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Fuel thefts are rising

Gasoline and diesel prices have reached a point where they are causing financial hardships for most people - especially commuters and others who must drive many miles each week in order to make a living. To make matters worse, the value of automotive fuel is making it a worthy target of thieves. We have seen some signs of the much-anticipated rash of fuel thefts from cars, trucks and other storage containers, and as fuel prices increase, as they have almost daily, there should be a more significant increase in the number of these kinds of thefts.

May 21, 2008 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Sorry, hens are expendable

I worked at a Foster Farms chicken ranch when I was a college student and know all I want to know about chickens. So I was very interested in the silly media stories last week implicating Gemperle Enterprises of mistreating hens. (I myself was responsible for the loss of a chicken so I'll get to that in a minute.)

May 14, 2008 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial

This drought could turn Golden State's economy brown

Mellow is yellow.

May 14, 2008 | Dennis Wyatt | Editorial

Crime level on the rise?

The times we are in right now are certainly unstable, with any number of threats confronting us at the global, national, state and local level. Here at the state and local level, the biggest threats we face manifest in the form of a decidedly weak economy, a possible drought, the state budget is in shambles and policymakers are looking to shift public safety costs (normally borne by the state) to local communities, gangs have been multiplying like locusts, gasoline prices have risen beyond most anyone's imagination, the Ninth District Federal Court is contemplating the release of tens of thousands ...

May 14, 2008 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Honoring fallen officers

On October 1, 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726, declaring the week containing May 15 as "National Police Week." It was also officially pronounced that each year, May 15, itself, is "Peace Officers' Memorial Day."

May 07, 2008 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Fake IDs commonplace

Go to most any outdoor market, street corner, shadowy business establishment or other place and chances are that fake identification cards are readily available for sale. It is a huge business that attracts buyers of all kinds and from all walks of life. Modern equipment and technology allow the production of fraudulent documents and cards of all kinds, some of which are so realistic that they are difficult to distinguish from the real thing. These fakes do not come cheap; one can expect to pay up to $500 for one, and even then they are not fool-proof.

April 30, 2008 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Meth ravages its users

Methamphetamine figures into this area's crime situation in big ways.

April 23, 2008 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Battling conterfeiting

Now with three different versions of United States currency in circulation, it is more difficult than ever to casually determine if a bill is counterfeit. Add the high tech printers that are now widely used and are relatively inexpensive, it makes a haven for money counterfeiters.

April 16, 2008 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Dispatchers a special breed

April 13-19 is National Dispatchers' Week, a dedication to those who work around the clock to answer emergency phone calls and provide dispatch services for police, fire and emergency medical services.

April 09, 2008 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Sexual assault awareness month

April is "Sexual Assault Awareness Month," in recognition of an age old crime that victimizes women, men, boys and girls. The idea of dedicating an entire month to this issue is to raise awareness and to educate in effort to prevent these crimes from taking place.

April 02, 2008 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Foreclosured houses can be neighborhood problem

Foreclosed homes have become a problem in most communities, and with the current trend, we will likely see an increase in the number of homes that have been repossessed or whose owners have turned them back to the lenders.

March 26, 2008 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Beware around ATMs

The advent of Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) has revolutionized personal banking, allowing for 24-hour-a-day bank account access for convenience and for saving time. ATMs also created a new opportunity for criminals to commit robberies and other crimes. The number of ATM crime incidents in our area has been fairly low, but like most other crimes, these events tend to flare up when certain criminals decide to target these areas. The following tips will help keep you safe while near or using ATMs.

March 19, 2008 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

In car with kid? No smokes

On Jan. 1, 2008, California Health and Safety Code Section 118948 became law. This new law prohibits persons from smoking in a motor vehicle with minors present. The law applies to all occupants of motor vehicles - including cars and trucks, whether the vehicle is stopped, parked or moving.

March 12, 2008 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Weeds a serious issue

The days are finally getting longer, adding approximately two minutes (one at sunrise and one before sunset) for every 24-hour period. It is a welcomed time of year, with warmer weather, less fog and generally better conditions. The grasses, weeds and other vegetative matter also respond favorably to these changing conditions, growing rapidly every day. Lots and yards throughout this area that, just a couple of weeks ago, were barren or had dormant vegetation, are quite alive and starting to become overgrown. At this time and in the weeks to come, the growth can be as much as a half-inch ...

March 05, 2008 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Meth, metal theft linked

Metals thefts and methamphetamine users have a definite relationship. And as world-wide demand surpasses metal availability, the value of such things as copper, aluminum, platinum, stainless steel, and any other precious metals have increased enough to make them very attractive for one of these thieves to abscond with. Aluminum cans have long been a mainstay of survival for urban outdoorsmen and drug addicts. Now, with the increased value of these metals, the aluminum can collectors seem to have hit a much more valuable source of income. The problem is that aluminum can collection is, in most instances, a legal activity ...

February 27, 2008 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

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Want to end gutter politics? Quit putting stock in it

If you think that things are really nasty in the presidential race, take a look at what's going on in the local 10th Congressional ...

October 19, 2016 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial

Hillary lied about not bragging, about getting child rapist off the hook

It is one thing for a politician to lie, it is completely different for Hillary Clinton to lie to the face of the rape victim ...

October 12, 2016 | By Natalia Castro Guest Columnist | Editorial

My take on the 16 ballot propositions we face on Nov. 8

We elect a state Legislature to govern the state. When they fail to address concerns, we wind up having to do the job ourselves, hence ...

October 12, 2016 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial

The poor aren’t being required to protect the environment

It's been nine years since I started using reusable bags.

October 12, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Editorial

Trump’s filthy talk & American hypocrisy

About 11 years ago Donald Trump was recorded saying some very vulgar and appalling words. Most Americans by this time have heard what he said ...

October 12, 2016 | By Glenn Mollette | Editorial

Hillary’s Marie Antoinette moment on NAFTA could put Trump over the top

"That's your opinion."

October 05, 2016 | Robert Romano | Editorial

Getting our act together for America

The Nov. 8 Presidential vote is coming soon. The votes will be cast and either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be our next president ...

October 05, 2016 | By Glenn Mollette Guest Columnist | Editorial

Despicable attack is sympomatic of the society we have now

Two sorry excuses for human beings in Ceres decided to prove how manly they were on Saturday evening, Sept. 24 and beat up an 80-year-old ...

October 05, 2016 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial

San Francisco most certainly is helping to ‘kill’ river salmon

Environmental Defense in February of 2005 noted 85 percent of the 260,000 acre-feet of water San Francisco takes from the Tuolumne River watershed is ...

October 05, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Editorial

How Trump could purge illegals, other non-citizens from voter rolls

More than 1,000 illegal immigrants are registered to vote in Virginia, a new report released by the Virginia Voters Alliance based on data compiled ...

October 05, 2016 | Robert Romano Guest Columnist | Editorial

State’s wealthy may flee California if Prop. 55 passes

Congratulations, California lawmakers. Because of you, we're now the least tax friendly state in the country.

September 28, 2016 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial

What about the lies public colleges feed students to cover tuition tabs?

No one should find joy in ITT Technical Institute pulling the plug on its 130 plus campuses including the Lathrop location that has been around ...

September 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Editorial

George Bush #41 the backstabber?

Is Bush 41 a backstabber? The Republican Party has carried his family throughout their entire lives. Now at the age of 92, is this what ...

September 28, 2016 | By Glenn Mollette Guest Columnist | Editorial

The real generation gap may favor Trump, not Hillary Clinton

In 2008 and 2012, the liberal Millennials proved they can turn the tides of an election. This year, Hillary Clinton is experiencing a unique problem ...

September 28, 2016 | By Natalia Castro Guest Columnist | Editorial

Could Ford’s move to Mexico help Trump?

Ford Motor Co. is the classic example of an all-American company, but now they are better representing what ails the American economy, as they are ...

September 21, 2016 | By Natalia Castro Guest Columnist | Editorial

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