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.
Scott Nicholson was arrested again on Monday.
The Donner Party came to California 164 years ago.
As always, she catches me by surprise. There huddled at the back door, this time clutching a brand new jacket. With her other hand she holds a sheet of pink laminated paper, as if it means all the world to her.
The shutting down of Toyota production at the NUMMI plant in Fremont is scarier than a runaway Prius.
Pleasanton is a shining city in the Tri-Valley.
Robert Ortiz is a reasonable man.
Not too many moons ago – before the Internet spawned spam to give junk mail a good name – Congress set up the Postal Service as a separate entity.
There was a time when 24 passenger trains passed through Manteca daily to take you to Stockton or Modesto.
Tears, smiles and hugs were the order of the day in Ripon Saturday as some 200 girls from all over the region picked out prom dresses for their special graduation occasions – without paying a dime for the gowns.
Roem Baur had it all on Tuesday night.
Stockton Police are alleging Manteca Unified School District board member Sam Fant is a person of interest in an Internet café gambling operation.
Water is water, right?
There is no delicate way to put this. The folks who run the City of Manteca day-to-day are out of touch with the people they serve.
"People have a right to privacy."
What are you doing this weekend?
I plan on fighting crime Saturday night.
People, they say, get the government they ask for.
Manteca's municipal staff - based on the reality of budget cuts not to mention the City Council's own narrative - is doing a Herculean job of keeping things going.
A group of moms are demanding changes in their central east Manteca neighborhood after what happened to 11-year-old Hunter Davis and his sibling. They want it cleaned up and they are looking to the Manteca Police and City of Manteca to make that happen.
Too bad satirist Jonathan Swift isn't alive today and on the Manteca City Council.
Where is Al Sharpton? Where is Jesse Jackson? After all, the brutal beating and humiliation of a Black woman was recently caught on video and disseminated widely for all to see, yet there is no outcry from the usual suspects who incite racial divide at every given opportunity.
It is now clearer than ever that the California Public Utilities Commission is not a neutral state agency trying to balance the interests of powerful energy companies such as PG&E and those of the little guy.
Manteca Unified has a big problem.