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.
You don't want your son or daughter to meet William Walter Nichols.
The scariest day of the year has finally arrived - Election Day.
My mom was mom.
The advantage of working past midnight – if you want to call it that – is you become familiar with a Manteca few see.
Journey Church, 444 Argonaut St., Manteca is having a Trunk or Treat on Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. or whenever the candy runs out. Admission is free and costumes are OK. If it rains, it will move inside the church. Price: FREE
You notice in February that your smoke detector is malfunctioning.
In the face of computer technology rushing forward faster than lighting speed, it is refreshing to know that reports of the demise of public libraries are extremely exaggerated.
It's hard not to respect candidates for local elective office, especially in small communities like Manteca.
Ready for a flashback?
IONE – The premise itself was enough to send chills down my spine.
Panhandling has gone high tech.
Back in the Dark Ages 40 years ago when I graduated from high school, if you wanted to call someone you had to use Pacific Bell or one of its Ma Bell siblings unless you were served by a smaller phone company such as Contel or a local independent.
Venture Academy's third annual Wine Tasting event will take place on Friday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Delicato Winery. Proceeds support the visual and performing arts program. Tickets are $25. For more info or to purchase tickets contact Dionne McDonald at email@example.com.
Think you dodged a bullet if you own a business and haven't been slapped with an Americans with Disabilities non-compliance lawsuit?