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Letters to the Editor published Dec. 17, 2008
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Lower prices at the cost of Ceres

Editor, Ceres Courier,

I am writing in regards to Walt Butler's letter to the editor in the Dec. 3 edition. I totally agree with Mr. Butler's points about a WalMart Supercenter. We all want lower prices on products we purchase; but at what cost can we afford?

Our economy, as we all know, is in the worst condition we have seen in decades. Cheaper prices aren't the most sound way to help with the problems of survival. Competition in sales is only one factor in the equation. Creating and keeping jobs with competive wages is another. Jobs with a "living wage" is even better. Jobs that give full- and part-time employees affordable medical insurance coverage is also an important key to helping and solving our economic crisis.

Building a WalMart Supercenter will only create lower prices for a short time; that will undercut smaller business' prices, forcing our local stores out of business! Then they will raise their prices up even higher when there isn't any competition to contend with. Pretty soon, we will be forced to paying prices of what they want to charge us; forcing us to leave our own city if we want to pay less. What happened to our right to choose and freedom of choice? We currently have plenty of grocery stores in Ceres; let them fight it out between themselves to give us the best prices. Really, ask yourself if we really need another.

A WalMart Supercenter here in Ceres will only create more problems for us. Higher costs for operating police and fire protection, 24 hours a day, more water and sewer needs for installation and repairs, heavier traffic congestion on Mitchell and Service roads especially for people living in the general area of the proposed shopping center. The list can go on and on.

Developing a shopping center in that location isn't all bad; just a Supercenter is. Please, Ceres citizens, support the current Wal-Mart store on Hatch Road but not a new Supercenter.

James Vinyard,


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Backs editorial stand

Editor, Ceres Courier,

Two comments in "Sound Off!" in Dec. 10th's paper I can't let slide without comment.

First, concerning "All deserve hot meals," I agree that all kids should have a hot meal before school. So get out of bed and fix them something to eat. That is the responsibility of being a parent. The purpose of the schools is to educate, not raise your kids so you don't have to and this country needs to get back to that kind of mindset.

Second, I'm sorry that the caller has such a small mind to go with your small paper but if that is what it takes to write editorials like the one about the election I'm glad you are not writing for the Chicago Tribune as they probably would not understand our country's ways. I enjoyed and agreed with your editorial so much that I scanned and emailed it to some relatives who do not get your paper. Responses were all positive.

I will agree with the comment that Obama is opening a new chapter in our government and just hope it is a chapter that is successful because if it is successful our country will be successful. I do not want to consider the alternative.

The election did not go the way I voted, but Obama is my president for the next four years. About gay militants, I cannot believe that had the vote on Prop. 8 gone the other way there would be all the demonstrations and lawsuits. I, for one, would have said, "Okay, that's what the majority wanted, so be it."

As far as the chickens go I'd wager that the country people dependent on egg raising didn't vote for it.

By the way, Jeff I'm small minded enough to read and enjoy your little small town news (local) paper.

David Entriken, Ceres

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Palin a threat to Dems in 2012

Editor, Ceres Courier,

Now that the election is over, Gov. Sarah Palin is being attacked by the leftist-humanists because they fear her re-appearance on a future ballot. They are afraid and rightly so! She is a perceptive excellent candidate to represent the Founders principles and our American way of life.

Additionally, since no one is smarter than their criteria, the collectivists are working from a pre-chosen mediocre (and worse) set of man-made opinions that limit perception of consequences-of-choice prior to choosing. In other words they lack vision. Based on a universe-sized ignorance such devices are self-imposed, thus, the lefties can accurately and historically be defined as unintelligent.

On the other hand, Palin and her chosen criteria, which is far superior to any man-made system of opinion, reasonably scares those who possess no practicing standard greater than mediocrity. Their collectivist opinion rises no higher than eyebrows - or belly-button.

Palin lives life governed by God's principles as found in the holy Bible. Judeo-Christian principles are the founding principles of the greatest nation in human history - our America including, but not limited to personal rights and responsibility, and representative government. Add the creative process is a choice-making process and functions best in freedom.

Palin is recognized by friend and foe as a worthy representative of all that is wonderful about America. 2012 will be here shortly. Keep your eye on this courageous principled leader - and pray!

Jim Baxter,

Santa Maria

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Thanks issued by family displaced by fire

Editor, Ceres Courier,

I would like to thank everyone who came to my aid during the loss of my home due to a fire. I wish I could thank each of you personally but many of you I don't know. Thank you for coming forward with your donations, compassion and moral support. It is greatly appreciated.

Please note that the outpouring of my community's help surpassed anything I could have imagined.

I especially want to thank the Ceres Fire Department for their quick response. I also want to thank the American Red Cross for coming to our aid.

Last, but not least, Johnny Carino's restaurant for the several meals provided. And all the staff who donated clothes and even their tips to help me and my family.

I wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving.

God bless everyone.

Kathy Forsyth & family,



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