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Letters to the Editor published Oct. 26, 2011
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Reflecting on women in politics, Ryno for council

Editor, Ceres Courier,

In 1920 the 19th Amendment was ratified giving the vote to the women of America. Let's celebrate 100 years of women voting by electing Linda Ryno to the Ceres City Council.

Female legislators are 50 percent more likely than their male counterparts to pull people together, get people involved and build issue-based coalitions. The committees chaired by women versus male-chaired committees are rated above average for inclusivity and power sharing. Female legislators are more likely to introduce legislation related to topics traditionally viewed as "women's issues," pertaining to rape, teen pregnancy, pay equality, day care and domestic violence. So more women elected to public office means more democracy.

Women must continue to be an active force within our government and society to represent a majority of the total population, and keep alive the right that was finally obtained.

Linda Ryno has been my neighbor and friend for over 20 years. She is not a politician, but has the experience of 29 years of public service with the city of Ceres. Linda is diverse and she will have the interests of her constituents in mind.

Nov. 9, 2011 is a milestone election, celebrating the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote. Please exercise your right to vote and vote for Linda Ryno for City Council.

Karen Mosser,


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Let Supercenter go forth and bring jobs

Editor, Ceres Courier,

Unbelievable that a minority of Ceres residents and a seemingly shady lawyer can continue to try and throw a wrench in a project that has been voted for and passed! It is these kinds of frivolous lawsuits that just cost time and money.

The small group of Citizens for Ceres that don't want to see the new Walmart built is because some live across the street from it. I understand that, but it was pretty obvious that something would be built on that empty piece of land at some point when they bought their house across the street from it.

It is my understanding - and admittedly I could be wrong - that this attorney, the minority of Citizens have hired, makes his living suing Walmart stores.

I also live close to the proposed site and I am sure that there will be an influx of traffic. Don Pedro Road may become a thoroughfare between El Camino and Mitchell Road, but I still feel that the benefits to the city and the majority of citizens outweigh the inconveniences of a minority. After all, there were many meetings and the majority voted.

Those who rallied against it and don't like it...get over it. Don't support it...but stop trying to ruin it for the rest of the citizens.

Those who use the reasoning of putting mom & pop stores out of business, I would like to know what stores they are talking about. Save Mart, Raleys, Food 4 Less, Richland, are all major corporations and no grocery stores ever put out 7-11s (which are not mom & pop stores either).

In this economy we need to move forward where and when we can. Let the building begin and Ceres move forward!

Judi Ericks

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How is it legal to give state funding to illegal aliens?

Editor, Ceres Courier,

What part of "illegal" does Governor Jerry Brown not understand? This past month Governor Brown signed the Dream Act, which states that illegal immigrants can now apply for state-funded scholarships and aid at state universities.

According to Webster's Dictionary the word illegal is defined as, "Not according to or authorized by law." Can someone help me understand how it is legal to give state funding to aliens who are breaking a federal law? Since this act affects many Californians in a negative way, this should have been an issue that voters had a say in. As a current legal, working citizen attending a California State University I find this act very unfair, I, along with millions of other California citizens, are paying off thousands of dollars in loans from playing by the rules. Will any good really come from the signing of this act?

Please join me in thanking all the families that work hard to put their children through college and all the international students that have come here to get an education the legal way.

Emily Emig,


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Soroptimist event a success

Editor, Ceres Courier,

The Soroptimist International of Ceres would like to thank our community for another successful event. The Soroptimist Cellars wine tasting was hugely successful due in part to our tremendous donors and to the support of our community. The proceeds from our event will go to benefit a number of local programs which improve the lives and women and girls.

Our committee would like to extend special appreciation to the following who so generously donated their goods and services: Gallo Winery, Delta Brands, Classic Vinegar, Berryhill Garms, John Duarte, Cipponeri Family Farms, Delicato Winery, Fontana Farms, and Bella Viva Orchards.

We also want to especially thank Cary and Nancy Pope and the Whitmore Mansion for their extra efforts to assist us with a magnificent event and spectacular venue.

Again, we succeed in our community due to the people who live and work here.

Lisa Mantarro Moore,


Soroptimist Cellars Committee

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