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Our Endorsements Are For Grassroots Candidates In 2014

By John Derby
October 30, 2014

Lost in modern day politics are grassroots candidates. Our endorsements in this election are based on the candidates who we feel will be most accessible to the voters they serve.
All too often politicians lose touch with voters once they are elected to office, and between elections, we never see them.
Representative government, as it once was, has been lost. It’s been replaced with party politics that lacks direct connections with voters.
Often decisions are being made at the local level, as well as the state and national level, without input from the people those decisions are supposed to serve.    

Jordan running for second term on college board

By John Derby
October 30, 2014

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: Almost 1,000 ballots were mailed by mistake to voters in the Merced College election Area 4 which should have listed Dennis Jordan and William Hamilton as candidates but did not. Jordan brought this to the attention of the Voter Registration Office, which admitted the error and has tried to correct it by sending out new ballots. The following is the last of our political profiles before the Nov. 4 election, and it also appears in our Election Special featured inside this newspaper.
Dennis Jordan, 73, is running for his second term on the Merced College Board of Trustees. Prior to running for the board, he was a member of the Merced City School Board for 12 years.
He taught high school English for 39 years, starting at Le Grand High, and then Atwater High, from 1967 to 1973. He taught at Merced High from 1973 to 2002.

Boeing 737 flight simulator arrives at Atwater’s Sierra Academy of Aeronautics

By Beverly Barela
October 30, 2014

During a ceremony on Oct. 23 in a parking lot on the former Castle Air Force Base in Atwater, with a crowd of spectators watching, a huge crane lowered a 30-foot tall Boeing full flight simulator weighing 11 tons through a hole in the roof of a building leased by Sierra Academy of Aeronautics, which once housed Castle Science and Technology Center.   MORE>

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