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Today, July 22, 2014

Letter: There was a ‘stand down’ order issued for Benghazi

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The Associated Press states “No ‘stand down order’ in Benghazi.” Wrong! There are two fields of play here.

Letter: The people are better off because of Obama

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With all the complaining about President Barack Obama, have we forgotten that we now have universal health care? Our unemployment is very low …

Letter: Please return stolen scooter basket

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Shame on the person who stole a mobile scooter basket from my neighbor. How could you? The woman you’ve stole from has cerebral palsy and is d…

Friday, July 18, 2014

Letter: We should not tolerate the use of children as political pawns

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Waiting — while it can at times be downright tedious — seems to be just a normal part of living, something we understand. But “waiting” for un…

Letter: New Muslim state should offer land to Palestinians

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We’ve all just witnessed the creation of a new Muslim state — a Babylonian caliphate birthed in violence and blood; like the inception of all …

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Letter: Why is the president ignoring the health and safety of U.S. citizens?

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It’s been reported on Fox News that many of the illegal mothers, children and teens from Central America are presenting signs of tuberculosis …

Letter: Many states allow guns in schools

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I would like to further comment on the letter, “Advertisement was inappropriate,” by Helen Sagers, June 25.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Letter: How can we deal with homelessness along river?

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Two years ago I returned to Lodi, this time on the Mokelumne River — and adjacent to the homeless encampment to the east under the Mokelumne R…

Letter: Fourth of July is over — so stop setting off fireworks!

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I live just out of the city limits and am still hearing fireworks coming from Lodi. Friday night, on July 4, it sounded like a war zone. I tol…

Letter: Fourth of July is not six weeks long

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I would like to thank Tony Oddo for his letter, “There should be limits on setting off fireworks,” July 10. I too live in your area. Ever sinc…

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Today, July 22, 2014
Steve Hansen: Income equality is an unreachable dream

Steve Hansen: Income equality is an unreachable dream

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No matter how hard some might try, the concept of income equality has been an unachievable goal throughout history. There are reasons for this…

Friday, July 18, 2014
Joe Guzzardi: It’s beyond time to secure the U.S. border with Mexico

Joe Guzzardi: It’s beyond time to secure the U.S. border with Mexico

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Here are four federal officials expressing their opinions about the border surge. See which ones you agree with.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Steve Hansen: A summer with family taught important lessons

Steve Hansen: A summer with family taught important lessons

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When I was a junior in high school, I visited my grandmother’s Coulterville summer home. It was in the early 1960s.

Friday, July 11, 2014
Joe Guzzardi: California needs a realistic strategy to use less water

Joe Guzzardi: California needs a realistic strategy to use less water

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Thirty years have passed since the Academy Award winning movie “Chinatown” revisited California’s infamous Water Wars between Los Angeles and …

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Chris Piombo: Sharing memories of Pacific Memorial Stadium

Chris Piombo: Sharing memories of Pacific Memorial Stadium

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Fifty of us stood silent in the darkness at the top of the ramp that led down to the lush green field. Clad in gold helmets, brown jerseys and…

Gwin Paden: On summer blooms, music, baking, painting and more

Gwin Paden: On summer blooms, music, baking, painting and more

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I’m here! Finally able to see somewhat properly after eye surgery which made it hard to read the computer, so thought I ought to get back to b…

Steve Hansen: Think you’re better than someone else? Think again

Steve Hansen: Think you’re better than someone else? Think again

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Being respectful to strangers is never a bad idea. One never knows who they might be. Here’s a story to illustrate my point:

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Was father's burial clothing a son's last act of revenge?

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I spent part of Father’s Day reflecting on my late father. Henry died 12 years ago in the grip of dreaded dementia. Fathers and sons. Sometime…

Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Steve Hansen: Iraqis abandoned by U.S. as their country falls

Steve Hansen: Iraqis abandoned by U.S. as their country falls

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What’s it like being an Iraqi soldier in the northern part of that nation? It might resemble something like this:

Saturday, June 28, 2014
Joe Guzzardi: More immigrants should work to learn English

Joe Guzzardi: More immigrants should work to learn English

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As a retired Lodi Unified School District ESL instructor who spent nearly 25 years teaching the San Joaquin Valley’s adult immigrants how to s…

Editorials

Monday, July 21, 2014

Editorial: Now is the time to speak out about Grape Bowl graduations

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If you wish to speak out on whether Lodi and Tokay high school graduations should be returned to the Grape Bowl, Tuesday night is your chance.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Editorial: San Joaquin County must speak out against Delta twin tunnels

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Lodi’s San Joaquin County Supervisor Ken Vogel joined the rest of the board in opposing construction of the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan, known…

Friday, June 13, 2014

Editorial: Turmoil over tenure for teachers

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A California judge this week issued a ruling striking down tenure and several related provisions. In the meantime, the debate over tenure is i…

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Editorial: Hope for liberal arts?

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Our front-page headline on Wednesday was dispiriting for all those history and English majors graduating this year: “Few companies seek libera…

Editorial: On quitting a campaign

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There’s no sense in Gary Hickey’s continuing his quest for the San Joaquin County district attorney’s office.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Editorial: Proposition 42 will protect the public’s access to government records

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Our right to obtain public records, whether they be public salaries or business licenses, shouldn’t be subject to a financial tug-of-war betwe…

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Editorial: Requiring more releases about police shooting of Lodi veteran would create more trust of officers

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When Gulf War veteran Parminder Shergill was killed by gunshots fired by two Lodi police officers, the tragedy bred a hunger for facts.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Is moving graduations to Stockton — and ignoring decades of Lodi tradition — the best course of action?

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We were taken aback to learn that the Lodi Unified School District is moving the Lodi and Tokay high school graduations to Stockton.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Editorial: Better power, education can be ours — if we get involved

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Lodi’s frustrating power losses will be history after May 2017.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Editorial: Some options for trimming Lodi City Council costs

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Is compensation for the Lodi City Council outrageous? No. Should it be trimmed? Absolutely.

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