Aaron is a frustrated trucker. If you know anything about the trucking industry, they get squeezed more often than Mr. Whipple squeezes Charmin toilet tissue whether it is from fluctuating fuel prices, the ever tightening clean engine standards, and clients who obviously want to get their transportation costs as low as possible. Aaron is among the truck drivers who for more than four years have been making pickups and deliveries to various distribution centers within ...
Over the years, Halloween has taken on different meanings for me. As a kid, I can still recall trick-or-treating in the streets of my old neighborhood dressed in costume and joined by friends. We toted pillow cases or grocery bags filled with candy and other cavity-causing sweets, with one eye on the lookout for those bag-snatching bullies. It happened to my friend and next door neighbor Don, who had his bag full of treats taken ...
You pass them on the street every day – municipal street crews, parks workers, firefighters, police and others.
The purpose of my column in the October 19 Manteca Bulletin was simply to make a point that more research on the subject of golf courses finances, when writing a front page story, may cast a different light on the subject rather than printing information derived from one source, inaccurate and outdated city documents.
That's life, that's what all the people say The woe-is-me movement is reaching obscene levels in this country. Everyone has a story to tell of their "hard" life. You know the drill. Abusive childhood. Issues with their parents or children. Not enough money. Car troubles. Taxes. Problems at work. Aches and pains. Pick one or add to the list. You're riding high in April, shot down in May But in reality, very few people qualify ...
Editor's note: This is the first of a four-part series on Father Dean's recent trip to Africa.
It makes no sense at all. We can literally communicate with a man on the moon and drive a vehicle with access to satellite technology that can get someone in Detroit to unlock our car doors when we leave the keys in the ignition but they still can't make a drive-up order box where you can understand the clerk. I've always felt semi-stupid every time I use a drive-up window at a fast food joint ...
An archeologist centuries from now digging into landfills may find the remnants of the junk mail delivered to Manteca households during a typical month in 2009.
Adopting the employment contracts entered into for five years in 2006 with Manteca's municipal employee groups were – for the most part – sound judgment at the time.
"Stop the presses!" Those were the words Randy McParland had longed to say as executive editor of a small town newspaper in Fresno County. In fact, I'm willing to bet that he wasn't the only one in the printed media to utter those very words shortly after 5 p.m. that Tuesday, Oct. 17, 1989. This Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of that day. As Randy recalled, the first run of newspapers had come to a ...
Listening to the rain dancing on the roof while you're snuggled up in bed is one of life's little pleasures.
The Great Recession is a good thing in many ways. How else, for example, would government – at least local agencies any way – have been forced to seriously re-examine how they do business and make drastic cuts to stay afloat? No one likes seeing dedicated hard-working park crews, firefighters, street crews, processing clerks, peace officers, and others take pay cuts. Then again, it hurts no less than seeing those in the private sector having ...
It was a night for a cozy fire after work in our family room since our PG&E provided electricity had been out for 14 hours at this writing Tuesday night and we're still waiting.
We bury the hatchet But leave the handle stickin' out We're always diggin' up things We should forget about When it comes to forgettin' Baby, there ain't no doubt We bury the hatchet But leave the handle sticking out - Lyrics from Garth Brook's "We Bury the Hatchet" Jack Snyder – like him or not – is no longer a force in Manteca politics. Yet he still casts a long shadow over the psyche ...
California needs a taxpayer revolt against spending on the same scale that Howard Jarvis and Paul Gann changed the property tax landscape with Proposition 13 back in 1978.
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.
Barack Obama is no Richard Nixon.
We were bicycling over Daggett Pass when a semi-truck passed us.
How Great Wolf Resorts came knocking on Manteca's door three years ago is the result of what Manteca Mayor Willie Weatherford might describe as a blown opportunity.
Toni Raymus isn't a writer by trade.
Here's a shocker. Unless you own a home that has an assessed taxable value of $825,000 you aren't paying enough property taxes to cover the City of Manteca's cost of extending day-to-day services ranging from police and fire protection to parks and street maintenance for a household of three people.
School was out Monday. It was the start of the week-long fall break for Manteca Unified.