I am a firm believer that verifiable facts are the components to getting to the real bottom line of any situation. When rumors, innuendo, and spin are entered into the equation, the water becomes muddied and the true bottom line of anything being analyzed can be difficult to discover. Throw some politics into the mix and you can end up with a lot of confusion. Why some individuals prefer to muddy the water can be a mystery, and I'm sure their reasons are varied and many.
SACRAMENTO - I had always wondered about the much ado made over group bicycling. That was until last Friday's ride along the American River Bike Path. A group consisting of a few members of the spin class at my local fitness club took up an invitation from instructor Angela Leonardo. A no-show at the morning session scheduled earlier that day due to car problems, she still managed to get the word out that the planned ...
The devil, they say, is in the details. News that the Republican National Committee staff has been providing insurance coverage for their employees since 1991 that includes paying the tab for elective abortions has thoroughly embarrassed the Grand Old Party's top policy and campaign strategy wonks. GOP National Chairman Michael Steele after being informed that the RNC was providing its employees with coverage for elective abortions ordered the insurance provision cancelled immediately. Now those who ...
Back in the days when Manteca Police referred to Pennebaker Apartments as the police substation due to multiple calls on a daily basis, it should have been clear what ails California is the fact the wealthiest counties in this state often dump their problems on the poorest.
There was a good-sized crowd at the perennially popular 43rd annual Holiday Luncheon and Crafts Faire sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Group of St. Anthony's School over the weekend. But I've seen larger crowds. There were years when you had to fight the human traffic just to get to the booths bearing a plethora of truly unique creations.
How much money do you spend a day on housing and basics such as electricity and food on your workdays?
It is Ripon's Frontage Road to nowhere. It runs under the Wilma Avenue overpass and ends abruptly at the Ripon Christian High campus.
We had just turned off Highway 395 outside of Lee Vining and onto Highway 120 heading west toward lofty Tioga Pass at 9,934 feet.
Sometimes being old can be an advantage. While Sierra High had a unique layout and East Union had a shiny new kitchen to serve their students, it was the unique way that Manteca High utilized what space they had to make the entire lunch process work. The gorgeous deli lines inside of the cafeteria – with 'Manteca' etched into the artistic front that runs the length of the main lunch counter – are just the ...
Finally there's a clear vision for downtown. It's about putting truck access ahead of pedestrian ambiance. That's right. Shorten landscaping medians and rip those blasted bulbs out. It'll allow trucks to have their way and give motorists the ability to play Starsky and Hutch crossing busy traffic lanes traveling from one alley to another. Downtown Manteca doesn't need landscaping to attract visitors. If curb-to-curb traffic lanes are OK for most of 11th Street's vacant storefronts ...
Normally I do not get into commenting on remarks left on the Manteca Bulletin's website. But the full throttle attack on Calvary Community Church "Christ is a verb for Calvary youth" in Tuesday's Manteca Bulletin for allegedly not supporting the community through efforts like Turkeys R Us and instead investing in a youth center at their church campus is over the top. Calvary Community – along with many other houses of worship in this city ...
A common sight in the waiting rooms at most hospitals and health care facilities are the number of people wearing N95 respirators.
Money – or the absence thereof – isn't just the root of all evil. It also has a wonderful way of clouding people's perspectives.
Imagine if the federal government were in charge of Halloween. First, the Republicans would howl that it was nothing but welfare-style hand-outs. The Democrats would demand censuring anyone who wore a non-political correct costume. Southern states with sugar beet farms would seek tariffs against candy made with imported sugar. Nancy Pelosi would demand that homes that didn't have trick-or-treat candy to distribute would be forced to participate in a public option where the government would ...
Claus Spreckels must be laughing his head off up there in Sugar Land. Necco Wafers – the ultimate sugar high of childhoods past – is going natural. Artificial flavors and colorings are history. They've been replaced with beet juice, purple cabbage, cocoa powder, and turmeric. If you want to know what turmeric is, you can often found it as a spice in curries. This might lead you to believe they are healthy. Guess again. They're ...
I am not a Luddite.
I hate it when the conservatives are right.
Why is the future bright for Manteca?
Ronald Phillips fears needles.
Les Reile stood tall all his life with a passion for the underdog. Those touched by his smile, his endless stories and his love for all will keep his memory tucked safely in their hearts. Les was a man who was always thinking about what he could do for others, not what any of those he held close could do for him.
There were almost 4.5 million dog bites in the United States during 2012.
Daniel Baughman was a saint.
Sacramento has Sleep Train Arena.
Halloween wasn't really my thing as a kid.
San Francisco is the latest city to contemplate sin taxes on soda.
We have come a long way since Flight 90.
•Seventy law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty during 2012 in the United States. Forty-nine of them were gunned down.
The latest abuse of rats comes from Connecticut College.
Why are insurance rates so high?
Giving isn't a two-way street for some corporations.