A while back, I wrote a column about downtowns. Specifically, what I had in mind was the city of Lathrop and where its downtown is or should be in light of all the developments taking place west of Interstate 5, namely: Mossdale Village, Central Lathrop Specific Plan's Richland Master-planned Communities, and the gargantuan River Islands development west of the San Joaquin River.
Progress - or what sometimes passes for it - can hit you like a ton of bricks when you've been away from a place for a fair amount of time.
I don't drive a pickup truck with a gun rack.
A BMX course isn't a typical venture for a municipality.
There are a lot of reasons to criticize PG&E's upper management.
The Humane Society believes it is animal cruelty to slaughter a pig that is too feeble to walk.
Editor's note: This is a shorter version of a column that first appeared in 1993.
I'm 54 today and I'm still not "acting my age," whatever that annoying little saying is supposed to mean.
Find me a Democrat - or a Republican - in Congress who really wants national health care to foot the bill for convicted rapists and pedophiles to obtain erectile dysfunction drugs.
Risky gambling and shirking responsibility for one's own actions gets rewarded while hard work, delayed gratification and responsible behavior gets taxed into oblivion in the America envisioned by those who walk the corridors of power in Washington, D.C.
This may come as a shock to those who are convinced that all of Manteca's 500 documented gang members are Hispanic.
I walked through the front doors of Red Robin Thursday afternoon and had to pinch myself.
Get ready for the economic collapse of Humboldt County.
I am sure most Ripon residents are aware the country is in the depths of a recession. Unfortunately, we are not immune from the effects of this very difficult economic time magnified by the poor decisions made by our leaders in Sacramento.
Manteca has come a long ways from the day when former Councilwoman Denise Giordano reduced a young lady who had just graduated from Manteca High to tears during a special council meeting.
Drama departments produce plays.
Bravo, Mr. President!
"He is the one who will build a house for my Name…."
The world has come a long way since a cold Sunday morning in December of 1971.
Eat out and support a good cause! APPLEBEE'S is hosting a FLAPJACK FUNDRAISER on Saturday, April 5, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the 1272 E. Yosemite Avenue restaurant in Manteca as a fundraiser for the Manteca-Lathrop-Escalon-Ripon Community Council of United Way of San Joaquin with proceeds benefitting local charities. Tickets are $5. Yummy!
Not that anyone in the upper echelons at PG&E is going to be exchanging an executive suite at 77 Beale Street in San Francisco for a cell at Leavenworth federal prison but the firm that once was represented by the lovable Reddy Kilowatt is anything but lovable these days.
Hamid Aboutalebi has been appointed by Iran as its new ambassador to the United Nations.
"Taxes" is not a four-letter word.
I never want anything for my birthday.
Ever been audited by the IRS?
Religion resides at the heart of every human person. It might be described as a way of healing - or at least dealing with - what we call Original Sin: that black hole in the core of the human race since the Fall.
Where's the best little whorehouse in California?
There were perhaps two dozen Dalmatians barking in the various pens when I made the second of three trips to the Save a Spot rescue in rural Turlock.
The Manteca Sororptimist Spring Tea & Fashion Show is Saturday, March 29, at noon at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. Tea is served at 1 p.m. with a three-course luncheon. Models from age 15 to over 60 will show off fashions from Maurices and the Dress Barn. Tickets are $25. They are available at Tipton's in downtown Manteca or from Soropotimist members.
Ever walk down a city street and come across the "emissions" from a horse?