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A new era

Turlock now seems to have entered into a new era. It is one of big city politics with all the earmarks and unwarranted spending that accompanies self-interested politicians. This is ever more apparent with the recent action that the city council has taken. The council has advocated and decided to allow for the misappropriation of Redevelopment Agency funds to remodel the football stadium at Turlock High School. It was an effort headed by Councilman Ted Howze which can be argued to be an attempt by him to score political points leading into his endeavor for re-election next year. He hopes ...

November 28, 2009 | | Letters to the Editor


Diseases are caused by poor lifestyle choices, not germs

Dear Editor,

November 20, 2009 | | Letters to the Editor


Vaccination articles are a benefit to the community

David Dubyak accused the Turlock Journal of rubberstamping the flu shot recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institute of Health in his recent letter to the editor. I have been reading the series of science related articles, published on Saturdays, and authored by Dr. E. Kirsten Peters in your editorial page. I suspect, based on your inclusion of these articles, that your action was an intelligent choice, rather than a rubberstamp.

November 17, 2009 | | Letters to the Editor


University misrepresents faculty workload

As a faculty member in the Chemistry department at Cal State Stanislaus, I will miss teaching Winter term. Over the last 16 years, I have taught 14 winter term classes, including Wine Making, Environmental Chemistry and the Chemicals in Your Life. One very large point of misinformation presented by Provost Lujan must be clarified. In his letter to the editor, he stated "Faculty are not required to teach during Winter Term even though they are paid for 10 months of teaching. Less than five percent of the faculty teaches a Winter Term course, which means that 95 percent of the ...

November 13, 2009 | | Letters to the Editor


Vaccines are not the answer

Dear Editor,

November 13, 2009 | | Letters to the Editor


We need affordable health care

First, I want to profoundly thank Representative Dennis Cordoza for standing up and voting for affordable health care.

November 10, 2009 | | Letters to the Editor


Dr. Lujan owes the faculty and the community an apology

This letter responds in part to CSU Interim Provost Herman Lujan's editorial in the Turlock Journal concerning the abolition of Winter Term. If the Interim Provost has a compelling argument why does he lead with an argument that is incorrect? He says: "Replacing Winter Term with a self-support inter-session and expanding the fall and spring semesters to 15 weeks means that professors will now be held accountable for teaching a full load."

November 10, 2009 | | Letters to the Editor


Provost’s statement is misleading

Interim Provost Herman Lujan misleads and misinforms the public regarding the responsibilities of faculty at CSU Stanislaus and libels the dedicated professional faculty members that he was appointed to lead. His statement in a Nov. 4 letter to the editor printed in the Journal that CSU Stanislaus faculty members work less than their colleagues at other CSU campuses is patently false. The terms and conditions of faculty employment throughout the California State University are spelled out in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (contract) between the California Faculty Association and the CSU. CSU Stanislaus faculty members fulfill the same contractual obligations as ...

November 06, 2009 | | Letters to the Editor


Ending Winter Term makes sense financially and academically

As the State Legislature's funding support for public higher education rapidly declines, the California State University system has been faced with unprecedented budget cuts that have had a major impact on all 23 CSU campuses.

November 03, 2009 | | Letters to the Editor


Students would not be served best by inter-session

In reference to your recent article concerning the abolition of Winter Term at CSU Stanislaus, as chair of the faculty committee that investigated the President's proposal that Winter Term be eliminated I would like to offer the following points for your readers' information.

October 30, 2009 | | Letters to the Editor


Bernard right fit for TUSD

I am writing this letter to show my support for Turlock Unified School District Board candidate Josh Bernard. Over the years working with Josh I have witnessed characteristics that I feel are ideally suited for a TUSD Board trustee. Characteristics such as honesty, patience, and dependability are only a few of the traits I see Josh demonstrate on a regular basis.

October 27, 2009 | | Letters to the Editor


Weaver best choice for school board

I am writing this letter in support of Bob Weaver, candidate for the Turlock Unified School District. I have known Bob for the past fifteen years and have found him to be a bright, hard -working, community- oriented, individual. He has three sons in school so it is of the utmost importance to Bob to see that they receive the best education possible.

October 27, 2009 | | Letters to the Editor


LaVelle, incumbents proven leaders

Timm LaVelle and the two other incumbent board members of the Turlock Unified School District have clearly demonstrated why they should be re-elected. Mr. LaVelle has consistently treated those who have appeared before the board with the courtesy and respect they deserve. Under his stewardship, the TUSD board has met the recent budget crisis and other challenges with thoughtful resolve and a reassuring unity characteristic of highly functioning organizations. Under Mr. LaVelle's leadership, the board has also skillfully managed the transition between superintendents without the drama evident with the Modesto City Schools Board and the Turlock City Council.

October 27, 2009 | | Letters to the Editor


Support for Sweeten

Support for Sweeten

October 27, 2009 | | Letters to the Editor


Medical marijuana misconceptions debated

In keeping with a newspaper's commitment to accuracy, I want to point out errors and oversights in articles published in many newspapers across the country, regarding the Federal Governments recent guidelines on "medical marijuana" users.

October 23, 2009 | Linda Taylor | Letters to the Editor


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