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Our county has had its share of wacky politicians

The world of wacky politics is not limited to Washington, D.C. or even Sacramento. We have our own brand right here in Stanislaus County and California.

December 26, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | Opinion

Gun control won't get at the root of the real evil

There are 300 million guns in America.

December 26, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Opinion

We'll never agree on government's role ... and that's fine

The conventional wisdom has settled on the subject of this year's past presidential campaign: it was about the proper role of government in our nation's life. This is a good argument to have, but don't expect it to be resolved by an election. Americans have been debating the question since before the Constitution was drawn up, and we haven't come to terms on it yet.

December 26, 2012 | Lee Hamilton | Opinion

Christmas just isn't what it was when I was a mere lad

Faith Hill recorded a song in 2000 that was used in Jim Carrey's version of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

December 18, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | Opinion

Artificial or real tree: It's all about learned behavior

Artificial or real. It's the seasonal version of the plastic or paper question.

December 18, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Opinion

End-of-Worlders have gone wild with this one

If you're waiting until Dec. 22 to start Christmas shopping - just in case the Mayan end of the world Dec. 21 prediction comes true - this is a reality check. Think about it. If the Mayans were that good at predicting the future, why didn't they foresee the Spanish Conquistador invasion of the 16th century?

December 18, 2012 | Nick Thomas | Opinion

Letters to the Editor published Dec. 19, 2012

Group will keep fighting Walmart Supercenter

December 18, 2012 | | Opinion

Dodging the cold and flu bullet is not without a price

There's a scene from "Back to the Future III" - shot in the Red Hills area near Jamestown - where Doc Brown is lamenting his sorrows in a saloon over his lost love, Clara. In an unguarded state of mind for lack of sleep, Doc admits to a crusty trio of cowboys from 1885 about being from the future. When one skeptical bar patrons asks Brown what people do for fun in the future, Brown confidently replies: "We run." Laughter bursts out at the table as actor Pat Buttram chortles, "Run for fun? What the hell kind of fun is that?"

December 11, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | Opinion

The 'Greatest American Christmas Fable'

We have all heard the Christmas fables of Santa, Rudolph, and Frosty; but there is another fable so often repeated that people actually believe it to be true. The phase "separation of church and state" has been routinely used by liberals and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to "suppress" Christianity and the Judeo-Christian foundation and influence of America through a godless revolution that removes God from government and Christ from Christmas. This phrase is not even part of the U.S. Constitution.

December 11, 2012 | Frank Aquila | Opinion

Killing a scorpion, Death Valley, & lessons about life

The great thing about growing old is growing old.

December 11, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Opinion

The Fiscal Hoax: Don't believe the cliff hype

The biggest story in Washington is about something that doesn't really exist: the so-called "fiscal cliff." This manufactured panic is all about politicians and corporate interests getting things they want - things that don't have much to do with the "crisis" anyway. But instead of challenging this spin, big media outlets are playing along.

December 11, 2012 | Peter Hart | Opinion

Letters to the Editor published Dec. 12, 2012

Movies need to stop promotion of smoking in children's movies

December 11, 2012 | | Opinion

Whitmore Mansion purchase gets a thumbs up for city

If everything goes as planned, the city of Ceres becomes the new proud owner of the Clinton Whitmore Mansion on Dec. 14.

December 04, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | Opinion

Crazy, jogging in snow? Not as crazy as you might think

"Are you crazy?"

December 04, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Opinion

Rising to the challenge

The only thing that was disappointing about the recent 'Rachel's Challenge' community presentation in Oakdale was how few members of the community turned out.

December 04, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Opinion

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Voters tend to 'go cheap' in deciding where to cast votes

"You get what you pay for." Often that's a truism that reflects the reality that if you buy cheap, you end up with cheap ...

February 28, 2013 | Jeff Benziger | Opinion


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