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Friday 12/19/2014
Letter: Disappointed School Street is not lit up for Christmas
Posted: December 19, 2014

I was very disappointed the other night not to see any Christmas lighting on School Street. What’s up, city of Lodi?

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Letter: Thank you for contributions to Lodi Adopt a Child Christmas
Posted: December 19, 2014

This is an open letter of thanks to all those who contributed — individuals, businesses and organizations — to this year’s Lodi Adopt a Child Christmas program. If you attended, you would have seen the smiles on the children’s faces when they received their Christmas presents last Saturday.

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Letter: There are too many fee increases
Posted: December 19, 2014

Six-year automatic fee. Increases on garbage pick-up. Yearly wastewater fee increase. Yearly electrical fee increase. Yearly water service fee increase. Now if you install solar/photovoltaic in 2015 you can get your share of more than half a million dollars in rebates from the Lodi Electric Utility, which residents will be paying for.

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Wednesday 12/17/2014
Letter: U.S. suffers from total lack of unbiased and moral leadership
Posted: December 17, 2014

The time has come to explore the major cause for current unrest in our country. Just maybe we have it all wrong. To cite “racism” as the major catalyst is to ignore one of the other true culprits, which is the total lack of unbiased and moral leadership.

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Letter: GOT Kids Foundation grateful to Twin Arbors Athletic Club for fundraiser
Posted: December 17, 2014

Recently, the Twin Arbors Athletic Club completed its second annual membership drive fundraiser to benefit the students of Lodi Unified School District through the Giving Opportunities To Kids (GOT Kids) Foundation.

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Tuesday 12/16/2014
Letter: Michael Brown started events that ended his life
Posted: December 16, 2014

It would seem that if you were anybody you would have attended Michael Brown’s funeral, not out of respect but to say you attended. He himself put into motion a series of events that ended his life.

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Letter: Simple things bring Christmas joy
Posted: December 16, 2014

I grew up on a farm in Redwood Valley during the early years of the Great Depression, long before the ACLU launched its attack on the use of the word “Christmas.”

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Letter: Release of CIA interrogation methods disappointing
Posted: December 16, 2014

This is a letter to Dianne Feinstein over release of CIA methods. I am disappointed with this committee and events that unfolded. I fail to see how displaying how the CIA interrogation techniques benefits this country or its citizens, especially during this period and when so many Americans are dealing with terrorism.

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Letter: Bookkeeper embezzlement stories are disturbing
Posted: December 16, 2014

On behalf of the honest accountants and bookkeepers in the Lodi area, we apologize for our dishonest counterparts. It was very disheartening to read about yet another instance whereby a bookkeeper had embezzled from a small business in Lodi. This is especially disturbing because accountants and bookkeepers are supposed to be trusted fiduciary of your assets.

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Saturday 12/13/2014
Letter: Please vote for affiliation with Adventist Health
Posted: December 13, 2014

We make a difference by what we give. This is the motto of the Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation. And for nearly 35 years we have supported Lodi Memorial Hospital (Lodi Health) in making a difference in our community. With the Lodi Memorial Hospital Association meeting scheduled for Monday, it is an appropriate time to review our relationship and respect for Lodi Health.

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Letter: Lodi Health partnership with Adventist Health is best possible decision
Posted: December 13, 2014

I am honored to have practiced medicine in Lodi for 30 years. During this entire time, I have had medical privileges at Lodi Memorial Hospital, where I have helped mothers give birth to more than 7,000 newborns and performed more than 15,000 surgeries.

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Thursday 12/11/2014
Letter: Vote ‘no’ to Lodi Health, Adventist Health merger
Posted: December 11, 2014

My dad was among a group of doctors that started Lodi Community Hospital. At first, they did well because they were able to direct their patients to be admitted there. However, exclusive contracting came along, and that meant that the patients had to go where the insurance wanted them to.

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Letter: It’s time to fix up Lodi
Posted: December 11, 2014

As a resident of Lodi, I am having a few concerns about budget allocations. The News-Sentinel reported on Nov. 24 that Downtown Lodi will go another year without Christmas lights, due to lack of funding and resources. The article explained that the flat, round up-lights in the sidewalks have burned out, and there are broken electrical outlets in front of Downtown businesses.

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Wednesday 12/10/2014
Letter: Police officer did his job
Posted: December 10, 2014

I so agree with Grady Morgan. The young man was breaking the law.

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Letter: What about others who break the law?
Posted: December 10, 2014

On Dec. 6, you published a letter called “Where have our values gone?” by Grady Morgan. He was troubled that our values have gone down the drain. He said that one (now two) black men who had broken the law was killed by a white cop and there was lots of publicity about it. He also said a Marine sergeant was killed and he received no publicity.

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Letter: We must protect children from abuse
Posted: December 10, 2014

As a fan of Steve Hansen, I read and enjoy his column every time it appears. As a trustee of Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education (PTAVE), I never saw coming his defense of corporal punishment, which is child abuse.

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Tuesday 12/09/2014
Letter: When is it OK to punish the innocent in this country?
Posted: December 09, 2014

In response to Steve Hansen’s article on Joseph McCarthy, I would ask when has it ever been OK to punish the innocent in this country? McCarthy was one of the worst power-mad character assassins this country has ever produced.

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Letter: Help a Lodi woman celebrate her 99th birthday by sending cards
Posted: December 09, 2014

This letter is on behalf of my 98-year-old mother, soon to be 99 — oh, how fine — on Dec. 21. Her name is Josephine. She is the oldest of 14 siblings and has outlived most of them and her friends. When my mother was able, she volunteered at the Salvation Army, LOEL Center and the Community Center.

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Letter: Writer crosses the line
Posted: December 09, 2014

This is in response to Adam Dados’ recent letter to the editor, dated Dec. 2, 2014. At least 50 percent of his observations regarding the tragedy in Ferguson are spot on, but when he attempts to draw a comparison between Michael Brown and Officer Wilson, labeling both as individuals with personality disorders, he completely crosses the line.

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Saturday 12/06/2014
Letter: Where have our values gone?
Posted: December 06, 2014

Today, a funeral was held for a young black man that was tragically killed. Minutes before he was shot by a police officer with a perfect record, he robbed a convenience store and roughed up the manager. The young man also tested positive for marijuana in his bloodstream. The rest of this is yet to be determined due the ongoing investigation.

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Letter: Lodi Lake has benefited from partnerships, community generosity
Posted: December 06, 2014

Daniel Arbuckle, who owns the Headwaters Kayak Shop and began operating the Lodi Lake Boathouse this year, made a presentation to the Lodi Recreation Commission in November that illustrates how public-private partnerships are benefiting Lodi Lake Park, improving recreational opportunities and exposing more people than ever to the beauty of the lake and Mokelumne River.

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Tuesday 12/02/2014
Letter: Get the word out and stop the hidden gas tax
Posted: December 02, 2014

Look out, it is going to happen in less than a month and only you have any chance of stopping it. That’s right, starting Jan. 1, 2015, the California “hidden” gas tax increase will be implemented, adding a significant amount to the price of a gallon of gas.

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Letter: Visit Hill House Museum’s annual open house for treats and tours
Posted: December 02, 2014

During this busy and often hectic time of year, you may wish to create a special memory for this year’s holiday season by visiting one of Lodi’s most historical treasures, the Hill House Museum at 826 S. Church St.

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Letter: Thanks for support of children’s book about Tom Kettleman
Posted: December 02, 2014

I am writing to thank Sara Jane Pohlman for her excellent multi-part feature about Tom Kettleman. We truly need community support for the children’s book in order to raise money for PALS in Lodi.

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Letter: Grand jury’s verdict was correct about Ferguson shooting
Posted: December 02, 2014

The tragedy in Ferguson is living proof of what happens when two people with personality disorders cross paths. One is dead and the other will forever be a target by the liberal riffraff, and the media, who convicted this police officer before the grand jury made their decision; a decision the left will never accept.

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Saturday 11/29/2014
Letter: Voters must be provided fair assessment of issues
Posted: November 29, 2014

No more denials from the many “below the radar” Americans who have been sitting back and watching the special interest groups steer our ship into rough and uncharted waters. They have decided to come out and openly declare that yes, they do watch Fox News, and yes, they do think for themselves.

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Letter: Please help less fortunate children in the Lodi area this Christmas
Posted: November 29, 2014

Christmas 2014 is upon us. This is our 25th year of existence providing Christmas gifts to underprivileged children in the Lodi area.

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Wednesday 11/26/2014
Letter: What is President Obama thinking?
Posted: November 26, 2014

I was watching President Obama’s last press conference when he was asked about the comments of Prof. Gruber on how they purposely misled Americans on Obamacare and he basically said, “Gruber? Gruber who?”

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Letter: Thank you for helping pay my electric bill
Posted: November 26, 2014

My name is Patricia Carson. In November, my electricity was turned off for non-payment.

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Letter: Lodi Electric Utility head thankful for charging station donations
Posted: November 26, 2014

The city of Lodi has seven Electric Vehicle charging stations at five sites available for public use at no charge. It is in the spirit of Thanksgiving that I express my gratitude to the individuals who have provided donations to the city of Lodi for this public service.

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Letter: We care about animals, but what about babies?
Posted: November 26, 2014

Philip Bookman’s column, “Animal cruelty must be stopped,” was a thought-provoking read for me.

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Letter: Does the city of Lodi know the rules of flying an American flag?
Posted: November 26, 2014

I was just wondering what kind of respect our city has for the USA, our history, active military and veterans? Does our city know the rules of flying a flag? If you fly a flag at night, it must have a light on the flag, people!

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Tuesday 11/25/2014
Letter: Thanks for return of my purse
Posted: November 25, 2014

This letter is to thank the kind, honest woman who returned my purse to Customer Service at Target last month. Your action was very special in these trying times.

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Letter: Lodi Adult School’s teachers and students are dedicated to learning
Posted: November 25, 2014

As a class assignment, I recently had the opportunity to observe an English language development class at the Lodi Adult School. After reading many columns in this newspaper that have been highly critical of English learners at the school and English learners in general, I was fully prepared to find that the students were apathetic, incapable, inattentive and/or too busy with their personal lives to care about learning English.

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Letter: Thanks to the caring staff at Lodi Adult Day Care
Posted: November 25, 2014

Having read the article Nov. 13 about Amelia Ernst creating a legacy endowment for Lodi Adult Day Care, I have to say, “Thank you.” What a truly wonderful thing to do.

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Friday 11/21/2014
Letter: Immigrants must come to the U.S. legally
Posted: November 21, 2014

With the president of the United States and Congress poised to take action (or inaction) on immigration reform, here’s a reminder: Illegal immigration is illegal! Despite pleas from some that illegal immigrants just want a better life or to escape hardships, etc., let us not forget that they broke the law by invading a sovereign nation. Why are we discussing rewarding illegal behavior with promises of amnesty?

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Letter: Lodi High School’s new all-weather track was named for the right person
Posted: November 21, 2014

As the sun was moving closer to the western horizon, a dirt clod and a stone had just met at the edge of the new track at Lodi High.

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Tuesday 11/18/2014
Letter: Chuck Winn honored to serve on San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors
Posted: November 18, 2014

During the past 13 months, I have had the opportunity to meet with residents all over the district. They shared their concerns and offered opinions on how they would like to see the county proceed.

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Letter: Thanks to the man who paid for my groceries
Posted: November 18, 2014

On Monday at about 3:45 p.m., I shopped at my usual grocery store, S-Mart on Lodi Avenue. When my groceries were totaled and I was ready to pay, the cashier, Juliet, told me I didn’t have to pay because the man behind me in line wanted to pay my bill.

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Saturday 11/15/2014
Letter: Failures by the Democratic Party need to be addressed
Posted: November 15, 2014

Now that the mid-term elections are behind us, we can all start a most important part of all contests: the blame game.

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Letter: Article about Amelia Ernst was wonderful
Posted: November 15, 2014

That was a wonderful article about Amelia Ernst in Thursday’s paper.

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Letter: Congratulations to Chuck Winn
Posted: November 15, 2014

Now that the final 8,000 absentee votes have been counted and Chuck Winn is clearly the winner, I want to congratulate Chuck and wish him well in serving San Joaquin County. I pledge, as a local business owner, to do my part in supporting our regional leaders to ensure that San Joaquin County continues to prosper.

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Thursday 11/13/2014
Letter: Nurse’s strike is a sham, disgrace
Posted: November 13, 2014

The California Nurses Union represents all hospitals. It’s ironic that the LNS along with The Record in Stockton chose Kaiser as their points of interest in this strike. From what was printed, the union and Kaiser have been in contract negotiations for months. I find that most unacceptable to call a strike after only two to three months of negotiations.

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Letter: Firefighters thank community for raising money to fight breast cancer
Posted: November 13, 2014

You may have noticed your local firefighters wearing pink uniform shirts for all of October and asked yourself, “What are they doing?”

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Tuesday 11/11/2014
Letter: Give to children’s futures this holiday season
Posted: November 11, 2014

This is a letter to the Lodi community. What’s on your wish list this year? For our kids, it’s a great future. You have the opportunity to positively influence and impact the youths of our community this holiday season by giving the gift of a great future to kids like Jessica Pérez.

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Letter: Collective bargaining should be eliminated to cut Lodi pension costs
Posted: November 11, 2014

City Manager Steve Schwabauer states that the city’s pension fund costs are rising rapidly. If he really wants to cut back on these costs he should consider eliminating collective bargaining with the city’s employees, much like Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker did with his state’s employees.

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Letter: Take time to honor veterans today
Posted: November 11, 2014

Monday was the birthday of the Marine Corps. Many in my family have been Marines and I wish them a very happy birthday.

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Letter: Thank goodness for the Affordable Care Act
Posted: November 11, 2014

Up until 5 months ago, I worked for Stanford University. The health insurance premium was $500 per month, and now will be $1,200.

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Friday 11/07/2014
Letter: Writer enjoys Steve Hansen, Chris Piombo, Gwin Paden columns
Posted: November 07, 2014

I have three favorite columnists; not that I don’t read others, but three that I always read. One is Steve Hansen. Although I am a teeny bit older and have not experienced most of his memoirs, I find them enlightening and interesting. I am also able to identify with most of what he writes.

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Letter: Sutter Health should not be overlooked as an option for Lodi Memorial Hospital
Posted: November 07, 2014

To the Lodi community and Lodi Memorial Hospital Association members:

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