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Counting your blessings when times are hard

In these hard economic times, everything looks bleak.

January 26, 2009 | Rose Albano Risso | OPINION

Tale of two cities with sugar plants: Manteca & Tracy

Bill Perry was mayor during one of Manteca's darkest moments - the closing of Spreckels Sugar that had served as the symbol, if not the heart, of the city's economic strength for 75 years.

January 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | OPINION

The list of people & things to blame never ends for a true victim

I finally get it.

January 12, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | OPINION

JoAnn Marx: The passing of a Manteca friend with a golden heart

This column is about a wonderful I've known for many years.

January 12, 2009 | Rose Albano Risso | OPINION

A few thoughts on a users tax on municipal utilities

Manteca up until earlier this decade assessed a utility users tax on municipal water, sewer, and garbage bills that came to $2.35 a month.

January 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | OPINION

Connecting with friends through Facebook

Steve Walsh has been in the print and broadcasting business for 13 years, spending the past nine with CNN in Atlanta, GA.

January 10, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | OPINION

Baseball: Too expensive & just plain boring?

Reader Jim says the National Football League has replaced Major League Baseball as our national pastime.

January 06, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | OPINION

Indiscriminate COLA use fans inflation

COLA - the cost of living adjustment - is just like the real thing. It artificially gets the economy racing but then the effect wears off. The long-term impact of the indiscriminate use of COLA on the economy is the same thing as the long-term indiscriminate use of caffeine. It gives you a false sense of energy.

January 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | OPINION

Dennis the Menace doll worth $120? Not by a long shot

There's a Dennis the Menace doll in my spare bedroom closet.

January 05, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | OPINION

The priceless moments our kids provide us

Many memories are worth savoring.

January 04, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | OPINION

The beauty of the season we mistakenly dismiss as dreary

There is something delightfully sinful about jogging in the rain.

January 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | OPINION

Holiday handmade cards are priceless

I'll probably be the last one sending Christmas cards via snail mail.

January 04, 2009 | Rose Albano Risso | OPINION

Good news abounds even in bad economic times

When times are tough, like they are right now with the economy in a condition worse than a beggar's tattered clothes, all you hear are gloom-and-doom stories about businesses in financial ruin, families losing their homes to foreclosures and people losing their jobs.

December 29, 2008 | Rose Albano Risso | OPINION

A Pepsi toast to Patsy Murphy Phillips

Standing at a graveside memorial service on a cold and damp morning last week brought a half century of memories into perspective with the passing of Patsy Murphy Phillips.

December 28, 2008 | Glenn Kahl | OPINION

Did you go to the five and dime store?

Taking the bus downtown was always a special occasion.

December 28, 2008 | Vince Rembulat | OPINION

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