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Distracted driving a growing menace

Recently, as I was driving on Highway 99 in the fast lane near Stockton, traffic suddenly slowed to about 45 mph (in a 65 mph zone). Motorists were rapidly switching from the fast lane to the other two lanes and in doing so; there were a number of near collisions. All three lanes of traffic were slowing down and it was clear that many motorists were angry and frustrated. I wondered if there was a collision ahead or some other road hazard, but I was unpleasantly surprised to see that the problem really was - a motorist, totally oblivious to their ...

April 04, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

'Every 15 Minutes' program works

Last week the Ceres Unified School District, California Highway Patrol, Ceres Department of Public Safety, Doctors Medical Center, the Stanislaus County Coroner's Office, American Medical Response, Air Methods, local businesses like 5.11 Tactical, Ceres Pro Tow, and a team of dedicated community volunteers held a successful Every 15 Minutes program for students of Ceres High School. The program is called Every 15 Minutes because when it began, someone died as a result of a DUI-related incident every 15 minutes in this country. This powerful program is aimed at high school juniors and seniors with the objective of driving ...

March 28, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Spring is a good time to clean up

The first day of spring was yesterday, March 20. The days have been getting longer by just a few minutes every 24 hours. And now that we are back on Daylight Saving, note that it is already staying light until after 7 p.m. The sun will set at 7:16 p.m. today, to be exact.

March 21, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Poor trash handling adds to blight

When it comes to litter and blight, people do not seem to notice when it no longer exists, so it is sometimes difficult to see the results of the constant effort that is being made to clean up the messes that are created in our community. Each year, city crews remove 48.5 tons of trash and blight from public places throughout Ceres, and in doing so, they have made a huge dent in what was a serious blight problem in our community.

March 14, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Violent crimes down in Ceres, state

Crime statistics have been trending downwards as of recently. And to the extent that there is high unemployment and literally thousands of convicted criminals who are enjoying an early release from the state prison system, this downward trend is rather counter-intuitive.

March 07, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Abuse of prescription drugs growing

The recent death of popular music star Whitney Houston has increased the attention being paid to the issue of prescription drug abuse. This is not to assert that the cause of her death was indeed the result of drug abuse, but there is certainly wide speculation that alcohol, cocaine and prescription drug problems have been a factor in Ms. Houston's life for quite some time. We will not know for sure until the toxicology reports from her autopsy are released in the coming weeks (or months).

February 29, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Beware of dangers traveling to Mexico

The State Department has once again issued a travel warning to U.S. citizens planning to enter Mexico. In particular, the concern is directed at Mexico cities bordering the United States that travelers from the U.S. must pass through when entering Mexico. The warning also suggests that there is heightened danger to tourists throughout all of Mexico, but it specifically lists the Mexican states of Baja California, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Nuevo Leon, San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tamaulipas and Zacatecas as the worst areas. The aforementioned areas are troubled because they represent the most active gateways to the United ...

February 22, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Some crimes related to mental illness

According to the Treatment Advocacy Center, at least 16 percent of people incarcerated have a serious mental illness. This means that tens of thousands of prisoners currently incarcerated have mental illness problems ranging from mild to severe. Forty percent of individuals with serious mental illnesses have been in jail or prison at some point in their lives. The mental illnesses most commonly seen in our prison institutions include psychotic disorders, major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. A large number of prisoners are being treated with psychotropic drugs, which themselves have any number of adverse side effects that can affect their ...

February 15, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Car thefts a vexing issue

The theft of automobiles is one of the more vexing crime problems in California. It has plagued us for the last 15 years, with California having earned the dubious distinction of having the worst problem out of all the states. The reasons for the high auto theft rates are many, and they include the fact that California has a high rate of car ownership per family, shares an international border with Mexico (where many stolen vehicles end up) and there are multiple shipping ports along our coast.

February 08, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery

Human trafficking is the legal, technical term used to describe modern day slavery. It is among the worst crimes and forms of torture perpetrated on its victims. The slavery, or servitude, is brought about by coercion, force, fear or fraud. While this crime does not receive the widespread attention it deserves, it is one of the largest and fastest-growing criminal enterprises in the world. It generates billions of dollars of profit every year in this country alone.

February 01, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

CPD adding crime analysis program

The Ceres Police Department has begun the process of creating a crime analysis unit to further improve the efficiency and effectiveness of its policing functions. To be clear, the objective is to solve more crimes and to do so more quickly and to help prevent crimes before they happen. The use of crime analysis in law enforcement is not new; it has been around for decades and is widely used around the nation.

January 25, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Ceres PD opens facebook account

The Ceres Police Department recently created a Facebook account as part of a continuing effort to provide members of the public with information pertaining to public safety.

January 18, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

New laws for Californians

Each year, the California State Legislature passes hundreds of new laws that affect the state's population in various ways. The vast majority of new laws do not touch the average person's life, because most are measures to regulate "civil" activities; only a few have the potential for affecting all of us. The types of laws that have the potential for affecting most everyone are those regulating motorists and anti-criminal behaviour. Below, you will find new laws, most of which you should be aware of, that took effect Jan. 1.

January 11, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Stun guns illegally used by crooks

As should have been expected when stun guns (also known as tasers) were made available several years ago, some criminals are now using stun guns to commit crimes by momentarily incapacitating or threatening their victims during robberies, home invasions and in the conduct of other criminal acts. According to the California Penal Code Section 244.5 (a): "...stun gun means any item, except a taser, used or intended to be used as either an offensive or defensive weapon that is capable of temporarily immobilizing a person by the infliction of an electrical charge."

January 04, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

Celebrate the New Year safely!

New Year's Eve arrives this Saturday, Dec. 31 and it is one of the few calendar events shared by most everyone around the world. There is great symbolism to the ending of one year and the beginning of a new one. For some people, it gives them a sense of a fresh start and a chance to leave bad memories behind. For yet others, the beginning of a new year marks the time to stop bad habits, to make positive life's changes and to seek new opportunities. here is also the benefit of having an extra day or ...

December 28, 2011 | Art Dewerk | Editorial

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Prevention requires a lot of effort

Most of us believe in prevention but we don't always practice it. "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" we've ...

October 25, 2017 | By Glenn Mollette Guest Columnist | Editorial

Scouts take note of differences and of equal opportunity

Boys and girls are different.

October 25, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Editorial

It’s up to Cereans to reclaim their city in terms of how it looks

Dave Pratt got up at last week's council meeting and had something to say when the council was poised to spend $1.38 million ...

October 18, 2017 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial

Do you believe in Santa, unicorns & tax reform?

Unicorns. Big Foot. The Loch Ness Monster. Tax reform.

October 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Editorial

Inactivity is not good for human bodies

A happier life is an active life.

October 18, 2017 | By Glenn Mollette Guest Columnist | Editorial

True immigration reform is at hand

Conservatives flew into frustration when President Donald Trump went to Democrat leadership to discuss the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), when Democrats rushed to ...

October 11, 2017 | By Natalia Castro Guest Columnist | Editorial

On the water rate hike, code enforcement & other important things

This probably won't make Ceres residents feel any better but the city of Ceres isn't the only one looking to increase water rates ...

October 11, 2017 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial

Satan rises in Las Vegas but angels fly high

Doubters of Satan were furnished all the proof they should need as a living Satan arose to the top of Mandalay Bay hotel on Sunday ...

October 11, 2017 | By Glenn Mollette Guest Columnist | Editorial

Why would SF want facts to get in way of war on soda?

Imagine, if you will, the City of San Francisco requiring Starbucks et al to place warning labels on their cappuccino and latte cups stating that ...

October 11, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Editorial

Politics of division always rearing its ugly head at ugly times

We grieve with our nation at the incomprehensible Sunday evening act that took the lives of 59 persons and wounded 527 in Las Vegas.

October 04, 2017 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial

When firms know more about you than you remember about yourself

It stopped me in my tracks.

October 04, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Editorial

The NFL, the Anthem and united America

Professional football fans were treated to some relief last Thursday evening as the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears stood arm in arm for ...

October 04, 2017 | By Glenn Mollette Guest Columnist | Editorial

National Anthem protesters help Trump – but they can’t help themselves

I admit that I spend more time binge-watching television via streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime than I do watching actual live television.

October 04, 2017 | By Jon Fleischman Guest Columnist | Editorial

City of Ceres has specific reasons for increasing water rates

The raising of water rates in Ceres is understandably not earning the City Council any fans but we've been writing about this issue coming ...

September 27, 2017 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial

Medical care & preexisting conditions

Ask your congressman to not penalize Americans who have preexisting medical conditions. The idea floating around now in Congress that insurance companies will be able ...

September 27, 2017 | By Glenn Mollette Guest Columnist | Editorial

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