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‘Mr. Bulldog’ lives on

When taking on a new job, it's inevitable that you will be compared to the person who last held the post. Sometimes this can be a positive thing, especially when hearing a complaint. It's easy to say that being the new person you can't speak to practices of the past, but in the future it will be your mission to make things right. Sometimes, however, filling the shoes left by a predecessor can be impossible.

February 03, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Ceaseless change dominates our dynamic planet

Nothing about Earth history is static or unchanging. That's particularly true of climate, and thereon hangs more than one interesting tale including recent news of a scientific advance in understanding how past climate has changed.

January 31, 2012 | BY DR. E. KIRSTEN PETERS | Editorial


Agricultural education and our moment to shine

Over the last year I have seen a great effort by the FFA, 4-H and other agricultural education associations in raising the visibility and interest in the California Special Interest License Plate for Agriculture (CalAgPlate). This program is a great opportunity to provide consistent funding to agricultural education in California through a portion of fees collected in the annual renewal of license plates.

January 31, 2012 | BY KAREN ROSS California Agriculture Secretary | Editorial


Be your neighbor’s keeper

I grew up in a small town. Now, I know native Turlockers like to think this is a small town, but they're wrong. The population of my hometown was around 3,000 when I was living there; it's over 4,600 today. Turlock boasts a population of over 68,000. Enough said.

January 27, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


Small claims—big headache

Why is court so complicated? I just feel the frustration ooze out of the small claims litigants. Most folks who sue in small claims court sue on "principle" and firmly believe that they are in the right. The judge, however, must follow the substantive law. In small claims court, it is the legal procedures that have been modified or set aside to give folks easier access to the Courts.

January 24, 2012 | BY NANCY WILLIAMSEN Superior Court Commissioner | Editorial


Take a break and spur the economy

I love vacations. Unfortunately, my desire to travel the world far exceeds my financial means and time availability to do so. Don't get me wrong I still travel, just on a smaller scale and not as often as I'd like. When I finally do get away, I feel guilty about the money I spend and my absence from work.

January 20, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


And a little child shall lead them

Little kids are amenable to learning new habits - generally much more so than those of us who are set in our ways because this isn't our first rodeo. That's why it's sometimes more effective to teach children health science information rather than to do outreach aimed directly at their parents.

January 17, 2012 | | Editorial


Supreme Court case obscenely out of step with the times

What is obscene cussing and should the government regulate it?

January 13, 2012 | BY DENNIS WYATT Special to the Journal | Editorial


Nothing new under the sun

Out with the old, in with the new. That is the rallying cry for many come January. I'm not quite sure about the "out with the old" part, but in 2012 the Journal is bringing in new - and hopefully exciting - features for our readers.

January 10, 2012 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


The worth of water

According to the "Longman English Dictionary," a New Year's resolution is "a decision to do something better or stop doing something bad in the new year." Not surprisingly, New Year's resolutions generally serve only as broad ideals that individuals fabricate in an attempt to freshen themselves for the new time period; exercising more, controlling expenses, or simply behaving nicer constitute the main desires. Despite the truth that such resolutions rarely survive the temptations that unfold, and in this case the ones that may have already unfolded, incorporating the right amount of water into your body's system will ...

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


Preserving prime ag land, planning for a sustainable future through regional collaboration

Stanislaus County is a unique community. Ours is a county where city leaders come together on a regular basis to discuss ideas, strategies, and opportunities where regional collaboration can best be implemented.

January 06, 2012 | | Editorial


Plan needed for successful New Year’s resolutions

Happy New Year! I really tried to get this column into Saturday's paper, but I procrastinated too long and now 2011 is over. Coincidentally, my New Year's resolution for 2011 was to stop procrastinating so much and get organized. That lasted all of two weeks. As I write this a pile of notes and press releases threatens to topple from my desk, burying me under three months worth of documents. My obvious failings in the organization department make me wonder, why don't my New Year's resolutions ever stick?

January 03, 2012 | Andrea Goodwin | Editorial


Hitting below the belt

If you've made a New Year's resolution to eat right and trim down, be forewarned that medical science shows your brain has it in for you and will actively promote your failure on two different fronts. That's not good news, of course, but you should know about it so you can strengthen your resolve as best you can.

January 03, 2012 | BY DR. E. KIRSTEN PETERS | Editorial


LGBT History Law step in right direction, but lacks guidance

California Senate Bill 48, also known informally as the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) History Law, officially becomes law with the New Year and overall I agree with the law - with a lot of

December 30, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Editorial


Turlock continues to see success, despite challenges

Turlock had many successes in 2011, in spite of a challenging economy and a state government and legislature bent on taking money away from local government.

December 30, 2011 | BY JOHN LAZAR Mayor, City of Turlock | Editorial


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