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Arts education gives students a reason to celebrate

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 ...

September 08, 2016 | | Letters to the Editor


Why I'm running for YCCD Trustee Area 3

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.

August 26, 2016 | | Letters to the Editor


Bublak played vital role in city's economic development

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.

August 26, 2016 | | Letters to the Editor


Time for local schools to implement 'Meatless Mondays'

Dear Editor:

August 26, 2016 | | Letters to the Editor


Tobacco taxes save lives

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.

August 16, 2016 | | Letters to the Editor


Leaders should weigh liberty of all when it comes to public expressions

At this time, I very much wish to thank the Turlock Journal for their front page coverage concerning the loud concert at the fairgrounds on July 23.

August 16, 2016 | | Letters to the Editor


Carnegie has made a lasting impact on Turlock

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.

August 04, 2016 | | Letters to the Editor


Death penalty reform is the answer for California

Dear Editor,

July 26, 2016 | | Letters to the Editor


Proposition 62 can mark the progress of a maturing society for conscientious Californians

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?"

July 19, 2016 | | Letters to the Editor


We must stand together during these troubled times

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.

July 14, 2016 | | Letters to the Editor


I support Mayor Gary Soiseth

Editor:

July 14, 2016 | | Letters to the Editor


Ballot box solution to Turlock's problems

Editor,

July 12, 2016 | | Letters to the Editor


Council's empty campaign finance reform ordinance

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.

July 05, 2016 | | Letters to the Editor


New Stan State president helps Turlock celebrate Independence Day

One of my favorite holidays of the year is the 4th of July. It is a special day where we as Americans despite our many differences all come together to celebrate what a great country we live in..

July 05, 2016 | | Letters to the Editor


Reflecting on Turlock’s year of reforms

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


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Gil Esquer excellent choice for Turlock City Council District 2

It is my honor to write this letter in support of my friend Gil Esquer, a candidate for Turlock City Council District 2. Gil is ...

September 23, 2016 | | Letters to the Editor


Stop the regulatory drought

The State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB) is either oblivious to the pain they are causing our community or simply don't care. Their mandates ...

September 23, 2016 | | Letters to the Editor


Stan State's accolades deserve top billing

I am writing about the article published on Sept. 16 about UC Merced ranked among nation's best colleges. I certainly agree that the article ...

September 23, 2016 | | Letters to the Editor


Vote for Amy Bublak for Turlock City Council District 4

I am very pleased to support Amy Bublak for reelection to Turlock City Council District 4. I have known Amy for over a decade. She ...

September 23, 2016 | | Letters to the Editor


Esquer is an excellent choice for City Council

Editor,

September 15, 2016 | | Letters to the Editor


Nascimento is a strong voice for common sense

We in Turlock have a great opportunity to give some feedback to those serving our community in city government. In the upcoming election we have ...

September 15, 2016 | | Letters to the Editor


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