• Book Review of Molly Knox Ostertag’s “The Girl From the Sea” by Mido Vince

    July 7, 2023 /

    Humorously relatable, Molly Knox Ostertag’s The Girl From the Sea tells a coming-of-age story about Morgan, a teenage girl discovering herself through an unexpected connection with a sea girl named Keltie. Not only is the story compelling to read, but the artwork throughout this graphic novel enhances the relatability of the characters, making them easy for readers to identify with. Read More

  • We ‘Ced Weighs in: Mother’s Day

    May 10, 2021 /

    As Mother’s Day weekend closes We ‘Ced reporters reflect on the ways they honor the Mother figures in their lives. Read their responses below.   Rachel Livinal I celebrate Mother’s Day with my mom. Over the years it has changed. Most of the time, we get the whole family together and have brunch or breakfast together. Read More

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  • La Batalla del Lenguaje Médi

    September 4, 2020 /

    Providing equitable quality of care for all patients, regardless of race, culture, and socioeconomic status has become our healthcare system’s biggest challenge. In the United States it is difficult for underserved communities such as the Latinx Community to receive treatment, making healthcare be experienced as a luxury rather than a necessity.    My story begins 20 years ago, when my parents immigrated to this country and adopted it as their own. Read More

  • Protesting takes a new form in Merced

    July 31, 2020 /

      Merced, California- On July 13, Governor Gavin Newsom ordered a second shutdown for the state of California. Since then, 31 counties were on the monitoring list. These counties represent 80% of the state’s population. From these counties, nine lay in the Central Valley. Read More

  • National Poetry Month Weigh in

    April 30, 2020 /

    As National Poetry Month comes to a close, read below submissions from We ‘Ced youth.   If you could write a poem to COVID, what would you want to tell it?    Dear COVID-19,  You don’t know me  But right now everyone knows you  You’re infamously the talk of the globe As we isolate at home We’re told that we are not alone But the division you caused says otherwise I don’t even want to go outside You can see fear in everybody’s eyes since that’s the only feature you see This is the “new normal” for us This is how my brother and sister are growing up I want my life back I can’t go to my boyfriend’s house their ostracization is painful and raw  Given to me by a fear you caused We can’t go to the mall like we used to  This has been the longest I’ve been without my auntie  I never was a hugger but I’d give anything for us to be together I’m Class of 2020 but there’s no cap and gown for me  If we’re lucky maybe a belated ceremony  My whole life is online now  School, work, friends, everything You are detrimental for my socialization  I have siblings I can’t see  Family who misses me  A life I can’t lead  Drive I’m losing And you still won’t leave  You make it hard to function  And way too easy to think Kids my age can’t take it  Suicide to escape this combat rink  We’re too embarrassed to admit it but we’re scared I’m scared of what you’re doing to me and my family What do you do when your a child seeing your dad terrified When you see pain mother in your mother’s eyes You aren’t killing my body   But you’re eroding away what’s inside With much hate,  A Teen of 2020 – Stephanie Gurtel, 17 ___________________________________________________________ Hard It’s Hard.. Read More

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  • Walk for Violence

    April 22, 2020 /

      The city of Merced’s Annual Walk for Violence, run by Gloria Aguirre, mother of Benito Aguirre Jr., a victim of gang violence in the county. Read More