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Letters to the Editor published December 15, 2010
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Appreciated editor's take on Supercenter pros & cons

Editor, Ceres Courier,

I truly enjoyed your editorial in the Dec. 1 Courier. Everything you commented on was so accurate, starting with the jobs that will be available to our area. The savings a super Walmart offers for us all living on a budget and trying to provide good nutritious meals for the children in our families.

I admire your honesty, and your knowledge of the subject that you are researching for your columns. I feel you make the public understand what the reasons are for why you endorse the matter of which you are undertaking for your editorial.

Although, I am and always have been for the new Walmart since it first was "talked" about....after reading your comments on it I would have changed my mind to agree how much it would benefit us all in Ceres.

Now...if only we could get a theater here in Ceres, which many, many people want, I would be so happy. Maybe just maybe...some day soon, at least talk about it.

Maxine Robertson,


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'Bring it on' campers want the convenience

Editor, Ceres Courier,

We are in the "bring it on" camp.

We have shopped at the Walmart Supercenter in Modesto and like what we see. You don't hear people complaining about the stores in other communities (traffic, noise, air, etc).

Also, we are forced to shop here in town in order to get all of the brands and food types that we like to buy. We have found that the Walmart Supercenter in Modesto carries everything we want and we don't have to pay an "arm and a leg" either.

I thought the City Council was suppose to take action in November (we were told this at the community meeting several months ago).

Doug and Sandy Ceveland,


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Current Walmart has outgrown its location

Editor, Ceres Courier,

I presently lived on the street directly behind the current Walmart.

I drive passed it daily to get to my home. I strongly believe it has outgrown its location.

It's obvious that Walmart is popular and frequent shoppers all day and night. Upscaling and moving will only bring in more revenue and more job opportunity I support the idea closer access to and from the highway to have travelers stop in and spend there money. I know personally when traveling up and down the highway I need to stop and shop I don't want to travel far inland in a city I am not familiar with to pick up items. There is always going to be negatives in every situation. However, positives outweigh in this decision.

Alice Piper Morris,


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Don't stand in way of progress

Editor, Ceres Courier,

In regard to the Walmart Superstore I am totally in favor of it. It would be a huge plus for Ceres and I don't believe any significant problems. I don't think the competition will hurt any of the existing stores. Some business will be taken away from Costco and Winco but not enough to affect them. I don't believe the other stores will be affected. If Ceres is to stay healthy it can't stand to be in the way of progress.

Daniel J. Arthur,


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Residential street not ideal access

Editor, Ceres Courier,

Thanks for taking time to ask the citizens of Ceres how they feel about the new proposed WalMart. I know that there has already been a lot of discussion regarding the proposed project.

Many people are standing on both sides of the fence on this one. It seems that we are inhibited from knowing what the city plans to do. I personally have made it clear to the City Council in my presentation to them in October, that the idea and existence of WalMart Super Center can be an economic boost for our economy, and give more room and space that the current WalMart does not provide. And since I and the rest of our church community that will be siutated right across the street for the proposed site, I feel that we will be impacted the most, as well as the local citizens alon Don Pedro Road.

I am, however, opposed to the current setting where the trucks coming in and out of WalMart will be using Don Pedro as their access road. There are several reasons why I am emphatically opposed to this portion of the project and have asked both the developers and the the city of Ceres to consider an alternative route.

The first reason that I am opposed to this is that the road is not conducive for the traffic flow. No other WalMarts that I have seen are using a residential road to access their store. The main reason for this is that the city of Ceres currently has the Don Pedro road as a commercial truck route. This could easily be re-assigned as community/residential. The city has refused to take this into consideration, even as local citizens of in and around the Don Pedro Road have expressed their concerns.

The second reason is that the future development of the Lucas Elementary School will be on Don Pedro, directly across the street from the WalMart proposed store. The need for access to the school and to WalMart is a sure sign for problems as well as a potential risk to students, parents, and the local residents. Trucks just simply will be a risk and hazard. Even if all precautions are taken, and I am sure they will be. The risk factor, in my opinion is too great to even risk an accident or worse.

I met with with both the city and the school district to share my concerns, and the reasons that were provided from them were not and are not acceptable, for the stated reasons above.

Finally, It seems to me that we need to do a better job of listening to each other, and caring about what are the best goals for everyone involved. Citizens want to make informed decisions, and it the responsibility of the other parties to inform the community and listen to their needs, and not just the opportunities that benefit a few (like the tax base increase, or the city revenues, or market saturation).

I am all for the project, and hope that new jobs and economic boost help turn around our current recession. I am all for the new store and the proximity to Ceres First Southern Baptist Church, and the convenience that outweigh the negatives. I do believe that the access road issue is a major concern and needs to be address before the project moves forward.

Thanks for letting me share my thoughts and views.

Rev. Craig A. Hunnel,


Ceres First Southern Baptist Church

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Worship the real reason for the season

Editor, Ceres Courier,

The Ceres Ministerial Fellowship would like to challenge and encourage the city of Ceres and the entire community this Christmas to join together in one heart and one voice to announce as the heavenly angel announced that Christmas morning, "Unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior which is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:11)

Jesus is the reason for the season. Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas! The people of this city, community and nation must never let the world's commercialism and incredulity manipulate or influence the true meaning and reason we celebrate Christmas. Without the birth of Jesus Christ there would be no Christmas. Without the birth of Jesus Christ we would have no hope for today, no hope for tomorrow and no promise of eternal life.

The message was: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!" (Luke 2:14). May our community and the entire nation acknowledge the reason for the season and experience the fullness of joy, peace and goodwill toward all men.

The Ceres Ministerial Fellowship urges you and your family to worship with one of the many Bible preaching and teaching churches in Ceres, and pray for your community and nation. Be an active participant in sharing the spirit of God's love and peace towards men. Join us in declaring that, "Jesus is the reason for the Season!"

The Ceres Ministerial Fellowship extends to all a very merry, merry Christmas!

Pastor Adrian Condit,

Ceres Ministerial Fellowship

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