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Tips to survive cold temperatures

The freezing temperatures that often accompany the winter months here in the Valley are usually not an issue for most people - unless they find themselves stranded somewhere without adequate protection. Persons with asthma or other respiratory conditions are more prone to the adverse effects of cold weather temperatures, as are infants and seniors whose health may be marginalized. It takes but a little time to prepare for the colder temperatures of winter.

December 21, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Guard against holiday season crime

The Christmas holiday season is in full swing. Shopping centers and stores throughout this area are busy with people buying gifts for families and friends, parking lots are filled and congested and people seem to be in hurry everywhere. Overall, things are good, but the thieves are hitting is hard! This is no time to forget about how vulnerable your possessions are.

December 14, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Home safety tips for the holidays

We are just a few short weeks from Christmas, which is also when the days are shortest, people are shopping, there are holiday parties and gatherings, and more time is spent indoors. Here are a few important things to keep in mind to ensure your December is as safe as possible.

December 07, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Prepare now for winter driving

Driving during the winter is more hazardous than other time of the year. There are fewer daylight hours and frequent occasions of inclement weather. The two combined make for more difficult driving conditions and increased chances of being in a crash.

November 30, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Holiday DUIs won't be tolerated

The Thanksgiving holiday period marks the beginning of the holiday festive season that lasts through Jan. 2, 2012 (the day after the New Year celebration). And for a variety of reasons, none of the least which are the holidays themselves, more social and celebratory alcohol consumption takes place. The shorter number of daylight hours also contributes indirectly because people tend to spend more time indoors, away from the inclement weather. 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. And with the high ...

November 23, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Booze party hosts bear legal risks

A news story from Florida brings to light the serious problems adults face when underage people consume alcohol at their homes or on their properties. Specifically, an 18-year-old girl consumed alcohol at a party and gave a 15-year-old girl a ride. The driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed. The passenger died as a result and the police investigation revealed that the driver's blood alcohol content was 0.15 percent - almost twice the legal limit.

November 16, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

The question of aiding an officer when in distress

There are occasions when police officers, particularly when acting alone, may need bystander assistance during resisting arrest situations, when an officer is being physically attacked or during physical fights. Assistance may also be needed when it takes more than one person to affect an emergency rescue or during other similar critical incidents. Knowing when to help a police officer can be difficult to determine, but there are times when desperate situations may require some kind of citizen assistance. It is unwise to become engaged in the conflict as long as the officer appears to be in control of the situation.

November 09, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Lock downs err on the side of caution

On April 20, 1999, the massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado ended up with 12 students and one teacher killed by two students who went on a shooting rampage. Twenty-one students were injured.

November 02, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Making Halloween safe as possible

Halloween falls on Monday. It is sure to be a fun time with festive atmosphere, costumes, candy and all the interesting Halloween displays. But with all the fun and entertainment, there are some definite dangers. Kids' exuberance can leave them prone to not minding traffic at a time when there generally is more of it. Sometimes older kids prey on the youngsters, there can be instances of vandalism, candy can be tampered with and other threats can present themselves. All of these problems can be avoided with some planning and awareness.

October 26, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Red Ribbon Week serves a reminder

Oct. 22-30, is the annual celebration of National Red Ribbon Week. This campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation and dates back to 1985, when Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena was tortured and murdered by drug traffickers in Mexico. This awful tragedy became a way of generating hope, as the tradition of displaying red ribbons as a symbol of intolerance towards the abuse of drugs began. Each year, more and more Americans participate in Red Ribbon events, wearing a red ribbon to affirm their commitment to drug prevention education and honoring the sacrifice Agent Camarena ...

October 19, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Prevention measures required to thwart metal thefts

Despite well-intentioned local and state laws, thefts of valuable metals continue throughout this county at an alarming rate. Businesses (primarily) are losing air conditioner parts, water supply valves, electrical wire and similar items to "scorched earth" thieves who stop at nothing to get a few lousy dollars worth of copper, aluminum, iron and other metals. To put this into perspective, copper sells for approximately $2.30 per pound. Aluminum fetches 45 cents per pound and brass, $1.30 per pound. For all the damage the thieves cause and all the effort they expend when stealing these kinds of metals, it ...

October 05, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Help protect your child from predators

There have been several alarming incidents in Ceres during the recent past, in which a man approached children near local schools in what appeared to be an attempt to lure them into his vehicle. We have to assume the worst in these instances; that the individual intended to sexually molest these kids, that he was trying to kidnap them for other reasons, or that he had some other form of criminal intent. Investigators are still trying to gather enough information to give the public a clear description of the suspect and are investigating these incidents with intensity. We know the ...

September 21, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Motorists must yield to emergency vehicles

Fire, medical and police vehicles drive "Code Three" so often that too many motorists ignore the legal requirement to immediately "yield" to those vehicles. According to the California Vehicle Code, to "yield" specifically means that motorists are to pull over to the right, stop, and wait for the emergency traffic to proceed by - without delay. Apparently non-yielding offenders think that there is no real emergency, and thus there is not real reason to get out of the way, or they are ignorant of the law. Either way, neither of the aforementioned constitute acceptable excuses.

September 14, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Taking charge in major incidences

Over the years, the services provided by both the fire and police departments have grown much more complex, technical and in some ways more dangerous. Public safety command staff must have a great amount of information and equipment immediately available to them when assigned to managing major events like fires, multi-vehicle collisions, hazmat situations, active shooter situations, violent criminal searches, serving high-risk arrest or search warrants, dealing with hostages, persons threatening to kill themselves or any other kind of situation requiring multiple safety personnel and equipment resources.

September 07, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Criminal flash mobs a growing concern

During the last several years, people have been using various social networking programs like Facebook and Twitter to rapidly call for and organize large groups to assemble at specific locations and times. These instant groups have gathered for public dancing displays, parties, rallies, peaceful protests, fund raising events and any number of other fun and harmless activities. These kinds of gatherings have are now known as "flash mobs," because with a few computer keystrokes or by using smart phones, users can muster hundreds - even thousands - of people, for whatever purpose, on a moment's notice. And as we might have ...

August 31, 2011 | 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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