We’re glad Sheriff Adam Christianson got his new digital aerial camera. The purchase, discussed and approved by the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors this week, is quite expensive (more than the cost of the airplane that will carry it aloft). But it undoubtedly will be a pivotal crime-fighting tool if it does all the things it claims it can do, such as tracking heat signatures, seeing through fog and being able to focus clearly down to criminals’ footwear.
Should the residents Ripon, Escalon and Manteca buy their electricity from a company that has reliably provided it for nearly a century or from themselves? After eight years of debate, this tough question could be decided by Wednesday.
Rep. Jeff Denham was on the wrong side of a meaningless vote last week to challenge President Obama’s executive action on immigration. By wrong side, we mean he voted with the Democrats. But it was the right decision, and we applaud not only his vote but also that Denham had the courage to stand up against his party.
In the passage of 73 years, wounds heal, friendships and alliances form and important partnerships are created. But none of that can change this essential fact: Dec. 7 remains the “date which will live in infamy.”
The death of entertainment icon Mike Nichols on Wednesday triggered heartfelt compliments from the stars of Hollywood and Broadway. Film director Steven Spielberg, for example, said that Nichols’ 1967 movie “The Graduate” was “life altering – both as an experience at the movies as well as a master class about how to stage a scene.”
When it rains money from above, nobody worries about getting wet. The money was falling from the ceiling of Modesto Centre Plaza on Thursday afternoon for the Salvation Army’s annual Kettle Kickoff luncheon. By the time the fundraising event was over, $200,973 had been raised to help fund the Army’s various programs.
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