The rich and powerful. They do get special treatment. If you doubt that, drive down Moffat Boulevard. Just west of Powers Avenue along the railroad tracks you will find three illegal signs. There used to be four. The three illegal signs are owned by CBS. They are billboards. Since 23007, the corporation has willfully ignored ...
There's a lot that Al Gore says that makes sense.
Downtown, who needs it? That's the attitude needed to resolve everyone's favorite area to complain about traffic. Rip out the bulbs along North Main Street. Trees and shrubs serve no useful purpose when it comes to moving traffic. Eliminate parking from Yosemite to Alameda. Jam in two lanes in each direction. <p class="Body" align="left" style="text-align: ...
Dianne Feinstein called it right. Any type of federal gun regulation bid in Congress is going to be an uphill battle. The senior senator from California understands this perhaps more than anyone else especially those who try to separate the debate into Republicans versus Democrats or even conservatives versus liberals. Feinstein's accession to national prominence came in a hail of bullets. She was the relatively obscure president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors when ...
Ripon loves its high school sports teams.
I sent my first text Friday. And if the Lord has mercy, it'll be my last. Just because my cell phone has the capability to text, take photos, shoot video, and amuse me in a hundred different ways doesn't I should use it for such. It's the same way I view the fact my Ford can easily top 100 mph. Just because it ...
Serious community cheerleaders like the Ripon Rotary Club members need your support in making a difference.
A century ago, the tentacles of the old Southern Pacific Railroad – the infamous octopus that strangled the San Joaquin Valley economy – were being pulled back.
It was a reasonable concern. Recently installed Manteca Unified School District trustees Sam Fant and Deborah Romero wanted to make sure that when they stopped by campuses that staff and students recognized them as district board members and not strangers. Their suggestion, though, was a bit ineffective and depending upon your perspective, egotistical. They wanted photographs of all of the trustees to be ...
Jerry Brown. You've got to love him. After a stint as governor from 1975 to 1983, when he earned the moniker Gov. Moonbeam, he now stands on the cusp of making his 2013 State of the State Address being called "the only adult" in the State Capitol. Is he liberal? Is he conservative? He pursues big ideas like high ...
The Environmental Perfection Agency is finally having its wings clipped.
Arturo Cardenas swivels in his seat, peaking over the partition to spy the first wave trickling in.
I confess. I could care less that Lance Armstrong blood doped. I could care even less whether Barry Bonds and half of baseball uses steroids. They are playing games that happen to be big business. Yes, they either did or may have cheated. But why is this is a national crime? Should the FBI and the Department of Justice be spending inordinate amount of resources going after them? Yes, they broke the law. But let's ...
I pulled the Holy Grail of Colin Kaepernick rookie cards a year ago. Only one copy exists. I beat 1-in-699,600 odds. Jeff Hoekstra, manager of Krier's Cards and Comics in Modesto, sold my 2011 Topps Chrome Football autographed superfractor card, for $6,000 this past week just days before the San Francisco play in Atlanta for the National Football League conference title. What makes this story more interesting is I've been a lifelong San Francisco 49ers ...
We are all familiar with Homecoming, the longstanding tradition at every high school that allows for a week of dress up and a taste of being among the local royalty.
"This is called slave labor," said Pope Francis.
People need to stop having heart palpations over Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
Meeting a couple of Ripon folks, and one from Linden and another from Tracy was an unexpected pleasure in my brief two days of jury duty this week – especially when four of us just happened to go out to lunch together on Thursday.
FRENCH CAMP – It's a funny thing, this horse racing business.
She's a single mom in her early 30s. She lives in an old farmhouse in an almond orchard five miles east of Manteca. The closest neighbor is a quarter mile of a way but the trees make it impossible to see their home.
Yosemite National Park is not Disneyland.
The aging RV was parked under a stately tree providing relief from the 90-degree midday heat.
Bell bottom pants. Flare-leg pants. Men's rayon tie scarves. Polyester suits.
Call it farmer smarts
How many calories are in 16 ounces of orange juice? Try 220 calories.
Anthony Alcaraz sat forward in his seat, staring quizzically at the track, convinced someone had made a mistake.
Is San Joaquin County business friendly?
I can't stand cigarette smoke.