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.
It’s plastered on the sides of the buses, it blares from the radio, it’s even taught in schools: “Every drop is precious.” But in the midst of a three-year drought, our region’s water security is under attack. Some of the threats:
Predictive policing has helped Modesto police bring down the number of car thefts, robberies and burglaries. But with Prop 47 turning petty criminals loose even faster, can we expect those crimes rates to continue to fall?
A few votes are still being counted, but the results we’ve gotten so far from Tuesday’s election, make one thing abundantly clear: As voters, Stanislaus County residents might be more comfortable living in Kansas than California.
The brilliance of our founding fathers gave the concept of voting life, then they and their neighbors put their lives on the line to secure that right through a bloody revolution. It has been safeguarded for more than 230 years through vigilance, sacrifice and courage.
Against 300 pounds of pit bull, the two Modesto people attacked in their own yard on Oct. 14 – an elderly woman and her middle-aged son – never had a chance. That the woman survived was miraculous. Her son wasn’t so lucky. A tragedy. Sad. Awful. But was it criminal? We think it was,
It’s too bad that land-use planning has to be done at the ballot box, but that’s where Modesto is headed in November 2015. Ideally, cities staff – steeped in zoning rules, best practices, community desires and state law – follow the vision of duly elected leaders and develop plans that developers turn into beautiful communities. That’s the ideal. But it is never the reality.
There’s an adage about everyone deserving a second act in life. Gov. Jerry Brown is finishing Act 3 and about to embark on a curtain call. If the polls are any indication, his reviews are better now than they’ve ever been.
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