LATHROP – This is a story about a thief stealing something near and dear to the hearts of several preschoolers.
Ready to get confused? Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, has introduced legislation aimed at addressing what he believes is a wrong. California school districts don't allow transgender students to use restrooms or play on sports teams of the sex they relate to. Before you start sighing "only in San Francisco", Ammiano was beaten to the punch by the Massachusetts Department of Education that ...
It's only $1.18 a month. No big deal. But to paraphrase the late Sen. Everett Dirksen $1.18 here and a $1.18 there and pretty soon we're talking real money. Is $2.2 billion a year real enough for you? That's what it is costing American cell phone customers annually to underwrite Lifeline cell service for those who supposedly can't afford it. To qualify for the heavily subsidized cell phone service involuntarily financed by paying cell phone ...
When the first responders – firefighters, policemen and other emergency personnel – rushed to the twin towers of the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the main thing on their mind was to save lives. That's what these brave men and women are trained to do. That's their mission. Tragically, on that fateful day, the price they paid was their lives.
It's the $110 billion question plus financing costs: How likely is a 7.0 Richter scale earthquake in Manteca or places like Alturas in Modoc County?
That wonderful elixir of almond blossoms filling the air these days is the scent of spring to many.
A baseball fan turns away from the action at a minor league game in Idaho to chat with a friend. Suddenly, the crowd around him starts yelling. He turns back toward the field and is hit in the eye with a foul ball. Ultimately he loses vision in the eye. He sues.
Manteca is growing itself to death. Except for the Austin Road Business Park's mixed housing component, all of the residential development lining up for the next big growth surge will end up pounding a stake into the long-range economic viability of the city. More than 80 percent of the more than 10,000 housing units in various stages of approval are nothing but variations ...
How do you fight lawbreakers? The new trend is to punish those who abide by the law. And - wherever possible - make responsible citizens pay even more. Have a problem with methheads using over-the-counter flu remedies such as Sudafed to cook up their poison? Simply make those suffering from the flu get a doctor's prescription, <p class="Body" align="left" ...
There is something delightfully sinful about jogging this time of year.
Walking the parade route – before and after – was a new approach for me at writing a column about the Almond Festival on Saturday. You have to admit I had the best seat in the house, never stopping longer than to chat for a few minutes with old friends, or those folks I had never met. After all, a friend is often only a smile and a handshake away.
A side effect of more healthcare insurance coverage is becoming painfully apparent - a less robust economy for those struggling to stay afloat.
Taxes - according to more than a few folks in positions of power - stimulate the economy.
Manteca's panhandling ordinance is a bust.
"Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me." - a line written by Scott Fitzgerald in the 1926 short story, The Rich Boy
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.
Almost four years ago, I wrote a column entitled "The Obama Effect" in which I described how fear and distrust of our then newly elected President created panic among our citizenry and that there were massive shortages of almost every kind of ammunition imaginable.