Send your congressman a congratulatory note. They have succeeded in penalizing people who have integrity and didn't overextend themselves through unadulterated greed. The foreclosures that are starting to pop up now are people driven to the edge by months of reduced hours and loss of jobs. Washington may talk about the recovery starting but thanks to their inept, short-sighted fiscal policies that triggered the foreclosure meltdown and then managed to dilute integrity in their bid ...
Editor, Manteca Bulletin, How long has it been since you've been in the classroom or even a school? Have you ever seen an SRO in action? You could be a piece of a larger puzzle toward success! On behalf of Lathrop Elementary, I want to thank those who have made a difference just recently and during our Back to School Night. It is impressive to see our community step up and help make success happen. ...
If pain is relative, then it must be one of my first cousins. One of the joys of living, if you call it that, is your body reminding you that you are alive. Mine does it on a daily basis whether it is jammed fingers, a toe that's been broken for years, a bunion I hit wrong, an old shoulder injury or my upper right leg that is still smarting from a spill I took ...
Lincoln in Placer County where I grew up is much like Manteca when it comes to old and new neighborhoods.
Aaron is a frustrated trucker. If you know anything about the trucking industry, they get squeezed more often than Mr. Whipple squeezes Charmin toilet tissue whether it is from fluctuating fuel prices, the ever tightening clean engine standards, and clients who obviously want to get their transportation costs as low as possible. Aaron is among the truck drivers who for more than four years have been making pickups and deliveries to various distribution centers within ...
Over the years, Halloween has taken on different meanings for me. As a kid, I can still recall trick-or-treating in the streets of my old neighborhood dressed in costume and joined by friends. We toted pillow cases or grocery bags filled with candy and other cavity-causing sweets, with one eye on the lookout for those bag-snatching bullies. It happened to my friend and next door neighbor Don, who had his bag full of treats taken ...
You pass them on the street every day – municipal street crews, parks workers, firefighters, police and others.
The purpose of my column in the October 19 Manteca Bulletin was simply to make a point that more research on the subject of golf courses finances, when writing a front page story, may cast a different light on the subject rather than printing information derived from one source, inaccurate and outdated city documents.
That's life, that's what all the people say The woe-is-me movement is reaching obscene levels in this country. Everyone has a story to tell of their "hard" life. You know the drill. Abusive childhood. Issues with their parents or children. Not enough money. Car troubles. Taxes. Problems at work. Aches and pains. Pick one or add to the list. You're riding high in April, shot down in May But in reality, very few people qualify ...
Editor's note: This is the first of a four-part series on Father Dean's recent trip to Africa.
It makes no sense at all. We can literally communicate with a man on the moon and drive a vehicle with access to satellite technology that can get someone in Detroit to unlock our car doors when we leave the keys in the ignition but they still can't make a drive-up order box where you can understand the clerk. I've always felt semi-stupid every time I use a drive-up window at a fast food joint ...
An archeologist centuries from now digging into landfills may find the remnants of the junk mail delivered to Manteca households during a typical month in 2009.
Adopting the employment contracts entered into for five years in 2006 with Manteca's municipal employee groups were – for the most part – sound judgment at the time.
"Stop the presses!" Those were the words Randy McParland had longed to say as executive editor of a small town newspaper in Fresno County. In fact, I'm willing to bet that he wasn't the only one in the printed media to utter those very words shortly after 5 p.m. that Tuesday, Oct. 17, 1989. This Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of that day. As Randy recalled, the first run of newspapers had come to a ...
Listening to the rain dancing on the roof while you're snuggled up in bed is one of life's little pleasures.
HANFORD - Dairy farmers in these parts – and the rest of California for that matter – do not operate in a fantasy world.
John Perez Sr. pulled into the stadium parking lot nearly three hours before kickoff and was still tardy to the tailgate party.
The nice thing about the 3.7 million water tank going up on Atherton Drive is that you won't see much of it.
"Fill my heart with song and let me sing forever more." - from Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon"
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Remember the good old days?
Before I met Robbie - a lanky, shy sixth grader who attended Sequoia School - I did things like raise money for the Boys & Girls Club because I thought it made sense. It was the right thing to do. It made me feel good. That type of thing.
Last year when I made my annual pilgrimage to my mom's house to watch the New Year's college bowl festival at her neighbor's house, I told her that for the first time in recent memory I was not counting down the days until the calendar could be turned to start a new year because I was anxious to shed myself of the last one. I told her that for once, things had not been too bad and life was all right.