People who see in black and white only inadvertently shortchange themselves – and others – by not embracing a wide repertoire of hues that can make things possible even during trying times.
Why, they ask up in Sacramento, don't people trust us? There are at least two million reasons why. That happens to be the amount California State University Chancellor Charles Reed spent of your money to hire high-priced private sector lobbyists to lobby your state representatives to get even more of your money. If that sounds outrageous, you haven't heard anything yet. Reed spent the money without seeking bids and did so on top of $1.1 ...
It's Tuesday morning and I'm online trying to find the best PC feed to view the Michael Jackson memorial services.
Rip-off AT&T's intellectual property and make it available for free and faster than you can text "SUE U" the communication giant would unleash lawyers upon the offender in droves.
The guy was a jerk. We were driving the right way down a one-way parking lane outside Trader Joe's in Modesto Saturday when he turned the wrong way and stopped within three feet of my front bumper. I sat there waiting for him to move. He stared. Thirty seconds passed he did not move nor was there even a single car passing behind him in the travel lane in front of the stores. Another 15 ...
Hey man. The land of hippies has gone for government controls to protect head shops from competition. No kidding. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors last week unanimously passed a moratorium on the opening of new tobacco paraphernalia establishments for three years on Haight Street in the Haight-Asbury neighborhood immortalized by the "Summer of Love." Given there are three dozen plus head shops already on Haight Street selling everything from bongs to bubblers, this obviously ...
The Mad Hatter has nothing on the California Legislature these days. Sacramento - The Craziest Place on Earth – makes Mr. Toad's Tea Party look like a meeting of the Mensa Society. After missing the deadline (surprise, surprise) to pass the budget Wednesday, the Twiddle-Dees and Twiddle-Dums on both sides of the aisle were blaming each other for swelling the deficit by another $2 billion. If that is supposed to raise your ire and side ...
There is no law governing what you can and cannot do to the American flag. No law exists against burning the flag either in protest or just because one wants to do so. It is extremely debatable whether one really would want any law on the books tightly regulating how the flags displayed or used as criminalizing how the symbol of the nation is treated arguable would erode basic freedoms. But given that, it is ...
There was a time not too long ago that Manteca's permit process for new development and the little guy read like a script for a B-grade horror flick.
It was reported last Thursday that Walter Cronkite is seriously ill and "not expected to recuperate."
"We're going to do badly in school next year because there are going to be more kids in my classroom." – Words of an elementary student on a San Francisco TV station news report.
Bank robbers aren't nearly as brazen as some of the lawyers that represent them. Sometimes the bigger crime is how an attorney can either twist the constitution or use the legal system to rob the people of justice. Many times lawyers use creative legal strategies to try and get their clients off the hook or at least find them some additional dollars through litigation after they're arrested. If bank robbers are caught clearly on tape, ...
There are those who have lost faith in California. They point to dysfunctional folks up in Sacramento, too many people, air pollution, and the high cost of living as reasons why they flee convinced the fabled California Dream has turned into the California Nightmare. As they look at California in the rear view mirror, they're convinced those who stay are crazy to do so. Yes, things do look bleak at times and you've got to ...
Michael Jackson died this week. Have you heard? While it's sad that a supremely-talented musician met his demise, in the big scheme of things, Jackson's death means nothing more than Uncle Morty's. The day Jackson died, and in the days following, I have repeatedly turned on the news expecting to be informed about the many pressing concerns this country currently faces, including the ongoing political conflict in Iran or America's floundering health care reform issue. ...
"Well, that's two. Wonder who'll be the third…" said a lone voice in the Manteca locker room. We were standing there in reverent silence before the Fox News Broadcast of Farrah Fawcett's death. It was Thursday.
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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.