Thirty years later, I still remember the presentation. A major assigned to the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Beale Air Force Base was speaking at the Lincoln Rotary on the then super top secret SR71 Blackbirds stationed just 32 miles away. His talk was a general overview. The major deflected a number of questions from members such as the top speed of the SR71 since it was classified at the time. He did say they ...
Twice neighbors have prevented me from becoming a crime victim. Five years ago while heading home at 1 o'clock in the morning I pulled over on Powers Avenue so two Manteca Police units with red lights flashing could pass. Imagine my surprise when I turned onto my street and found one of them in front of my house. A neighbor across the street who happened to step out for a cigarette noticed a man sitting ...
Just because something is old doesn't make it historical. It might have sentimental value. But for something to be considered historical it has to take on some significance in the overall scheme of things. The act of determining whether something is historical doesn't do much good either if that is the end game. Either it needs to be protected in a permanent state of decay with efforts to make sure further deterioration doesn't occur, such ...
There was a time before color TV and princess phones that prehistoric creatures such as San Diego Mayor Bob Filner would simply be called a cad for his transgressions.
I can see these words as I type them. But if I remove my glasses they become smudge streaks with no definition and no sharpness. They merge as an incoherent line similar to a modern abstract painting but with much more fuzziness. I cannot make out faces clearly without my glasses. Shapes aren't in focus as much as they are blurs. This has led to some interesting encounters over the years with people who have ...
About 12 years ago on West Ripon Road, just east of Austin Road, a dairy manure truck plowed into the front door of a home, spilling part of its contents.
She wouldn't leave me alone. It was a few days before Christmas 1975. I had gone shopping in downtown Sacramento when a young Moonie - she was about my age at the time of 19 - was trying to strike up a conversation with me. I kept politely telling her "no thanks" and walking away but she followed me. I went into the parking structure and she followed. I was getting a real uneasy feeling. ...
\The Internal Revenue Service has turned over less than 1 percent of the documents Congressional investigators have asked for to determine whether there was intentional targeting of political groups in the auditing process.
Thank modern farming practices and other bogeyman of the environmental perfectionists such as chemicals and fossil fuels for helping provide you with 27.5 more years to protest modern farming practices, chemicals, and fossil fuels.
What is more important - having health insurance coverage or feeding, clothing and housing your family?
Union Ranch East is in a twilight zone. The neighborhood was conceived in another era. Call it "Before the Crash" (BC), if you will. Today it is clearly the AD period of housing development - After the Downfall. Two assumptions were built into the design of the 450-home neighborhood located east of Del Webb at Woodbridge. One was that all developers would interpret the city's language on how parks would go from paper to reality ...
Henry Holmes III was a hero in life. He stood tall. The 90-year-old World War II Navy vet made a difference in countless lives as a Christian pastor, but couldn't break through the red tape of paperwork to be recognized as a victim by the Veterans Administration for his back injuries that occurred at Port Chicago. He was assigned to an all black unit in 1944 where he was hurt while unloading a truck. It ...
So why are all bets off - at least on the federal level - with Xpress West? Xpress West is a proposed heavily subsidized high-speed rail system to carry gamblers to and from Victorville to Las Vegas. It would cost $6.9 billion to construct double tracks to cover the 189-mile distance. It is such a sure winner that the private backers are only willing to put up $1.4 billion and expected their uncle – as ...
Digital license plates could become government's next Big Brother move. State Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, is pushing a measure to have the Department of Motor Vehicles conduct a pilot digital vehicle license plate program involving 160,000 vehicles. The idea is to reduce costs by allowing the DMV to save upwards of $20 million a year by not mailing plate renewal tags. Instead, "new" tags would be uploaded electronically once payment is received. The system ...
Manteca's elected leaders came perilously close this month to starting a political firestorm.
I am not a Luddite.
I hate it when the conservatives are right.
Why is the future bright for Manteca?
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.