I'd like to thank the Manteca Bulletin for highlighting our Employee Banquet in Monday's paper. I'm sure our employees appreciated the recognition. I'd also like to respond to Tuesday's opinion column criticizing our decision to hold a banquet in these tough economic times.
There's a surefire way to lop $2,380 off the cost of building any single family home in Manteca – dump PG&E.
Compassion is commonly defined as a profound human emotion prompted by the pain of others. More vigorous than empathy, the feeling commonly gives rise to an active desire to alleviate another's suffering. The Buddha says, "compassion is that which makes the heart of the good move at the pain of others. It crushes and destroys the pain of others."
Red light cameras – the bane of born-again civil libertarians that often have a reawakening after getting a ticket thanks to such a device - are coming to Manteca.
On Friday the thirteenth, I had a disturbing experience. Arriving early at the club for a quick Jacuzzi and swim, I witnessed a frightening scene.
Fear is our worst enemy. It was a lesson I almost paid for with my life. I was descending seven years ago from the 14,407.01-foot summit of Mt. Whitney overlooking Sequoia National Forest, the Great Basin, the Sierra and Death Valley. I had reached a precarious ledge across a gap in the granite ridge called a "chimney." This one was narrow, not quite four feet wide on the final leg that the Mt. Whitney trail ...
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It is becoming abundantly clear with each passing day that brings increasingly outrageous suggestions from politicians to see how fast they can deplete our great-great-great-grandkids' pocketbooks that the theme song for Congress should be "If I Only Had a Brain."
I read in this newspaper on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 that "the City manager floats utility tax balloon." The new City Manager Steve Pinkerton, has or still is talking about raising the taxes on all of our utilities from garbage to gas and electricity. Are you kidding me?
Republican senators are sounding like outraged socialists as they preen for TV cameras slamming big fat corporate bonuses. Democrats are acting like they're deaf as they deflect tough questions about why they negated provisions to block fat AIG bonuses behind closed doors while negotiating bailout packages.
Patrick Heany of Manteca Roofing, Todd Roddan of New Bud's Nursery and the family business that did my fencing are why I have confidence in America's future.
It is time to draw the proverbial line in the sand and fill it with concrete. St. Patrick's Church is planning a major expansion that will ultimately include a new 20,000-square-foot church plus a kindergarten through eighth grade Catholic school to the north of its existing church and cemetery. No problem there. The San Joaquin Community Development Department is requiring a traffic signal to be installed – along with turn lanes – at Carrolton Road ...
Not too long ago, my mom opted to do away with her long-time landscaping services. Her reasoning was that she had two able bodies living a mile or so away from her corner College View home in Stockton. In this case, my mom was referring to her 13-year-old grandson, Josh, and his dad – yours truly. Initially, I didn't think it was a good decision on her part, especially since I had been down that ...
What does Manteca have in common with Salina, Kansas? Nothing, actually. But there's a bit of Manteca in Salina. That's really a gross understatement though. Thirty-nine truckloads of exotic stuff from Manteca are now part of Salina's world-famous Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure. Just a bit of clarification. The stuffed stuff, literally, that was hauled off to Dorothy's home state about 11 years ago took off from the now-defunct wildlife museum in Stockton, but the collection ...
The real fun is about to begin. Collapsing property values thanks to the housing bubble pumped up to stratospheric heights via liar loans and the siren song of easy money from air – or equity lines of credit as banks prefer to call them - are about to ripple through California like a 9.0 earthquake. Early indications are that residential property value assessments will plunge close to 20 percent in San Joaquin County when the ...
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.
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.