I owe my sister Mary an apology. Some 30 years ago when I had the dubious pleasure of serving on the Western Placer Unified School District Board she decided she was going to become a teacher. Half-jokingly I tried to talk her out of it. I told her only someone borderline insane would be a teacher in this day and age. This, by the way, was back in 1975. It seemed like every other person ...
Call it the 11-minute miracle. That is how long it took me to get my driver's license renewed Tuesday at the Manteca Department of Motor Vehicles office. It's a miracle for several reasons. First, and foremost, the dedicated and hardworking frontline state workers were doing their job – quite pleasantly I might add – despite having to take a pay cut. The last time I had to physically go into a DMV office for a ...
At the recent Manteca Sports Heroes Hall of Distinction awards dinner, I was shooting the breeze about sports with East Union High Principal John Alba.
George Orwell must have been elected to Congress this past November. There is growing support for a plan to tax motorists on the mileage they drive in a bid to make up for falling federal gas tax revenues as more vehicles with increased fuel efficiency go on the road every year. Their justification is simple. The nation is getting less federal tax gas receipts at a time when there is major freeway and highway infrastructure ...
I still remember the day 14 years ago when instructor Susan Stricker walked over to me in the middle of a group exercise class at In Shape.
Karen and I have joined a Christian Bible Study group that is studying the book called 'Left Behind' written by Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. It's quite a story about the Earth's Last Days. It does give us a whole new way to look at what s going to happen when Jesus comes back and gets us. Wow!
Gasoline per gallon at the Chevron I go to is down to two shares of Citibank stock plus a half a share of GM stock.
One of my earliest memories is repeatedly running into things as a kid. Part of it had to do with the fact I'm a klutz – and still am to a large degree. After one particularly nasty hit where I clipped the railing to the back stairs of our home in Roseville, neighbor Catherine Gates who was also a teacher suggested I might have a vision problem. That ended up being a slight understatement. Both ...
I had penned a column rallying against a proposal by key Democrats to undo Proposition 13. It was early 1985 and I was working for The Press-Tribune in Roseville. The call I got the next day from a reader who accused me of being a "ditto head" and thinking whatever Rush Limbaugh told me to think. There was just one problem with the charge. I had never listened to Rush Limbaugh who had just got ...
Do you really need a phone that has an application that turns it into a level to hang a photo? It isn't exactly a "what-is-the-meaning-of-life" type question but your answer does give you an insight into how you view the world. Yes, the iPhone is a remarkable device but on the scale of inventions it doesn't even rate much higher than a "one." It is simply a new fangled take on previous inventions such as ...
Thursday I got to do something with my son, Johnny, that he and I have been talking about for years. I got to go to the Sacramento Enlistment Service desk and be a part of Johnny's induction into the U.S. Army.
Last April a Manteca woman in her 40s was able to stop the foreclosure process on her rural Airport Way home. She did it by working odds jobs and relying on the generosity of others who gave her items to have yard sale after yard sale.
Tom Ammiano is pushing a bill in the Assembly to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in California.
The air Wednesday morning carried nature's perfume – the scent of blooming almonds – on a gentle breeze.
I am either completely crazy or crazy like a fox. How else do you explain someone who has just dug up his entire front yard and replaced it with 101 shrubs, roses, or trees? Folks who know me understand this is nothing. At the last house I planted 171 rose bushes plus had close to 600 other shrubs and trees. The neighbors referred to it as the Winchester Mystery House yard. I bought the house ...
The toughest job in Manteca might just be the men who are part of the Manteca Police Department's traffic enforcement unit.
The City of Manteca has a new unofficial municipal motto: "This is the new norm."
God and country.
The Gang of Eight immigration bill can be summed up as amnesty now, border closing never. The Department of Homeland Security is not required to build a fence (which was ordered by the Secure Fence Act signed by President George W. Bush). DHS is required only to submit a plan.
Lie to the federal government and you'd better get you affairs in order.
Manteca is celebrating an anniversary this year that is one for the books.
LATHROP – And I wondered why people don't trust the government.
Ripon – the community – possesses a wealth of heart-inspiring stories in the minds of its many highly respected senior citizens.
It was the white lie of the last decade.
Shame on you, Tim Cook.
The San Joaquin Valley's blessing is its curse.
Mom didn't die.
Imagine your kid playing on an aging soccer field.
Here's a little nugget for those embroiled in the debate over gun control: Young men kill.