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DUI has no bearing on Bates’ bid for mayoral seat

Ted Howze's vow "to launch a negative ad campaign" if Brad Bates does not withdraw from the mayor's race is disgusting and a repeat of his negative ads when he ran against Brad for the County Supervisor's race in 2004. Does Howze get vicarious satisfaction from writing negative things about others?

December 05, 2017 | | Letters to the Editor


Tax plan is bad for hardworking Californians

Congressman Jeff Denham voted for the GOP tax scheme that is being sold as a middle-class tax break, but we know the truth, it's a big giveaway to the ultra-rich. This "so-called" reform plan hurts hardworking middle-class families, all to pad the pockets of the rich.

December 01, 2017 | | Letters to the Editor


Why pardon a turkey?

President Trump is getting his pardon pen ready, as the Muller investigation starts indicting his associates. This Wednesday, he plans to practice on two very innocent Minnesota turkeys.

November 17, 2017 | | Letters to the Editor


Trying to get Denham to hear his constituents

I recently had the displeasure of calling Stanislaus Congressman Jeff Denham's office to politely ask him to vote against the GOP tax bill. I voiced my concerns that it will harm middle class people while exploding the deficit, concerns someone who claims to be fiscally responsible should agree with. However, the staffer, rather than doing her job of registering my comments and passing them on to the congressman, argued with me, repeatedly interrupted as I tried to speak, and then blatantly lied about what the bill would do. She claimed the loss of state and local tax deductions would ...

November 14, 2017 | | Letters to the Editor


We need to vote in every election

I am so grateful to see that Measure S passed so overwhelmingly. It extended the sales tax surcharge to support the Stanislaus County Library system for the next 12 years. Now, we can maintain what is in place, and still plan for more services into the next decade or so. The citizens of Turlock will enjoy their branch library well into the next decade.

November 10, 2017 | | Letters to the Editor


City Council is not responsibly planning for citizens’ protection

Approximately 30 years ago, this city had 55 sworn personnel, which totaled the entire police force, from administration to officers in the field. The city population at that time was approximately 35,000. We presently have a population which has doubled, to 70,000 plus, a 100 percent increase. However, the entire police force now only has 80 sworn personnel. This is only a 70 percent increase for enforcing the law and protecting the people!

November 07, 2017 | | Letters to the Editor


Denair community: Vote for Asbill for school board

I wish to take a moment of your time to express my thoughts on a gentleman I feel would be a great addition to the Denair Unified School Districts Board. Charles Asbill had worked for the Denair School District for 15 years. He is one of those incredible people that always took great pride in the care that he did for all who work and attend Denair schools. Upon his retirement this school year, he has been greatly missed by our school environment.

November 03, 2017 | | Letters to the Editor


School employees’ union supports Asbill for DUSD Board

This letter is written in support of Charles Asbill for a seat on Denair Unified School District Board. California School Employees Association (CSEA) Denair Unified #113 has endorsed Mr. Asbill. We've known Mr. Asbill for over 16 years. If he says he is going to do something, he gets the job done. Due to his employment and acquired knowledge, he has an outstanding work ethic in all his endeavors. He has had numerous awards through his years of service. He takes a practical approach to the issues. Charles will be an asset to the Denair Unified School Board and ...

November 03, 2017 | | Letters to the Editor


The library is many things to many people

This November, we, as a community, are going to be voting on Measure S. Your vote will determine whether or not Stanislaus County can keep the doors open to the library.

October 24, 2017 | | Letters to the Editor


Library tax is money well spent

I read the letters regarding Measure 'S' - the measure that will support our public libraries for the next 12 years. Perhaps the persons writing against Measure 'S' has not considered the many public services we must tax to fund our common good: roads, police, fire protection, military, etc. A free public library is just as important as any of these - probably more so. Without equal access to free information for all we become subjects of the wealthy.

October 20, 2017 | | Letters to the Editor


Measure S is the best way to fund libraries

The question I most frequently hear regarding Measure S, is why do we need a sales tax to support the library? Shouldn't the budgets of the cities and county fund the library?

October 13, 2017 | | Letters to the Editor


Measure S: It’s all about the MONEY, yours and mine

When libraries began in the late 1800s and early 1900s, they were the cities' responsibility. This practice continued until 1999 when the cities, low on funds, couldn't support their libraries, so they cried to the county and the taxpayers for funding. This 1/8 cent tax was supposed to sunset in 2004. This time the libraries cried and pulled at our heartstrings for funding. And we bought into the ruse. Again, the tax was supposed to sunset, but again the libraries cried. Again, we were duped. In 2012, we were assured yet again that the tax would sunset – be ...

October 06, 2017 | | Letters to the Editor


Support your library and its vital resources

Are you noticing the "YES on S" signs all around the county? We certainly hope so - our county libraries operate on this 1/8 cent tax. This small tax provides 89 percent of our public libraries budget. We have been paying this since 1995; the tax is a designated tax and can only be used for the libraries. We need to renew it this election, and 2/3 of all votes are needed.

September 29, 2017 | | Letters to the Editor


Housing package is a step in the right direction

Time and time again, I have opposed legislation which prioritized the interests of the big cities and wealthy coastal regions while failing to make room for solutions to the problems we have in the San Joaquin Valley. But today is one of the rare occasions I can confidently say that the San Joaquin Valley was not forgotten.

September 15, 2017 | | Letters to the Editor


We need another suspension of the Health Insurance Tax

California's small and mid-sized businesses are asking for help. Healthcare costs have risen for 95 percent of us over the past five years, and it's hard to keep up. Now there's a real possibility that Congress won't act in time to spare us from a return of the Health Insurance Tax in 2018.

September 05, 2017 | | Letters to the Editor


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