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'We're so vain, we probably think this world is about us'

Carly Simon's ode to former beau Warren Beatty - "You're So Vain" - could be easily adapted to serve as the anthem of today's movement to capture every waking moment we have on digital images.

November 06, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Opinion

Urban voters are so removed from earthy common sense

My wife being seriously sick and hospitalized for prolonged stays in San Francisco has meant that I've been spending quite some time there. At least twice a week I drive from the flat expanse of the Valley and over the Altamont, make a pit stop at Vasco Road eateries and then push alone on crowded freeways that skirt the eastern edge of the Bay Area. My car snakes through Oakland, a scenery quite different than rural Ceres and into the toll plaza and over the Bay Bridge. Once I enter the portal of the tunnel on Treasure Island, I ...

November 06, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | Opinion

Teens emulate driving habits of parents

With the holidays rapidly approaching, many teenagers will be behind the wheel visiting family and friends - and often copying the driving behavior of their parents. But, is that a good thing? Not necessarily.

November 06, 2012 | Stephen Wallace | Opinion

Letters to the Editor published Nov. 7, 2012

Adoption of a Fair Tax would do U.S. wonders

November 06, 2012 | | Opinion

How can anyone argue with His message of love?

"If God is for us, who can be against us?"

October 30, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | Opinion

Ignore the scary messages: We've never had it so good

The scariest time of the year is almost upon us.

October 30, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Opinion

Letters to the Editor published on Oct. 31, 2012

Gray can 'get things done'

October 30, 2012 | | Opinion

Many localities lose identity through 'wrong' zip codes

If you live in the central region of Stanislaus County, you're likely suffering from some form of identity theft.

October 23, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | Opinion

Producing more oil to lower gas costs

In the last week alone Californians have seen gas prices skyrocket to a state-wide average of $4.67 per gallon - a state record and currently the highest in the nation. Problems with pipelines and a power outage at one of the state's few remaining refineries exacerbated already tight fuel supplies causing the spike. But why has California's ability to meet the demand for gasoline - something needed by virtually every mom driving her kids to school, commuting worker, or small business owner - diminished to a point that has left California motorists extremely vulnerable to supply disruptions? These recent events ...

October 23, 2012 | U.s. Rep. | Opinion

Ballot measures' triage approach to school funding

Let's be honest.

October 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Opinion

Letters to the Editor published Oct. 24, 2012

Read the propositions and then decide

October 23, 2012 | | Opinion

Confessions of a former liberal

When you're 17, you think you know so-o-o-o much. Actually, everything. But I was just as young and naive as the next 17-year-old. And I was a big-time liberal.

October 16, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | Opinion

California law helps turn recycling fraud into a lucrative big business

The latest example of the state nickel and diming the people of California to death is no further than the nearest soda container.

October 16, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Opinion

Letters to the Editor published Oct. 17, 2012

Hernandez supports HSR boondoggle

October 16, 2012 | | Opinion

A candidate who is out of orbit with a conservative Valley

Months ago, a Facebook friend of mine bragged that her husband - a local junior high teacher - snagged an exceptional speaker for a schoolwide assembly. The speaker was a retired astronaut and she was ogling over it. My friend sat in on Jose Hernandez's talk and felt it was inspirational as he explained to students his story of coming up from the son of a field worker to becoming an astronaut.

October 09, 2012 | Jeff Benziger | 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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