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Give popular culture a second chance

"Uncle Sam may hope someday…to Americanize the world," proclaimed an early twentieth century edition of the New York Morning Post. While the U.S. has undoubtedly positioned itself as the Western world's locus of popular culture for decades, the latest piece of news is revealing our even broader influence.

July 10, 2012 | BY HENNA HUNDAL Youth Columnist | Editorial


Exceptional fireworks event, almost

If you weren't at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds on the Fourth of July, you missed one heck of a show.

July 06, 2012 | Alex Cantatore | Editorial


Get connected

At least once a month a well-meaning friend or acquaintance will take me aside and ask with a grim look on his or her face, "So, how's it going at the newspaper?" I assume my questioner is expecting a negative response and that's why he or she is talking to me like I just lost my favorite pet.

July 03, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Vandalism not a GOP trademark

Politics in America remains downright sharply polarized. Discernment, however, is required to recognize hypocrisy when it's being flung about the landscape.

June 29, 2012 | BY JEFF BENZIGER TURLOCK JOURNAL | Editorial


Bring back Scandifest — and other cultural events

Diversity is the spice of life. The longer I live, the more truth I find in that saying. Growing up in rural Indiana, diversity was not that common. I can count on one hand the number of students I went to high school with who were not white Protestants from a nuclear family.

June 26, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Campaign season flashback

The year was 2008 and five candidates were vying for two open seats on the Turlock City Council. The campaign season began just like any other with formal announcements of candidacies, followed by some neighborhood door knocking and debates held by the Chamber of Commerce, League of Women Voters and the Turlock Journal. Election same-old, same-old.

June 22, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Want to save the state from disaster?

Want to see an end to California's perennial budget crisis?

June 19, 2012 | BY DENNIS WYATT TURLOCK JOURNAL | Editorial


A different and very useful kind of bank

I work just a couple of blocks from a special kind of bank. It doesn't accept money for deposit, it won't finance a new car, and it wasn't part of the housing bubble. This unusual kind of bank deals mostly in seeds that it preserves, sometimes propagates, and often disperses without charge to anyone who has a research use for unusual strains of crop plants.

June 19, 2012 | BY DR. E. KIRSTEN PETERS | Editorial


What not to target during the California crisis

It is irksome to know that California legislators continue to look upon sacrificing the state's education system and prison system as the best way to reverse the deteriorating financial situation.

June 15, 2012 | BY HENNA HUNDAL Youth Columnist | Editorial


Airline ticket shock

As the days get longer and the temperature rises, a familiar feeling of wanderlust comes over me. I don't know if it's the sunshine or a flashback to the "school's out" mentality of my youth, but I feel the need to travel.

June 12, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Feeding children during summer meal gap

While the kids are exuberantly shouting, "School's out!" many parents may be quietly worrying just how they're going to feed their kids all summer long. I want to assure those moms, dads and caregivers that USDA has a program that can help.

June 12, 2012 | BY KEVIN CONCANNON USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services | Editorial


Red light runners underscore sense of entitlement

I could hardly believe my eyes as I approached the intersection of Keyes and Hickman roads on the morning of Sept. 14, 1984. The carnage of the aftermath of a grinding crash in the path of my 1974 Camaro was less than five minutes old. It looked as though a bomb blew over a tractor-trailer rig with a set of axles in the road, a set of trailers blocking the southbound lane and a load of grapes scattered about the scene.

June 08, 2012 | BY JEFF BENZIGER TURLOCK JOURNAL | Editorial


Times are a-changing, but not enough

As both high school and college graduates don their academic regalia and stand before family and friends in a public display of triumphant, it's easy to read the enthusiasm and optimistic outlook on their faces. These newly-minted grads are ready to take on the future – whatever it may hold.

June 05, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


An epidemic of whooping and worse

Even if you don't have kids in your household, you could be exposed to serious diseases that often affect children. And at the moment there's a sharp spike upward in one contagious disease that you could help protect yourself and youngsters against by getting a simple shot at the doctor's office.

June 05, 2012 | BY DR. E. KIRSTEN PETERS | Editorial


The problem with government isn’t a few bad apples

Americans get angry when they learn of government bureaucrats spending lavishly at a Las Vegas hotel or Secret Service agents consorting with prostitutes. As well they should. Such conduct wastes money and drains Americans' respect for their government.

June 01, 2012 | BY LEE H. HAMILTON | Editorial


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It's Ok for greenies to kill Bambi

Look up in the sky. It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's...

August 23, 2014 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


Time to bring real reform to VA

Getting in the room to see the doctor is the hardest part. That is what I hear most often from the tens of thousands of Central Valley veterans. Long wait times for appointments and lengthy commutes prevent them from accessing the care that they have earned through their service. In Turlock, a veteran looking for specialty care faces a 90 mile journey to the nearest full service Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Palo Alto. This trip is especially difficult for elderly veterans or those with limited financial resources.

August 21, 2014 | BY CONGRESSMAN JEFF DENHAM | Editorial


Ryan White: A legacy of hope

The older I get the more I think about what I will leave behind when my days here on Earth are done.

August 19, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


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