Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor - week of Oct. 22

Golf is about fellowship with friends

This is a letter recently sent to the members of Sierra Meadows Country Club by 21-year pro and general manager Mike Best:

I want to personally thank each and every one of you for the many years that we have had a chance to be together at Sierra Meadows Country Club. As you know Sierra Meadows will be closing for the golf operation on Oct. 31, with very little opportunity to be a golf course again.

I have really appreciated the opportunity that was given to me to operate such a nice facility with such fine people. I have taken a great deal of pride in our club, knowing that we had an outstanding staff and supportive membership. I think of you all as family, and I cannot thank you enough for the numerous memories that I will carry with me about the great times we have had.

It has been my fortune to be associated with such a good group of people who truly care about one another. The last couple of years have been very tough for us all with the threat of being sold, and now closed. I have truly appreciated your dedication and support to Sierra Meadows, myself, and my staff.

I left Sierra Meadows on Sept. 30, and unfortunately will not be here for the final month of operation of the golf course.

Plesae remember that golf is about what happens between the shots. The fellowship with friends, the scenery, fresh air, some competition and exercise - all coupled into a day of fun.

It rarely matters where you play or what you shoot, but certainly remembering the people you played with, the conversations, and good times that were had.

Mike Best

General Manager, Sierra Meadows Country Club

Blessed by our community

Last week, I was out of the country speaking at a conference. The day I was returning, my husband was missing, according to our daughter. Within 30 minutes, the sheriff’s office, search and rescue, friends, the ‘system’ of contacting people was alive and searching for him.

I wept at realizing how quickly not only friends, but neighbors, sheriff’s deputies, and Channel 26 was looking for him. Within three hours, he was located, and he was fine.

Living in this mountain community is such a blessing and honor. I feel extremely safe and looked after, even when I do not need it.

I want to honor Sergeant Larry Rich, Dennis Pageant, Lynn Hough, Jerilyn Williamson, all our surrounding neighbors, and so many I do not even know about close to Road 426 and our system of help in Oakhurst.

Candi MacAlpine, Oakhurst

Deep respect of God

As a 16-year-old studying American Government, I must reply to Ms. Sandi Draper’s letter in the Oct. 8 issue of the Sierra Star - specifically her point about our country not being founded on God’s Law. Many of our Founding Fathers, documents, and monuments in Washington D.C. express a deep awe and respect of God.

Following are just a few of many quotations showing that our country was founded on an inherent belief in God.

The Mayflower Compact of 1620 says: “Wehaving undertaken for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and the honor of our king and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia; do by these presents, solemnly and mutually in the presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic, for our better ordering and preservation, and furtherance of the ends aforesaid.”

John Adams, our second president, said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”

Engraved in the cap of the Washington Monument are the words “Laus Deo,” which mean “Praise be to God.” On the 24th landing is a memorial quoting Proverbs 10:7, Luke 18:16, and Proverbs 22:6. Also, a Bible is buried beneath the monument.

Clearly, an essential belief in God and understanding of our dependence on Him exists in the founding of our nation. The Declaration of Independence states that we are “endowed by [our] Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Who are we, as a country under this Declaration, to deny this right of life to any human? How can we, a country clearly founded on a belief in God, legalize destroying any sacred human life that this same God has created?

Isabel Rose Ramos, Mariposa