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Distracted driving a growing menace

Recently, as I was driving on Highway 99 in the fast lane near Stockton, traffic suddenly slowed to about 45 mph (in a 65 mph zone). Motorists were rapidly switching from the fast lane to the other two lanes and in doing so; there were a number of near collisions. All three lanes of traffic were slowing down and it was clear that many motorists were angry and frustrated. I wondered if there was a collision ahead or some other road hazard, but I was unpleasantly surprised to see that the problem really was - a motorist, totally oblivious to their ...

April 04, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


'Every 15 Minutes' program works

Last week the Ceres Unified School District, California Highway Patrol, Ceres Department of Public Safety, Doctors Medical Center, the Stanislaus County Coroner's Office, American Medical Response, Air Methods, local businesses like 5.11 Tactical, Ceres Pro Tow, and a team of dedicated community volunteers held a successful Every 15 Minutes program for students of Ceres High School. The program is called Every 15 Minutes because when it began, someone died as a result of a DUI-related incident every 15 minutes in this country. This powerful program is aimed at high school juniors and seniors with the objective of driving ...

March 28, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Spring is a good time to clean up

The first day of spring was yesterday, March 20. The days have been getting longer by just a few minutes every 24 hours. And now that we are back on Daylight Saving, note that it is already staying light until after 7 p.m. The sun will set at 7:16 p.m. today, to be exact.

March 21, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Poor trash handling adds to blight

When it comes to litter and blight, people do not seem to notice when it no longer exists, so it is sometimes difficult to see the results of the constant effort that is being made to clean up the messes that are created in our community. Each year, city crews remove 48.5 tons of trash and blight from public places throughout Ceres, and in doing so, they have made a huge dent in what was a serious blight problem in our community.

March 14, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Violent crimes down in Ceres, state

Crime statistics have been trending downwards as of recently. And to the extent that there is high unemployment and literally thousands of convicted criminals who are enjoying an early release from the state prison system, this downward trend is rather counter-intuitive.

March 07, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Abuse of prescription drugs growing

The recent death of popular music star Whitney Houston has increased the attention being paid to the issue of prescription drug abuse. This is not to assert that the cause of her death was indeed the result of drug abuse, but there is certainly wide speculation that alcohol, cocaine and prescription drug problems have been a factor in Ms. Houston's life for quite some time. We will not know for sure until the toxicology reports from her autopsy are released in the coming weeks (or months).

February 29, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Beware of dangers traveling to Mexico

The State Department has once again issued a travel warning to U.S. citizens planning to enter Mexico. In particular, the concern is directed at Mexico cities bordering the United States that travelers from the U.S. must pass through when entering Mexico. The warning also suggests that there is heightened danger to tourists throughout all of Mexico, but it specifically lists the Mexican states of Baja California, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tamaulipas and Zacatecas as the worst areas. The aforementioned areas are troubled because they represent the most active gateways to the United ...

February 22, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Some crimes related to mental illness

According to the Treatment Advocacy Center, at least 16 percent of people incarcerated have a serious mental illness. This means that tens of thousands of prisoners currently incarcerated have mental illness problems ranging from mild to severe. Forty percent of individuals with serious mental illnesses have been in jail or prison at some point in their lives. The mental illnesses most commonly seen in our prison institutions include psychotic disorders, major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. A large number of prisoners are being treated with psychotropic drugs, which themselves have any number of adverse side effects that can affect their ...

February 15, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Car thefts a vexing issue

The theft of automobiles is one of the more vexing crime problems in California. It has plagued us for the last 15 years, with California having earned the dubious distinction of having the worst problem out of all the states. The reasons for the high auto theft rates are many, and they include the fact that California has a high rate of car ownership per family, shares an international border with Mexico (where many stolen vehicles end up) and there are multiple shipping ports along our coast.

February 08, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Human trafficking is modern-day slavery

Human trafficking is the legal, technical term used to describe modern day slavery. It is among the worst crimes and forms of torture perpetrated on its victims. The slavery, or servitude, is brought about by coercion, force, fear or fraud. While this crime does not receive the widespread attention it deserves, it is one of the largest and fastest-growing criminal enterprises in the world. It generates billions of dollars of profit every year in this country alone.

February 01, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


CPD adding crime analysis program

The Ceres Police Department has begun the process of creating a crime analysis unit to further improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its policing functions. To be clear, the objective is to solve more crimes and to do so more quickly and to help prevent crimes before they happen. The use of crime analysis in law enforcement is not new; it has been around for decades and is widely used around the nation.

January 25, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Ceres PD opens facebook account

The Ceres Police Department recently created a Facebook account as part of a continuing effort to provide members of the public with information pertaining to public safety.

January 18, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


New laws for Californians

Each year, the California State Legislature passes hundreds of new laws that affect the state's population in various ways. The vast majority of new laws do not touch the average person's life, because most are measures to regulate "civil" activities; only a few have the potential for affecting all of us. The types of laws that have the potential for affecting most everyone are those regulating motorists and anti-criminal behaviour. Below, you will find new laws, most of which you should be aware of, that took effect Jan. 1.

January 11, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Stun guns illegally used by crooks

As should have been expected when stun guns (also known as tasers) were made available several years ago, some criminals are now using stun guns to commit crimes by momentarily incapacitating or threatening their victims during robberies, home invasions and in the conduct of other criminal acts. According to the California Penal Code Section 244.5 (a): "...stun gun means any item, except a taser, used or intended to be used as either an offensive or defensive weapon that is capable of temporarily immobilizing a person by the infliction of an electrical charge."

January 04, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Celebrate the New Year safely!

New Year's Eve arrives this Saturday, Dec. 31 and it is one of the few calendar events shared by most everyone around the world. There is great symbolism to the ending of one year and the beginning of a new one. For some people, it gives them a sense of a fresh start and a chance to leave bad memories behind. For yet others, the beginning of a new year marks the time to stop bad habits, to make positive life's changes and to seek new opportunities. here is also the benefit of having an extra day or ...

December 28, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


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How to have yourself a Merry Christmas

Christmas is the most depressing time of the year for many people. New Year's Eve is another difficult time.

December 13, 2017 | By Glenn Mollette Guest Columnist | Editorial


State making tips an entitlement for the entire staff is just wrong

If I tip whoever cuts my hair, I don't expect them to share it with the janitor or the owner.

December 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Editorial


Trump, GOP tax cuts in time for Christmas

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December 06, 2017 | By Robert Romano Guest Columnist | Editorial


If you’re going to disagree, state why, not name call

Look, I certainly don't expect everyone to agree with my opinions. But if you disagree, put in the effort to debate rather than feebly ...

December 06, 2017 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial


Season of giving upon us

The bells are ringing, the children are singing, and the hustle and bustle of our daily lives just became a little more frantic.

December 06, 2017 | By Anthony Cannella California State Senator | Editorial


Go for quality this Christmas season

December is here and for many Americans that often means craziness.

December 06, 2017 | By Glenn Mollette Guest Columnist | Editorial


When your first car was cheaper than your new smartphone

My Aunt Ethel was aghast when she found out at a family Christmas Eve gathering in 1975 that I had paid $11,000 for a ...

December 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Editorial


State lawmakers have enabled culture of sexual harassment

The issue of sexual harassment has jumped to the forefront of public discourse in a relatively short period of time, with revelations about alleged sexual ...

November 29, 2017 | By Jon Fleischman Guest Columnist | Editorial


Converse with your kids about sexual abuse

I was sexually assaulted when I was about 12 years old.

November 29, 2017 | By Glenn Mollette Guest Columnist | Editorial


Proud of council’s refusal to dictate over soft drinks

I couldn't have been more proud of the Ceres City Council on Monday after they were lobbied to step into private business affairs and ...

November 29, 2017 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial


Repeal of gas tax would shake California state politics to core

The perfect storm is gathering on the horizon for another California tax revolt.

November 29, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Editorial


The Golden ‘Stoner State’ isn’t all that laid back on pot

A few years back, a reporter asked Gov. Jerry Brown what he thought of the movement to legalize marijuana.

November 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Editorial


If only thanksgiving can be a part of our lives every day

Derek McGinnis had his left leg blown off in Iraq in 2004 when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) tore a hole in the Humvee in ...

November 21, 2017 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial


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