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Many interfered during big fires

On May 3, Ceres firefighters had a busy firefighting day with two serious incidents. At 12:21 p.m., a motorhome caught fire, causing serious burns to the victim. At 7:11 p.m., a shed in a residential neighborhood caught fire with explosions that severely burned a roof and a second house also having serious damage. Fortunately, there were no injuries in the second incident, but property damage was significant. Due to the smoke and fire, the scene was a rather large public spectacle. Alarming was the behavior of some of motorists and pedestrians drawn to these emergencies.

May 11, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Animal fighting for sport is illegal

The way a society treats, or allows animals to be treated is a direct reflection of its civility and sophistication. Accordingly, state and federal law strictly prohibits the abuse of domestic animals; in particular, ensuring that they are properly fed, cared for, and not abused. There are two forms of animal abuse that are predominate here in this region: dog and rooster ("cock") fighting, which are so-called "sports" that some people engage in for entertainment and gambling purposes.

May 04, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Honoring emergency dispatchers

It is ironic that some of the most important jobs in our society are often ones that receive the least amount of recognition. Often the pay for these underappreciated positions does not come close to matching the skills required and demands placed upon the individuals in them. To name a few: ambulance personnel, school teachers, workers who attend to individuals with special needs, hospice employees, and public safety dispatchers all fall into this category.

April 27, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Protecting your jewelry from thieves

An ounce of nearly pure gold is now worth about $1,430, and silver is close to $44 an ounce. This makes for a very lucrative source of income for thieves who want fast money. And since gold, in particular, has undergone their meteoric price increases, dealers wishing to buy these precious metals have sprung up almost everywhere. Not only are there new places to sell gold and silver to, but existing jewelry stores and pawn shops are anxious to buy all the gold and silver they can acquire. There is such a gold buying frenzy that it is common ...

April 20, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Speak up to prevent sexual violence

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), in recognition of a serious and continuing problem within our society. According to the U,S, Department of Justice, sexual assault in its many forms includes "any unwanted sexual contact, including rape, attempted rape, and child sexual abuse. It can affect people of any gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or ability."

April 13, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Drivers must get rid of distractions

April is "National Distracted Driving Awareness Month." According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 20 percent of traffic collisions involve distracted drivers. The definition of "distracted drivers" consists of three categories: visual, cognitive, or manual.

April 06, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

How the system fights tide of illegal guns

To be sure, California's laws that regulate who may possess firearms have many complexities. There are some clear-cut basics, however: anyone convicted of a felony in this state, country or any other country may not purchase or possess a firearm. Undocumented foreign nationals may not purchase or possess firearms.

March 30, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Will you be ready when a big earthquake strikes California?

During the last year, a number of earthquakes have struck around the world. The quakes of Chile, New Zealand, and Japan may appear random, but according to geologist Jim Berkland, there is a pattern that bears watching. He suggests that in the very near future, California may be the next site of a major quake. Mr. Berkland points to a clockwise pattern featuring quakes that have struck along the "Pacific Ring of Fire" which is a geological area that runs along the western edge of the United States. The Pacific Ring of Fire represents a very geologically active area where ...

March 23, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Most poisonings can be avoided

National Poison Prevention week takes place during March 20-26, 2011. It may seem like this is "just another one of those public service announcements," but unintentional poisoning cases, according to the Center for Disease Control " second only to motor vehicle crashes as a leading cause of unintentional injury or death in the United States." And when people think of poison-related injuries or deaths, the first things that come to mind are dangerous chemicals like cleaning agents, solvents, insecticides, rodent control substances, and contaminated foods. Indeed, the aforementioned make up a significant percentage of unintentional injury or death cases, but ...

March 16, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Keep weeds from being a fire hazard

Now is the time to start eliminating potential fire and health hazards before they become unwieldy. With the warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours, grass, weeds and other vegetation grows more quickly. This, coupled with all the rain we have had these last few months, makes for out-of-control weeds and the like taking over yards, undeveloped lots and fields. And once things start drying out - usually around late April - they become vulnerable to catching fire. Every year, fire departments in the area respond to numerous grass fires, most of which are started by cigarettes, cars backfiring, catalytic converters, kids playing ...

March 09, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Ceres rallied around victims, families

The pedestrian collision of Feb. 9, 2011, in which a pickup truck ran into five young girls, killing one, seriously injuring two, and inflicting lesser but still significant injuries to the other three, rocked the Ceres community. To call this tragic event an "incident," hardly describes the magnitude of the loss and pain experienced by the parents, family members, friends, classmates, and the community as a whole. This tragedy was so significant that it made national headlines, with ongoing updates until the person responsible for the collision was arrested.

March 02, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Rumors complicate crash investigation

The recent tragedy in which five teenage girls were struck by an errant pickup truck driver in Ceres highlights the evolving role that social networking - both good and bad - has on major emergency situations and subsequent criminal investigations. With one girl killed, two seriously injured and the other two also suffering lesser injuries, the magnitude of this event will go down as one of the worst in the history of Ceres. Many people in this community are still in a state of shock, while immediate family members and close friends of those involved try to cope with the hurt and ...

February 23, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

All of us are key to traffic safety

On the morning of Feb. 9, there was a tragedy involving a pick up truck running into a group of young girls. There was a dead teenage girl and two seriously injured ones lying in the street. And yet, two others who escaped serious injuries but their lives will be forever changed. At least 100 juveniles happened to be in the park directly adjacent to the collision scene, most of whom are now victims by their own rights; they will never be able to erase that gruesome scene from their memories.

February 16, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Human trafficking still goes on today

According to the California Emergency Management Agency, California ranks among the top three states for human trafficking. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services describes human trafficking as "modern-day slavery;" it is both a federal and state crime that can take many forms. People can be brought into this country for forced labor, the sex industry, to produce or sell illegal drugs, commit crimes for organized criminal groups, and the list goes on. Men are the most likely targets for forced labor, illegal drug activities and for committing crimes while women and children trend towards being placed in ...

February 09, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Keeping kids safe against pedophiles

Convicted child molesters and other persons who have the potential for molesting or abducting children live in most every community. In Ceres for example, according to the Megan's Law website, there are almost 80 registered offenders listed, of which seven are in "violation" of their court-ordered requirements. These people do not have any particular looks that distinguish them from every other "ordinary" person. Mentally, however, they differ because of their prurient or otherwise inappropriate interests in children.

February 02, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

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State lawmakers have enabled culture of sexual harassment

The issue of sexual harassment has jumped to the forefront of public discourse in a relatively short period of time, with revelations about alleged sexual ...

November 29, 2017 | By Jon Fleischman Guest Columnist | Editorial

Converse with your kids about sexual abuse

I was sexually assaulted when I was about 12 years old.

November 29, 2017 | By Glenn Mollette Guest Columnist | Editorial

Proud of council’s refusal to dictate over soft drinks

I couldn't have been more proud of the Ceres City Council on Monday after they were lobbied to step into private business affairs and ...

November 29, 2017 | Jeff Benziger | 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

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