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Letters to the Editor published Dec. 14, 2011
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Clearing up a good name

Editor, Ceres Courier,

I am the director and coach of the Ceres Shock Basketball organization. We are a competitive AAU Club servicing girls and boys basketball players. We have been in existence since 2007 and our program has assisted numerous high school basketball players in getting to the collegiate and professional level.

My purpose in writing is to introduce myself to the community personally. There are some in Ceres that, for their own unknown reasons, do not particularly like me or what I do in the community. And they have gone out of their way to defame my character and slander my good name. Allow me to share with you who I am: I am a God-loving and God-fearing man who is active in my church and loves to give back to the children of my community and communities abroad.

I have been a faithful volunteer for the last 16 years of my life, four years in Hope, Ark., and Magnolia, Ark., coupled with 12 years here in California. As a basketball coach, I have coached at almost every level from collegiate, high school, junior high, elementary and competitive club helping students reach their full potential to compete at the highest level possible.

I have been dedicated and committed to improving the skills of the athletes in the Ceres community and surrounding communities. I am also a high school varsity basketball official for the Northern California Officials Association.

So if I am not on a basketball court, you can find me volunteering at the Salvation Army Red Shield in south Modesto or ringing bells around the holidays for the Salvation Army helping those that are less fortunate.

I have also been an employee for Ceres Unified School District at Argus High School since November of 2004 and substituted for the district more than a year prior to that. I am an honest employee and citizen of this great city of Ceres.

It is my hope to establish and build purposeful and promising relationships with the students and parents of our community. If you want to know more about me or want to sit down and talk sometime, please don't hesitate to contact me (581-3035).

God bless you all.

Delvekio Rudd,


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Detention seems wrong

Editor, Ceres Courier,

I feel that the tardy rules here at Central Valley High School are very dramatic.

For receiving a tardy to first period, the student is assigned a 30-minute after-school detention. The people in the office also seem to not care why the student is late.

From personal experience I know that it is tough to walk from Eastgate to CVHS when you usually drive, yet the administration doesn't seem to care that you walked all those miles to get to school: you still came late.

It seems that they expect me to run to school when I could just have easily stayed home, but, no, I chose to still go to school and I received an after-school detention for doing so. Doesn't seem right to me.

Carlos Vigil,


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Letters to the editor will be considered for publication but must be signed with the author's name, address and telephone number. Letters should contain 250 words or less and be void of libelous statements. Letters may be sent to The Ceres Courier, P.O. Box 7, Ceres, CA 95307, or emailed to