I have been involved in high school athletics for many years; I have played in them and I have cheered from the sidelines. After the Turlock Christian/Denair game that I just attended, I have almost lost all faith in the sportsmanship that used to be held at such a high standard at all high school athletic contests.
I believe that President Barack Obama is on the right track with focusing on job creation. I think helping small businesses with giving small banks the incentive to give loans and the tax credits to businesses who hire new workers or give them raises is a step in the right direction.
California's budget crisis has impacted every level of government: State, county, and city. Painful cuts have been and will continue to be made in all areas. Inevitably up and down the state, counties and local governments are looking at another year of reduced budgets and additional cuts to the point that many police chiefs and sheriffs are being forced to lay off police officers and deputy sheriffs.
January 22, 2010|
BY STANISLAUS COUNTY SHERIFF ADAM CHRISTIANSON
|Letters to the Editor
I was listening and reading about the plight of yet another successful industry going out of business - the dairy industry. Dairy folks receive generous subsidies, but still aren't protected against mountains of regulations or imports. What really is happening it that the corporations want all those cows to be corporate cows and some poor guy from Paraguay to come in and do all the work of taking care of dairy cows then get lost.
I am concerned about the impact that an estimated 3.75 fold increase in the use of Joe Debely Stadium will have on the adjacent neighborhood. So, for the first time in a long time, I attended a meeting of the Turlock City Council on Dec. 1. Based on what I witnessed and experienced there, I now have much greater concerns.
It may have come to your attention that there have been, and still are, drastic budget cuts considered for the arts at California State University, Stanislaus. As a Piano Performance major, I would be extremely devastated if such a thing would be allowed to happen. If these budget cuts were allowed to happen, all private lessons (meaning one-on-one time with an instructor specifically for that instrument) would be canceled, because nearly all instruments taught at CSU Stanislaus Department of Music are taught by part-time faculty. If the budget were to be cut, those positions would be the first to go ...