run consecutively with no time off for time already served. This is absolute evidence that the judges were paid off flunkies of the Trump administration.

We really need to do a national push to clean up the garbage and corruption and eliminate lobbyists from doing anything detrimental to our country for corporate or personal gains.

This sentence proves that no regular working class citizen will ever, from this day forward, be guaranteed equal rights under our Constitution — only the rich crooks who scam and cheat for years and years can get away with any and all crimes against the country.

I never in my 60-plus years thought I’d see the day when this kind of travesty would be displayed with a corrupt system headed by the biggest con man in America. This makes me sick and angry.

Donnasue Jacobi

San Andreas

Green new deal

To the Editor:

Opponents (status quo-ers) say the Green New Deal, a 70 percent tax on incomes over $10 million, won’t solve all of our problems, so why do them? Several reasons. One, because they are actions that move us in the right direction. Two, because it might be encouraging for the workers that corporate capitalism has made superfluous to think that our system can be fixed, and that they have a role in fixing it.

So what might really solve our problems? True, it is not feasible to expect American businesses to voluntarily discontinue manufacturing in foreign countries through slave wages there and bring the work back to America. But what if there was a new NAFTA, one where there were universal worker rights to a fair share of the value of the product they create through their labor? If, say, companies supplying GM are required “Afta’ NAFTA” to pay workers in Mexico a decent, living wage. Then maybe, just maybe, GM will conclude, “Gee, it would be cheaper for us to build a factory in Detroit and make these parts here.”

This would automatically recreate a new middle class movement in America. It would prevent the modern day robber barons from accumulating wealth because the wealth would get to the workers before the robbers could get their greedy hands on it. Add a little progressive taxation and a Green New Deal and you have the makings of a just and equitable society that can dedicate its energies to promoting the general welfare and saving our climate to boot.

Phil Nichols


The American Creed

To the Editor:

It’s a safe bet that most Americans do not know 2018 was the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the American’s Creed by the United States Congress (House of Representatives). In April 1918, Congress accepted the words composed in 1917 by William Tyler Page during World War I as the official American’s Creed.

Referring to the Creed, Page said: “It is the summary of the fundamental principles of the American political faith as set forth in its greatest documents, its worthiest traditions, and its greatest leaders.” The Creed includes passages and phrases from the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and Daniel Webster’s reply to Robert Y. Hayne in the Senate in 1830. The Creed reads as follows:

I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is my duty to my Country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag; and to defend it against all enemies.

If today’s politicians, at all levels of government but especially members of the Congress, strongly embraced and let the American’s Creed guide their daily actions and decisions, this would certainly be in the best interest of America. Such a lifestyle should help overcome, hopefully in a major way, the terribly bitter and divisive political environment that exists in America. Americans of all backgrounds and situations need to unite under the banner of the American’s Creed.

Richard Todd


Media is biased

To the Editor:

Two terrible stories recently were on the news. I watch Fox News for balanced, right and left opinions. During commercials I switch to CNN or MSNBC, I wasn’t shocked when the Democrat-run media was blaming the massacre in New Zealand on President Trump.

Nearly every time I switched during commercials the Democrat’s media channels are blaming Trump on everything, from Mrs. Smith’s cat stuck up a tree to global warming, hardly any other news that means something to the American citizens. Is this why the mainstream media’s rating is lower than Congress who never do anything than flap their gums? It’s so ridiculous its predictable boring.

Michael Wood