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Letters to the Editor published Nov. 25, 2009
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CHS coach gives his all for his team, players

Editor, Ceres Courier,

I find it sad that parents write in "Sound Off!" about their son's coach without having a clue as to what's going on. Coach Johnson and the rest of his staff can only do so much. Coach Johnson has so much love for his boys. He is 100 percent committed to his boys on and off the field. I can't count the times he has been a friend, teacher, pal and mentor to my son. Joshua will greatly miss Coach J.

We, as parents, sit in the stands three hours a week; our boys and the coaches spend more than 20 hours together practicing, talking, trying to figure out how to improve their mistakes. For a parent to say that Coach J's contract needs to be revoked tells a lot about what you know. I highly doubt the small about of money he receives for coaching has anything to do with why he does what he does. He can only do so much; the rest is up to our boys to do on the field. The injuries our boys sustained this season changed things dramatically. I can tell you my son would trade anything to have his senior year back, playing and not standing on the sidelines watching.

So I just want to say from the bottom of my heart thank you, Coach Johnson, for you love and commitment to you football players and especially my son. Thank you for caring enough to take time away from your family and coach my son.

Lisa Edwards,


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Sharing yet another insurance horror story

Editor, Ceres Courier,

Health care, it's not just seniors that are hurting. My son works and has insurance but when he took his 15-year-old daughter to the doctor to check some moles on her back the insurance company refused to pay for the visit because the moles were not cancer. How does one do preventive medical care when it's not covered?

How will the new health plans that are being talked about handle this type of problem? It seems the companies will insure people and collect the fees and then won't pay. Sounds like they still won't have insurance if this is allowed.

I wonder how many horror stories are out there concerning people that have insurance now?

Shirley Rogers,


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Wigt offers thanks for voter support

Editor, Ceres Courier,

To say thank you really doesn't express the level of gratitude I feel for all the help and support I received during the campaign to become a CUSD Board member. I am honored to have been elected and look forward to working with fellow board members and serving the community. I feel blessed to have the confidence of all those who voted for me, and I promise to do my best for the students of Ceres Unified.

A special thank you goes to my opponent Teresa Guerrero, who has been gracious during and after the election.

To all my former students who are graduating this year, be prepared to give me a hug!

Valli Wigt,


Ceres Unified School District, Area 3

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City offers thanks to Angie

Editor, Ceres Courier,

On behalf of the Ceres Recreation Division, I'd like to thank Angie Smith for volunteering every Tuesday evening for the last two months, to teach children ages 4-8 Baton Twirling. Angie was born and raised in Ceres and has been teaching children in this community baton twirling for years.

We appreciate Angie's hard work and dedication to this community.

Cambria Pollinger,

Recreation Supervisor,

City of Ceres

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