No one likes to pay taxes. It's a given.
It's been quite a while since I set foot in the annual Manteca Street Fair downtown. Come to think of it, I think that was the Pumpkin Fair that I attended. I remember that because that's the year I went and took pictures of the Cow-munity mural in the parking lot of the then-Kentucky Fried Chicken, now the Athens Burgers. One of the pictures I took that day appears in the Best of Photography Annual 2009 of Photographer's Forum Magazine.
Lady Bird Johnson is probably rolling over in her grave.
A caller back in November 2008 who identified herself as a Democrat informed me that I was biased since the Manteca Bulletin did not carry what she termed was "the historic" election of Barrack Obama as president on the front page.
Every day is a new adventure – not just for me but also for every member of my family – including my youngest son Tim who is a police officer in a city by the southern border.
The Progressives – led by liberal Republican Hiram Johnson – 99 years ago put in place the imitative process in California.
Ben Cantu - who hopes to ascend to the mayor's post this November – calls the quagmire over downtown Manteca's future the equivalent of a "Mexican stand-off."
A while back, I wrote a column about downtowns. Specifically, what I had in mind was the city of Lathrop and where its downtown is or should be in light of all the developments taking place west of Interstate 5, namely: Mossdale Village, Central Lathrop Specific Plan's Richland Master-planned Communities, and the gargantuan River Islands development west of the San Joaquin River.
Progress - or what sometimes passes for it - can hit you like a ton of bricks when you've been away from a place for a fair amount of time.
I don't drive a pickup truck with a gun rack.
A BMX course isn't a typical venture for a municipality.
There are a lot of reasons to criticize PG&E's upper management.
The Humane Society believes it is animal cruelty to slaughter a pig that is too feeble to walk.
Editor's note: This is a shorter version of a column that first appeared in 1993.
I'm 54 today and I'm still not "acting my age," whatever that annoying little saying is supposed to mean.
Crab feed AND a tri-tip dinner? Yes, please! The Lathrop High School Athletic Boosters crab feed/tri-tip dinner is Saturday, Feb. 8, at the FESM Hall, 230 N. Main St. You must be at least 21 to attend. A no-host bar will start at 5 p.m. and then dinner followed by dancing from 6 to 1 a.m. Tickets are available for $50 from Lathrop High coaching staff members, Karen Dell'Osso at 938-6357, Chuck Garcia at (510) 928-7849, or Elena Garcia at 629-9579.
Family patriarch, World War II Silver Star recipient, Realtor and a friend to everyone he met, Bill Castillo has died from complications after suffering a fall. Bill was a longtime friend of mine as well, knowing him for some 40 years.
Take a walk along the San Joaquin River levees between the confluence with the Stanislaus River and the Mossdale Crossing.
"Mary" pushed a stroller.
Editor's Note: Susan McCreath has been selected to participate in the Year of You, a fitness challenge hosted by The Manteca Bulletin and CORE Athletic Performance. McCreath will keep a weekly journal, highlighting the strides and struggles of her fitness journey. These are her thoughts and feelings shared with you.
The ugly underside of society has reared its head in Manteca.
Farmers get a bad rap.
The problem isn't the minimum wage.
The problem isn't the minimum wage.
The running joke among John Geurin's buddies is that the retired 60-year-old could catch a fish anywhere.
A sincere thank you to everyone that enjoyed the first installment of "Manteca to a T." Hearing from my Grandmother that Earl "The Pearl" Pimentel was proud of his former student's column or being forwarded a message from coach Joe Handy – "Teicheira you're like a Virginia Slim. You've come a long way, baby!" – had me walking tall and proud for a day … until I stopped by my mother's house for dinner Friday night.
I had several great teachers, a few mediocre teachers, one real bad teacher, and mostly good teachers during 13 years in public schools.
The Bible tells Christians to, "Always be prepared to give an answer (defense) to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." I Peter 3:15
"Get a running start and leap," shouted the bobbing head in the water below, "but make sure you clear the pump or we're all in trouble."
Delta Smelt, the 5- to 7-centimeter fish that tends to hang around the Tracy pumps, is California's biggest consumer of water.