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Yield to emergency vehicles

This is a reminder to yield the right-of-way to all emergency vehicles displaying red lights and sirens. We are seeing an increase in motorists who are either unaware of the law or choose to ignore it, which is causing emergency response delays and increasing the hazards to emergency responders.

February 20, 2008 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Car theft rate back up

The 2007 auto theft statistics are in for Stanislaus County, with a grand total of 5,045 vehicles stolen during the year. This represents an increase of 5.3 percent as compared to 2006. It may seem like a small increase, but I am concerned that other factors are now converging to set the stage for a much bigger jump in thefts in 2008.

February 13, 2008 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Thefts from cars climb

There has been a continuing problem, statewide, with property thefts from autos. These would include break-ins to locked vehicles and those that are unlocked. The problem in this region, which includes Stanislaus and neighboring counties, is severe. In Ceres alone, our officers document hundreds of these incidents each year. Few communities have been spared from this prolific problem.

February 06, 2008 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

About reserve officers

The recent passing of Ceres Reserve Police Officer Bob Panos prompted me to provide information about the Reserve Police Officer program. Many people are surprised to hear that "part-time" officers exist, so this is a good time to explain the facts about them.

January 30, 2008 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

On sex trafficking trade

One of the darker aspects of our society involves the forced prostitution business, or as it is more appropriately called, the sex slave trade. By itself, non-compelled prostitution has many problems attached to it, despite claims that it is a "victimless" crime. Enslaved prostitutes face an entirely different situation with ruinous consequences.

January 23, 2008 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Bill Noble bids farewell

My first story was printed in the Ceres Courier on Jan. 1, 2003. This will be my last.

January 16, 2008 | Bill Noble | Editorial

Deaths in line of duty

This past year was tough nationwide for law enforcement officers, with 181 of them having died in the line of duty. The last law enforcement death of 2007 occurred on December 31, in Maryland, when a motorist ran over Officer Courtney G. Brooks while he was placing traffic direction cones for a New Years' Eve event. The motorist fled the scene and got away -- at first, but was arrested the next morning.

January 16, 2008 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Chance meetings of a lifetime

Over the years we have all had a chance meeting or two. I, too, had a couple that I have had over the expanse of my 81 years.

January 09, 2008 | Bill Noble | Editorial

New laws on cell phone use

Police department personnel are frequently asked about the new cell phone use law that, according to common belief, went into effect Jan. 1. There are actually two new laws governing cell phone use: one applies to persons under 18 years of age, and the other applies to adults. The new laws take effect July 1; not Jan. 1. The following information should help with understanding these two new traffic laws.

January 09, 2008 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Crime Stoppers is effective

Crime Stoppers is a community based, non-profit organization of citizens working against crime in conjunction with the criminal justice system. This program has been operating in Modesto and more recently, law enforcement agencies of Oakdale, Ceres and the County of Stanislaus have also joined in the effort. Turlock and Newman are also considering the possibility of participating.

January 02, 2008 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Measure H plan developed

On Nov. 6, Ceres voters passed Measure H, the half-cent public safety sales tax that provides for an increased number of firefighters and police officers serving this city. The measure passed with 75.12 percent voter approval, which, based on similar initiatives in other communities over the years, was a huge win that sets the stage for much-needed improved public safety services.

December 24, 2007 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Settling of Vick case win for all

Granted, pro football player Michael Vick took a bit of time to take responsibility for his illegal actions in connection with a dog-fighting operation. Vick got off to a bad start by being less than forthcoming during the investigation, but in the end he admitted his mistakes and thereby did the right thing.

December 19, 2007 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Holidays bring on risks

The holiday season, which is a time of celebration and social activities, is here again. It is also a time of increased risk because of shopping-related traffic congestion and collisions; for some, it is a very sad time of the year and, unfortunately, it is a time that criminals eagerly anticipate. With a bit of preparation and foresight, you can dramatically decrease your chances of having problems during the holiday season.

December 12, 2007 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Sulphuring the vineyards

After World War II, it became apparent to me that I would have to supplement my income. Getting one paycheck a year and making it last just didn't work. I was always broke and needed more money to date girls and etc!

December 05, 2007 | Bill Noble | Editorial

New motorcycles added

Don't be surprised to see Ceres motorcycle officers riding new motorcycles that look more like dirt bikes than the traditional Harley Davidson street cruisers. The Ceres Police Division has recently added these two new "dual-sport" motorcycles to its fleet as a result of the City Council's decision to increase the officers' patrolling capabilities.

December 05, 2007 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

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Hillary Clinton is really the racist

While running some errands, I was confronted by a young Hispanic man who asked if I was a racist after he noticed my "Trump for ...

October 26, 2016 | By Frank Aquila Guest Columnist | Editorial

Do what makes you happy in life

Giving up is easy to do because we become worn out from trying.

October 19, 2016 | By Glenn Mollette Guest Columnist | Editorial

Advice from a former ‘fat’ kid

OK. I confess. I was 5-foot-10 and weighed 260 pounds in the seventh grade.

October 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Editorial

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

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