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One of the most basic obligations of government is to provide for the safety of the public. It’s time to stop sugar-coating the facts. Our communities are becoming more dangerous, violent and unstable. More bluntly, they are becoming lawless.

The pandemic has impacted students across the economic divide. Their shared experience of going to school, seeing friends, attending class, and participating in school activities vanished overnight. And was replaced by all social interaction taking place in front of a computer. COVID-19 not …

Over the past few weeks, I have had an opportunity to chat with several fellow veterans, service members, military family members, and Gold Star families. It is beyond the obvious in saying that the past few weeks have been extraordinarily difficult for those with a personal connection to ou…

Tom Rigney and Flambeau will be on stage at the Westside Theatre on Sept. 11.  Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 pm. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes and be sure to phone in and get your tickets. The last two shows have sold out. General admission is $20 and reserved tick…

As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, there’s a sense of relief and optimism that things will return to normal.  Long-awaited family gatherings, birthday parties and graduation ceremonies are finally happening in person.   Sporting events have fans in the stands, airports are busy, and…

Publisher Susan Mattos asked me to give you an update on this year’s activities featured at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in place of the actual full-fledged fair. As the longest sitting Fair board member, I am happy to say that the board voted unanimous to hold events in July that you w…