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Litter is a problem that can be remedied by all

Litter and blight in our community, as is the case in most all communities in our region, continues to be a burgeoning problem. The litter problem results from many causes, none-the-least are the litter bugs who (with seeming contempt) visit fast-food places and throw their food packaging on the ground in parking lots or onto the streets. Overfilled dumpsters and garbage cans are certainly problematic, especially when a breeze causes the papers and other lightweight items to blow away into the streets, neighbors' yards, and our parks. Vehicles transporting discards to the refuse center are also a big problem when ...

February 20, 2013 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


All car owners need to fight auto thefts

2012 was not a year to be proud of in terms of Stanislaus County-wide auto theft statistics. From 2011 to 2012, the number of vehicles stolen increased by 23.3 percent, for a total of 4,122 stolen cars during the 2012! What is so alarming is that the state's prisoner early-release program and the consequences of the "realignment" program (the state's effort to push felony convicts onto local governments) had not yet fully manifested itself during 2012.

February 13, 2013 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Stay atop of weeds to trim fire hazards

Spring is not here quite yet, but we are seeing some of the hints that the time is near. The warm weather is headed for the area we live in. And with the passing of each day, the amount of daylight time increases by about two minutes. This will make a big difference in the weather patterns and the rate at which tress, grasses, brush and other vegetative growth takes place.

February 05, 2013 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Take preventative measures to avoid flu

The flu season this year got off to an early start, and its effects have been relatively severe. Hospital emergency rooms, urgent care centers and doctors' offices have been clogged. Some people are finding it difficult to get a flu shot as supplies are running short.

January 29, 2013 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


New year ushers in new state laws that run the gamut

Every year, our state Legislature creates hundreds of new laws, most of which affect only small segments of the population, counties, cities, and the state budget. Some examples are special-interest groups, corporations, and specific industries. Among the state Legislature's favorites are new regulations that affect everything from pollution control to labor laws and new taxes. It does seem that as the state's population grows, along with it are the number of new laws, rules and regulations.

January 22, 2013 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure true of city services too

There is the old saying that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Anyone who owns a car or home certainly knows that is true. Regular maintenance on your car can prevent a whole slew of more costly problems. As can simple home maintenance and repair projects like having your chimney swept, changing the batteries in the smoke detectors, or fixing leaks. These basic maintenance/repair steps also are important for ensuring your health and safety too.

January 15, 2013 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


It's no longer safe to deal with mail the way you used to

It has been some time since I addressed the issue of mail theft, why preventing it is important and what can be done to improve the security of your mail. Mail theft is a major contributor to credit fraud, identity theft and other problems that people would want to avoid.

January 08, 2013 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Take extra steps to protect property from burglars

I have, in previous writings, urged readers to take extra precautions to protect their jewelry, firearms and other smaller valuables from theft. This is owing to the increase in burglaries from homes, businesses and vehicles. My advisory was to take jewelry, valuable coins, and other collectibles to a safe deposit box or to place these items into a high quality safe. Firearms, of course, also require extra precautions. I will say more about this later.

December 31, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Refrain from firing guns, driving drunk in your celebrating

Next Monday, Dec. 31, is New Year's Eve, one of the few events shared virtually worldwide, regardless of race, religion or country. It is highly symbolic of a new beginning; an annual renewal, a rebirth of sorts. For many people, it is a chance to set new goals and get a fresh start on things previously failed. New Year's Eve is one of the most rigorously celebrated events of the year, people like to let loose, and there are always those who go too far under the guise of celebration.

December 26, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Don't be a victim this holiday season

Now that the holiday shopping season is underway, it is time to share some critical reminders that can spare people from being victimized by thieves and other criminals. Knowing that there are now more parolees and early-release prison inmates on the streets than ever, the need for extra precautions this holiday season is extremely important.

December 18, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


State's early release program wreaking havoc

Property crime in Ceres is up 13.9 percent, and you probably know the reasons why. This emerging trend is going to be a tough one to resolve because the criminal justice system is failing insofar as property crimes are concerned. The news is not all entirely bad, since the "system" still appears to be working in connection with violent crime, as it is down 15 percent. It is clear to me, however, that people living in this area are becoming increasingly frustrated with the frequency of thefts, vehicle break-ins, burglaries and auto thefts. The increase in property crime in ...

December 11, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Your health, safety - water and sewer needs

Our water and sewer systems must continue to be safe for residents. The quality of our local water supply is important to our community's health and safety, as is the safe treatment and disposal of its sewage. The city takes proper, safe and healthful operation of both systems very seriously.

December 04, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Home winter preparations make for a safer, energy efficient place to live

This November has arguably been one of the milder ones we have experienced in a while. There has been very little rain and at the same time, day and nighttime temperatures have been unseasonably warm. As a result, people are not struggling to stay warm, and only a few fireplaces have been put into use - so far. But we can expect much cooler temperatures, and along with that we will become much more reliant on furnaces, fireplaces and space heaters. It is not too late to winterize your homes in order to keep fire hazards from becoming a problem, to ...

November 27, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


DUI enforcement key to holiday safety

Starting with the Thanksgiving Holiday period, Ceres Police, along with almost all other law enforcement agencies throughout California will substantially increase DUI enforcement efforts through January 2, 2013. Simply put, social events, company parties, family gatherings and the fact that people spend more time indoors all give rise to the increase of alcohol consumption. Seasonal depression is a factor that also contributes to increased drinking and drug use. Many people find the holiday season an unpleasant time because of loneliness. Job loss, financial and personal problems, and other life issues seem to contribute to peoples' abuse of drugs and alcohol ...

November 21, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


Begging rising with homeless rate

Many community members - police included - perceive an increase in panhandlers throughout cities in this county. The various panhandlers have different life situations; many are criminals who have been early-released from state prison, some are mentally ill and either unable or unwilling to receive treatment, some of them have ended up on the streets as a result of being unemployed, and yet others simply choose to be "urban outdoorsmen," living a stark existence free of the traditional stresses of having to work, pay taxes and to otherwise conform to the requirements and standards of mainstream society. Regardless of the reasons people ...

November 13, 2012 | Art Dewerk | Editorial


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Trust the IRS? When did we ever trust the IRS?

"We must have the trust of the American taxpayer. Unfortunately, that trust has been broken." - Internal Revenue Service Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel

June 14, 2013 | By Dennis Wyatt Courier columnist | Editorial


Be wise to avoid varieties of internet scams

These days, there is an unending list of scams that criminals attempt to perpetrate on us. The internet has created scam opportunities or criminals from ...

June 14, 2013 | By Art deWerk Ceres Police Chief | Editorial


Be wise to avoid varieties of internet scams

These days, there is an unending list of scams that criminals attempt to perpetrate on us. The internet has created scam opportunities or criminals from ...

June 14, 2013 | | Editorial


Elder abuse takes different forms, methods

June is National Elder Abuse Awareness Month and June 15 specifically is "Elder Abuse Awareness Day." That such a month is dedicated to the issue ...

June 04, 2013 | Art deWerk Ceres Director of Public Safet Department | Editorial


Library was part of my childhood summer leisure

The end of school this week brings back a flood of sweet memories of what it felt like to be in school and the prospect ...

June 04, 2013 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial


A virtually empty garage may be un-American by today’s standards

I'm a prime candidate for the Homeland Security watch list.

June 04, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Editorial


Drugs feeding cartels’ local criminal ways

I am always a bit saddened when I hear the term "Methdesto," which is a slight on essentially all communities in this region with the ...

May 29, 2013 | | Editorial


Graduation does not mean you ‘have arrived’

Students graduating from college this year overestimate their chances of getting well-paying, full-time jobs in their field of study, according to the results of a ...

May 29, 2013 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial


Actions of IRS validate Tea Party concerns about big government

Lie to the federal government and you'd better get you affairs in order.

May 29, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt Columnist | Editorial


The progressive income tax turns 100

Maybe it's a measure of progressives' refusal to look back, to always move "forward." Otherwise, they should be celebrating right now. In fact, President ...

May 29, 2013 | Dr. Paul Kengor Guest columnist | Editorial


Our mission never changed with our office relocation

"So how's the Turlock office working for you guys?" is a question that I hear often.

May 21, 2013 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial


EPA mandates: Not too tasty but filling with fiber

The San Joaquin Valley's blessing is its curse.

May 21, 2013 | Columnist | Editorial


Fire season off to early start so cut down dry weeds

The fire service in this county has had a particularly busy episode of vegetation fires this past week, and with the current trend of hot ...

May 21, 2013 | Art deWerk Director, Ceres Department of Public Safety | Editorial


It’s always the best policy to stay out of canals

With the recent near record high temperatures, people have been taking to the local lakes and rivers for a reprieve from the heat. Unfortunately, the ...

May 15, 2013 | Art deWerk Ceres Police Chief | Editorial


An occasional visit to a grave yard is not a bad thing at all

This may sound a bit weird but I think it would do all of us some good to visit a cemetery from time to time.

May 15, 2013 | Jeff Benziger | Editorial


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