Something smells rotten

To the Editor:

Mr. Crook and Ms. Hopper are correct in asking Sonora Union High School District Trustee Jeanie Smith to resign her position. Her cavalier admission that she “did it for the children” is embarrassing and smacks of elitism and disdain shown to the taxpayers and citizens of Tuolumne County.

When elected officials consider themselves “our betters,” when they play fast and loose with our laws and then use that excuse – that “they know what is best for us,” they actually harm us all – especially “the children”.

We are fortunate that not only did the Farm Bureau smell something rotten, they also had the fortitude to force the school board to come to their senses.

Leslie H. Hurst


Don’t close Twain Harte library

To the Editor:

I recently heard that our beloved Twain Harte Library might be permanently closed in the near future due to budget cuts. It saddens me to hear this. Our libraries play such an important part in our community, for all residents, no matter what age. Please keep Twain Harte Library open.

Why is it that our supervisors were given salary raises when there wasn't money in the budget to keep our summer recreation program open (and private donations had to save the program), and now the possibility of Twain Harte Library closing? My response to that is shame on all of you.

I sent the above letter to our supervisors: Sherri Brennan (,) Ryan Campbell (,) Anaiah Kirk (,) John Gray (,) and Karl Rodefer ( Please let our supervisors know if you feel as we do about the possible closing of Twain Harte Library.

Judy & Jim Hamilton

Twain Harte

Climate Change is a Win-Win

To the Editor:

Climate change is urgent. We’re like a glass of ice tea on a hot summer day. The tea stays cool until the ice melts. The arctic ice is melting fast. In 10 years, most arctic ice will be gone. Global warming and wild weather will accelerate.

We’re already late. Wild weather will last for decades. We already have heavy rainfall and flooding, rising sea levels, intense hurricanes and tornados, fast moving wildfires, and prolonged droughts.

We must protect ourselves. Let’s build flood control and sea walls to protect our cities. Let’s put our loggers to work, thin our forests, and build fuel breaks to protect our homes from wildfires, restore affordable fire insurance, and save lives.

Let’s store water underground and protect ourselves from prolonged droughts. California’s economy depends on water.

Yearly destruction from wild weather is over $100 billion. By reducing destruction, these investments protect us and pay for themselves. They create lots of good-paying jobs and strengthen our economy.

Carbon dioxide holds in the Earth’s heat. For a million years, carbon dioxide levels have been lower than today. We must reduce them. The technology is ready. Wind, solar, and electric cars are already competitive.

Let’s end the subsidies for coal, oil and gas. Some people fear that taking action might kill our economy. They’re wrong. Let’s reinvest this money to deploy more solar in the deserts, deploy more wind in the plains, and build a nationwide electricity grid to transport the electricity. Electric cars are cheaper to build, cheaper to maintain, cheaper to operate, and can be really fast.

We must accelerate the transition to wind, solar, and electric cars. We can create an orderly transition over ten years, grow our economy, and create good-paying jobs. We must act now. We’re already late.

Marvin Keshner