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Leaving car running to keep the AC on in summer is a recipe for higher auto thefts

After some positive signs suggesting that the problem with auto thefts might be easing up, we are again seeing a statistical spike. All communities in Stanislaus County - with the exception of Hughson and Ceres - are experiencing double-digit percentage increases in the number of vehicles stolen at this time as compared to the same time last year.

July 25, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Loose dogs create all kinds of problems

Recent cases involving packs of dogs attacking bicyclists serve as an important reminder to dog owners to ensure that their pets cannot escape from home and run loose. Earlier this month a 49-year-old man was hospitalized with serious injuries after he was dragged from his bicycle and bitten numerous times. His injuries were serious and he is fortunate that he was not killed. These kinds of attacks are more common than they are publicized, since the victims do not always report actual or near attacks by packs of dogs. Over this past decade, there have been a number of dog ...

July 17, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

It's never wise to accept checks for big ticket items like cars

Our society has been plagued with the problem of phony checks for a while, and now most people are leery of taking personal checks - or any kind of check, for that matter - when selling multiple or big ticket items. Unfortunately, there are still those who do not fully understand the threats awaiting them by receiving checks as payment. With the advent of high-quality printers and software that actually allows consumers to create checks for their accounts, criminals can use the same methods to create checks that look completely legitimate. The same goes for cashier's checks, money orders, travelers' checks ...

July 11, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

It's important to yield to emergency vehicles

Public safety vehicles traveling to emergencies with red lights and siren ("code three") are such common events that some motorists ignore the requirement to yield, pull over to the right and stop. What these motorists are thinking is anyone's guess, but it may be that they have become desensitized because code three runs are seen most anytime a motorist takes to the road. The public safety personnel who are responding to emergencies are quite concerned about the frequency of motorists failing to yield, since they are doing their best to provide emergency assistance to the people needing it. Not ...

July 05, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Be careful on very hot days

Everyone, I am quite sure, noticed how hot it was last Sunday, June 17. But few people are aware that the official high temperature for that day was 103 degrees, which tied the record previously set in 1945. Already, this year, it feels drier and hotter than 2011, in particular, and summer has not even arrived yet! This gives pause for a reminder about the health threats of the high temperatures of the coming summer days. Summer begins in the Northern Hemisphere of the earth on June 20 at 7:09 p.m.

June 20, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Littering hurts the community

The first point I want to make about littering is that where a community, neighborhood, business establishment or any public place like a park has litter strewn about, it is likely to have crime problems. Litter is blight, and blighted areas are less safe than other places. And where there is litter, there are more problems with tagging, prostitution, loitering and illegal drug use. A blighted area attracts criminals because it sends the message of "we don't care." And when people do not care, they are less apt to call the police when they observe crime, or may be ...

June 13, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Residents must play by city rules for garage & yard sales

Garage sales - also known as yard sales, attic sales, barn sales, moving sales, and estate sales - are regulated by city municipal codes in most all communities around the state. And while garage sale permit requirements are commonplace, it seems that few people are aware that a city permit needs to be obtained in order to have a garage sale.

June 06, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

National 'Click It or Ticket' campaign is on

The National Click It or Ticket seatbelt use campaign is a yearly public education effort aimed at reducing the number of deaths and injuries cause by motorists and passengers failing to wear seatbelts as required by law. Statistically, males ranging in age from 18-34 years are the most likely to not wear seatbelts. The corresponding statistic is that males in that age group are also the most likely to be injured or die in a traffic collision. This year, the seat belt campaign is from May 21 through June 3, but the importance of seatbelt use applies everyday of the ...

May 30, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

National EMS Week worthy of public attention

May 20-26 is National EMS Week. Ceres Fire Department responded to 2,496 medical aid calls last year, which accounts for 62 percent of their total call volume in 2011. All 31 full-time and five intern firefighters at Ceres Fire Department are fully-trained and certified Emergency Medical Technicians; some are even paramedics.

May 23, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Officers face ever growing dangers in the community

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. In that spirit, various ceremonies are taking place around the country, but particularly in Washington D.C. Locally, the Stanislaus County Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony took place on May 2 at Lakewood Memorial Park. The Peace Officer Memorial Group of Stanislaus County hosted the annual "Foot Pursuit" race in Modesto on May 6, where one-mile, 5K, and 10K races started with a motorcycle officer chasing a "criminal" dressed in black and white stripes ...

May 15, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Street Faire a credit to a great community

Thousands of people from Ceres and surrounding communities attended the Ceres Street Faire last weekend.

May 09, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Canals may look fun but they are very dangerous

Each year around this time I write about water safety. It may seem like just another public safety tip, but for me, it is much more than that. There have been several occasions while I was off duty and recreating at a lake, when an adult or child has drowned. In one instance more than a decade ago, I was at a reservoir in Wyoming when I saw a lot of commotion a few hundred yards away. It quickly became apparent that someone had disappeared under the water, and since I am an experienced diver and have advanced first aid ...

May 02, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Public is key to keeping parks attractive

Driving to the office last Saturday, I saw that the warm weather has made our local city parks the place to be. It was a nice thing to see, as the adults and kids were having a great time, no doubt having become weary of the seemingly continuous cycle of rainstorms and winter weather. April and May typically are months when the weather can vary radically, ranging from very warm to dreary, rainy, and cold days. Weather during these months can be very hard to predict. In any event, with the temperatures reaching the mid-90s, it sure seems like we ...

April 25, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

April is 'Sexual Assault Awareness Month'

Sexual assaults, particularly the ones that do not rise to the level of rape or attempted rape, are far too common in today's society. Statistics generated within the criminal justice system do not necessarily reflect the magnitude of the problem, but the mental health community and other organizations that provide assistance and support to persons who have been victimized are quite aware of what really goes on. These behaviors, no matter how seemingly prevalent or acceptable in some segments of our population, are totally unacceptable and must be stopped. It appears to me that society is becoming desensitized to ...

April 18, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Recognizing public safety dispatchers

April 8-14 is the week for recognition of this nation's public safety dispatchers and the services they provide to our citizens and emergency services personnel. A few days of recognition is the least we can do for these professionals who work around the clock taking care of the people in their communities.

April 11, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

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Why cities like Ceres face budget disaster

Ever watch two dogs compete for food from the same bowl? Despite the fact that both are dogs and share a commonality, things can get ...

February 14, 2018 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial

California takes a step back in school choice

Lucas Saunders and his parents never thought graduating high school was a possibility. Saunders struggled for years to sit still and learn in the classroom ...

February 14, 2018 | By Natalia Castro Guest Columnist | Editorial

Liberal progressivism stinks, literally, and it’s building sanctuary cities

In recent years, liberals have been advocating for a way to "help" the homeless deal with the lack of sufficient public toilets. And just what ...

February 14, 2018 | By Richard Mc Carty Guest Columnist | Editorial

Bank on them not growing with the little guy

Opening your own savings account as a kid was once a rite of passage.

February 14, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Editorial

If anyone deserves death it’s Mark Mesiti who gets life instead

After having written about the Mark Mesiti case for well over a decade, I was relieved to see "justice" served on Friday. Mesiti was convicted ...

February 07, 2018 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial

What to look for in a politician

Have you already made up your mind about how you're going to vote - at least by party - in this year's important elections? I ...

February 07, 2018 | By Lee Hamilton Guest Columnist | Editorial

New baby warning: Life can kill

I bought a new car in November.

February 07, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Editorial

Heads must roll for illegal spying on Trump campaign in 2016

According to the now-released memorandum from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, in October 2016 former FBI Director James Comey and the Justice Department ...

February 07, 2018 | By Robert Romano Guest Columnist | Editorial

Thanks to the Trump corporate tax cuts, America is open for business

As President Donald Trump was prepared to speak in Davos to announce that America is open for business, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is ...

January 31, 2018 | By Printus LeBlanc Guest Columnist | Editorial

Sessions putting sanctuary cities on notice

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is sending a strong message to counties and states that refuse to protect their citizens from criminal illegal immigrants. After a ...

January 31, 2018 | By Natalia Castro Guest Columnist | Editorial

One man’s crumbs is another man’s lunch – especially here

The price we pay for living in California can be taxing - literally.

January 31, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Editorial

Shaming cities for opting for freedom as lefties aim for freebies

The American Cancer Society does not think highly of any of the nine cities within Stanislaus County.

January 31, 2018 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial

A path for Dreamers, better border security

America has a rich history of immigration, and many who came here in search of a better life have contributed to the greatness of our ...

January 24, 2018 | By Rep. Jeff Denham Guest Columnist | Editorial

Arrest Jerry Brown & state AG for justice obstruction

The letter writing campaign continues.

January 24, 2018 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial

Trump: America first & Democrats last

My wife came to America legally from Portugal. Several of my friends or their family came to America legally from Mexico. My grandparents came here ...

January 24, 2018 | By Frank Aquila Guest Columnist | Editorial

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