On Friday the thirteenth, I had a disturbing experience. Arriving early at the club for a quick Jacuzzi and swim, I witnessed a frightening scene.
Fear is our worst enemy. It was a lesson I almost paid for with my life. I was descending seven years ago from the 14,407.01-foot summit of Mt. Whitney overlooking Sequoia National Forest, the Great Basin, the Sierra and Death Valley. I had reached a precarious ledge across a gap in the granite ridge called a "chimney." This one was narrow, not quite four feet wide on the final leg that the Mt. Whitney trail ...
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It is becoming abundantly clear with each passing day that brings increasingly outrageous suggestions from politicians to see how fast they can deplete our great-great-great-grandkids' pocketbooks that the theme song for Congress should be "If I Only Had a Brain."
I read in this newspaper on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 that "the City manager floats utility tax balloon." The new City Manager Steve Pinkerton, has or still is talking about raising the taxes on all of our utilities from garbage to gas and electricity. Are you kidding me?
Republican senators are sounding like outraged socialists as they preen for TV cameras slamming big fat corporate bonuses. Democrats are acting like they're deaf as they deflect tough questions about why they negated provisions to block fat AIG bonuses behind closed doors while negotiating bailout packages.
Patrick Heany of Manteca Roofing, Todd Roddan of New Bud's Nursery and the family business that did my fencing are why I have confidence in America's future.
It is time to draw the proverbial line in the sand and fill it with concrete. St. Patrick's Church is planning a major expansion that will ultimately include a new 20,000-square-foot church plus a kindergarten through eighth grade Catholic school to the north of its existing church and cemetery. No problem there. The San Joaquin Community Development Department is requiring a traffic signal to be installed – along with turn lanes – at Carrolton Road ...
Not too long ago, my mom opted to do away with her long-time landscaping services. Her reasoning was that she had two able bodies living a mile or so away from her corner College View home in Stockton. In this case, my mom was referring to her 13-year-old grandson, Josh, and his dad – yours truly. Initially, I didn't think it was a good decision on her part, especially since I had been down that ...
What does Manteca have in common with Salina, Kansas? Nothing, actually. But there's a bit of Manteca in Salina. That's really a gross understatement though. Thirty-nine truckloads of exotic stuff from Manteca are now part of Salina's world-famous Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure. Just a bit of clarification. The stuffed stuff, literally, that was hauled off to Dorothy's home state about 11 years ago took off from the now-defunct wildlife museum in Stockton, but the collection ...
The real fun is about to begin. Collapsing property values thanks to the housing bubble pumped up to stratospheric heights via liar loans and the siren song of easy money from air – or equity lines of credit as banks prefer to call them - are about to ripple through California like a 9.0 earthquake. Early indications are that residential property value assessments will plunge close to 20 percent in San Joaquin County when the ...
Debby Moorhead and Vince Hernandez are examples of the type of elected leaders we need representing us in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.
Berkeley despite all of its posturing as being a bastion of tolerance is perhaps one of the least tolerant places on earth.
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 ...
DEAR DIDI: It hasn't been all that hot yet but I noticed when I was walking my English Bulldog the other day he refused to stay on the sidewalk. Can you tell me about temperatures for walks and what I should watch for when I take her in the car? -Worried Mommy in Manteca
Pundits - and editorial cartoonists - are having a field day over Congress' decision to restore funding for air traffic controllers while letting programs such as Headstart for low-income kids and Meals on Wheels for shut-in senior citizens take federal budget hits.
"This is called slave labor," said Pope Francis.
People need to stop having heart palpations over Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
Meeting a couple of Ripon folks, and one from Linden and another from Tracy was an unexpected pleasure in my brief two days of jury duty this week – especially when four of us just happened to go out to lunch together on Thursday.
FRENCH CAMP – It's a funny thing, this horse racing business.
She's a single mom in her early 30s. She lives in an old farmhouse in an almond orchard five miles east of Manteca. The closest neighbor is a quarter mile of a way but the trees make it impossible to see their home.
Yosemite National Park is not Disneyland.
The aging RV was parked under a stately tree providing relief from the 90-degree midday heat.
Bell bottom pants. Flare-leg pants. Men's rayon tie scarves. Polyester suits.
Call it farmer smarts
How many calories are in 16 ounces of orange juice? Try 220 calories.