Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor - week of June 11

Thanks for the support

Dear Editor,

The Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau and Bass Lake Tri would like to thank all the participants in both the Bass Lake Classic Triathlon and the Bass Lake 5K for coming out May 30, and supporting this fabulous event and making it another successful year.

We’d like to also extend a huge thank you to the businesses for their generous prize donations for the Bass Lake 5K Poker & Go Fish Fun Run.

And of course this event would not be possible without the many volunteers that worked the event, and we thank each and every one of them, especially Yosemite High School’s Ellen Peterson and her many student volunteers and Cadet Corps.

We’d also like to thank the Bass Lake Lions Club for serving a delicious barbecue lunch for all the athletes and spectators, the Bass Lake Chamber for goodie bags, the Pines Resort for hosting the event and for making the participants feel welcome, and all the homeowners and businesses in Bass Lake for their patience during the event.

Rhonda Salisbury, Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, Jonathan Grinder, Tucson Racing

Let’s get real

Dear Editor,

It’s quite entertaining reading opinions from some pundits, such as Peter Cavanaugh. If you believe him, the Democrat party brought us everything good, except the kitchen sink.

Maybe he doesn’t know it, but exaggeration, fabrication, and misrepresentation causes the “Pinocchio effect.” I know the Republican party is far from perfect, but the Democrat party is a budget crusher disaster.

California democrats are the ones who recently hired two part-time employees to provide late-night and early-morning rides for members, who are drunk, while they are in Sacramento.

They are the ones who over-regulate placing California last place, by CEO’s opinion, of Best and Worst States in which to do business.

They are the ones who pushed Prop. 47 to pass, loosening penalties for crime.

Now you can steal anything under the value of $950, including guns, and it’s not a felony. You can do it multiple times because the law allows no extra penalty for repeat offenders.

They are the ones, this year, who have this massive budget surplus, and plotting ways to spend the loot.

Yet Brown’s revised budget claims that there is not enough money to maintain the state’s highways.

The bullet train, brought to you by the Democrats, has a cost projection now of $68-100 billion, that will be ridden by a handful of people in 2028 or later.

California only has a small portion of those funds so Jerry Brown will supplement it partially with California cap and trade taxes, which is now costing us at the pumps.

Then we have arrogant and foolish California Democrat legislators, like Barbara Boxer who dressed down Brig. Gen. Michael Walsh for calling her “ma’am,” lost Democrats, like Maxine Walters, who said sequester would cost more than 170 million jobs.

She is also famous for saying, “the ‘tea party’ can go straight to Hell ... and I intend to help them get there.”

Not all Democrats are class acts, like these, but let’s get honest and real, Peter.

Glenn Baxter, Ahwahnee