The current heat wave, as well as the ongoing drought here in California, emphasize the wackiness of our weather due to climate change.
The Affordable Care Act may be complicated, but requiring businesses to provide health insurance isn't one of them. Increasing the Medicare tax to cover every citizen and legal resident would have been simple. Medicare would cover everyone and their children no matter where they work.
The North American Wetlands Conservation Act is a crucial piece of legislation for Ducks Unlimited and many of our partner organizations such as Delta Waterfowl, Pheasants Forever, The Nature Conservancy and Land Trust Alliance. They all use NAWCA grant funding to protect and conserve our national natural heritage. The act has conserved 27.3 million acres of habitat in North America over its nearly 25-year history with more than 4,500 partner organizations. More than 2,000 projects have received nearly $1.26 billion in federal investments while partner organizations have contributed another $2.61 billion in privately donated matching funds.
Dumping animals? We're watching
I was humbled Thursday morning when I opened the Sun-Star and found the full page ad run by Hobby Lobby outlining just a few examples of the true history behind the founding of our country.
As a Tea Party member, I would like to thank the Sun-Star for bringing clarity to the IRS scandal ("Real scandal is having timid IRS," July 3).
It seems to me that there is one important thing that we could do in order to solve the problem of drought here and flooding there. This would take the cooperation of all Americans, including large businesses and educated and determined engineers, it would also draw on the ingenuity of free thinkers who had the ability to dream of building railroads, affording electricity for all, erecting huge dams like the Hoover Dam and curing Polio.
On June 25, at 2:21 pm, I had to run home, which is a residential home in the North Bear Creek area.
So here we are in the middle of summer and it's hot. Really hot.
This week I dropped by an elementary school in Merced. A huge flooring truck pulled up and began installing carpeting in two or three classrooms at the site. I asked where their company was from, and he said Modesto. After checking with a few flooring venders in town, I discovered no bids were sent out locally.
On June 19, my husband and I attended a town hall meeting in Prather. It was attended by 700 or 800 concerned citizens.
On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence. Because of this initial act of rebellion against an unjust and overbearing English king and Parliament, we, as citizens of the United States of America, have the opportunity that few people have ever had in human history, and that is the opportunity to be free.
The other morning at 9:30 a.m. we received a telephone call informing us that our power would be turned off between 11 and 1 o'clock that day because we had not paid our May bill.
At this time of the Fourth of July and the sesquicentennial of the Battle of Gettysburg, I write to call attention to the sacrifice of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment on the second day of that battle.
I found it amusing yet sad to read that the Merced Union High School District has decided to make replacement of the gymnasiums at Merced and Atwater high schools a high priority when there are no funds available. There can be no debate as to why the people within the boundaries of these two schools voted for Measure M and it was because the replacement of the antiquated, unsafe, physical education facilities were part of the equation with regards to funding.
I can only think of the surprised looks on people's faces when trying to sign on to the Sun-Star Sunspot Forum and coming up with a 404 error (page not found).
In the wake of last week's story on Lost Hope Cat Kingdom ("200 pets put down after raid," Saturday) it is important to consider how things got this bad.
In the June 29 paper there was a small blurb about two Livingston teenagers arrested for having loaded guns at the Merced Mall.
I am distressed to hear any news about suffering animals. But the portrait of Last Hope Cat Kingdom that has been presented by local county officials seems self-serving. The inclusion of previously deceased animals in cold storage in their count of animals "found dead" serves no purpose than to paint this group as heartless monsters.
Is anyone else offended by the use of the rainbow flag to promote the LGBT lifestyle? The rainbow is historically a sign from God to Noah that there would never again be a worldwide flood.
Your editorial about SB 7 (June 25) ignored some costs like health insurance, retirement, and a small fee for apprenticeship programs that are factored into prevailing wages.
First of all, thank you, Merced Organizing Project, which organized a forum where four candidates running for Merced City Council Kevin Blake, Jana Mowr, Josh Pedrozo and Chris Ramirez spoke June 20.
Having NSA Director Keith Alexander and sympathetic members of Congress try to sell the public on the top-secret order requiring telecommunication companies to turn over phone records will do little to generate trust in the program.
There were several possible outcomes in both same-sex marriage cases. No matter the outcome in these cases, we are, however, ready to continue our fight for other social issues that impact the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community, including LGBT youth suicide, discrimination in the workplace and securing other protections that would ensure continued safety for our families, including our transgender brothers and sisters.
As a clergyman responding to the Supreme Court's rulings on same-sex marriage, I say, it is about time. The movement in America toward recognizing the rights of LGBTs is to me a sign of the Holy Spirit working in the world. Now it is time for all churches to recognize that work and respond with affirmation of the love of God shining through the loving relationships of same-sex couples.
I had a very disturbing experience while camping recently in Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite.
Nobody is promoting or celebrating a homosexual lifestyle (except the people involved, and they should); however, defending would be correct. It is about time that people learn to live and let live.
The writer states that there is an anti-family campaign that will undermine the family unit. What family? No one cares how the writer lives, so why does the writer care if gay couples form loving families?
Well, well, well! Look which organization has been vindicated again. The tea party movement was started spontaneously by a group of plain citizens across the United States. Their basic platform was and is that the government has become too large, taxation is out of control and our basic freedoms are under attack by politicians who do not support our Constitution.