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Health Watch – Springing Into Fitness

As the temperature starts to warm, many Americans think about lacing up their running shoes or pulling out their tennis rackets. But don't let spring fitness fever corrupt your good judgment – if you haven't exercised all winter, it's better to ease into physical activity.

March 30, 2011 | | Other Views

Cop Corner – Good Neighbor Policy

Back in the day Oakdale used to be a small city where everyone knew each other's names and crime was only something that occurred in Modesto. Times have changed and neighbors never talk and crime is on the doorstep. It is time for the good old days of Oakdale to return and to adopt a good neighbor policy for your neighborhood. Being on bad terms with your neighbor can make your life frustrating, day after day. But taking the time to establish good terms with your neighbors has numerous benefits. The community will be friendlier, the neighborhood safer, and ...

March 16, 2011 | Ofcr. Warren Bradford Oakdale Police Department | Other Views

The Raging Moderate - It Continues In Wisconsin

As the battle over public unions rages on in Wisconsin and elsewhere, perhaps we should step back and take a broad look at the relationships between unions, politicians, and workers in our nation.

March 09, 2011 | Jubal McMillan | Other Views

Money Management – Questions To Ask At Tax Time

Last year, individuals who qualified for tax refunds got an average of $2,887, up 8 percent from the previous year. While there's no guarantee that you will receive a refund, there are steps you can take at this time of year that could not only potentially lower your tax bill but also enhance your overall financial situation. The California Society of CPAs ( recommends you ask your CPA these questions.

March 02, 2011 | Bill Spaniel California Society Of CPAs | Other Views

Health Watch – Is It An Allergy Or A Common Cold?

Every time we breathe, we inhale millions of tiny particles that are invisible unless viewed with a microscope. These particles include dust, pollen, plant spores, viruses, bacteria and even chemicals. Many of these particles, such as dust, pollen and plant spores are harmless. Viruses, bacteria and chemicals may be harmful to us.

February 16, 2011 | Susan Spoelma Oak Valley Hospital District | Other Views

Meeting The Tax Deadline

Penalties for late filing of tax returns can be harsh, but what can you do if you haven't received the information you need from your employer or others? If you are waiting for your Form W-2, mortgage interest statement, 1099 DIV or other documents that are necessary to complete your tax forms, it's in your best interest to take action. IRS does not accept "failure to receive documents" as an excuse for failure to file.

February 02, 2011 | Gigi Thompson Jarvis Tax Specialist | Other Views

Practical Money — To Smartphone, Or Not To Smartphone?

My wife decided to upgrade her dinosaur cell phone to a "smartphone" and enlisted my help. Initially, we ran into the brick wall of decisions smartphone shoppers frequently face: How to choose among hundreds of available phones, pick the right service provider and predict which calling and data plan and other options would best fit her needs without breaking the bank?

December 08, 2010 | Jason Alderman Financial Advisor | Other Views

Cop Corner – Holiday Safety Tips

Well it's that time of year again when we all get to run around and stress out over the holiday season. Here are just a few tips to help make sure your holiday season is one you want to remember instead of one you would like to forget.

December 01, 2010 | Sgt. Darren Semore Oakdale Police Department | Other Views

Health Watch – Moving From Episodic Care To Disease Management Mode

While the Washington politicians may continue to debate the pros and cons of health care reform, those of us in the health care industry cannot afford to adopt a wait and see attitude. We have to move forward in some areas we know need to change regardless of political or legislative decisions.

November 17, 2010 | | Other Views

Rich In Thought - My Bernese, My Life Coach

I'm new to the newsroom and for the last seven-or-so weeks when I'm there, I've followed the Old English Proverb, "Keep your mouth shut, and your ears open." I've been a sponge. Absorbing all around me to learn the journalism business, very careful what I say or do, trying to make a good impression. These mannerisms are difficult for someone who's been known as "outspoken" or "opinionated" (the kinder terms) and for the type of person who, when showing light on a situation, is known to use a heat lamp.

October 20, 2010 | Richard Paloma | Other Views

Cop Corner - Vehicle Occupant Safety

Driving a vehicle is a constant responsibility, which rests with not only the driver, but also with any passengers. Driving a car is an activity that takes constant attention to all your surroundings, such as weather, road conditions and other traffic. Believe it or not a passenger sets the attitude of the driver. Of course all the occupants will talk to each other and that includes the driver. Conversation can cause the driver to take their attention off the road and that can lead to a severe accident, an accident that could have been otherwise avoided.

October 06, 2010 | Officer Ben Savage Oakdale Police Department | Other Views

Disasters: Are You Ready?

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This past August marked the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. When asked how things have changed since that devastating hurricane, former FEMA head Michael Brown expressed the opinion that FEMA, and state and local governments had all made progress considering disaster evacuations ...

September 22, 2010 | | Other Views

Health Watch – Finding Your Medical Home

Let's face it. The most asked question about the recently passed health care legislation is "who is going to pay for what and how?" Until regulations are completed, none of us can answer that question yet.

However, the question uppermost in my mind is "how will this legislation affect the quality of care a hospital provides?"

September 15, 2010 | John Friel CEO, Oak Valley Hospital District | Other Views

Back To School Safety

I always remembered being late on the first day of the new school year.My day would usually start by sleeping through the alarm clock and being awakened by my parents pounding on my door. I would jump out of bed and quickly rummage through my closet for something to wear. If I were lucky I would have enough time to eat a piece of toast, before I was pushed out of the house. I would rush across the street with my backpack in hand, mindless of all the traffic around me, hoping to be in time to catch the ...

September 01, 2010 | OFFICER GARY VANDERHEIDEN Oakdale Police Department | Other Views

What Is A City Manager?

Recent media scrutiny of city managers - or, more specifically, their compensation - has reached a fever pitch in California and across the country. The city management and governmental compensation abuses uncovered last month in the small Los Angeles suburb of Bell are deplorable and warrant a full investigation. Such trespasses are rare in a profession known for transparency and populated by talented and dedicated individuals.

August 25, 2010 | Bill Garrett California City Management Foundation | Other Views

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Music inspires gratitude

A few of my friends have taken on the “gratitude challenge,” posting on social media things that they are grateful for this November.

November 26, 2015 | Carmen Rasmusen Herbert Deseret News | Other Views

Be careful when picking enemies — if the qualifications are too broad, you'll be alone

It wasn't long after the reports of the murders in Paris this past weekend broke that my daughters started hearing other reports: rumors about ...

November 24, 2015 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Other Views

The longer we wait, the more difficult it will be for future of Social Security

Social Security policy is unsustainable in its current form. What has consumed a significant portion of America’s paychecks and helped sustain a significant portion ...

November 10, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views

Sustainable Development Goals narrow gap in eliminating worst forms of poverty

In September 2015, at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in New York, new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted. These SDGs address a comprehensive ...

November 03, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


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