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The easy life of crime

I just need to know WHY? We all know Turlock has a large number of car thefts. Why is that? I ask this because we had three cars stolen one day and a trailer we had been using that belonged to a friend a different day from my son's house. He caught people robbing his house - two different times.My husband found the trailer being used by several men; it was parked on the streets of Turlock with a different license plate. My husband called the police and confronted the men. When the police officer came she read the ...

August 06, 2010 | | Letters to the Editor


Time to put ethics back into city council

The recall movement is alive and well in Hughson. After successfully obtaining the necessary signatures to be able to place the recall on a ballot, I can say that we are on our way in our campaign efforts to put some ethics and order back into our City Council.I am so proud of the six candidates who have stepped forward to replace the three that the Civil Grand Jury found in violation of political ethics laws. These six - two each running for the three positions - are candidates who have no ties to each other, and are of strong ethical ...

August 03, 2010 | | Letters to the Editor


The law needs to better protect abused women

This is a question that I always wanted the police to answer: Why does the law in our time and age let battered women's incidents get as far as a death?You would think they would know by now this is something you would have to take care of right away, as far as someone not abiding by the law. Abusers like Anthony Simmons - who was stabbed to death allegedly by girlfriend Selina Vargas in February 2009 - ignored and broke every law that got in his way and the police just turned and looked the other way. They have ...

August 03, 2010 | | Letters to the Editor


Integrity needed on Hughson council

Hughson faces a recall election on Aug. 24 because three of its City Council members have refused to follow the recommendations of the Stanislaus Civil Grand Jury and resign from office.The grand jury concluded that they broke several laws, that their conduct was unacceptable, and their continued presence did not serve the best interests of Hughson.Seven months have passed and they haven't budged from office. They've made some expensive mistakes and their presence continues to fuel chaos and bad feelings. It is notable that they tried unsuccessfully to appoint a personal friend as the new city ...

July 30, 2010 | | Letters to the Editor


The absence of reason

Say, what!?!?!! Should Turlock say "Yea" or "Nay" to those council members who just voted to deny the right of their fellow members to abstain from a vote? I suppose it depends on how one views decision making. Let's look at decision making at a personal level. In every election, I am faced with choices between minor candidates whose character I have no way of knowing. Likewise, I have to decide to vote on initiatives, like the one on the housing of chickens, on which I will never have the expertise to be able to make a responsible decision ...

July 30, 2010 | | Letters to the Editor


The bright possibilities for Turlock

Dear Editor,

July 20, 2010 | | Letters to the Editor


I love America, but not Palin

My congratulations to Journal reporter Alex Cantatore on a fine article on Sara Palin's visit. It achieved its goal of raising badly needed revenue. I did find Mr. Rob Veneman's comments very interesting. I am in my 70s and have loved this country and found it exceptional most likely longer than Mr.Veneman. I cannot be counted, however, as a lover of Sara Palin. Mr. Venemen's standard of "those who love America, love Palin" is tough to meet. Should I ever achieve it, please inform Mr. Veneman, he will be the first to know

June 29, 2010 | | Letters to the Editor


It’s time for a new city council

Dear Editor,

June 18, 2010 | | Letters to the Editor


Howze decides which kids are worthy of safe recreation

Turlock City Councilman Ted Howze has struck again! He proposes cutting all summer swim programs at the Turlock High and Pitman High schools. He calls the current programs "the biggest money loser in the entire recreation department." He also disagreed with Councilwoman Mary Jackson that these pools afforded children a safe place to swim and recreate during our 105 degree summers. He wishes to "force" everybody to use Columbia Pool. This means that approximately 12,000 people will be jammed into the one pool available to our citizens.

June 15, 2010 | | Letters to the Editor


Children of Turlock deserve a safe place to swim

Thank you Turlock City Council for allowing two more weeks to hopefully get the community to rally around keeping at least one more pool open for recreation swimming.

June 11, 2010 | | Letters to the Editor


Older teachers are better at their jobs

Teachers are evaluated by school administrators. School administrators are generally either failed teachers who were excellent sycophants or persons who have never taught a day in their lives. Teacher evaluations are based upon your sycophantic abilities, the church you attend, whom you are related to, what your current social status in the community is, and other unmentionable criteria.

June 01, 2010 | | Letters to the Editor


Apology was warranted

At Tuesday's meeting of the Turlock City Council, I issued a personal apology to members of the city's finance staff for a statement made in my opinion editorial to the Turlock Journal. I would like to clarify the facts involved and why an apology was the right thing to do.

May 29, 2010 | | Letters to the Editor


Councilman Howze makes unsubstantiated claims

Editor,

May 25, 2010 | | Letters to the Editor


The truth behind the city’s ‘found’ money

Turlock's residents and our city employees deserve to know the truth about the millions of general fund dollars "found" stashed away in a series of special holding funds that covers the city's state unemployment, workers compensation and health insurance costs. In reality, the money was never "lost" to begin with. There are individuals within city staff who knew the funds existed and that they held millions in excess reserves. Those same individuals chose not to disclose the facts about these funds to the city council, budget subcommittee or the interim city manager in the face of city employees ...

May 21, 2010 | | Letters to the Editor


Enough is enough

I am thoroughly disgusted with the California Legislature. I believe the public should and does have the right to be irate about this situation of passing a budget on time. I am 69 years old and I cannot remember the last time a budget was passed on time.

May 21, 2010 | | Letters to the Editor


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