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Distracted driving a matter of life and death

    Cell phones have become such an integral part of our culture that we react without thinking.
 The phone rings and, even though you’re going 50 mph on a curvy, back road, you begin searching for the phone. You rifle through the cluttered console or reach into your jeans pocket while negotiating a left-hand curve, somehow convinced there is some urgency to the incoming call.
    Two things usually happen: You answer the bleating cell phone without incident, and the call is not at all urgent. In fact, it is never urgent enough that the 30 seconds it might take to pull off the road and return the call legally makes the difference between life and death.
  

Letters to the editor for March 9, 2011


Jamestown solar panel project worth exploring

    When it comes to generating bad news and costing taxpayers cash, it’s tough to top Tuolumne County’s landfill site off Campo Seco Road.
    The 1974 purchase of the Jamestown-area acreage as a dump was itself controversial. But operating it was nowhere as costly as the repeated and largely unsuccessful attempts to seal off the 1.5 million cubic yards of potentially toxic garbage dumped before the landfill shut its gates in 1995.
    In the years since, these closure attempts have cost the county more than $14 million, have brought ultimatums and fines from the state, have generated lawsuits and have forced the county to borrow millions to finally do the job right.
  

Letters to the editor for March 8, 2011


Letters to the editor for March 7, 2011


New chancellor is the right choice for YCCD

    Eighteen applicants vied to become the Yosemite Community College District’s new chancellor. A committee then narrowed the field to two finalists, who then answered questions at public forums at Columbia College and Modesto Junior College.
    But the board’s eventual choice for the important and challenging job likely surprised few: Former Columbia College president and Interim Chancellor Joan Smith won a three-year contract to head the two-college, 21,000-student district.
    She was also, clearly, the right choice for the job.
  

Letters to the editor for March 4, 2011


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