Josh Tougher appears to be into censorship.
The 10th Congressional District congressman voted in favor of Home Decision 908 which condemns COVID-19 from being known as the “Chinese language Virus,” “Wuhan Virus,” and “Kung-flu,” as a result of such phrases have “perpetuated anti-Asian stigma.” It handed largely alongside occasion line in a 243-184 vote on Sept. 17.
Speak about Democrats losing time. What number of occasions have you ever heard a flu named after the place it originated? The Spanish flu of 1918, the Hong Kong flu of 1968 that killed one to 4 million individuals globally. There was additionally Ebola from Africa.
Democrats say it’s as a result of we don’t know the place a flu originates and that it may possibly harm the nation being singled out. I feel we’re stable on the place COVID-19 got here from however I need to know why Democrats are so involved with China experiencing financial hardship. It’s simply one more try and politicize a tragedy in opposition to our president.
Rep. Grace Meng, a Chinese language Democrat, mentioned “we reject racism.” It’s information to me that referring to a geographical location is racist. Frankly most People are bored with the phrases “racist” and “racism” being thrown about recklessly amongst right now’s progressives.
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Ceres Mayor Chris Vierra watched the web debate between congressional candidates Josh Tougher and Ted Howze final week and heard his title come up. Tougher urged that Vierra was now not supporting Howze. I’ll give Tougher the good thing about a doubt that he was confused, not intentionally mendacity.
The subsequent day Mayor Vierra posted this message on Fb: “Listening to the 10th District Congressional debate final night time, I used to be bowled over listening to Josh Tougher deliver up my title. I proceed to completely help Ted Howze for Congress as a result of he has confirmed he has the expertise and management potential to ship outcomes for our Valley. I needed to set the document straight and I sit up for Ted Howze representing the Valley in Congress.”
I perceive that Manteca Mayor Ben Cantu can be nonetheless supporting Howze, regardless of what Tougher mentioned.
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Additionally on the Turlock Journal debate, Tougher mentioned: “We are able to’t have any extra of this divisive politics, pitting people in opposition to one another.” Fascinating on condition that Tougher made the most important play of divisive politics by voting to question a duly elected president of the US over the Russian collusion hoax, of which there’s stable proof of it tracing again to Hillary Clinton’s paid-for Steele file. That one vote alone signifies that Tougher places occasion above nation and calls into query his equity and judgment.
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Somewhat story to make my subsequent level.
When my daughter Jennifer was younger her knee grew to become badly swollen. My spouse and I needed to take her to a health care provider who concluded there was water on her knee and it needed to come out. It concerned a needle and we needed to maintain her down as a result of making an attempt to insert a knee right into a small baby’s knee isn’t going to go effectively. It was emotionally painful for us and her as she screamed on the ache and considering we have been betraying her with torture. She couldn’t perceive that it was for her personal good.
It is probably not one of the best story as an example that at occasions you must take painful actions for somebody’s good. Just like the time 5 members of the Ceres Metropolis Council years in the past unanimously raised water charges in Ceres for the sake of the way forward for Ceres’ entry to water.
So it was fairly unsettling to see Metropolis Council candidate Couper Condit use the painful expertise for his political benefit final week when his sleazy assault mailer arrived in Ceres mailboxes. The very first thing I observed is Condit’s hit piece used a Courier photograph of him with out permission.
I’ve by no means seen this scale of assault on the metropolis degree; at all times on the state or federal degree. It has all of the fingerprints of a sophisticated political machine, the work of consultants whose motto can be “all’s truthful in love and warfare.” The mailer has the impact of utilizing a sledgehammer to kill a fly on condition that we’re solely speaking a few small council area of two,400 houses.
The mailer assaults on Councilman Mike Kline for supporting a 180 p.c water charge enhance (in 2017) and never going alongside together with his brother’s proposal to have the council surrender well being advantages (in all probability as a result of he’s lined beneath his job at Alternative Stanislaus).
I dislike most political mailers as a result of they twist info and miss context for the aim of creating somebody look dangerous. One may, in idea, make Mom Teresa appear like Dorothea Puente with the ways utilized in slick mailers.
So why did these water charges have to extend, Couper? Was it as a result of the council needed to inflict financial hardship on themselves and their fellow Cerams or as a result of town actually needed to break its 100 p.c reliance on groundwater?
Everyone knows that there are only some sources of ingesting water. One is the underground aquifers; the opposite from floor rivers or lakes. Modesto drinks from each groundwater and the Modesto Reservoir which is fed by the Tuolumne River. Nearly all of the Ceres water charge hike was vital for town to pay for its anticipated $100 million share of price for the regional floor water plant. That plant was deemed vital as a result of because the Valley grows with extra individuals needing water, groundwater tables are producing water of much less high quality which fails to satisfy ever-increasing water high quality requirements. The close by Tuolumne River was a logical possibility for water and ensures Ceres could have a assured supply of water for years – so long as Democrats hold their arms off it – whereas cities like Hughson could also be flat out of luck sooner or later. And what occurs when a neighborhood doesn’t have water – it dries up and blows away like your unwatered home crops.
The speed hikes accepted in 2017 happen over the interval from 2018 to 2022. On the time Mayor Chris Vierra referred to as the speed hikes “painful” and Councilwoman Linda Ryno mentioned she hated the thought of enacting will increase however mentioned “we’ve to pay for it too. We reside within the metropolis and I perceive why we’re (elevating charges); I simply don’t suppose it’s going to be straightforward for us to simply accept that.”
So when Kline, Vierra, Ken Lane, Bret Durossette and Ryno all voted for the speed hikes, they realized there was no different option to seal Ceres’ future entry to good clear water. It was a brave vote. They didn’t play video games with it.
Since he’s essential of the vote, it will be a protected wager to say Couper Condit would have voted in opposition to the speed hikes, understanding he’d be the odd man out however afford him the possibility to inform voters: “See! See! I voted in opposition to charge hikes. See, I’ve your again! Vote for me! Vote for me!” all whereas understanding full effectively the mission was completely vital.
Mike Kline is probably not an eloquent speaker however he has the center of a servant and a status as being somebody who genuinely cares about his metropolis. He’s served the neighborhood in youth sports activities earlier than his council days. He’s a likeable individual and has labored arduous as a coach and councilman along with his employment not in authorities however within the meals business. I haven’t at all times agreed with a few of his votes – similar to permitting rubbish cans in views – however I cringe on the manner this political ruthlessness is being directed at him.
Since Condit goals to make an apple to orange comparability with regard to a water plant and council advantages, right here’s some perspective: Ceres’ share of the floor water plant is $100 million. Kline’s share of mixed advantages and wage for 2018 was $15,985.
By the best way, brother Channce has been accepting the council stipend of $6,000 per 12 months, I suppose, as a result of he wants it however not the medical health insurance. But it surely stays to be seen if Condit makes it to the Board of Supervisors if he’ll take each the $83,000 yearly wage and well being advantages.
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Just lately Senator Kamala Harris went out of her strategy to go to Jacob Blake who was shot on Aug. 23 in Kenosha, Wisconsin after resisting police arrest. Harris, a former prison prosecutor, had the nerve to say she was “pleased with him.” Blake is the person who sexually assaulted a lady on Might 3. In July, Blake was charged with felony sexual assault, trespassing and home abuse and a warrant was issued for his arrest. A month later, Blake allegedly violated a restraining order that was in place when he went to the girl’s house, which led her to name 911.
Harris repulses me for her reward of a prison whereas making no effort to go to both of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputies who have been openly shot by a cowardly thug in Compton in September.
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I’ve at all times assumed that this area is Central California. I noticed there was some query when a lady requested me why I used to be referring to Sonora as Central California and never Northern California. We’re actually in that area within the center each east to west and north to south.
When you take the state from the highest to backside, it’s about 665 miles. Divided by three, that offers you 221 miles for every part – northern, central and south. That makes Central California starting roughly at northern Bakersfield all the best way to south of Lodi. So it’s protected to say, sure, Ceres is in Central California.
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I noticed an awesome meme the opposite day: “The individual working the checkout line is deemed important, labored for the previous seven months, eight hours a day, 5 days every week and sees tens of a whole lot of individuals so you should buy your pickles … however a trainer can’t work seeing the identical 20 college students day by day as a result of it’s harmful. Science left a very long time in the past. You might be being performed!”
We HAVE been performed – huge time.
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I typically hear how individuals dislike the Bee due to their left political slant. It actually bore out of their listing of endorsements. They referred to Modesto Metropolis Council candidate Janice Keating’s “indignant, conservative condescension” as they went on to endorse Ricci’s “progressivism.” Additionally they mentioned of David Wright: “his right-wing rigidity must be a purple flag at a time when therapeutic and alliances are so as.”
Whereas commending Channce Condit for his “admirable document of public service” (that may be lower than two years on the council), they suggest Hallinan for the District 5 on the Board of Supervisors. Additionally they suggest Invoice Zoslocki over former Ceres resident Buck Condit in District 1.
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The return of the Ceres Drive-In has excited many. It’s been open for 3 weekends now and Mark Stotzer mentioned it’s been an awesome response to date.
Drive-ins are a nostalgic factor that form of disappeared with time and got here again due to social distancing and the closing of walk-in theaters. The movie show business is dying beneath the onerous restrictions positioned on us by the Nanny state.
I bear in mind dwelling in Modesto as a child and visiting my grandparents in Livingston within the night and watching the film screens as we moved alongside Freeway 99. I bear in mind seeing many, together with the Ceres Drive-In display screen.
Somebody on social media shared lately in regards to the Starlight Drive-in in Keyes. I believed it was west of the freeway however aerial pictures present the eagerness pit was on a triangle lot bordered by the freeway and Religion House Highway. A truck lot is there now. Then it struck me why Starlite Trucking was named Starlite Trucking. It was a duh second.
It additionally explains why all these residential streets that adopted later have been named after film actors like Monroe, Bacall, Fonda, Heston, Brando and Wayne. That’s why I discover historical past is fascinating – it explains why issues are the best way they’re right now!
The display screen would have been proper the place the drainage basin is on the southernmost a part of Bogart Drive.
Cathy Line shared a cute reminiscence in regards to the Starlite Drive-In: “We noticed Mary Poppins on the Starlight in 1964. My dad would pop a grocery bag dimension filled with popcorn at house to deliver, he folded down the center seats within the station wagon and cargo up a twin dimension mattress within the again. We’d additionally disguise our cocker spaniel Flicka beneath a blanket and sneak her in. What enjoyable!”
Apparently the Starlite was opened in 1949 by Robert L. Lippert Theatres Inc. By 1955 it was operated by Stanislaus Motor-In Inc. and Redwood-Lippert Theatres. This was a Robert Lippert theater within the 1960’s.
I’m relationship myself once I say I bear in mind the Prescott Drive-In when Smokey and the Bandit got here out in 1977. That theater was situated the place Winco and Walmart are situated in Modesto. After the film my household sat within the McDonald’s throughout the road and watched fool after fool burn their tires out of there as a result of they’ve been uncovered to 90 minutes of juvenile delinquent Burt Reynolds driving like a maniac. And so they say Hollywood doesn’t adversely have an effect on individuals. Spare me.
This column is the opinion of Jeff Benziger, and doesn’t essentially symbolize the opinion of The Ceres Courier or Morris Newspaper Corp. of CA. How do you are feeling about this? Let Jeff know at email@example.com