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The Reluctant Columnist - What Would Happen If We Stopped Voting?

Did you vote on Nov. 8? If not, you weren't alone. According to Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters Lee Lundrigan's office, there were 35,876 ballots counted for the unofficial results released on Nov. 9. There are 15,000 or so vote-by-mail ballots that still have to be counted before the official results are released on or before Nov. 21. In a county of 514,453 people, only 227,278 are registered voters, and only around 60,000 people actually voted in this election.

November 16, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local Columns


Mommy Musings - Teaching The ‘Tricks’ Of ‘Treating’

So it has begun…The Seven Months of Celebration.

November 09, 2011 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Dawn’s Column – Stored Memories

Very recently my husband and I cleared some clutter from our garage and moved it out to a storage unit. It's kind of funny what we hang on to.

November 09, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Mommy Musings - Emergency Call List - For Grown-Ups

The start of every school year brings with it much work.

November 02, 2011 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Stuff N' Nonsense - The Price of Popular

When I was a teenager my family had little to spare. My parents were working hard to put food on the table and keep the roof over the heads of their four children, which meant there was rarely enough for extras such as new clothes or whatever trendy accessory that anyone who was anyone had to have. I made do with what I was given, which often wasn't a lot. As a consequence, I was bullied and disdained by those who always had more.

October 26, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Mommy Musings - Rally Time

Fair warning: If you are a person who wakes up in the morning and thinks…What am I doing in this town? Well, turn the page because this is not the column for you.

October 26, 2011 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Stuff ‘N Nonsense - The Price of Popular

When I was a teenager my family had little to spare. My parents were working hard to put food on the table and keep the roof over the heads of their four children, which meant there was rarely enough for extras such as new clothes or whatever trendy accessory that anyone who was anyone had to have. I made do with what I was given, which often wasn't a lot. As a consequence, I was bullied and disdained by those who always had more.

October 26, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


The Reluctant Columnist - Predicting The Winner

My journey to baseball enlightenment was a long one. I've never been what you would call a "sports enthusiast." I played basketball in fourth grade but could never locate the "key" everyone kept talking about and I never understood why I couldn't just hold the ball and run. That would make the game a whole lot easier, wouldn't it? I played softball in a rec league in middle school with similar results. I spent most of my time out in left field picking four-leaf clovers and hoping the ball would not come my way, because I couldn ...

October 19, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local Columns


Ike’s Sights - A Shameful Glance Ahead

Drop this paper and go do your homework.

October 19, 2011 | Ike Dodson | Local Columns


Mommy Musings - iWonder

This week's column was supposed to be about my 25-year High School Reunion. It's actually already written and was completed 48 hours prior to my Friday deadline. Like most of my colleagues, I am usually pounding out my column an hour or two before my editor is to read it. I guess you could say it's tradition.

October 12, 2011 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Dawn’s Column - Home ‘Improvement’

A little over a year ago, right before I got married, my then-fiancé and I embarked on an ill-advised, do-it-yourself closet system installation. I had believed that it would be easy and convinced him of the same. I say "ill-advised" because my original theory was disproved when my guy just about blew a gasket a short while into the project.

October 12, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Never A Dull Moment

As September gives way to October, the weather - hopefully - is changing to more of a fall feel, baseball (at least in San Francisco and Oakland) has given way to football and it's time to start preparing for the next big few holidays. I see Halloween costumes, turkeys and stockings in the near future.

October 05, 2011 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


The Reluctant Columnist - Getting To Know Me

I'm sure by now some of you have noticed my byline in the Oakdale Leader. I took over the civics and hospital beat in the last week of August and I think it's about time that I introduce myself. My name is Andee and I am new to The Leader and to Oakdale, but I have been working for Morris Multimedia (The Leader's parent company) for a few years. I am currently working for both the Oakdale Leader and the Turlock Journal, with the occasional story in the Riverbank News and Escalon Times as well.

September 28, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local Columns


Kimberly's Book Reviews

Mistress By Midnight

September 28, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Stuff N' Nonsense - My Youngest Sister’s Wedding

By the time you read this, my youngest sister, Kamrin, and her fiancé, Kyle will have tied the knot. You see, Kamrin and Kyle got married on Friday, Sept. 16 in Sanger. I'm sure the ceremony was lovely and I'm sure there were plenty of sniffles from the audience because weddings - although joyous occasions - never fail to start the waterworks no matter how jaded you are about the whole process.

September 21, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


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RICH IN THOUGHT – Being Papa For Grayson

After the excitement wore off when I first heard I was going to be a grandfather, I wondered if I was destined to be a loveable old man who wore a little fedora with a feather and plaid Bermuda shorts with calf-high dark socks in sandals. Or, if taking after my family lineage, it was time for me to get in the role of 'Papa' and eventually start having a garden with zucchini, fava beans, tomato plants and other vegetables like both my grandfathers had when I was young.

July 23, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Marg-Ins No Rest For Weary

By definition, 'vacation' means an 'extended period of recreation' either at home or in travel. The word has also gained the reputation of meaning you get some rest while you are on vacation but that particular four-letter word did not seem to be on the itinerary for this trip.

July 02, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Confessions Of A Jersey Junkie

Recently, one of my favorite websites, Uni-Watch.com, had a piece written titled "One Fan's Experience with Jersey Addiction" and it got me thinking of my own special closet that houses over 40 jerseys of past and present MLB, NFL, and NHL teams.

June 25, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Dawn’s Column - The Final Countdown

It's been a while since I've written a column for The Leader, and this is my last one before saying goodbye to my coworkers and colleagues in the community.

June 18, 2014 | | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Weighing The Options

Sometimes writing a monthly column seems like putting together my life, chapter by chapter. I have even had more than one person suggest all the columns be put together into a book but who knows if that will ever happen.

June 04, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


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