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.
California is $24 billion in the hole and slipping. Teachers are being laid off by the tens of thousands. Taxpayers are losing their homes left and right. Our streets could end up with potholes wider than the state of Rhode Island. So what is Sacramento doing? What else but giving away more money. The California Air Resources Board will give those who turn in vehicle models 1976 or older into a licensed dismantler $1,000 or ...
I read Dennis Wyatt's column ("Now that they've laid off 209 teachers, what is Manteca Unified doing next?" – Friday, June 26, 2009) and wanted to make you aware of the correct dollar amounts and restrictions to those dollars as I believe the premise of your opinion was based on some inaccurate information.
Nancy Teicheira gets it. Manuel Medeiros gets it. Rex Holiday gets it. Too bad the rest of the Manteca Unified School District board doesn't get it. In the middle of the worst budget crisis in the history of the Manteca Unified School District as well as telling 209 teachers to hit the road, the board voted to commit discretionary funds to build – are you ready for this – more classrooms. Perhaps I'm missing something, ...
I'm not normally a big fan of creating more commissions or another layer of government but it would seem Manteca would be well-served if the City Council appointed a Green Commission.
Dirty Harry – a creation of Hollywood – could not thrive in the real San Francisco as an inspector.
An iPod costs as much as a dental exam and cleaning. That explains in a large part why this nation's health care costs are growing faster than morning glory and are threatening to choke the life out of the economy. We all make choices. And those choices aren't necessarily wise. Our kid has to have an iPod but we can skimp on the dental exam. Can't afford the vaccines but we can get our 7-year-old ...
Editor's Note: This column first ran on Nov. 28, 2002
Remember the good old days?
Before I met Robbie - a lanky, shy sixth grader who attended Sequoia School - I did things like raise money for the Boys & Girls Club because I thought it made sense. It was the right thing to do. It made me feel good. That type of thing.
Last year when I made my annual pilgrimage to my mom's house to watch the New Year's college bowl festival at her neighbor's house, I told her that for the first time in recent memory I was not counting down the days until the calendar could be turned to start a new year because I was anxious to shed myself of the last one. I told her that for once, things had not been too bad and life was all right.
Driving the Highway 120 Bypass is a thrill a minute.
Get ready for PG&E rate hike Armageddon.
Clean air, or perhaps more precisely, environmental perfection is the killer of blue collar head-of-household jobs in the San Joaquin Valley.
Joann Jamerson asked a simple question: Why do I buy a $75 ticket each year to the Manteca Soroptimists' Holiday Affair if I rarely go?
Manteca has sealed the fate of Austin Road residents north of Highway 99.
The man was fast asleep.
Looking for fall foliage?
Here are two questions to ponder:
I saw the kid walking down the sidewalk out of the corner of my eye as I was raking leaves. He was perhaps 9 or 10 years old.
Lo Angeles, in its present form, should not exist.