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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


Keep Turlock’s library open

Imagine that your income is slashed by 87 percent. It's a frightening thought. What would you do? Stanislaus County Libraries are facing that reality if Proposition S is not passed. In November voters will be asked to Vote Yes on S to extend the 1/8 cent sales tax. It must be passed with a two-thirds margin.

August 22, 2017 | | Letters to the Editor


Thank you for supporting community health center

As National Health Center Week comes to an end this year, I want to thank the Turlock community for continuing to embrace Golden Valley Health Centers. Our non-profit community health center, which started from humble beginnings 45 years ago, has grown to incorporate 29 different locations in 13 different communities throughout Merced and Stanislaus Counties. And, before the end of the year we will be opening up our doors to San Joaquin County residents as well! Our 150,000 patients come from diverse backgrounds with important healthcare needs that we strive to meet each day.

August 18, 2017 | | Letters to the Editor


Turlock should plan for retail marijuana sales tax

I understand that the city of Turlock will not have any legal retail sales of cannabis or marijuana scheduled for the near future. However, I think planning for the retail end of the market needs to be planned very soon indeed.

August 15, 2017 | | Letters to the Editor


Trump administration actions need to be reported

After reading Investor's Business Daily: "Someone Just Noticed That Trump Is Getting Stuff Done" I realized that this type of news should be of great concern to us all. As a long-time reader of the Turlock Journal I appreciate the local news you carry. However, as we have seen over the past year+ the blunders and alarming scandals of our newest president has occupied the media in print and electronic forms. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is remaking our constitutional government to support the 1 percent and not you and I. Please add news articles to your publication that present ...

August 08, 2017 | | Letters to the Editor


Home health insurance

The California legislature has just passed Senate Bill 562 with no possible means of financing it. Consider the inefficiency of the state processing claims and expect a 20 percent increase in overhead. Next is eliminating deductibles -another 20 percent. Including vision, dental and nursing home care will be another 30 percent increase.

June 23, 2017 | | Letters to the Editor


Support our county library with Measure S

Voters in November will be asked again to vote is a county wide election to renew the eighth-penny sales tax to support our countywide library system. I hope you will vote yes on Measure S.

June 16, 2017 | | Letters to the Editor


Homeowner should not have received prison sentence for fatal shooting

The recent trial and conviction of Turlock resident Rob Boyer was a total injustice. (Boyer was sentenced to seven years in prison for fatally shooting Brandon Pacheco in the back after finding him on his property in July 23, 2013.)

June 09, 2017 | | Letters to the Editor


Women deserve respect, no matter their job choice

As a mother and retired professional educator I was frustrated and saddened by Sam Romeo's letter to the Journal of May 13. He blames women for not respecting mothers. Well, let's blame the victim. Women in America are coming into their strengths finally as being capable of a vast array of abilities, which do not necessarily include giving birth. Presenting the "business world" as a seductive attraction and glamorous must give the non-union woman clerk a shock. Where is that seduction? Where the glamour?

May 19, 2017 | | Letters to the Editor


I’m blessed my wife is a professional mother

As Mother's Day approaches I want to share my views of what the day means to me. I want to put the celebration in the context of my marriage of 56 years to my college sweetheart. When we met, her goal was to become a teacher; mine was to become a physician. In June 2016, we attended my 50th year medical school reunion and on May 14, we will celebrate her 56th year motherhood reunion.

May 12, 2017 | | Letters to the Editor


Senate Bill 562 is doomed

The politicians who penned this attempt at universal, one payer, government-run health insurance have absolutely no idea what they are doing.

May 12, 2017 | | Letters to the Editor


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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 ...

October 20, 2017 | | Letters to the Editor


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