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Criminals keep changing rules of engagement

The world has come a long way since a cold Sunday morning in December of 1971.

April 04, 2014 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


Did Mr. Gun Control broker a terrorist deal for rocket launcher?

Where's the best little whorehouse in California?

April 01, 2014 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


Hobby Lobby family owners battle for their civil conscience

Hobby Lobby is closed on Sundays.

March 25, 2014 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


Women’s water and sanitation crisis

Water might be on the forefront of everyone's minds in California as we face continued drought conditions, but in India there's a mother losing her daughter every single day due to the lack of clean, drinkable water.

March 22, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Editorial


Duty to inform, not inflame

In the past 10 years there's been a shift in news media. Many news organizations went from striving to be the watchdogs of the community to doing everything possible to increase the number of "Likes" they get on a Facebook post, ethics be damned. What's wrong with being liked, you may ask? Aren't media companies in the business of increasing their audience?

March 18, 2014 | Kristina Hacker | Editorial


The total costs of crude oil

Even if I walked to work each day, I would still be indebted for my daily bread to cars and trucks. The many goods we buy in stores arrive at their destinations courtesy of the internal combustion engine. Motors and engines are woven into the warp and weft of all our economic activity from farming to manufacturing. Although small amounts of biofuels are mixed with the gasoline we purchase, most of the fuel we use comes from crude oil.

March 18, 2014 | BY DR. E. KIRSTEN PETERS | Editorial


Still a long way to go for equal pay

With the month of March marking National Women's History Month, it is important that we not only observe the significant strides made by women throughout the decades, but also acknowledge the barriers continually facing women today. One of these barriers remains in the modern workplace, where, despite women accounting for nearly half of the workforce, their earnings continue to be considerably less than their male colleagues.

March 14, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Editorial


What the 'six-state' plan shows about politics

Have you ever heard the expression "cheat to win"? Certainly we all have been presented with situations throughout our lives where cheating might have been the easier route, while also ensuring us a guaranteed win. But if you're someone who enjoys that feeling of accomplishment you get when it was your own blood, sweat and tears which ultimately resulted in a "win," then you're also most likely an individual who wouldn't resort to changing the rules of the game after several failed attempts to get to home plate. If you did that, you'd be just as ...

March 11, 2014 | Cara Hallam | Editorial


It's time for NorCal cities to offer cash for grass

Southern Californians have a tendency to have a smug attitude toward water.

March 07, 2014 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


New Farm Bill and 2015 Budget expand opportunity in rural America

This week, President Obama released USDA's fiscal year 2015 budget proposal, which supports our ongoing work to create jobs and opportunity in rural America.

March 07, 2014 | BY AG SECRETARY TOM VILSACK | Editorial


Student loan debt: Housing Crisis 2.0

America is about to get another harsh lesson in easy money.

March 04, 2014 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


Termites and better biofuels

Every time I fill my gas tank, I see the notice on the pump that explains part of the fuel I'm buying is ethanol. Ethanol is alcohol, a type of biofuel rather than fossil fuel. While biofuels can be good to promote national energy independence and possibly help with greenhouse gas emissions, the ethanol in our gasoline is made from corn. (The starch in the corn is broken down into sugars that are then fermented into alcohol.) With corn ethanol, we are essentially putting food into our gas tanks, a fact that some people take exception to because it ...

March 04, 2014 | BY DR. E. KIRSTEN PETERS | Editorial


Rail authority meeting funding agreements, creating Valley jobs

A recent article in the Turlock Journal reported that the California High-Speed Rail Authority was granted an extension from the Federal Railroad Administration in paying $180 million it owed the FRA, and quoted Congressman Jeff Denham accusing the FRA of "protecting the Authority" by bypassing the current high-speed rail funding agreement in order to keep the project moving forward.

February 28, 2014 | BY LISA MARIE ALLEY | Editorial


'Malling' of America's community standards

Orem is a tidy city at the base of the Wasatch Range.

February 21, 2014 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


Census of agriculture results tell story of unlimited potential in rural America

This week, USDA released preliminary data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture that provides a snapshot of a rural America that remains stable in the face of difficult economic times. While the data do not paint a perfect picture, they do tell a story of the unlimited potential and growing opportunity in modern rural America.

February 21, 2014 | BY AG SECRETARY TOM VILSACK | Editorial


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Bridging the valley of death

As a child, I learned about the "valley of the shadow of death" from the 23 Psalm. A similar image is conjured up by economists who talk about the "valley of death." They mean that potentially deadly stage in the life of a business when production needs to be massively scaled up but investors aren't willing to make that leap based only on pilot-scale results or because the economics of full-scale production are still iffy. One segment of the young biofuels industry is approaching that valley.

April 08, 2014 | BY DR. E. KIRSTEN PETERS | Editorial


Steinberg not happy with low gas prices

"Higher prices discourage demand."

April 08, 2014 | BY DENNIS WYATT Turlock Journal | Editorial


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