What kills more people in the United States: Guns or cars?
Shortly after arriving in Manteca in 1991 I was told by several people of how some Bay Area counties would "pay" welfare recipients to help them move to the Central Valley by providing everything from bus tickets to assistance with getting an apartment.
What a way to kick off the week: Blue Monday.
Six days from now marks the 163rd anniversary of the most defining event in California history - the discovery of gold by James Marshall at Coloma.
I should have said something, but I didn't.
Between the day she was born and the day she died the world had changed.
The Tidewater Bikeway rates as a true visionary move made by Manteca civic leaders in the 1990s.
January in the Northern San Joaquin Valley can drive you crazy if you let it.
My family thought I had lost it when I moved to Manteca 20 years ago.
There is evil in the world.
India has its sacred cow.
It is illegal to enter the United States without going through the proper channels.
It started with a need to replace a woefully inadequate cheap toilet – with an installation job to match – the bank had put in place in a bid to "modernize" the foreclosure I bought nearly three years ago.
Do we really need a washing machine that e-mails you when it's through with a load of clothes?
PG&E - contrary to the belief of the Marin County Board of Supervisors - is not trying to kill off its customers using electromagnetic radiation.
Water, without a doubt, is perhaps the biggest issue facing California.
What's a bigger threat to your life: Someone driving a car or a madman with a gun?
I've finished my first semester at Columbia College Chicago and lived in the "Windy City" for three months. My last column, printed Oct. 2, was written during my second week at school, so I was a little off on some things (the "crazy" weather - while it may be colder, the weather isn't that bad) and spot-on with other comparisons (most notably the "goat as exotic as a hippopotamus" proclamation).
There is a school of thought that the Manteca City Council has the power – or should have the power – to dictate exactly what businesses can and can't open in Manteca.
If you live in Lathrop, southwest Manteca or Weston Ranch and you're against growth then you'd better get ready to spend a lot of money if you get your wish.
Just how thin is the thin blue line?
While serving as Chairman of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors this past year, I've witnessed many challenges facing our region, as well as tremendous progress and significant achievements. The Board has taken numerous actions over the past year to set San Joaquin County on an exciting path toward continuing financial stability, cutting-edge innovation, and becoming a magnet for economic development and new jobs.
He seemed a nice enough of a young man.
Old-fashioned Americana, some claim, is passé.
The world isn't just about you or I.
Martha Grisham was truly a big part of Manteca's heart and soul through much of her 91 years before she passed away on Christmas Eve.
Pain is relative. In my case it's a first cousin.
It was there, stark as heck.
Forgive me for not jumping up and down and screaming "First Amendment rights" as some of the jubilant folks did who managed to secure a ticket for the first showing of "The Interview" on Christmas Day.
Bob McBrian was a unique fixture at Ripon's Veterans' Museum.