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Jeff Jardine

Snuffing out a bad habit by quitting smoking

When a man at a gas station said he’d smoked his last cigarette because of the price, his tone seemed to infer that he thought he was punishing the store clerk and the tobacco industry. But he isn’t punishing the clerk, the station’s owner or Big Tobacco. He’s only helping himself.

Local

MID ponders fairness of water, power pricing

Modesto Irrigation District leaders agree that farmers should pay more for water, but it’s unclear how subsidies borne by electricity customers might be lessened because the board does not want to separate accounting for its two core services: water and power.

Blogs & Columns

Marijke Rowland

All-female ‘Ghostbusters’ remake? Bring it on

A new all-female cast for the remake of “Ghostbusters” has made big news. Which is great. But wouldn’t it be nice if it was a little less big? We make up 51 percent of the population yet somehow, to Hollywood, we remain a riddle wrapped in an enigma shoved into a chick flick. Women seem to be a constant mystery for Hollywood’s biggest filmmakers.

Jeff Jardine

Snuffing out a bad habit by quitting smoking

When a man at a gas station said he’d smoked his last cigarette because of the price, his tone seemed to infer that he thought he was punishing the store clerk and the tobacco industry. But he isn’t punishing the clerk, the station’s owner or Big Tobacco. He’s only helping himself.

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