Sidewalk etiquette

To the Editor:

Now that it’s summer vacation, my young son and I have visited several of the communities in this area and gone around Sonora. Everywhere we went, we encountered a particular kind of rudeness. It’s practiced by young and old, well dressed and casual, local and tourist.

So I’m going to reveal a fact that will obviously come as a great surprise to many people. If you are walking with one or more, and two or more are coming toward you, if everyone gets into single file, all can pass each other comfortably and courteously.

Now that this is known, maybe my son and I can finish out the summer walking on a path or sidewalk without a wall of unyielding humanity forcing us to the side. I’m looking forward to encountering you, newly respectful pedestrians.

Rita Kindle


Progress in Tuolumne County?

To the Editor:

It's really good to see some very pertinent letters to the editor about local government officials who I believe are running a beer company on a champagne company budget. Raises, new positions and $200,000 surveys and can't scrape up 14,000 bucks for a summer youth program?

Apparently reappropriation of funds doesn't matter to the little people or kids. Example:

Remember the road department? No? That's 1990 when we had up to 40 skilled people on the roads, not including office staff and in-house engineering and survey staff. It was called a maintenance division. It was phased out, and we were left with a skeleton crew.

What's next, the sheriff's department? It's been mentioned publicly.

As for roads, contracting out simple maintenance projects will be served up as a great deal and cost millions. Oh wait, we'll do a $200,000 survey to see if we can get a grant and pay the rest out of some other vital services besides top-paying supervisors and administrators jobs.

Cutting from the bottom isn't working. How about shaving a little more off the top?

Think about it when we are dancing around the maypole at the shiny new Law and Justice Center.

Progress is indeed necessary, but at what cost?

Mike Sardella



To the Editor:

Regarding the Sale of the Wildcat Ranch, the Violation of the Law, and the Betrayal of the Community: I have been deeply disheartened about the potential sale of the Wildcat Ranch since the idea was introduced. I believed that the proposed sale was a grave mistake but the administration’s behavior, highlighted by the recently revealed emails, is what finally prompted me to express my concerns.

The attempted sale of the Wildcat Ranch is a dynamic issue, with impacts far greater than the loss of an agricultural campus or a cross country course. As the person who constructed the cross country course, one might think that the sale of the property that it sits on would be the most disconcerting to me, but it’s not. What is most disturbing is the administration’s failure, time and time again, to not only make sound decisions and act in the interest of education, but simply to do the right thing.

I believe the sale of the ranch, along with several other issues of previous years, touches everyone in the community in a different way. For me, my takeaway is this: Sonora High is supposed to be an institution of education and the administration feels that they can blatantly lie to the public, that they can knowingly act outside the law, that they don’t have to represent the interests of the community, and that there are priorities greater than education. This is what they want to teach students, to say that this behavior is acceptable?

To expect students to go to a school that hangs posters around campus that asks them to acknowledge rules, policies, and codes of conduct while the administration exhibits this deplorable behavior isn’t just a double standard, it’s downright shameful.

Patrick McConnell