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The case for a $10 per person surcharge to help protect Yosemite

People who visit Yosemite National Park often use words such as "spectacular," "breath-taking," and "incredible" to describe the experience.

August 26, 2016 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


Prop 47 works for drug users, criminals

There were 52,000 fewer arrests in California last year.

August 23, 2016 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


SJ Valley may go to hell, but air will be clean

Pundits can't figure out why moderate Democrats in the Central Valley and the Inland Empire aren't jumping for joy at the chance to extend and strengthen Assembly Bill 32 - better known as the greenhouse-gas emissions law - beyond 2020.

August 12, 2016 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


'The mountains are calling and I must go'

Why do I hike? I was wondering that Monday as I was bypassing snow nearing the 14,232-foot summit of White Mountain, California's third highest peak.

July 26, 2016 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


You never know where the next scam will pop up

Doug Lemcke tried to scam me on Thursday.

July 22, 2016 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Turlock Journal | Editorial


What presumption of innocence?

Facts don't matter. Police are guilty until proven innocent - or even if proven innocent. The Black Lives Matter crusade, born after Florida vigilante George Zimmerman shot unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in 2012, turned to police shootings of black men after the death of Michael Brown, 18, in 2014. It doesn't matter that the U.S. Department of Justice essentially cleared Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson, who said he shot Brown in self-defense. Facts cannot dent the popular narrative of white cops shooting black men because police are racists.

July 19, 2016 | BY DEBRA SAUNDERS Creators Syndicate | Editorial


Why not ban ability to buy soda using food stamps?

You've heard the pitch.

July 15, 2016 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


How about background checks on buyers of smartphones to save lives?

I feel so much safer knowing that California will soon be doing background checks on those who buy ammunition.

July 12, 2016 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


Our mental health system is in desperate need of repair

There is an epidemic going on in the United States that leaves no community unaffected, and unfortunately, the Obama Administration is either unaware of its severity or has chosen to ignore the systemic wounds it has inflicted on our society. The conversation about the need for mental health reform, for a national campaign to end the stigma surrounding mental illness, to promote mental wellbeing as vitally important as physical wellbeing, has been just that – a conversation – for too long.

July 08, 2016 | By Rep. Jeff Denham | Editorial


Illegals, college aid, the draft and the Valley

Down in the valley - Manteca, Modesto, Hanford, Bakersfield, Fresno, Stockton, Turlock, and virtually every other community - is where the proverbial rubber hits the road in terms of immigration whether it is legal or otherwise.

July 05, 2016 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


Frosted Flakes, sin taxes and North Korea

It was a Saturday morning ritual for way too many years.

June 28, 2016 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


Get ready for Sacramento 'magic' solution for homelessness

Get ready for the big lie - or at least being misled whether it is intentional or not.

June 24, 2016 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


Climate change: Chicken Littles, Yosemite Valley and ostriches

"Climate change is no longer a threat, it is a reality." - President Obama speaking in Yosemite Valley on Saturday.

June 21, 2016 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


It's time to 'wine' about 209

Napa Valley may be the Lamborghini of California's wine regions - with the sexy, splashy, and pricey veneer that goes with it - but it doesn't hold a candle to the 209.

June 17, 2016 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


Interacting with people is old school

Are we heading to a point in time when actual face-to-face - and not Skype or Face Time - between people will be as rare as a blizzard in Death Valley at high noon on the Fourth of July?

June 03, 2016 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


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Congressional Act of 2016 To Save California

Drive Interstate 5 south toward Los Banos and veer west toward the Pacheco Pass.

December 09, 2016 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


Let's restore steelhead in the LA River

"Though the great salmon runs were only in Northern California rivers, steelhead trout were trapped, speared or hooked as they returned to from the sea ...

December 06, 2016 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


21st Century Cures Act significant step toward ensuring that those who need help the most get it

Congress has taken a huge step toward bringing our nation's laws in line with modern medicine by passing the 21st Century Cures Act, which ...

December 06, 2016 | By Rep. Jeff Denham | Editorial


Snapping photos of food wasn't a Kodak moment

The server brought the food to the adjoining table and no sooner had the plates touched the wood, two of the four family members - both ...

November 29, 2016 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


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