Much ado is being made of the United States infant mortality rate in the crisis du jour debate involving health care.
In the past, I received $200 for classroom supplies. Not a month, not a semester but for the YEAR. I will receive $25 for the year. And, you might not realize this, but in the past, the school board gave the superintendent a $300 supply allowance. Not per year, per MONTH. To his credit, Superintendent Jason Messer turned this perk down. That's not the point. Do you see how this example further illustrates my point ...
Uncle Sam is turning into the relative who undermines good parenting by lavishing kids with expensive gifts, giving them candy before dinner and letting them stay up until all hours of the night and ignore basic disciplines like doing you homework and chores.
The decision to cut home-to-school busing inside a 1.25-mile radius for elementary students and a 2.5-mile radius for high school students around Manteca Unified campuses was clear in terms of who gets a ride and who doesn't.
If you're like most Californians and still have a job you probably haven't gotten a raise in the last year.
The bottom line isn't looking good for the next five years or so when it comes to municipal property taxes for Manteca and other San Joaquin Valley cities.
Stockton is the Rodney Dangerfield of California cities. It gets no respect. Well, maybe a little bit more respect than Bakersfield, but that's about it. Then there's Modesto. It's W.C. Field's kind of place according to "Men's Health" magazine that a few years back dubbed the place just south of Salida as the most out-of-shape city in the United States. And we're stuck in the middle in a place that translates into English as Lard. ...
If Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Gang of 120 in the California Legislature want to know how to get the economy going and revenues rolling back into the state treasury they should sit down with Lucille Harris for an hour.
Cara Campbell spent a portion of her vacation making an effort to reconnect with old friends. A native Californian, she currently lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with her three grown children, working as sales representative in cosmetics with her vast territory consisting of a good portion of Texas and Oklahoma. But thanks to Facebook, Cara was able to touch base with a handful of her college friends from Fresno State including yours truly about ...
It's time to stand up and be counted. It's time to stand up for our schools. It's time to stand up for our children. Forty-two kids in first grade at Great Valley. Seventy kids in PE at Lathrop High. High school kids sitting on the classroom floor because there are no seats available. Class schedules for high school kids being rearranged so they can be put into classes that they do not want just for ...
Al Qaeda declared war against America in 1998 and these terrorists are still at war against America. Sadly, the Obama administration has directed the removal of any use of the term "War of Terror". Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano also avoids any mention of "terrorism" and "vulnerability" in any discussion. A terrorist act will now be called a "man-made disaster" and the "Global War on Terror" will now be called an "Oversees Contingency Operation" by ...
Long before there was any bank at all in Lathrop, there was Delta Market. For decades, the family-owned mom and pop grocery store was known to many people by its nickname, "The Bank of Lathrop." People who either did not have the time to make the trip to a bank in Manteca or just wanted to save gas, simply had to stop by Delta Market to cash their pay checks and conveniently do their shopping ...
Is it time to return to the days of yesteryear when the California Legislature was a part-time affair?
On the southwest corner of our property, just inside the tan brick wall that separates our office from the mad rush of downtown Stockton activity, stands a still tall sentinel of a tree. With broad leaves expanding wide, it shields us from harsh afternoon sunlight and the endless drone of cross-town traffic.
Just how safe is it being a pedestrian in Manteca? Not very judging by what one encounters along East Yosemite Avenue between downtown and Pestana Avenue whether it is physical issues with the sidewalk and the condition of property as well as typical vehicle movements. Before going farther, though, I need to emphasize there are some incredibly courteous drivers out there who actually pay attention to pedestrians. What prompted this column was my latest adventure ...
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.