Editor's note: This is the first of a four-part series on Father Dean's recent trip to Africa.
It makes no sense at all.
An archeologist centuries from now digging into landfills may find the remnants of the junk mail delivered to Manteca households during a typical month in 2009.
Adopting the employment contracts entered into for five years in 2006 with Manteca's municipal employee groups were – for the most part – sound judgment at the time.
"Stop the presses!"
Listening to the rain dancing on the roof while you're snuggled up in bed is one of life's little pleasures.
The Great Recession is a good thing in many ways.
It was a night for a cozy fire after work in our family room since our PG&E provided electricity had been out for 14 hours at this writing Tuesday night and we're still waiting.
We bury the hatchet
California needs a taxpayer revolt against spending on the same scale that Howard Jarvis and Paul Gann changed the property tax landscape with Proposition 13 back in 1978.
America's favorite pastime these days isn't baseball. It's the blame game.
Manteca resident Bud Wallace has an interesting suggestion in a letter you can find elsewhere on today's opinion page.
Economic reality has prompted a council that consists of two retired law enforcement personnel – John Harris who served as a San Joaquin County probation officer and Willie Weatherford who is a retired Manteca police chief – to send City Manager Steve Pinkerton forth with a compensation readjustment proposal for all municipal employees including police. If the bargaining groups didn't buy it, the other option is layoffs within that particular set of employees.
How dare they - the argument goes – cut back on law enforcement pay or talk about layoffs – when we passed the Measure M public safety half cent sales tax to pay for police officers and firefighters?
Congress opens each day with a prayer and – quite frankly – there has been no sign of divine providence setting anybody in that neck of the woods on the straight and narrow.
Remember the good old days when the worst you had to worry about were dogs taking a dump on your lawn?
Don't cook dinner on Friday; Anderson's Mower & Bike will take care of you! They are holding a Texas Roadhouse drive-thru fundraiser dinner on Friday, Sept. 5, at the Spreckels Park BMX Track from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 and they are available at their store at 907 W. Yosemite Ave. in Manteca. For more go to http://community.mantecabulletin.com/events/detail/13884/
Murder is not acceptable.
Here's a question for Congressional Republicans: Why do I have to pay my federal income taxes and others don't to the tune of more than $400 billion a year?
Long before there was Joe Albertson, Winco Foods, Webvan, and high tech entrepreneurs gearing up to unleash a squadron of drones to deliver Ding Dongs and Red Bull to millennials too self-absorbed to go to the store there was Joe's Food Center.
Can you afford to give up a latte a week?
Jack Tone Road is my favorite strip of pavement in San Joaquin County.
Steve Catalano wants to go home.
Ripon is celebrating improvements to Ripon High Stadium with an all-weather track ribbon cutting tonight 7 p.m. There will be free cupcakes from the Cupcake Lady and Congressman Jeff Denham and Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen will be in attendance. For more information go to http://community.mantecabulletin.com/events/detail/13864/
The emperor has no clothes.
Alice Schlote wrapped her arms around the towering Italian cypress in her front yard, pulling her body close to its brush.
It's time to get serious about the homeless in Manteca.
Annie Moore was the first immigrant processed through Ellis Island when it opened on Jan. 1, 1892.
A lot has changed in the past 30 years.
If you work as a waiter or waitress today the odds are overwhelmingly that you can't keep yourself clothed, fed, and sheltered on what you make.