Letters to the Editor - 3/13/14 edition

March 11, 2014 

Thank you for Feb. 28 DA debate

Dear Editor,

Thank you Yosemite Democrats for sponsoring the first district attorney candidate debate of the season on Feb. 28 between the incumbent Michael Keitz, Oakhurst attorney David Linn and newcomer to the race, Deputy County Counsel Miranda Neal.

I listened to the statements made by all and found the District Attorney's Office troubled and wanting of strong active leadership.

I found it significant that two of the candidates repeatedly stressed "managing" the troubled office — one from an office a ways from the courtroom and the other based on the teaching of an online class or correspondence course.

Only one candidate, David Linn, shared with the audience true leadership experience and a well thought-out philosophy for hands-on active leadership of the Madera County District Attorney's Office.

I left the debate thinking that Mr. Linn is an excellent choice for the district attorney of Madera County. The district attorney's office needs a strong leader, not a manager. Mr. Linn convinced me that he has the experience to lead others "by doing" and that is, in fact, what he will do if he is elected. The message from the other two candidates was quite different — not so convincing and not necessarily in the best interests of Madera County.

Carol Moses, Oakhurst

Support scholarship fund March 16

Dear Editor,

Vision Academy of the Arts wants to thank all the people who made our 9th Annual Grand Nite so grand. The donations by artists, local businesses and individuals took our silent and live auctions over the top, enabling us to add more than $4,000 to our scholarship fund. And we're not finished.

We have received applications from 15 fantastic seniors from Yosemite, Glacier, and Minarets high schools.

So we are going green with a corned beef and cabbage dinner, 2-4 p.m., Sunday, March 16, at Whittenberg Hall (Methodist Church). There will be a live auction, a silent auction, and music by the Sierra Chamber Maids, as well as a sing-along of all those great Irish ditties we all love so well.

Come, meet and hear some of the scholarship applicants talk about their hopes and dreams.

They are our future and they need our support.

Sheila Adams, Oakhurst

We have no privacy

Dear Editor,

I would like to point out that the infighting between the different factions of the Chukchansi Indians are affecting more than just them. They have their tribal offices out our back fence.

We have been living here since 1988 — the casino has only been around 10-plus years.

They have a big four-light generator shining down our driveway from dusk to dawn. This is because they are afraid someone will come down our driveway and attack them. We cannot sit out, open our doors or windows in the evening.

There are guards walking up and down the perimeter of our back fence 24/7 and we have absolutely no privacy anymore. We have suggested they install motion lights or motion detectors if they are so afraid of each other.

We just want the lighted generator to go away — we have had to deal with this for over a year now.

All we get from officials is that the Chukchansi Indians are a sovereign nation and we have no rights.

Stephen and Polly Hayes, Coarsegold

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