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Beware of dangerous street prank

During the past year, there have been mischievous instances of vandals throwing containers of paint onto the roadways, causing paint damage to vehicles, slippery roadway conditions and unsightly markings on our streets. This kind of vandalism sparked much concern and anger by the motorists whose cars suffered damage as well as others in the community.

August 24, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Citizens must report gang activity

Let us take a hypothetical situation involving a home in a residential neighborhood that has been "shot up" one or more times in what appears to be a gang-related conflict or some other form of planned retaliation. The occupants of that home claim they have no idea about who might be responsible, they have no theory about why their home was targeted, and they seem to have developed a bad case of amnesia about what they might have done in the past that could have prompted the shooting attacks.

August 17, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Loose carts add to blight in Ceres

As is the case in most communities in this area, Ceres has a "shopping cart" ordinance, which is intended to reduce the problem of abandoned shopping carts accumulating throughout our community. This may seem like a trivial matter, but like any other form of blight, abandoned shopping carts tend to suggest that the neighborhood "doesn't care." And when criminals - gang members in particular - think that the neighbors do not care, they rightly can assume that their criminal acts, loitering, littering and other anti-social behaviour will not be reported to the police. Blighted neighborhoods lead to declining property values, increased ...

August 10, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Drive hypervigilantly near schools

School grades 1-12 throughout this county will be back in session starting mid-August, so now is a good time to think ahead for student safety reasons. School zones require motorists and children alike to exercise a lot of caution. One need only recall (as if anyone forgot!) the awful tragedy of Feb. 9, when five girls walking near Mae Hensley Junior High School in Ceres were struck by an errant motorist. One of the girls died at the scene, while the others all suffered varying degrees of injuries. The sorrow and emotional damage of that event will stay with the ...

August 03, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Drive sober or get pulled over

Each year from Aug. 19 through Sept. 5, which includes the Labor Day weekend, police agencies throughout the country engage in an enhanced DUI enforcement effort. This initiative takes place in concert with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) which provides the advertising and public awareness component of the effort. This year's motto is "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over." The motto is a good attention-getter, but it leaves out the "get arrested" part. Most agencies will operate with a "zero tolerance" policy, which, in effect, means that no one who drives DUI will get off with just ...

July 27, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Recordings help officers preserve evidence, false claims

A trend within the law enforcement profession has been to outfit patrol officers with sound and camera recording devices for use during the course of their duties. It sounds like a simple concept, but it is not entirely free of complications.

July 20, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Consider the safety of road workers

It seems annually one or more CalTrans workers are killed while on the job. And how this can happen, given all the safety control devices and steps that are taken by CalTrans and its contractors, is beyond explanation.

July 13, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Let's make vehicles harder to steal

Each year, cities across the country with auto theft problems anxiously wait to find out where they stand ranking-wise. The degree to which an auto theft problem exists in any given area tends to speak to the quality life and relative safety of that location. People who steal cars are usually involved in all kinds of crime, so if there is an auto theft problem here, it is assumed that other types of crimes are also occurring at a high rate.

July 06, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Celebrate safely and sanely this 4th!

This nation will officially celebrate Independence Day on Monday, July 4, 2011. Our separation from British rule set the stage for the United States to become what it is today - bold, powerful, wealthy and productive. For some people, the point of Fourth of July is lost in the fact that it is just another day off of work, which by itself is cause for celebration.

June 29, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Cleaning up Ceres has great benefits

I recently observed a man and woman on a walk near Smyrna Park. The man had a plastic bucket and a device for picking up trash. His bucket was nearly full of rubbish he had collected as a result of people who had littered or failed to clean up after picnicking. I was pleasantly surprised to see a resident cleaning up the park in the spirit of community pride. Another Ceres couple met with me recently with the hope of starting a community-based initiative to clean Ceres up, using volunteers and public education.

June 22, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

All needed to keep parks clean, safe

Now that we are finally seeing summer-like weather, our community and neighborhood parks will get much more use. Not only is the improved weather a factor, but high fuel prices are causing people to stay closer to home for their outdoor activities. Depending on how we care for our parks, they can either be the gems of our community, or they can quickly become a scourge if we allow gangs, drug use, litter, graffiti, and uncontrolled pets to take them over. When community members follow the rules and work together with the police, we can have the safest, cleanest and ...

June 20, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Play it safe around water at all times

The lakes, rivers, canals and ponds hardly seem tempting to swim in at this time because of the unusually cool temperatures, but summer is almost here and the weather is sure to become hot again. And when it does warm up, the huge snow pack in the mountains will send ice cold waters rushing here through rivers and streams into our valley.

June 08, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Always remember those who sacrificed

Monday was Memorial Day, originally called "Decoration Day." As I thought about this day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service, I recalled a scene from the movie, "Saving Private Ryan." It is about an Army general's reading of a letter written by President Abraham Lincoln. His letter was to a grieving mother, who had lost her sons during the war. President Lincoln's words say a lot about the reason for, and the nature of Memorial Day.

June 01, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Look out for motorcyclists while on road

You may have noticed that CalTrans electronic billboards along our state highways are carrying an advisory message to motorists warning them to "look twice, be aware of motorcyclists." This is because May is "Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month," and the California Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to "share the road with the bikers." Statistics are showing an increase in both injury and fatal motorcycle collisions. And as can be expected, fuel prices are driving an increase in motorcycle sales and people who already own motorcycles are riding them more often to save money. In 2009, 396 people were killed and 11 ...

May 25, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Street Faire success owed to organizers

Our recent Ceres Street Faire was, by all measures, a huge success! Some 12,000 people took part in the festivities, which included food and drinks, a diverse range of different things to buy, arts and crafts, information booths, live entertainment, a car show, dancing, music, martial arts demonstrations, and the list goes on. It was a safe environment with ample security and medical personnel on hand. The Ceres Street Faire is one of the few of its kind this region that does not charge attendees an entrance or parking fee. The aforementioned are just a few of the reasons ...

May 18, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

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Articles by Section - 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

Tax cuts and Jobs Act a fairer, simpler tax code

Valley residents are taxed too much, the United States is falling behind other countries competitively, we continue to lose American jobs overseas, and we are ...

November 21, 2017 | By Rep. Jeff Denham Guest Columnist | Editorial

Pathetic voter turn out & more insanity from Xavier Becerra

I'll say it again. Pathetic. Voter turnout last week was 20.45 percent in Stanislaus County.

November 14, 2017 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial

Sutherland Springs, church is not safe anymore

Our hearts go out to the people of Sutherland Springs, Texas. The First Baptist Church of this town and the entire community was ambushed in ...

November 14, 2017 | By Glenn Mollette Guest Columnist | Editorial

Spell ‘live’ backwards and what you get spells out ‘evil’

What's wrong with us?

November 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Editorial

Mesiti delays, Ceres can’t speak English & sheriff abhors pot

If you're left scratching your head over the continued antics of murderer Mark Mesiti, you're not alone.

November 08, 2017 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial

How to know if you are alive

We applaud people who feel like doing something.

November 08, 2017 | By Glenn Mollette Guest Columnist | Editorial

Yosemite fee hike woefully inadequate as it is proposed

We are loving Yosemite National Park to death.

November 08, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Editorial

Ceres has mixed feeling over city OK of marijuana dispensary

Predictably, the news about Ceres approving a medicinal marijuana dispensary was met with clashing viewpoints. Some felt it was overdue aid for the medically challenged ...

November 01, 2017 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial

Are we really that angry? Probably!

One of the joys of spending any sort of time working in a media capacity is that sooner or later, your email address is going ...

November 01, 2017 | By Jason Campbell Guest Columnist | Editorial

Be intentional about having a good day

Everybody needs a good day every now and then!

November 01, 2017 | By Glenn Mollette Guest Columnist | Editorial

The CPUC fiddles with PG&E as California burns

This is not a good time to be a PG&E stockholder - or a California Public Utilities Commission apologist for that matter.

November 01, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Editorial

On cleaning up Ceres, Mesiti, dirty politics, and First Amendment

My comments about Ceres residents needing to step up and clean their own city were mostly embraced by readers who are already doing their part ...

October 25, 2017 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial

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