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Manteca Rotary has thanked law enforcement for 45 years

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POSTED May 6, 2017 1:31 a.m.

LAUREL TO THE MANTECA ROTARY for faithfully recognizing and honoring law enforcement officers for 45 years as part of their annual observance of Law Day.
The service club’s effort reflects that of the Manteca-Ripon-Lathrop community as a whole that makes it a point to show its appreciation for what peace officers do day in and day out to keep our communities safe. A lieutenant with the California Highway Patrol that made one of the presentations was transferred just five days prior from Alameda County to the Stockton CHP office. He told the gathering that filled the Manteca Transit Center Thursday during the luncheon presentation that the CHP in Alameda County “doesn’t hear a lot of community appreciation.”
The award was renamed in honor of the memory of Municipal Court Judge Don I. Asher who passed away in 1996.
Asher had to go to work at age 15 due to family needs. He was able to get help through college and law school and never forgot the fact people helped him. After he passed the bar in 1964 and went to the work in the San Joaquin District Attorney’s office he started a lifetime effort of helping others by assisting students to get through law school, doing adoption legal work for free, and other pro bono legal work.
He worked for the Manteca law firm of McFall, Burnett, & Martin that today is known as McFall, Burnett, & Brinton. The firm was started by John McFall who was born after his father Hope McFall was killed in World War I as Manteca’s first casualty and went on to Congress where he was at one point the third highest ranking member as majority whip.
In 1991, Asher was appointed to the municipal court bench.
DART TO THOSE WHO PARK ACROSS SIDEWALKS.  A reader pointed out she’s coming across more and more people who block sidewalks while partially parked in residential driveways.
While she said it is simply an irritation for her, it can be a major inconvenience and safety issue for an elderly friend who uses a walker to get exercise by taking a jaunt around her neighborhood. It also can force kids out to the edge of busy streets as happened one morning along Powers Avenue.
DART TO THE MOTORIST who slammed on his horn while a homeless woman who looked disorientated was walking in front of him at a red light on Spreckels Avenue at Moffat Boulevard on Thursday. While she was acting a bit strange and taking her sweet time she did have the green light. The honking startled the woman who started swinging her arms and talking at the car. She hadn’t quite reached the curb when the light turned green for the driver who didn’t hesitate to make a right turn with the woman still in the street.
Are people really that impatient they can’t have empathy in a situation like that?

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