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Wednesday 03/22/2017
Letter: Will Republican health plan doom party’s majority?
Posted: March 22, 2017

Editor: There is no guarantee that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) will survive. The Republican majority may decide melting down the health care markets is worth the backlash.

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Letter: Climate change deniers, including president, ignoring scientific fact
Posted: March 22, 2017

Editor: Today, with the entire planet facing a potential life-destroying holocaust — climate change — those who claim the disaster is not real, or that it is not the result of human activity, are known as climate change deniers.

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Friday 03/17/2017
Letter: Local firefighers, policeman come to the aid of stranded citizen
Posted: March 17, 2017

I hope you never tire of letters citing the goodness of Lodi’s fire and police departments. On March 2, after leaving a doctor’s appointment and on my way to another I had the misfortune of a mechanical breakdown of my car and ended up in a hazardous position near the corner of Ham and Vine streets.

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Letter: Thankful for LUSD resolution
Posted: March 17, 2017

On behalf of the Breakthrough Project for Social Justice, I would like to thank the LUSD Board of Education for the passage of a resolution affirming that public schools in Lodi will be a safe zone for students.

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Letter: Social Security, Medicare are entitlements
Posted: March 17, 2017

Recently, I was a little puzzled by a reader’s outrage over NBC News calling Social Security and Medicare “entitlements,” which is exactly what they are and have been called that since their inception.

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Wednesday 03/15/2017
Letter: Council members need term limits, mayor should be elected
Posted: March 15, 2017

Editor: In recent weeks I’ve been reading the articles about Lodi’s council members. I read they have had their seats on the council for a long time. I appreciate their service, but I think it is not a good idea to stay for a long time and close the doors for other people to come forward and serve the community.

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Letter: America faces faction threat
Posted: March 15, 2017

Faction: A group, party, government, organization or the like.

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Monday 03/13/2017
Letter: Trumping the Democratic party
Posted: March 13, 2017

Editor: Back when the News-Sentinel published my letter a week before the election saying I felt Trump would win because it felt the election was like the one I lived through with Reagan, I can tell you I got a little flack.

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Letter: President’s actions responsible for protection policies
Posted: March 13, 2017

Editor: In a recent letter titled “Safe haven status a political scheme,” a reader stated “this is nothing more than another political scheme to keep our kids ignorant and afraid so that they will be conditioned to grow up to be good Democrats.”

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Friday 03/10/2017
Letter: Safe haven declaration is an important step
Posted: March 10, 2017

Editor: Two Lodi Unified School District board members voted against providing a “Safe Haven” for all Lodi Unified students. Their number one priority as school board members must be the safety of our children.

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Letter: Safe haven status a political scheme
Posted: March 10, 2017

Editor: Shame on the public school system for allowing children of illegal immigrants to go on believing that our government is out to get them, unless the "sanctuary" school will step in and save them from the evil President Trump! Instead of pretending that schools are safe havens from roving police searching for children, the schools should be teaching them that they have nothing to fear, unless they are proven criminals. And what kind of school system would want to protect criminals? Now that would be scary! This is nothing more than another political scheme to keep our kids ignorant and afraid so that they will be conditioned to grow up to be good voting Democrats. This is shameful and dishonest. Trustee Bonnie Cassel was quoted as having stated: "It is unthinkable ... that any of our children are in our classrooms and are fearful.”

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Letter: The importance of fresh water
Posted: March 10, 2017

Editor: World Water Day (designated by the UN in 1993) is held annually on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of fresh water and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

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Wednesday 03/08/2017
Letter: President sets a bad example
Posted: March 08, 2017

Editor: Members of “Marines United,” a private Facebook organization, is under military investigation for hundreds of postings of female marines (and others) in all manner of undress, nudity, and sexual behavior.

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Letter: Farmers markets are good options for those on a tight budget
Posted: March 08, 2017

Editor: Do farmers markets have a place for people on a tight budget? Surprisingly, yes! Budget shoppers can participate in the lively bustle without breaking their bank accounts. They promote local, organic, and seasonally fresh produce. Although farmers markets sell gourmet items such as zucchini blossoms and microgreens, they are not an exclusive club.

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Tuesday 03/07/2017
Letter: We’re all wiretapped
Posted: March 07, 2017

Editor: There is some truth to Trump's story that Obama wiretapped him in that Obama wiretapped everyone, as Edward Snowden revealed. He also wiretapped Hillary, and you and me. He wiretapped our friends and he wiretapped our enemies. So even though Trump is making this story up, it happens to also be true.

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Letter: Selling out the U.S.
Posted: March 07, 2017

Editor: There is a most serious issue facing the people of the United States. That is the contact of General Michael Flynn and other as yet unidentified aides with Russian Intelligence and the Ambassador during the campaign and after the election.

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Letter: With Arbor Day approaching, Tree Lodi looking for support
Posted: March 07, 2017

Editor: Greetings from Tree Lodi, our city’s urban forestry association. Now that the sun is shining and our growing season is bursting forth, we have some pertinent questions for community residents. Did you know that Lodi’s parks lost more than 20 trees in the most recent storm alone? Some parks lost as many as three each. Will you miss them and the benefits of their shade?

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Friday 03/03/2017
Letter: Let the sun shine on transparency
Posted: March 03, 2017

Sunlight is almost miraculous. It delivers essential vitamins to people, plants and animals. It warms the planet. Writers use a bright, sunny day as a metaphor for happiness. In a different application, “sunshine” describes public disclosure of actions and those who support or benefit from official activities.

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Letter: Advocating for quality health care
Posted: March 03, 2017

As a volunteer with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), one of our goals is to ensure that patient protections are considered as part of any changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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Letter: Students say city should not cut down London plane trees
Posted: March 03, 2017

We read that Lodi City Council is planning to cut down the London plane trees at Lawrence Park so that the little oak trees can grow.

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Wednesday 03/01/2017
Letter: Respect those who serve our country
Posted: March 01, 2017

Editor: In reference to the article, “a battle won in WWII, but the battle rages on.” Men and women who served our country deserve your respect and gratitude. The demonstrations during the Vietnam era only made the United State appear weak and small. Shame on those demonstrators!

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Letter: Social Security, Medicare are not entitlements
Posted: March 01, 2017

Editor: I recently watched NBC News with Lester Holt on KCRA and I was totally shocked to hear his reporting of the news of the budget that the current administration is putting together.

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Monday 02/27/2017
Letter: Concerns about news coverage
Posted: February 27, 2017

Editor: The controversy rages about what is news, fake news, and slanted news. One has the sense that this only applies to the big, national news outlets centered in Washington, D.C. and that local news outfits all over the country tend to avoid this because their readership would take action against that outlet.

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Letter: Extending bar hours would create additional dangers
Posted: February 27, 2017

Editor: It is well known that one of society’s highest priorities is the safety and protection of its citizens, especially youth. To that end, we work, individually and collectively, against the abuse of alcohol and other drugs.

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Friday 02/24/2017
Letter: A battle was won in WWII, but the war rages on
Posted: February 24, 2017

A reader railed against Trump and Flynn’s involvement with the Russians using as his reference a media program. I would suggest that he cut out the middle man and get his divisive information from the source, which is the DNC and the Obama/Clinton machines.

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Letter: Members of council should be treated equally
Posted: February 24, 2017

Your article regarding Joanne Mounce finally motivated me to write this letter. I was not at the meeting of the council. The mayor ignoring her may have been the final straw.

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Wednesday 02/22/2017
Letter: Refugees go through rigorous process
Posted: February 22, 2017

Editor: Before the election, Mr. Trump was railing against illegal aliens. So now, why are people so surprised at his executive action?

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Letter: Lodians help neighbor when storm brings down large limb
Posted: February 22, 2017

Editor: I live on the corner of Lakewood and Greenwood in Lodi. On a very windy day last week, I lost a large branch from a tree in my front yard that fell into the street.

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Monday 02/20/2017
Letter: Investigations must take place
Posted: February 20, 2017

Editor: The Rachel Maddow Show on Feb. 14 was disturbing. On top of the news about Flynn’s involvement with the Russians, we now find out from the New York Times that phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Trump’s presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials.

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Letter: Councilwoman Mounce deserves more respect
Posted: February 20, 2017

Editor: When the “Good Old Boy” Lodi City Council members bypassed JoAnne Mounce, yet again, for Mayor in 2016, I wanted to write this letter but kept my thoughts to myself.

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Letter: What is the truth?
Posted: February 20, 2017

Editor: Remember “Baghdad Bob”? He was Saddam Hussein”s media spokesman. He was the guy who said (valiantly so) that the Iraqi forces were heroically repelling American forces, even as U.S. Marines could be heard beating down the door of his palace office — yup, that guy.

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Friday 02/17/2017
Letter: LUSD safe haven would protect our students
Posted: February 17, 2017

I am writing in support of the “safe haven” proposal introduced by Bonnie Cassel at the last Lodi Unified School District board meeting. Immigrant students should not have to fear that they will be targeted for abuse while at school. Because of the current political climate, many people in our community are terrified.

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Letter: Everyone not entitled to live here
Posted: February 17, 2017

Funny how time changes people’s way of thinking and their attitudes. My dad used to talk about how he grew up in Oklahoma in the 1920s and ’30s. They had 200 acres of cotton, corn, cows, chickens, etc. He and his sister started picking cotton at the age of 3.

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Letter: Appreciative of kind comments
Posted: February 17, 2017

I cannot let another day go by without publicly expressing my appreciation to William Van Amber Fields and Orlene Dentone for their kind letters commenting about my recent preachment on the proper use of the English language.

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Wednesday 02/08/2017
Letter: Local nonprofit leader ready to help Lodi make the grade
Posted: February 08, 2017

After reading Danielle Vaughn’s recent article “Lung Association Lights Up Lodi,” I felt compelled to write a letter to the editor. Rather than pointing fingers at those who continually disrespect the “No Smoking Ordinance” or criticize those who do not enforce it, I believe I know how to bring our grade up from an F to an A+.

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Letter: President trying to keep us safe
Posted: February 08, 2017

Reading the orders by President Trump regarding the refugee policy, I can’t understand why there’s such an uproar against them. Doesn’t temporary mean limited time and 90 days banning entries from seven Muslim majority nations mean temporary?

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Letter: Delighted by Paden’s words
Posted: February 08, 2017

Once again, GwIn Paden has delighted me with one of her letters, “The Right Words.”

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Letter: Gov. Brown has no reason to boast
Posted: February 08, 2017

Editor: In his state of the state address, Gov. Brown said California is a model state for other states to follow, yet California has the highest fuel taxes, one of the highest personal income tax rates and the highest statewide sales tax rate.

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Letter: Congressman applauded for skipping inauguration
Posted: February 08, 2017

Editor: Applause for Congressman Jerry McNerney's decision to skip Mr. Trump’s inauguration ceremony. He can regret missing the B Street Band but his time is better spent elsewhere.

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Letter: Columnist’s English lesson had the right touch
Posted: February 08, 2017

Editor: I very much enjoyed Gwin Mitchell Paden’s last column “The right words do make a difference.”

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Monday 02/06/2017
Letter: Other facts to consider on Obama’s economic legacy
Posted: February 06, 2017

Editor: In her letter of Feb. 2, the author berates the Obama record. There are a few facts the author has forgotten.

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Letter: Appreciative of Mr. Grosshans’ efforts
Posted: February 06, 2017

Editor: I am writing this letter to thank Mr. Karl Grosshans for his great work helping Lodi’s older residents for the past 20 years at the LOEL Center. You were always willing to lend a helping hand whenever it was needed.

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Letter: Unhappy with Congressman McNerney
Posted: February 06, 2017

Editor: Jerry McNerney won the election for the Congressional 9th District in 2016 by 57.6 percent and in 2014 by 52 percent. The way the district is carved up I don’t believe he can ever lose, so why lie about boycotting Trump’s inauguration?

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Letter: Case of political double standards?
Posted: February 06, 2017

Editor: Were Obama supporters asleep while their man was in office?

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Friday 02/03/2017
Letter: Save the Lawrence Park tree line
Posted: February 03, 2017

The Lodi City Council is considering cutting down 14 London plane trees lining Lockeford Street just west of the Grape Festival Grounds. These trees are at least 75 years old and may date to the original construction of the road.

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Letter: Free speech should be for everyone
Posted: February 03, 2017

I think America is going down a slippery slope of liberal fascism. I fear writing this letter because of the hate and threat of violence I may receive by voicing my opinions.

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Letter: A thank you for helping homeless family
Posted: February 03, 2017

I first became aware of a local homeless family after reading about them on Nextdoor. (The family consists of the dad, 14-year-old boy, a 9-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy.)

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Wednesday 02/01/2017
Letter: The numbers shed the light on President Obama’s economic record
Posted: February 01, 2017

Editor: Barack Obama’s liberal supporters and allies in the media have attempted to put a rosy glow on the Obama economic record — but it is truly undeserved. And a very poor record.

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Letter: Be a leader for all Americans
Posted: February 01, 2017

Editor: What happened to your promise to be president for all Americans? It looks more like President Donald Trump and VP Mike Pence are representing the anti-abortionists who have hijacked the GOP than the 320 million Americans.

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Letter: Trump righting wrongs of Obama
Posted: February 01, 2017

Editor: This is in response to a recent letter sent to the editor about a reader who favors demonstrations and concerns about President Trump.

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