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Ike’s Insights – Let’s Impeach Roger Goodell

I try not to be a hater, but when it comes to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, I'm on the sidelines gulping down tiny green cups of hater-aide with a death stare that could melt steel.

October 21, 2009 | Ike Dodson | Local Columns


Back To High School?

I've been getting a lot of questions lately about how things went at my recent class reunion. I'm an Oakdale High School alumna, and the word is around town about the wild party. For those of you who haven't been in a local beauty salon or coffee shop to hear all about it, this is my story.

October 14, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Mommy Musings - Living A Fear

I'm not sure about the rest of you, but parenthood seems to have this inexplicable effect on both my rational and irrational fears.

October 07, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Hope For The Future

You're probably thinking what that title could possibly mean, since there really are a lot of topics we could cover with that type of blanket statement.

October 07, 2009 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Turn Down The Heat

Too darned hot. It's too darned hot. Here we are, the end of September and the temperature is still hovering in the high nineties. It even touched 100 degrees in the past week.

September 30, 2009 | John Branch | Local Columns


Vanity Thy Name Is…

Does there ever come a time when you make peace with all the little flaws that make you an individual? If the plastics of Hollywood are any indication, the answer is a resounding no. Statistics taken from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery state that people aged 35-50 had the most procedures - over 4.5 million - and while women were at the top, men are in there, too, with 8 percent of the total. The top cosmetic surgery for women was (take a wild guess) breast augmentation; and for men, liposuction. So, actually, it's more than Hollywood supporting ...

September 23, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Bye-Bye Dial-Up

"Welcome home."

September 16, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Tragedy Turned Triumph

Will we ever stop talking about the events of 9/11 and all that it entails? My hope of course is that we will not. In my opinion, it was undoubtedly an event, which not only altered this country but the world - forever.

September 09, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


My 80s Reunion

Ch-ch-Changes, as the old David Bowie song goes, talks about how "time may change me." Well it has changed me, but in some ways, it seems like it's all the same.

September 09, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Happy New Year

It's hard to believe it, but when I least expect it I am hit by another 'parenting epiphany.'

September 02, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Let’s Share A Story …

September already. It just is not possible. School has started, summer (at least on the calendar, if not by the weather) is waning and there's a feeling of rejuvenation in the air.

September 02, 2009 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Family Time

Recently, our family took a much-needed and well-anticipated camping trip into the mountains, to a place above North Fork called Mammoth Pools.

August 26, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Mars And Venus On Vacation

I'm getting ready to take a mini vacation. I recently had a conversation with my significant other and told him that I wasn't sure what clothes to take on our trip.
He was confused. "What do you mean? It's casual," he said.
Well I know that, but my casual wardrobe is more complicated than his. I pointed out that it's easy for him because his casual wardrobe consists of golf shirts, jeans or khaki pants, and shorts. That's it. All he has to figure out is what color shirt and pants to wear. His shirts ...

August 12, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Mommy Musings - In A Blink

I have spent the better part of the past four years sharing stories of my children. Jackson, our oldest, has been the topic of many columns. As I've said on numerous occasions, his five years on this planet have been a great learning experience for both of us.
As Jackson continues to grow and thrive, our youngest Madelyn is quickly trying to keep up. Madelyn, our second and last child, is now teaching me a whole new set of lessons.
She is everything her brother is not and a constant reminder that parenting is not a cookie cutter skill ...

August 05, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Life Number Nine

As is the case with many small town papers, much of what we share in our once-a-month columns here on the 'perspective' page is of a personal nature. It's a way for readers to get to know the reporters and myself a little better; what makes us tick, our likes and dislikes.
Many of you responded with emails, personal contacts, phone calls, and even a couple of sympathy cards when I shared the loss of my nearly 18-year-old cat a few months ago. The cat had come with me when I made the cross country relocation from upstate New ...

August 05, 2009 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


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RICH IN THOUGHT - To Keep Oakdale Safe It Needs ‘Y’

I've been covering Oakdale government and crime regularly now for nearly three years and in that time I can honestly say I've seen a serious concerted effort by elected officials and city staff to save the city money, making cuts where available, and directing resources for maximum efficiency.

October 22, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Reporter’s Notebook – Not Any ‘Ol Saturday

Dreams do come true. Four simple words, with such big meaning.

October 15, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


RICH IN THOUGHT - Crunching The Core Numbers

15-7=8 Or is it 15-5=10 and then 10-2=8?

October 08, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


City Needs Measure Y

Dear Editor,

October 01, 2014 | | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Best Laid Plans…

Technology is tremendous.

October 01, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


CRITIC’S CORNER – True West At Center Stage Conservatory

True West is a play written by Sam Shepard, and it is currently running at Center Stage Conservatory, a small, intimate theatre located in the lower level studio of the Modesto City Center at 948 11th Street, or on the corner of J and 11th Street. True West will be running until the 28th of September, performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. True West tells a story of brothers and role reversal. This production was in a very intimate small basement theater, as such the audience really felt the intensity ...

September 24, 2014 | Chris Hunter Special To The Leader | Local Columns


Still Matters – #Stillmatters

Although technology has made several advancements, why does it seem as if some people have left their intelligence behind? I am sure that we have all discussed the changes that technology has made in our lives. Are we really at a point where we no longer think for ourselves and let machines do the thinking for us?

August 27, 2014 | Virginia Still | Local Columns


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