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Change in the wind for council

In two months and two and a half weeks, the face of the Turlock City Council may drastically change.

August 17, 2010 | | Editorial

Real tax increases, real consequences

Taxpayers don't look at taxes the way the people who spend the tax money do. Take the battle over the extension of the "Bush tax cuts." Americans to Washington: They were tax cuts in 2001 and 2003. If Washington allows all or parts of the "Bush tax cuts" to expire at the end of the year, the result won't be to not cut taxes, as Beltway lingo and President Obama suggest, but to raise taxes.As pollster Scott Rasmussen reported earlier this month, 56 percent of mainstream voters favor extending the Bush tax rates for all Americans, while ...

August 13, 2010 | | Editorial

Why voters should tell Sacramento to bag it

There are two kinds of people in California politics: those who want Sacramento to ban plastic grocery bags and those who just want state pols to pass a budget.The budget is after all - what? - only 39 days late.AB1998 would ban the distribution of single-use plastic bags in 2012. Shoppers would have to bring their own (presumably cloth) bags to the store or pay 5 cents or more per sack.I understand why a ban would appeal to Sacramento lawmakers. Who likes them? The bags, I mean. They're ugly. (Chi-chi shop bags are exempt.) They're uglier after ...

August 10, 2010 | BY DEBRA J. SAUNDERS | Editorial

For whom the Bell tolls

I would like to offer the City of Bell my gratitude for proving that newspapers are still needed in this day and age.

August 06, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial

Grizzled veterans of America's math wars

I am a veteran of the math wars. I was there in 1995 when the shiny new California Learning Assessment System (CLAS) test told graders to award a higher score to a student who incorrectly answered a math problem about planting trees - but wrote an enthusiastic essay - than to a student who got the answer right, but with no essay.The genius responsible for that math question explained that her goal was to present eighth-graders with "an intentionally ambiguous problem in which no one pattern can be considered the absolute answer." Gov. Pete Wilson's education czar, Maureen DiMarco, promptly ...

August 03, 2010 | BY DEBRA SAUNDERS Creators Syndicate | Editorial

Wanted: Community leaders

Walt Whitman once said, "A great city is that which has the greatest men and women." Fortunately, Turlock has had the support of great men, women and most importantly leaders who have guided and shaped the city from a railroad stop into a city of almost 70,000 citizens.Since its incorporation in 1908, 20 men have held the position of Mayor of Turlock. Those men were instrumental in positioning Turlock to be a leader in the state and home to such successes as the Turlock Irrigation District and California State University, Stanislaus.Turlockers have honored their past mayors with ...

July 30, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial

Carlin’s legacy

I wonder if comedian George Carlin knew in 1975 what he was doing.

July 23, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial

Keeping it simple

At every level, we humans have a natural drive to understand the world around us. We try to understand people and the economy (with little success), and we try to understand the natural world around us (with more and more success over time).

July 20, 2010 | BY DR. E. KIRSTEN PETERS | Editorial

A new wave of activism

Prior to 2007, protests in Turlock were a rare occurrence.

July 16, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial

It’s about time

Eating corndogs larger than your head. Watching cars run into each other on purpose. Engaging in activities you know may lead to projectile vomiting.

July 13, 2010 | | Editorial

University researchers lend expertise to the Valley

It takes everyone's help to strengthen Central Valley communities.

July 13, 2010 | BY ROBIN MARIA DELUGAN | Editorial

Same old, same old doesn’t cut it

One day a month I ignore my nocturnal tendencies and wake at the absurdly early hour of 6 a.m. I then drag myself down to Latif's for the monthly Kiwanis Club of Turlock Board of Directors meeting.

July 06, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial

Summer vacations that teach a lot

My finest memory from childhood is sailing a kayak my clever brother had made out of plywood and canvas. The sailing adventure was on a lake in Glacier National Park. The wind was good, my beloved dog was tucked between my knees for ballast, and I scooted over the water like a rocket – or so it seemed to an 11 year old. I have a black and white photo of that event (the world was black and white in those days), and I cherish it greatly even though it's faded.

July 06, 2010 | BY DR. E. KIRSTEN PETERS | Editorial

A season of change

Everything changes.

June 29, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial

The biggest show in town

As you are reading this at least a dozen people are probably still at California State University, Stanislaus sweeping up peanuts from the circus that was the Sarah Palin event.

June 26, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial

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Real turkey made better by farmers

Ever see a turkey in the wild in the Sierra foothills?

November 27, 2015 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial

It's getting better all the time

In 1967 Paul McCartney wrote a song for the Sgt. Pepper's album called "Getting Better." Philips Electronics used it for a major marketing campaign ...

November 25, 2015 | BY DAVID L. WHITE CEO, Stanislaus Business Alliance | Editorial

The ridership fallacy of high speed rail

California is not Europe. Nor is the Golden State Japan.

November 24, 2015 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


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