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Tight Lines - Wild Doesn’t Mean Pets

I saw an item on the nightly news recently about a fellow accused of trying to sell two bear cubs. He claimed he'd been attacked by the mama bear and had to kill her in self-defense. Rather than abandon the cubs to die, he had brought them into town. The story gets a little fuzzy from then on, but eventually the cubs were taken by Fish and Game personnel to a shelter that specializes in releasing critters back into the wild. The cubs were really cute little guys and I hope they make it in their transition back to ...

August 01, 2012 | Don Moyer | Other Views


Practical Money Matters - Is The IRS ‘Marriage Penalty’ Real?

If your spouse-to-be is considering postponing the wedding because of fears about the so-called "marriage penalty," you two probably have bigger issues than whether you'll have to pay higher taxes as a married couple than when you were single.

August 01, 2012 | Jason Alderman Financial Advisor | Other Views


For Your Information - Central Valley Environmental Snapshot

California's Central Valley environment is getting healthier, but not fast enough. Its air quality is still among the worst in the nation, according to a report released this past week.

July 25, 2012 | Linda Hoile and Lorena Anderson Great Valley Center/UC Merced | Other Views


More On Medicare - Keeping Care Affordable

In California, the Affordable Care Act – the new health care law – helped 1,327,883 people with original Medicare get at least one preventive service at no cost to them during the first six months of 2012, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently announced. This is 45 percent of those eligible for these services in California. This figure also includes 109,444 in California who have taken advantage of the Annual Wellness Visit provided by the Affordable Care Act.

July 18, 2012 | David Sayen Regional Administrator | Other Views


Community Corner - Make Fitness A Walk In The Park

Let's face it. Walking is a popular low-impact exercise. Now, new iPods are equipped with pedometers, half-marathons are packed with walkers and many apps can map and measure walking routes. But even with all of these new innovations, you'll still want to pay attention to basics.

July 18, 2012 | Courtesy Of NewsUSA | Other Views


Practical Money Matters - How To Catch A ‘Phish’

Their names may sound funny but their financial consequences are not: "Phishing," "smishing," "vishing" and "pharming" are just a few of the ways criminals gain access to personal information via your computer or smartphone. If you're not careful, identity thieves can use harvested information to open fraudulent bank or credit card accounts, take out loans, rent apartments or even charge medical procedures to your insurance plan.

July 04, 2012 | Jason Alderman Financial Advisor | Other Views


For Your Information - Summer Fire Safety Tips

For many, the Fourth of July signals the start of summer and time for fun family outings and vacations, especially camping. However, with hot and dry conditions, summer is also the time for wildfires. Cal Fire would like to remind all campers and outdoor enthusiasts to keep these summer time safety tips in mind while enjoying the great outdoors.

July 04, 2012 | Julie Hutchinson California Department Of Forestry | Other Views


For Your Information - Avoid A Roadside Mayday

The temperatures are rising, and so are the numbers of vehicles on the road. Summer is now officially here, bringing with it a number of road trips to the beach for many families.

June 27, 2012 | Courtesy of News USA | Other Views


More On Medicare - Medicare Covers Kidney Disease

A diagnosis of kidney failure could be a real shock.

June 20, 2012 | David Sayen Medicare Regional Administrator | Other Views


Money Management - How To Deal With Identity Theft

Nearly 12 million adults were victims of identity fraud last year, up 13 percent from the previous year, according to Javelin Strategy & Research.

June 13, 2012 | Bill Spaniel California Society Of CPAs | Other Views


Practical Money Matters - Make Your Vacation Security Checklist

With summer vacation right around the corner, you're probably busy planning itineraries, shopping for new bathing suits and finishing up work projects. But before you completely check out, take a few minutes to review a few financial safeguards that could save you a ton of grief and money – and protect your identity.

June 06, 2012 | Jason Alderman Financial Advisor | Other Views


Tight Lines - A Tale Of Two Rivers

A week ago I was fortunate enough to attend an event celebrating the acquisition of 1600 acres of riverfront farmland and riparian habitat at the confluence of the Tuolumne River and the San Joaquin River. Dos Rios Ranch was purchased from the Lyons Family through a combined effort of two organizations: River Partners and The Tuolumne Trust. The purchase of Dos Rios Ranch will provide for restoration and improvement of historic riparian habitat and will at the same time leave a significant part of the ranch in agricultural production. In addition there will be increased public access for fishing, camping ...

May 30, 2012 | Don Moyer | Other Views


Safety And Service - Citations Raise Awareness

The California Highway Patrol and 265 local law enforcement agencies issued over 57,000 tickets in April to drivers who were using a hand-held cell phone or texting. Another 3,800 citations were handed out for other distracted driving violations. This number is up from the 52,000 tickets issued in April of 2011.

May 23, 2012 | Christopher J. Murphy California Office of Traffic Safety | Other Views


For Your Information - Slow For The Cone Zone

At its 22nd annual Workers Memorial on Wednesday, May 9 at the State Capitol in Sacramento, Caltrans honored its 178 employees who have lost their lives on the job, including three San Diego-area workers who were killed in separate incidents last year.

May 16, 2012 | Malcolm Dougherty California Department Of Transportation | Other Views


Community Corner - Focus On Women’s Health

Curves women's gyms in the Oakdale-Riverbank-Escalon area will give a free 30-day membership to any non-member who visits a club during regular operating hours throughout National Women's Health Week, May 13-19. This annual awareness week, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office on Women's Health (OWH), begins each year on Mother's Day and brings together communities, businesses, government, health organizations, and other groups in an effort to promote women's health. Curves International has partnered with the OWH to help promote National Women's Health Week and to provide health and wellness ...

May 16, 2012 | Diane Heavin Curves Co-Founder | Other Views


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Climate change presents skewed vulnerabilities and the ethical imperative

The discourse around climate change is often spiced by vested interests, denial, skepticism, exaggeration and inertia. Even in rare constructive moments, the discussions are primarily ...

September 01, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Helping teens write new chapter after a mistake

At 16, school was not nearly as important to him as it should have been. Not quite a man, but no longer a boy, he ...

August 30, 2015 | Lois M. Collins Deseret News | Other Views


Moral deficits in donations: a case for anonymous giving

Anonymous giving is something we rarely talk about. Some might argue the nature of the topic makes it elusive; it is intrinsically invisible. Another reason ...

August 25, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Winning war on poverty demands shifting focus to fighting unemployment

In 1964, then-President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war. Not a foreign war to be waged against another country fought with soldiers, tanks and bombs, but ...

August 20, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


Crowdfunding lends to need for financial literacy

Money makes the world go ’round. And because so much of what we all do revolves around money — making it, spending it, saving it and ...

August 11, 2015 | John Hoffmire Deseret News | Other Views


How to address the Mediterranean refugee crisis

The European Union is in the midst of a crisis of conscience. From their headquarters in Brussels, EU leaders have spent years promoting a brand ...

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


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