All societies and cultures, have limits on what is acceptable behavior and what is allowable in the way of personal expression, yet the arts remain a relatively free space in which to create more complicated forms of public interaction. The world is open to integration and interpretation more than ever before and the effect that art has on us as individuals and as a society is now reaching beyond the borders of any given culture. Mass communication -- via television, the Internet, and cinema, along with cultural syncretism and networking between nations and even continents, has enabled us as human beings ...
When I told my grandmother, a lifelong resident of Turlock, I'm running for the YCCD Board against the incumbent of twenty years, she became skeptical of my chances. We're a family that takes pride in civic engagement, sitting around the dining room table with our ballots, having a spirited discussion about the consequences of our decisions. That's why she knew the odds are stacked against newcomers looking to breathe new life into politics.
I'm writing to encourage Turlock voters in District 4 to re-elect Amy Bublak to Turlock's City Council. In all the conversations I've had with Amy, one thing that is clear is her devotion to our community and its citizens. She has a vision for Turlock that preserves its uniqueness while working to increase its economic potential.
Tobacco excise taxes are proven to save lives by reducing the use of tobacco among current users and preventing many youth from using it all together. These taxes also raise much needed revenue for our state. Prop 56 will be on the November ballot and will help protect kids, fight cancer, and will help fund cancer treatment, smoking prevention, health care, and cancer research. This will help cut health care costs by decreasing the amount of tobacco-related medical expenses.
We were delighted to see the letter from Abe Rojas, former director of Parks & Recreation for the City of Turlock, about the history of the Kaleidoscope Teen Center (published August 3, 2016). All of us on Carnegie Arts Center staff, Board of Directors, and Centennial Committee are extremely grateful for the efforts of so many community members over the years to save and reinvent this wonderful old building. Every change in use – from Library to Teen Center to Community Center to Arts Center – has brought new people, new energy, new ideas and new experiences to the Carnegie.
Forty-five years ago in a bone-chilling, blood-curdling cover story for The Los Angeles Free Press about California's gas chamber ("How Long Can You Hold Your Breath?," December 4, 1970), author, musician, and beatnik activist Ed Sanders, decried state-sponsored, tax-payer funded executions as a "ritual of filth." Sanders exhorted: "Isn't it time to crush that cruel nose-cone at San Quentin in the jaws of the nearest auto compactor or in the nearest junk yard?"
As I watched the news last week on the Dallas shooting, I was sickened. This is a time for all people of all races to come together. Life matters. Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day, and there are a lot of good officers across America, from every department. I'm very close to one, my son.
How to explain the utter emptiness of the Turlock government's recent campaign reform gesture? Consider the backdrop. The recent farmer's market flap disrupted the mayor's scheme to ram a wealthy political donor's for-profit operation into the downtown site so successfully cultivated by the Turlock Certified Farmer's Market, and gave a black eye to the image he needs for personal political advancement. The episode in turn invigorated a TIN CUP campaign that likewise stands to complicate his good ol' boy approach to running the city and thus his career plans.
Reforms in government are never easy, but they're often necessary. As the great grandson of some of Turlock's first farmers and residents, I'm committed to preserve our history as a small, close-knit community. As mayor, I'm also committed to reforms that acknowledge our need to be accountable, unbiased and transparent in how Turlock conducts business now and into the future.
July 01, 2016|
Turlock Mayor Gary Soiseth
|Letters to the Editor