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Litter is a problem that can be remedied by all

Litter and blight in our community, as is the case in most all communities in our region, continues to be a burgeoning problem. The litter problem results from many causes, none-the-least are the litter bugs who (with seeming contempt) visit fast-food places and throw their food packaging on the ground in parking lots or onto the streets. Overfilled dumpsters and garbage cans are certainly problematic, especially when a breeze causes the papers and other lightweight items to blow away into the streets, neighbors' yards, and our parks. Vehicles transporting discards to the refuse center are also a big problem when ...

February 20, 2013 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


All car owners need to fight auto thefts

2012 was not a year to be proud of in terms of Stanislaus County-wide auto theft statistics. From 2011 to 2012, the number of vehicles stolen increased by 23.3 percent, for a total of 4,122 stolen cars during the 2012! What is so alarming is that the state's prisoner early-release program and the consequences of the "realignment" program (the state's effort to push felony convicts onto local governments) had not yet fully manifested itself during 2012.

February 13, 2013 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Stay atop of weeds to trim fire hazards

Spring is not here quite yet, but we are seeing some of the hints that the time is near. The warm weather is headed for the area we live in. And with the passing of each day, the amount of daylight time increases by about two minutes. This will make a big difference in the weather patterns and the rate at which tress, grasses, brush and other vegetative growth takes place.

February 05, 2013 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Take preventative measures to avoid flu

The flu season this year got off to an early start, and its effects have been relatively severe. Hospital emergency rooms, urgent care centers and doctors' offices have been clogged. Some people are finding it difficult to get a flu shot as supplies are running short.

January 29, 2013 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


New year ushers in new state laws that run the gamut

Every year, our state Legislature creates hundreds of new laws, most of which affect only small segments of the population, counties, cities, and the state budget. Some examples are special-interest groups, corporations, and specific industries. Among the state Legislature's favorites are new regulations that affect everything from pollution control to labor laws and new taxes. It does seem that as the state's population grows, along with it are the number of new laws, rules and regulations.

January 22, 2013 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure true of city services too

There is the old saying that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Anyone who owns a car or home certainly knows that is true. Regular maintenance on your car can prevent a whole slew of more costly problems. As can simple home maintenance and repair projects like having your chimney swept, changing the batteries in the smoke detectors, or fixing leaks. These basic maintenance/repair steps also are important for ensuring your health and safety too.

January 15, 2013 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


It's no longer safe to deal with mail the way you used to

It has been some time since I addressed the issue of mail theft, why preventing it is important and what can be done to improve the security of your mail. Mail theft is a major contributor to credit fraud, identity theft and other problems that people would want to avoid.

January 08, 2013 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Take extra steps to protect property from burglars

I have, in previous writings, urged readers to take extra precautions to protect their jewelry, firearms and other smaller valuables from theft. This is owing to the increase in burglaries from homes, businesses and vehicles. My advisory was to take jewelry, valuable coins, and other collectibles to a safe deposit box or to place these items into a high quality safe. Firearms, of course, also require extra precautions. I will say more about this later.

December 31, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Refrain from firing guns, driving drunk in your celebrating

Next Monday, Dec. 31, is New Year's Eve, one of the few events shared virtually worldwide, regardless of race, religion or country. It is highly symbolic of a new beginning; an annual renewal, a rebirth of sorts. For many people, it is a chance to set new goals and get a fresh start on things previously failed. New Year's Eve is one of the most rigorously celebrated events of the year, people like to let loose, and there are always those who go too far under the guise of celebration.

December 26, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Don't be a victim this holiday season

Now that the holiday shopping season is underway, it is time to share some critical reminders that can spare people from being victimized by thieves and other criminals. Knowing that there are now more parolees and early-release prison inmates on the streets than ever, the need for extra precautions this holiday season is extremely important.

December 18, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


State's early release program wreaking havoc

Property crime in Ceres is up 13.9 percent, and you probably know the reasons why. This emerging trend is going to be a tough one to resolve because the criminal justice system is failing insofar as property crimes are concerned. The news is not all entirely bad, since the "system" still appears to be working in connection with violent crime, as it is down 15 percent. It is clear to me, however, that people living in this area are becoming increasingly frustrated with the frequency of thefts, vehicle break-ins, burglaries and auto thefts. The increase in property crime in ...

December 11, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Your health, safety - water and sewer needs

Our water and sewer systems must continue to be safe for residents. The quality of our local water supply is important to our community's health and safety, as is the safe treatment and disposal of its sewage. The city takes proper, safe and healthful operation of both systems very seriously.

December 04, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Home winter preparations make for a safer, energy efficient place to live

This November has arguably been one of the milder ones we have experienced in a while. There has been very little rain and at the same time, day and nighttime temperatures have been unseasonably warm. As a result, people are not struggling to stay warm, and only a few fireplaces have been put into use - so far. But we can expect much cooler temperatures, and along with that we will become much more reliant on furnaces, fireplaces and space heaters. It is not too late to winterize your homes in order to keep fire hazards from becoming a problem, to ...

November 27, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


DUI enforcement key to holiday safety

Starting with the Thanksgiving Holiday period, Ceres Police, along with almost all other law enforcement agencies throughout California will substantially increase DUI enforcement efforts through January 2, 2013. Simply put, social events, company parties, family gatherings and the fact that people spend more time indoors all give rise to the increase of alcohol consumption. Seasonal depression is a factor that also contributes to increased drinking and drug use. Many people find the holiday season an unpleasant time because of loneliness. Job loss, financial and personal problems, and other life issues seem to contribute to peoples' abuse of drugs and alcohol ...

November 21, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Begging rising with homeless rate

Many community members - police included - perceive an increase in panhandlers throughout cities in this county. The various panhandlers have different life situations; many are criminals who have been early-released from state prison, some are mentally ill and either unable or unwilling to receive treatment, some of them have ended up on the streets as a result of being unemployed, and yet others simply choose to be "urban outdoorsmen," living a stark existence free of the traditional stresses of having to work, pay taxes and to otherwise conform to the requirements and standards of mainstream society. Regardless of the reasons people ...

November 13, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


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After minimum wage hikes, ammo taxes, the lesson is don’t be like Seattle

On June 2, 2014 the Seattle City Council approved a raise in the minimum wage to a highest in the nation $15 an hour. Not ...

July 20, 2017 | By Printus LeBlanc Guest Columnist | Editorial


GOP hands Brown cap-and-trade win

The "shadow presidency" of California Governor Jerry Brown scored a win Monday night as eight Republican legislators crossed the political aisle and voted with most ...

July 20, 2017 | By Jon Fleischman Guest Columnist | Editorial


Have an idea for a new law? Submit it

Have you ever uttered the words "there should be a law"? Every year, thousands of laws are proposed by 120 legislators working on behalf of ...

July 20, 2017 | By Anthony Cannella California State Senator | Editorial


Draining the Delta like they did Owens & Tulare lakes

"If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them more than the miracles of technology. We must leave ...

July 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Editorial


Cruz Amendment a game-changer on health care policy

Senate Republicans could well be on the brink of very significant market-based health care reforms not seen in a generation - and simultaneously on the precipice ...

July 20, 2017 | By Robert Romano Guest Columnist | Editorial


On clueless senator, panhandling on rise, & illegal fireworks

Kamala Harris, just another liberal California U.S. senator, was in our Valley last week. She toured Fowler Packing Company in Fresno and held an ...

July 12, 2017 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial


Traffic fines are the stick while surcharges are the anvil drop

So why are we writing traffic tickets in California?

July 12, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Editorial


Diplomacy first, then Jong-un must go

I really don't want to take my column space to write anything else about Kim Jong-un. There is so much going on in America ...

July 12, 2017 | By Glenn Mollette Guest Columnist | Editorial


Encourage good media

I'll be the first to admit that when it comes to journalism, I'm a traditionalist. Old-fashioned, even. But I don't think it ...

July 12, 2017 | By Lee Hamilton Guest Columnist | Editorial


Complaints at City Council meeting & Becerra a hypocrite

If you were at last week's council meeting, you missed a load of complaining about the behavior of Ceres folks in general.

July 05, 2017 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial


Lies, damned lies & Twin Tunnels

In the Ohlone Wilderness south of Pleasanton is a 220-foot-tall reminder that the past may catch up with California.

July 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Editorial


Point a finger & three fingers will point back

Every so often something pops up on Facebook that is thought provoking. Recently, a posting by Facebook caused me to do something I do not ...

July 05, 2017 | By Dave Campbell Guest Columnist | Editorial


Developing a strategy for your life

Proverbs 29.18 "Where there is no vision the people perish."Everyone needs a strategy. You may be 25 or 75 years in age. Who ...

July 05, 2017 | By Glenn Mollette Guest Columnist | Editorial


Ad tax would be bad business

President Trump and the Republican majority in Congress have pledged to do something that hasn't been done in over 30 years: comprehensively reform our ...

July 05, 2017 | By Peter Hong Guest Columnist | Editorial


Special election grants Trump, GOP Congress mandate

Sorry for being the skunk at the GOP picnic, but let's not get too comfortable yet about the results of the June 20 special ...

June 28, 2017 | By Peter Hong Guest Columnist | Editorial


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