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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

Cop Corner – Identity Theft

Each year, identity theft, one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation, harms thousands of consumers throughout the Central Valley. Ultimately, the identity thief aims to obtain personal information about you, your Social Security number, birth date and credit card numbers. With this information, the identity thief can assume your identity and establish bank accounts or credit in your name, leaving you to deal with the problem.

August 11, 2010 | Sgt. Julio Rosa | Other Views

For Your Information – So Why Do They Do That!?

The other day my wife, Karen, who is a paramedic with 32 years experience dealing with the public, had an interesting day.

August 04, 2010 | Michael Pitassi EMS Chief | Other Views

Cop Corner

I thought for this month's article I would write to you in the role of a criminal. I am going to tell you what I am thinking and what I am looking for in order for you to protect yourself against me. Here we go:

July 07, 2010 | Officer Joseph Parreira Oakdale Police Department | Other Views

For Your Information - Do Your Retirement Plans Need Retooling?

Where does your retirement plan stand? Although this phase in everyone's life looms in the future, many people fail to set aside the money they will need to fund a healthy and happy retirement. Others who have saved diligently over time may have been hit hard by the stock market declines of the last couple of years, finding that their nest egg has declined sharply in value.

July 07, 2010 | Bill Spaniel California Society Of CPAs | Other Views

For Your Information – Home Remodeling Can Make Financial Sense

My wife and I survived two major home remodeling projects and we've got the battle scars to prove it. Like most people feeling cramped for space - thanks to two growing children in our case - we weighed the plusses and minuses of remodeling versus moving to a larger home. Because we live in a great neighborhood with strong local schools, we ultimately decided to stay put and remodel, but everyone's case is different.

June 30, 2010 | Jason Alderman Financial Advisor | Other Views

Cop Corner - Auto Alarms: What Works And What Doesn’t

Automobile thefts occur once every 27 seconds in the United States. One in every five vehicles stolen has the keys inside. In Oakdale, we have had 58 vehicles stolen and 36 vehicle burglaries in the city in the last 10 months. There are many ways you can reduce your chances of becoming a victim.

June 23, 2010 | Sgt. Mike Nixon Oakdale Police Department | Other Views

Guest Opinion - California Dairies Meet Our Needs

The month of June is set aside as a celebration of all things dairy. In California it also is a celebration of Real California Milk and the hardworking dairy families who bring this nutritious food to the table.

California milk and dairy foods are high-quality, economical food sources that come in an endless array of flavors and formats to satisfy every palate. We want high quality and we want value; we want healthy options and we want to indulge; we want choice and we want to know where our food comes from. Dairy delivers in all of these areas.

June 16, 2010 | By Jennifer Giambroni California Milk Advisory Board | Other Views

SavetheStan: A Life Or Death Fight

Both the South San Joaquin and the Oakdale Irrigation Districts are in a fight for their lives against the federal government's misguided attempts at helping salmon and steelhead in the South Delta. Our two agencies have filed suit to stop the same government decision that shut the pumps down on the westside of the Central Valley and destroyed much of its agriculture and economy last year. That same decision (known as the Biological Opinion), if not changed, will do the same here on the Stanislaus River; significantly impacting our local communities.

The feds and their state counterparts are focused ...

June 09, 2010 | JEFF SHIELDS and STEVE KNELL General Managers | Other Views

Superintendent’s Spotlight - People Who Made A Difference

In the field of education as we approach the end of each year, educators evaluate how much growth they have achieved during the year. Those individuals then make a plan and determine what steps need to be taken to make next year even better. This evaluation and renewal process is very healthy and positive. On occasion the plan they select is bittersweet for the people who admire and appreciate them. Every year some great individuals decide that it is time to leave the job that they have dedicated their lives to and choose to retire. This year is no exception ...

May 19, 2010 | Fred Rich OJUSD Superintendent | Other Views

The Civic Sentinel - Arizona’s Hot Potato

Two weeks ago, Jan Brewer, Governor of Arizona, signed SB 1070 into law. Also known as the "Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act," this bill is an extremely stringent piece of immigration enforcement legislation.

May 12, 2010 | Jubal McMillan | Other Views

Cop Corner - “Pedestrian XING”

Regardless of the time of day that I am on patrol, there is one traffic infraction I am sure to see: pedestrians crossing F Street outside the confines of a clearly marked crosswalk. You've seen it, too. Referred to as "jaywalking," it is clearly unsafe. Everyone has jaywalked at some point in their life. Many think of this as a "victimless" crime. However, in 2009 there were 17 pedestrians injured in traffic accidents in Oakdale, two of which I personally investigated. Just last month, a man lost his life crossing the highway near downtown Oakdale. "Victimless?" I don't ...

May 05, 2010 | Officer Paul Katuszonek Oakdale Police Department | Other Views

Guest Opinion - Keeping It Local

As CEO of the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce, I'd like to take this opportunity to 'rally the troops' around our local businesses and services.

April 21, 2010 | Oakdale Chamber of Commerce | Other Views

Superintendent’s Spotlight - Questions On Budget Cuts

As people look at the newspapers and listen to the media reports across California, many of them are asking me questions as to why the Oakdale School District seems to be in better shape than most other districts.

April 21, 2010 | Fred Rich OJUSD Superintendent | Other Views

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To the mom who feels all her efforts are in vain

I have written this column with a very specific woman in mind. She is the woman who feels that even her best efforts haven’t ...

October 07, 2015 | Carmen Rasmusen Herbert Deseret News | Other Views

The 'death' of faith may be exaggerated; believers still outnumber those who don't

JuDea Klaas, Christine Matte and Brian Sanchez are at different stages of their lives and thousands of miles normally separate them, but they share something ...

October 07, 2015 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Other Views

It's time for candidates to make simplification of tax code an issue

In 2008, Timothy Geithner was nominated for U.S. secretary of the Treasury. He was voted in by the U.S. Senate, and served from ...

October 06, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views

Employee ownership — an idea many agree with, few know

The philosophy behind an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) has three parts, according to ESOP advisors: broaden ownership of capital, create financial security and incentives ...

September 29, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views

Making toilets 'cool' needs to be major health priority in India

For hundreds of millions of people in rural India, living life without a toilet used to be quite common. However, thanks to the Indian government ...

September 22, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views

The amazing power of kindness

While trying to wedge my folding canvas chair into an already full line of spectators at my grandson’s soccer game recently, a young mother ...

September 18, 2015 | Greg Bell Deseret News | Other Views

To the man who yelled at me: I'm sorry

I came across a post on Facebook the other day that struck a chord with me:

September 18, 2015 | Carmen Rasmusen Herbert Deseret News | Other Views

Our personal experiences as acts of philosophy, politics and economics

As new school and work years begin, it is a perfect time to analyze what we do and, if necessary, make some changes. I am ...

September 16, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views

Do we like heroes or gossip better? And what does it say about us?

While trying to figure out what to feature on their Sept. 7 cover, People magazine editors had a dilemma that feels both surreal and strangely ...

September 14, 2015 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Other Views


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