Saturday, October 5, 2013 12:00 am
The partial shutdown of the federal government and the looming debt ceiling vote are high drama in Washington, but for now there’s little effect in Lodi.
Thursday, October 3, 2013 12:00 am
First I read in the paper about 13 people being shot at a Chicago park — one being a 3-year-old shot in the face — in the toughest city, I’m told, concerning gun laws. Then there was the news of the Navy yard shooter who brought a gun into D.C., which also has one of the toughest gun laws in the country, to murder 12 people. Now people like Sen. Dianne Feinstein call for stricter gun laws, which only enable the criminally minded to be free to have their own personal kill zones.
Saturday, February 16, 2013 12:00 am
Pope Benedict XVI's admirable decision to resign from the papacy may have inspired at least one of our elderly United States senators, New Jersey's Frank Lautenberg. On Thursday, Lautenberg, who is 89, announced that he would not seek re-election in 2014.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 12:00 am
Is it wrong to kill suspected al-Qaida terrorists? Sen. Dianne Feinstein thinks so. Your time would be better spent drawing up a questionnaire that they could fill out before setting off that bomb or cutting the heads off of Americans. What connection does she have with the ACLU?
Saturday, December 22, 2012 12:00 am
Do we need further restrictions on guns? The debate is raging after the school massacre in Newtown, Conn. Proponents and opponents each cite studies and have strong arguments. Without suggesting any specific course, we've collected 10 things to consider that we thought might help shed light on the issue.
Friday, December 21, 2012 12:00 am
Two area congressmen say the federal government should look at restricting the availability of assault weapons in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Thursday, December 20, 2012 12:00 am
A true politician takes advantage of every situation to advance their career, and some are already doing so; taking guns from God-fearing people seems to them to be fair in their minds. To Washington, this seems to be the solution to all the problems of the world — remove the guns from law-abiding people. Criminals have guns, and have more rights than people living within the law.
Thursday, November 15, 2012 6:14 am
Joe Guzzardi wrote a recent column for this paper entitled, “As California’s ship sinks, why do voters back Pelosi, Feinstein and McNerney?” Unfortunately, it is not a thoughtful piece. Maybe examination of the piece can help to inform our public debate and point to ways to improve it.
Saturday, November 10, 2012 12:00 am
No matter your station in life, your political party affiliation or your ethnicity, if you live in California you're probably hurting and have been for years.
Saturday, November 3, 2012 12:00 am
Two Election Day endorsements: for United States Senator, Elizabeth Emken; for president, Mitt Romney.
Saturday, August 11, 2012 12:00 am
While standing next to the towering Lodi Energy Center, about 300 local and state officials dedicated the state-of-the-art natural gas power plant on Friday.
Saturday, July 7, 2012 12:00 am
A few weeks ago in my column, I wondered why President Obama chose to run for re-election. Had Obama declined the nomination, he could have retired from politics as the first African-American president, elected in a landslide and a Nobel Prize winner. Obama could then declare victory on all fronts and start his new career as a multimillion dollar author and public speaker.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 12:00 am
The city of Lodi will once again participate in the San Joaquin
Council of Governments' One Voice lobbying trip to Washington,
Saturday, December 17, 2011 12:00 am
My wife and I just returned from a two-day trip to Washington,
D.C. Among the highlights were a visit to U.S. Representative Jason
Altmire's office, a tour of the Library of Congress (you can take
it online at www.myloc.gov) and a pass to watch the U.S. Senate in
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 12:00 am
Elizabeth Emken, who ran
in the Republican primary for Rep. Jerry McNerney's congressional
seat in 2010, has announced that she will seek the U.S. Senate seat
held by Dianne Feinstein, D-San Francisco.
Saturday, November 12, 2011 12:00 am
Once a Catholic, Robert Smith returned to church on Oct. 30 for
several reasons — he says he wanted to enjoy a Mass while praying
for his family and friends. He attended Mass at St. Anne’s Catholic
Church that day because his mother wanted to renew ties to
Saturday, June 4, 2011 12:00 am
For all of the 25 years I lived in Lodi, a major producer in the
San Joaquin Valley's breadbasket, I could always count on one thing
come springtime. Immigration advocates from the farming industry,
the open borders lobbyists and Capitol Hill would begin their
annual plea for more foreign-born labor under the threat that
without them "crops would rot in the field."
Friday, June 3, 2011 7:01 am
If graduating top of her class with a 4.51 grade-point average
and being Galt High School’s Class of 2011 valedictorian wasn’t
enough to celebrate, Hailey MacLeod is the school’s first student
ever to be appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Friday, May 6, 2011 12:00 am
Lodi's National Day of Prayer observance Thursday was marked by
pleas from religious and other community leaders to pray for an
increasingly troubled world.
Sunday, May 1, 2011 8:55 pm
President Barack Obama has announced that the world's most
wanted terrorist, al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, was killed by
U.S. forces on Sunday at a compound deep inside Pakistan.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 12:00 am
San Joaquin County officials have been told it’s doubtful that
they will get any federal earmarks for pet projects, so they came
up with a new idea last week: How about relaxing expensive
regulations imposed on local governments?
Saturday, August 21, 2010 12:00 am
I predicted that after the health care vote Rep. Jerry McNerney
would announce all the goodies (pork) he would be bringing to our
district. That occurred within two weeks. He feels that he can
bribe us. He well may do that to some. He will not be able to bribe
those of us who care about what our children and grandchildren will
Saturday, May 22, 2010 12:00 am
Shortly after I moved from Lodi to Pittsburgh in the summer of
2008, I came to an alarming realization: Arlen Specter represents
me in the U.S. Senate!
Saturday, February 20, 2010 12:00 am
Nationwide, the United States' electorate is to the right of
center. The federal government, however, is hard left. Thus was
born the Tea Party, 21st Century version.
Friday, January 22, 2010 12:00 am
Thursday morning, key members of Lodi's farming community met
with the Lodi News-Sentinel at Phillips Farm to discuss what 2010
has in store for the local agricultural community. The panel
discussed issues such as water, exporting and pests.