It's only $1.18 a month. No big deal. But to paraphrase the late Sen. Everett Dirksen $1.18 here and a $1.18 there and pretty soon we're talking real money. Is $2.2 billion a year real enough for you? That's what it is costing American cell phone customers annually to underwrite Lifeline cell service for those who supposedly can't afford it. To qualify for the heavily subsidized cell phone service involuntarily financed by paying cell phone ...
When the first responders – firefighters, policemen and other emergency personnel – rushed to the twin towers of the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the main thing on their mind was to save lives. That's what these brave men and women are trained to do. That's their mission. Tragically, on that fateful day, the price they paid was their lives.
It's the $110 billion question plus financing costs: How likely is a 7.0 Richter scale earthquake in Manteca or places like Alturas in Modoc County?
That wonderful elixir of almond blossoms filling the air these days is the scent of spring to many.
A baseball fan turns away from the action at a minor league game in Idaho to chat with a friend. Suddenly, the crowd around him starts yelling. He turns back toward the field and is hit in the eye with a foul ball. Ultimately he loses vision in the eye. He sues.
Manteca is growing itself to death. Except for the Austin Road Business Park's mixed housing component, all of the residential development lining up for the next big growth surge will end up pounding a stake into the long-range economic viability of the city. More than 80 percent of the more than 10,000 housing units in various stages of approval are nothing but variations ...
How do you fight lawbreakers? The new trend is to punish those who abide by the law. And - wherever possible - make responsible citizens pay even more. Have a problem with methheads using over-the-counter flu remedies such as Sudafed to cook up their poison? Simply make those suffering from the flu get a doctor's prescription, <p class="Body" align="left" ...
There is something delightfully sinful about jogging this time of year.
Walking the parade route – before and after – was a new approach for me at writing a column about the Almond Festival on Saturday. You have to admit I had the best seat in the house, never stopping longer than to chat for a few minutes with old friends, or those folks I had never met. After all, a friend is often only a smile and a handshake away.
A side effect of more healthcare insurance coverage is becoming painfully apparent - a less robust economy for those struggling to stay afloat.
Taxes - according to more than a few folks in positions of power - stimulate the economy.
Manteca's panhandling ordinance is a bust.
"Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me." - a line written by Scott Fitzgerald in the 1926 short story, The Rich Boy
Delta College is mulling over an offer by a developer to buy 160 acres the district owns just northwest of the Highway 99 and Lathrop Road interchange.
I was jogging down Van Ryn Road when I heard Mick Jagger belting out "Satisfaction".
Let the distortions begin.
One man's due diligence is costing more than 40,000 households, business, and farmers $12 million a year.
I'm a prime candidate for the Homeland Security watch list.
Why does Uncle Sam insist on subsidizing rich people?
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The toughest job in Manteca might just be the men who are part of the Manteca Police Department's traffic enforcement unit.