I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
We were bicycling down River Road a few years ago when the lady I was with – a deputy with the Dade County Sheriff's Department in Florida – said she wanted to stop for a second.
The young man knocking on my door wanted to know if I knew about the PG&E CARE program and if I wanted to apply.
Snall weeds - fueled by rain and a rise in temperatures - started popping up in the concrete portion of the Wellington Avenue bike path about 10 days ago.
When's it OK to wear pajamas out in public?
Phil Waterford couldn't sleep.
I shed no tears for the University of California at Davis student showing her "wounds" to a KCRA-TV camera that she received from police after she and others disobeyed repeated lawful orders to disperse and stop blocking city streets and attempting to advance onto Interstate 80 in a bid to close it down.
Half a block from where youngsters frolic in Library Park's interactive water play feature when the weather warms is an ominous looking storefront.
Not too long ago someone asked me why I had started a conversation with a younger gentleman who had stopped by the office with a press release by referring to him as "sir."
The Manteca City Council – contrary to anyone's expectations – is not the Federal Reserve Board. Nor are they, thank goodness, Congress.
In the summer of 1990, John Ralston tried to mold athletes from the then-Soviet Union into a football team.
Manteca built 304 homes last year while Modesto built eight homes and Tracy even less.
Let's be honest, the economic numbers for San Joaquin County are not pretty. Our unemployment rate is at 17.1 percent, up about 4 points from last year. According to an Associated Press study released in early December, San Joaquin County ranked as the eighth most economically stressed county in the country as measured by unemployment, bankruptcy and foreclosure rates. In the study, a county is generally considered stressed when their score exceeds 11: San Joaquin County scored a whopping 22.92.
California has a $20 billion deficit, is releasing tens of thousands of hardcore felons early from prison, education funding is being slashed, public college tuitions are soaring, and unemployment is at 12 percent statewide.
"You can't expect people to turn their lives around if you don't provide them with the opportunity to do so." – Dave Thompson, executive director of the HOPE Family Shelters
Pain is relative. In my case it's a first cousin.
It was there, stark as heck.
Forgive me for not jumping up and down and screaming "First Amendment rights" as some of the jubilant folks did who managed to secure a ticket for the first showing of "The Interview" on Christmas Day.
Bob McBrian was a unique fixture at Ripon's Veterans' Museum.
Manteca wasted hundreds of thousands of gallons needlessly during the recent storms
The Dec. 16 and 17 editions of the Manteca Bulletin were special to me for 45 reasons.
Hey there, Spirit, shadow of the year past or yet to come.
It is not a perfect world.
I'm a bachelor.
The traditional tangible Christmas card is alive and well.
Next month thousands of parents will unwittingly give the government the ability to snoop into their private lives.
Tech-savvy parents with a little bit too much money are forking out $29.99 to firms such as JibJab Media to allow their kids unlimited video chat time with an actor playing Santa.
Contrary to popular belief, Santa's helpers come in all shapes and sizes.
Remembrances of my Christmas past or home is where the hearts are:
Vinyl records are supposedly making a comeback of sorts.