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Today, August 21, 2014

Letter: Help raise funds to provide a service dog for Raymond Ratto

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We want to thank the Downtown Lodi Farmers Market for opening spaces up to nonprofit organizations such as 4 Paws for Ability. 4 Paws for Abil…

Letter: History of the house on Lower Sacramento Road

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On Aug. 11, I found out the home my father designed and built in 1950, the home I was born in and lived in until I was married, then moved bac…

Letter: We should be concerned for children’s safety

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I attended the scrimmage games of my three grandsons on the evening of Aug. 11 and I could not believe what I had seen. The cheerleaders for t…

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Letter: We should reconsider using firing squads

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Judge Alex Kozinski started an interesting discussion — returning of the firing squad executions. If we have the death penalty, it should not …

Letter: We must deal with Islamic State now, not later

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This is it! The last hurrah! After announcing his decision to remove our troops from Iraq, the president has backed himself into an untenable …

Letter: Fireworks — when will they stop?

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On Aug. 9 — that would be 36 days after the Fourth of July — we had fireworks during the night. We live close to Live Oak School between Armst…

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Letter: Lodi City Council thinks recession is over

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The Lodi City Council raises their own compensation and gives OK on 68 new hires. Is the recession over, or is this some slick pencil work? It…

Letter: We should not look to government for empathy

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Candy Warmuth recently asked, “Where is the compassion for the homeless?”

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Letter: Science is a process used to decipher the natural world

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This is in response to Tom Baker’s letter, “Darwin’s theory has never been proven as truth,” published July 31.

Letter: Government doesn’t care about saving money

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Have you ever noticed how Walmart rolls back prices, how CVS, RiteAid Walgreens and Safeway have sales? Why is it that the private sector can …

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Martin Ross: Lodi is a giving and caring community

Martin Ross: Lodi is a giving and caring community

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As a captain, with my wife, of the Salvation Army, I am writing to give a perspective from our experience serving in several communities acros…

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Steve Hansen: Glenn Miller Orchestra brings memories to Lodi

Steve Hansen: Glenn Miller Orchestra brings memories to Lodi

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Suddenly, it was 1941 again as the Glenn Miller Orchestra played at Hutchins Street Square on Saturday night.

Friday, August 15, 2014
Joe Guzzardi: Breaking barriers at the Little League World Series

Joe Guzzardi: Breaking barriers at the Little League World Series

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On Thursday, the Little League World Series kicked off in historic Williams-port, Pa. The round-robin format includes 16 U.S. teams and eight …

Walter J. Lampa: Robin Williams and depression — learning from tragedy

Walter J. Lampa: Robin Williams and depression — learning from tragedy

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We recently were saddened and shocked to hear the news that the great comedian and actor Robin Williams, a man who seemed to always be happy a…

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Wade Heath: Hard work, humble attitude pay off for young actor

Wade Heath: Hard work, humble attitude pay off for young actor

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On his way to board the plane with his family to Hawaii, 14-year-old Reese Hartwig was looking forward to vacation with his mom, dad and older…

Steve Hansen: Think twice before joining a class-action lawsuit

Steve Hansen: Think twice before joining a class-action lawsuit

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About 18 months ago, a letter came from a New York law firm inviting me to participate in a class-action lawsuit. The case involved a mortgage…

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Gwin Paden: Garden’s August slump, word confusion and more

Gwin Paden: Garden’s August slump, word confusion and more

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The garden is in its typical August slump, not quite finished blooming here and there — liriopes, impatiens, vinca, zinnias, and some roses — …

Chris Piombo: Overcoming ‘convenience’ of self-checkout registers

Chris Piombo: Overcoming ‘convenience’ of self-checkout registers

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There are certain moments that define our brief existence on this planet. They are those critical situations where only you and your maker kno…

Friday, August 8, 2014
Joe Guzzardi: 40 years later, Richard Nixon’s presidency still fascinates

Joe Guzzardi: 40 years later, Richard Nixon’s presidency still fascinates

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Exactly 40 years ago this weekend, President Richard Nixon resigned and Vice President Gerald Ford was sworn in. The events that ended Nixon’s…

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Cynthia Neely: Republicans have used filibusters to block vital legislation

Cynthia Neely: Republicans have used filibusters to block vital legislation

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The day that President Obama was inaugurated, Mitch McConnell and other Republicans met to plan their strategy to “make President Obama a one-…

Editorials

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Editorial: On the death of Ole Mettler, a Lodi giant

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Ole Mettler, the former president and chairman of F&M Bank who died this week, was a man of many talents.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Editorial: Police statements on Parminder Shergill case provide fresh, valuable clarity

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The release this past week of statements by the two Lodi police officers who shot Parminder Shergill in January provided new clarity in the case.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Editorial: Lawsuit against K12 raises key question

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Our recent story about a lawsuit filed against online education giant K12 raises a troubling question: Was Lodi Unified School District depriv…

Editorial: Lodi’s Jennifer Hetzner sets a shining example

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What is the younger generation coming to? Judging by the efforts of Jennifer Hetzner of Lodi, the younger generation is making a very positive…

Friday, August 8, 2014

Editorial: Let the bloodless war on Canada geese begin

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We heartily endorse the city’s campaign to reduce the pesky birds at Lodi Lake park, whether it include rubber coyotes or volunteers with gees…

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Editorial: Let’s take a deeper look at Grape Bowl graduations

Editorial: Let’s take a deeper look at Grape Bowl graduations

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The exchange was fair and civil Tuesday night as the Lodi Unified School District board discussed graduations at the Grape Bowl.

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…

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