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Good hygiene key in keeping flu away

The flu season typically lasts from October through March or April; so theoretically, the time for people to start getting the flu is already here. The 2011-12 flu season occurred during an unusually mild winter, which may be why it was not as bad as the previous three flu seasons. As for this present one, the disease forecasters appear to be somewhat undecided about the flu threats facing us. However, the medical community is steadfastly urging the population to get flu shots without delay.

November 06, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Winter presents challenges for drivers of vehicles

The recent rainfall should serve as a reminder to exercise extra safe driving practices during the next several months as we start experiencing weather elements like rain, fog and wind. The number of daylight hours will also be fewer, so morning and evening commutes will involve more hours of darkness.

October 30, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Halloween can be a dangerous times for costumed kids

Halloween is next Wednesday, a fun night for kids and adults alike.

October 23, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

According to national statistics, a woman is assaulted or beaten every nine seconds, and every day, a woman is murdered by a husband or boyfriend.

October 16, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


October is 'Breast Cancer Awareness Month' in Ceres

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it is for good reason. Breast cancer statistics indicate that one in eight women will have breast cancer during the course of their lifetime. Men can also get breast cancer - I personally know one male breast cancer survivor who had to go through all the medical treatments, including a mastectomy. When taking all forms of cancer into consideration, one in three people will experience some form of cancer in their lifetime. Skin cancer and breast cancer are among the most prevalent forms of cancer for women.

October 09, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Dropout rates have bearing on crime in any city

The beginning of a new school year is a good time to reflect on how we help youngsters develop into productive contributors to our community.

October 02, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Police to collect unwanted, unused prescription drugs

Much attention is paid to illegal drugs, such as crack cocaine, meth, PCP, bath salts, and others for their destructive qualities. Even over-the-counter drugs, when abused, pose serious health threats. Not as much is said about prescription drugs, for which their use and abuse is probably more widespread than all other illegal drugs combined.

September 26, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Arsonists driven by different motives

Everyone loves to sit around a camp fire during a cool night in the great outdoors. Who is not comforted by its warmth and the calming effects of the flames as they dance around in the fire pit? Fire is perhaps one of the most potentially destructive forces on earth. et, since the existence of mankind, fire has also been a life-sustaining element, critical to humans for both survival and comfort. How people use fire is another issue entirely. And when it comes to the misuse of fire, we think of arson, which is a very serious crime.

September 19, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Large marijuana grows, conflicting laws create problems

Both the federal and state governments have given mixed signals about the legality of marijuana and the enforcement of laws related to it. When Barack Obama first entered the presidency almost four years ago, he declared that marijuna enforcement would be low priority. Yet, according to federal law, marijuana was then, and still is, a prohibited substance. It is listed as a "Schedule 1" drug, which means that it has not been proven safe and effective, and that there are no legal circumstances for its use. After several years of essentially leaving the marijuana growers alone, the federal government has ...

September 12, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Remembering the September 11 attack victims

Next Tuesday, Sept. 11, marks the eleventh year since terrorists attacked the World Trade Center, killing thousands of innocent people. The Pentagon was also struck during these attacks, resulting in many casualties. Our nation has changed a lot since then, having fought wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for more than a decade. During this time, thousands of U.S. military personnel have been killed or have suffered crippling injuries in those foreign lands, and at the same time, innumerable civilians in both countries have experienced similar fates. That awful event of Sept. 11, 2001 has left an indelible memory on ...

September 05, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign starts

August 17 marked the start date of the 2012 "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign. Agencies throughout Stanislaus County and elsewhere in California will be participating in this federally-sponsored anti-DUI initiative. As I was researching this issue, I saw a surprising but sad statistic: approximately 1.2 million people get arrested every year for DUI. Another scary statistic is that so-called first-time offenders have driven intoxicated at least 80 times before getting arrested. The Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) website lists some other daunting facts related to intoxicated driving, including the fact that 28 people each day die in ...

August 28, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Hit & run suspect arrested thanks to help of many

Last week, a 14-year-old girl walking from school was struck and seriously injured by an errant motorist. The girl was hit so hard that her body left damage on the front-end of the vehicle and her head broke the windshield. The girl, while injured, was extraordinarily lucky and will be okay over the course of time. I am sure, however, that she will be suffering both physically and mentally. The driver fled the scene, leaving the injured girl on the street and in doing so, committed a felony crime and, perhaps more obvious, totally disregarded his moral duty to stop ...

August 22, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


As expected, thefts are rising

Many communities throughout California - Ceres included - are experiencing dramatic, double-digit increases in property crime as revealed in statistics comparing January through June of 2012 to the same period in 2011. In Stanislaus County, the number of auto thefts has made a quantum leap, residential and business burglaries are happening in significantly higher numbers and so it seems, just about anything that is not "bolted down" is likely to get stolen. This should be no surprise to anyone in light of the passage and implementation of Assembly Bill 109, which is also known as "realignment." In effect, AB 109 pushes or ...

August 15, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Drivers must use extreme caution around schools

Now that the summer break is over, public schools locally will be opening during mid-August. With these school openings, our communities will have to adjust to the traffic congestion and increased safety risks for students as they travel to and from school. Traffic safety around school facilities while schools are in session is also an important consideration.

August 08, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Crime analysis unit, 'Coplink,' aid police in being more effective in Ceres

Earlier this year, the Ceres Police Department took another step into the future of law enforcement by instituting a crime analysis unit. The analyst that was hired is highly trained in data "harvesting," computer usage and building relationships with representatives of other law enforcement agencies for the purpose of sharing suspect and crime trend information. Our analyst has regularly provided analyzed data to help patrol officers and detectives solves crimes and has given officers information that allowed them to deter crime by saturating areas where crimes were forecasted as likely to happen.

August 01, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


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Many Americans deal with loneliness

Global health service company Cigna (NYSE: CI) released results from a national survey earlier this month exploring the impact of loneliness in the United States ...

May 23, 2018 | By Glenn Mollette Guest Columnist | Editorial


Slow thinking: There will never be a Smartphone app for that

Slow thinking.

May 23, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Editorial


Cannabis may profit some but harm others

I can't say I'm overjoyed at how the Ceres City Council has morphed into this panel which was originally only concerned about growing ...

May 23, 2018 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial


Trump is making America great again

Donald Trump is driving the most conservative agenda through the swamp of DC. While the Democrats and the liberal media tried to strike fear that ...

May 16, 2018 | By Frank Aquila Guest Columnist | Editorial


Where does this state’s liberal lunacy end?

I had no sooner left the state for a brief vacation last week then I return to hear more insanity coming from Sacramento. I didn ...

May 16, 2018 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial


America’s second most favorite drink

I know I drank too many soft drinks as a kid and even as s young adult. My grandpa's store was just across the ...

May 16, 2018 | By Glenn Mollette Guest Columnist | Editorial


Proposition 69 is a matter of not trusting state leaders

I'm not implying that most state legislators have a tendency to lie about what they are going to do or actually do with tax ...

May 16, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Editorial


Don’t cast ballots as ‘undocumented’ voter

Are you sending out conflicting messages, Gov. Brown? You don't want a wall built to keep out unauthorized persons from entering the country illegally ...

May 08, 2018 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial


The farmer, governor & high speed train projects

Too bad Jerry Brown didn't try to make a living as a farmer after his first stint as governor.

May 08, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Editorial


More leftist hogwash coming from SacTown

I saw a meme the other day posted by my friend, Gail Hyatt of Ceres that was pretty good. It read: "I think since all ...

May 02, 2018 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial


When Barbara Bush said ‘damn’

I've always admired Barbara Bush. Like millions of others I was saddened to hear about her declining health and then recent death. Many television ...

May 02, 2018 | By Glenn Mollette Guest Columnist | Editorial


Higher education attempts to turn students into dodo birds

Higher education, at one time, exposed you to new ideas and challenges, encouraged you to take risks, step out of your comfort zone, and equipped ...

May 02, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Editorial


Why are state AGs putting up with school walkouts?

Indivisible.org is at it again, openly organized more than 2,300 school walkouts on April 19-20 to call for a "nationwide protest of our ...

April 25, 2018 | By Robert Romano Guest Columnist | Editorial


If California is the future, the future does not look good

In a Twitter post attacking President Trump, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) tweeted "California represents the future." After looking at the stats, it is hard to ...

April 25, 2018 | By Printus LeBlanc Guest Columnist | Editorial


A promise I failed to keep for Mom

It is one of the few times in my life I have ever felt guilty for letting someone down.

April 25, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Editorial


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