Good work, officers

To the Editor:

I’d like to commend the Tuolumne and Calaveras county peace officers.

The Union Democrat of Sept, 10, reported two very difficult situations in which they were involved. In one they were dealing with a man who was threatening to stab his mother. In another they had to deal with a man who was barricaded in his house with multiple weapons.

In both cases the peace officers did what they are trained and sworn to do, keep the peace. They didn’t shoot either man.

I sleep well knowing that officers such as these are there to serve and protect us. We are well served by some very good people.

Charles Neilsen

Angels Camp

What a month

To the Editor:

September is a good month for me as it represents a few great anniversaries.

On the 10th of September, 1964, 55 years ago, I was drafted into the U.S. Army where I spent the next 7 years, 2 months, 20 days and 4 hours (but who was counting) on active duty including a one-year tour in Vietnam with the famed American Army fighting unit, The First Cavalry Division (Air Mobile) where my duties were as a Combat Reporter/Photographer.

On the 15th of September I celebrate 36 years of sobriety.

On the 20th of September I will happily celebrate 36 years of living in Tuolumne County which has been good to me and my family.

I can’t think of a better place to live. It is a great, generous community.

So as this month rolls along with great weather, great family, great friends, great organizations I have been associated with I can only thank a forgiving and benevolent God for all his mercies.

We have some problems to solve, like homelessness, but we can all work together to help alleviate that problem and I believe we will in time.

So thank you Tuolumne County and I hope we have many more years together.

Frank M. Smart


A Trumpless America

To the Editor:

Forget Trump. Let’s Make America Great Again.

As great as it was before Trump.

Klaus Kraemer


Gavin Nuisance

To the Editor:

Once again Gavin Newsom is abusing his government position for political revenge. His latest is a retaliatory law that requires the release of personal tax returns for the California primary.

Stop and think about the precedent he is setting. If he can arbitrarily sign a law to try to get Trump’s tax returns, which are none of his business, he may do it to you. It is nothing more than a nuisance law. Gavin is opening a can of worms that will have nationwide ramifications which will do more harm to our voting rights than anything any other country could do.

If each state starts to arbitrarily add vengeful conditions for running for a political position, many qualified people will be deterred from applying. It will be impossible to meet every state’s idiosyncratic qualifier. Also, this will allow those in power to control who they will allow to run and who you can vote for.

Trump isn’t the only politician not to reveal his tax returns. The first idiot to make their private/personal taxes public was Nixon. Others have done so due to political pressure. The reason this nuisance law is unnecessary is because there are already requirements and guidelines for presidential candidates to disclose their finances.

They must complete in writing a financial disclosure explaining “good cause” to the Federal Exchange Commission (FEC). This disclosure is a public record that all citizens can review prior to voting. There is also the IRS. If there are any improper claims, you know as well as I do, they will come after you.

Gavin’s latest reckless abuse of political power is worse than any other I am aware of at-this-time. Except for giving free medical coverage to illegal aliens and not enforcing our current immigration laws. Time for a recall?

Thomas Neiderer


So many recent discoveries

To the Editor:

Everyday I read The Union Democrat I am reminded of its value to the community.

At the bottom of a long article about polling for county tax increases UD reporter Alex MacLean mentions that the county “recently” found out that it will have to pay the state $200,000 a year for the use of office space at the new Courthouse complex.

This in addition to repaying the mortgage of approx $14 million on the county’s share of the development costs. Just a few months ago we were told that the county “recently” found out that the Juvenile Hall was going to be an ongoing money pit.

Then there was the recent county employee pay raises. Then “recently” the county Board of Supervisors some of whom have been there for years, and voted for all these items, discovers that we have a budget crisis and the only way to fix it is to raise taxes.

It reminds me of the sign you see in offices and businesses, that we taxpayers should all be holding. “ A lack of planning on your part does not make it an emergency on mine.”

Please Union Democrat continue to shine a light on fiscal mismanagement in the county so that voters in the next election can be informed. And kudos to Mr. MacLean for reporting on the small print so that we do not have to.

David Morgan


Will Our Kids Be Free?

To the Editor:

September 17 is the 232nd anniversary of our wonderful U.S. Constitution.

For many thousands of years human slavery was normal, including in the United States.

America was the first to claw its way out of the darkness of tyranny and put a solution down on paper.

Our founding fathers possessed an incredible amount of knowledge and wisdom by recognizing natural human rights and restricting the size of the new government, so those rights would be protected.

This led the way for future generations to emerge from almost universal bigotry to the enjoyment of liberty and prosperity today. Still not perfect but going in the right direction. Just what are the fundamental human rights?

Although Thomas Jefferson used the term “pursuit of happiness” in the Declaration of Independence, the actual rights are life, liberty and property as stated in the 5th and 14th Amendments to our Constitution.

Will our children enjoy a free society?

I think the answer is no, unless we rediscover and share the principles of our free society. That includes learning about the Constitution and especially helping young people do the same. Perhaps the rise of Socialism in America is in direct proportion to the ignorance of our Constitution and its purpose.

I think there are two very easy ways to make a positive difference.

The first is reading and sharing the fun little booklet “The U, S. Constitution and Fascinating Facts About It”.

The second is taking the free 10-lesson web course offered by Hillsdale College.

When would be the best time to start? How about today?

Al Segalla

San Andreas

Grateful family

To the Editor:

Tired of negatives, time for positives regarding Mark Twain Dignity Health Hospital.

After our recent experience with oncology, emergency, and hospitalization we wish to express a huge thanks to all medical staff and employees at Mark Twain.

Caring doctors, their staff, nurses, lab techs, dietary and also security we thank you. With kindness and concern, what more can one wish for in Calaveras County. Jack is home and doing as well as expected. Again thanks to all of you, too many to personally list.

Gladys Dillashaw