Rein yourselves in, supervisors

To the Editor:

Today I read the article and saw the pictures of the deplorable conditions that the Sheriff Office personnel have to work in, and I remembered the article I read the other day about the county supervisors renting and room and having a catered lunch for a meeting about raising our taxes.

Then I turned the page and read Lyn Riddle’s article on the opinion page and thought she was spot on. We have spent the last few months reading about the Larry Cope disaster and lack of any control over this man by the supervisors.

Can the supervisors be that dense that they think paying $800 for a meeting is OK? Next time maybe they can ask the Sheriff’s Department if they can rent their trailer. Oh wait, the ceiling is falling down and it’s moldy.

Maybe a little reality check is just what the supervisors need. And next time bring your own lunch. Lots of people do that when they go to work in the real world.

Kathy Chaty


Manning a hero

To the Editor:

Cohen’s testimony proves that Trump is a (expletive) person, and that Cohen is an idiot for letting himself be used by a con artist. There is still no proof that Wikileaks was paid or had any connection to Russia. These things are possible but unproven. Of greater concern is the fact that we are persecuting whistleblowers for exposing US war crimes, and then using Russia as a scapegoat and a distraction.

On March 8, Chelsea Manning, who in 2010 disclosed hundreds of thousands of documents detailing US war crimes in Iraq including torture and summary execution, was thrown back in prison because she refused to falsely incriminate Wikileaks and Julian Assange. You want to talk about heroes... I’m sure there are some people in the military who have done some heroic things. But somebody like Chelsea Manning, who already spent six years in prison for exposing US war crimes, is a real hero. She has literally been through hell to suffer for all of our sins.

Andrew Clemo


Economics 101

To the Editor:

I read the editorial by Ms. Riddle about the optics of the County Board of Supervisors meeting at the Black Oak Casino to talk about raising taxes. There is more to this than optics.

Less than a month ago at a county board meeting, the supervisors voted to raise the salaries of a number of already well-paid middle and upper county managers, adding hundreds of thousands of present and future dollars to the General Fund budget.

Now they are saying that we have a budget problem. I think they should look no further then their own spendthrift ways. It is time for the voters to install economically prudent county supervisors rather than the present group who have lunch meetings at Black Oak and “retreats” at Rush Creek Lodge.

David Morgan


Sit down and talk

To the Editor:

The people in this community make Tuolumne County such a special place, people in an organization like the Farm Bureau, an organization that aims to preserve and further the rural legacy of Tuolumne County.

The current situation between Sonora High School, The Park Foundation and Farm Bureau brings forth a major question: What is the legitimacy of these organizations? All three are here for the people.

All three should take a step back and look at what we are trying to accomplish instead of trying to win through litigation. No one wins in court, except maybe the attorneys.

It seems the school feels getting the appraised value for a property and keeping 25 acres for the agriculture program is a win for the students. The Park Foundation wants to develop a park to satisfy a need for Tuolumne County.

The Farm Bureau believes preserving the acreage is what’s best for the agriculture program. Instead of fighting over if the Brown Act was violated or if an organization should’ve stepped up earlier during the negotiations or if the property should’ve been declared surplus, we should ask ourselves what is best for the future of our community as a whole?

I’ve noticed how this community is always here for each other in times of need. There is absolutely no reason we cannot work through this.

The bottom line is do we need more than 25 acres for the agriculture program and what the money from the sale will be used for?

Do we really want the school district to use its limited resources for attorney fees instead of spending it to build a barn or for the Ag program? Do we want to be known as the community or organization that raises money to hire attorneys to fight amongst ourselves?

Larry Nieh


Heartbroken over FLA decision

To the Editor:

The founder of Foothill Leadership Academy is my daughter Emily.

She has put her heart and soul into this amazing school since the beginning.

It is very sad that the school will not be renewed.

FLA has done amazing things for all of those fabulous students who attend.

There were so many heartbroken families and FLA staff at the county board meeting.

All I ask is that readers of this newspaper understand that the print you read does not contain the whole story. Foothill Leadership Academy will forever remain in the hearts of all of those who have been blessed to be there.

FLA Lions roar forever.

Dianne J. Price