Jeff Jardine

Another tough day at Hornitos cattle ranch

A month ago, 59-year-old Gary Thompson of Escalon led a riderless horse up the trail to his best friend’s funeral in Hornitos. Last weekend, the horse threw Thompson, sending him to the hospital with a severe head injury. And so begins Tuesday’s multi-subject column ... .

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Kraft Mac & Cheese just got duller; you can thank (or blame) ‘The Food Babe’

For many Americans, the color of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese is the color of childhood. Nothing triggers nostalgia like the sight of a steaming plate of sticky pasta, as unnaturally orange as a nuclear dawn.

Almost 80 years after its invention, however, Kraft Mac & Cheese is about to change. Under pressure from “healthier” competitors and a controversial food blogger, the company says it is stripping all artificial preservatives and synthetic colors from its most iconic item.

 

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Our View: Concealed carry permit info should be open to public

Permission to walk around with a gun isn’t something that Californians view lightly. Elected officials, who control concealed carry permits, have abused their power in the past. Now a Modesto Democrat and gun rights groups want to make it harder to find out who is getting these permits, and the effort should be stopped in its tracks.

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Modesto-area veterans medical transportation service looks for volunteers

Seven or eight years ago, Joe Madden of Modesto discovered that disabled and homebound veterans were missing medical appointments or badly needed treatments simply because they did not have transportation. Madden, a member of the Stanislaus County Veterans Advisory Commission, started a volunteer van service, but more drivers are needed to volunteer.

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Jeff Jardine

Another tough day at Hornitos cattle ranch

A month ago, 59-year-old Gary Thompson of Escalon led a riderless horse up the trail to his best friend’s funeral in Hornitos. Last weekend, the horse threw Thompson, sending him to the hospital with a severe head injury. And so begins Tuesday’s multi-subject column ... .

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