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Letters to the Editor published March 17, 2010
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It may be too late to eliminate rudeness

Editor, Ceres Courier,

I just read your article on "What's up with societal rudeness these days?" I agree with everything you said in your column.

You mentioned about the cell phone ringing loudly. Yes, I hear them everywhere, too. The ring should be set for the person to hear also, nobody else should be able to hear it.

You mentioned about rude drivers. I get the same problem when I'm traveling on the highways and roads. The drivers these days turn off on their street but don't signal. That is irritating as well.

I have even had the door slammed in my face by a man when I go into a store or leaving a store.

Yes, Mr. Benziger, this society seems to have lost their manners.

I have seen young ladies wearing flip flops to church even.,

These situations come from the homefront. There is not much we can do about it now.

Diane DeCamera,


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Continue progress with Christianson

Editor, Ceres Courier,

I encourage you to join me in supporting Adam Christianson in his re-election bid for sheriff of Stanislaus County. In these fiscally challenging times, we need continued proactive leadership in this important office. With the crime rate at its lowest in two decades, coupled with an aggressive and successful rural crime prevention program, and an effective focus on gang activity suppression, Adam and his department have proven themselves worthy of our confidence. Strong leadership and accountability have been the hallmarks of his first term. Let's continue this positive progress by getting behind this man and letting him continue his vision for a safer Stanislaus County.

Tommy Farr,


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'Gay' kiss in play needed to stay

Editor, Ceres Courier,

Two weeks ago my fellow classmates and I performed a play at Central Valley High School that exhibited an unexpected degree of skill and maturity. However, our work was deemed unacceptable for our school's production, Festival of Thespians, an event hosted once a year during which actors in Theater Arts department are given a moment in the spotlight. The best performances given in class throughout the year are selected to be in the show, yet our brilliant performance was not allowed in the show for the simple fact that within the act there is an innocent kiss implied (improv) between two young men. By censoring our opinions towards homosexuality, we refuse to be a part of a production that chooses to remain ignorant to the rights being taken away from innocent people.

Honestly, we do not expect everyone to share the same virtues; however, we do not believe our skit is hurting anyone; only the gay community by not giving them a voice in the show or society. Secretly our school is, in a convoluted way, denying the gays a voice and denying our rights to express our voice in a constitutional society. Censorship in public schools is muting our voices only because this particular subject is one that society does not want to hear; yet, as actors we feel it our duty to entertain and express ourselves even if the message is contrary to our own beliefs. Our topic may be uncomfortable for some people but what we speak of really happens in life.

Gays need a voice now more than ever and we will strive to give it to them. Today is our day to be fair and just to all fellow Americans by aiding in a progression when someday prejudice and hatred will cease. We hope that our great nation will soon end this dead-weight prejudice in efforts to move forward; petty differences should not separate countrymen nor fellow human beings.

Phylicia Martinez,


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Accolades for Senator's help

Editor, Ceres Courier,

We would like to express our sincere appreciation to Senator Dave Cogdill for his leadership in getting SB 85 passed in the State legislature and signed by the governor.

It was a Herculean effort to get this legislation signed and he has accomplished what no one had been able to do before. Over the past 20 years, many bills have been authored, but any bill that had made it to the governor had been vetoed.

It is anticipated SB 85 will provide great relief to Stanislaus County by freezing any potential increases in property tax transfers to the State if property values rise over the next two years. What this means is the baseline for what Stanislaus County pays to the State could be lowered in perpetuity, which would allow the county to continue that level of savings every year going forward.

Stanislaus County has paid more than $58 million in "negative bailout" money to the state since 1983. On average, more than $3 million of Stanislaus County general fund money is sent each year to the state as a result of the faulty legislation called AB 8.

Any relief from this burden is greatly appreciated and we thank Senator Cogdill and his staff for their outstanding efforts.

Richard W. Robinson,

Stanislaus County

Chief Executive Officer

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Delta Bank thanks CHS

Editor, Ceres Courier,

Delta Blood Bank would like to thank Ceres High School for hosting a blood drive on Tuesday, March 2. Students and faculty members collected 91 units; 46 were from first-time donors. Congratulations, Ceres High School, on a successful blood drive!

All registered donors received a free T-shirt, courtesy Delta Blood Bank. Thank you for giving the gift of life.

Delta Blood Bank


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