The death of 22 Navy SEALs in Afghanistan immediately got me to thinking about James Parra.
The Golden Rule - do unto others as you'd have done unto you - is not something that the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors bothers to live by.
Are you ready for today's lesson in Government Spending 101?
Something once unthinkable happened last month.
Allow me to state that I am anti-drug use but I believe we are going about it the wrong way. I believe a pragmatic approach is what is needed.
I'm having my own little Poseidon Adventure.
RIPON - Lisa Van Groningen just gets to hang out these days at the Ripon Farmers Market.
Steve McKee is long retired from the rough and tumble politics of Lathrop.
Is high speed rail in its present form worth mortgaging California's future?
Turf warfare waged by those sporting blue and red are tearing this country apart.
If you look down the first base line at the Yankee Stadium replica field at Big League Dreams after night falls you might be able to catch a glimpse of Manteca's eternal flame.
The war, as they say, is going badly.
Elmer Harper was a man among men who lived his life to make a difference. His passion in life was being an effective lifesaving emergency responder.
It's difficult to stay calm when a co-worker is peering over your shoulder trying to make sure you complete your assignment accurately, or when a well-meaning family members is watching over your plate to make sure you don't stray from your diet.
There is a reason why five of the top 10 metro areas for foreclosures in the United States are in the Central Valley with four of those in the San Joaquin Valley portion.
So how goes Manteca's war on the homeless?
There is a fine line between being cautious and paranoia.
It's nice to know I'm not the only one that doesn't trust the Internal Revenue Service or the Franchise Tax Board.
The steel framework of the 3,600-square-foot building going up on Moffat Boulevard is more than just the future home of the Manteca Veterans Center.
Salinity levels at Vernalis south of Manteca would not be so high if the Hypocrites-by-the Bay in the Green Environmental Perfection movement did their fair share to protect fish.
PG&E is paying $300 million too much for the 2,425 violations of federal and state safety rules in connection with an investigation following the 2010 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno that killed eight people and destroyed more than three dozen homes.
Amanda Buhay could have died in mid-December in a Manteca High classroom.
I miss the good old days.
I love books. I taught myself to read at the age of 5 and haven't put a book down ever since. As a child I won several "Queen of Children's Readers" contests held at the local library, where they kept track of every book I borrowed, and several years in a row I came close to the number 300.
As strange as it might sound, Manteca is ahead of the curve when it comes to stepping up its game to conserve water.
Once upon a time in a quaint little place called California a young person between 16 and 17 years of age could get an entry level job with ease.
I have gone without lawns for six years.
Manteca's elected leaders are about to spend the last $2.3 million they're likely to have for a long, long time- if not for ever - to help leverage affordable housing for the very low income and the low income.
I do not view athletes as heroes.
My name is Captain Scott Souza, United States Air Force (retired), born and raised in our small town of Manteca.