Regarding Eileen Wyatt's community column "Ceres certainly needs more retail, but not more Wal-Marts" (Oct. 17, Page B-7): Having grown up in Ceres, I have seen the town's transformation. The beautifully designed Community Center is one of Ceres' pioneering transitions. It's a symbol of our community values; similar developments would benefit us.
Everyone should recognize Ceres by its personality -- without a supercenter sign on 99. Ceres shouldn't become known as another cookie-cutter town where you cannot identify the location, let alone care where you are.
Whatever we do with our land, Ceres should deliver something classy, unique to Stanislaus County, to set us apart. We could become a destination for shoppers and a place where locals hang out, too. Universal City Walk does that for Los Angeles.
SHERRI R. JACOBSON
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