If you're taken hostage at gunpoint you probably want to make sure Manteca has a SWAT team in the wings.
Congress doesn't trust us – the average American – but they trust their Wall Street and Big Business buddies to jump start the economy. They are the same ones who gladly took part of the $700 billion bailout and then turned around and paid out $18 billion in bonuses as they posted record losses
Proposition 13 gets blamed for everything in California.
With the new season of American Idol underway, viewers will once again rush to their televisions each week to see who can sing and who can't. Who's going to Hollywood and who's packing it up and going home. While I am somewhat interested in seeing how the program progresses each week, I am much more interested in seeing what Manteca's K-9 crime fighters are up to.
This was a moment to be shared.
In these hard economic times, everything looks bleak.
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.
I finally get it.
This column is about a wonderful I've known for many years.
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.
Steve Walsh has been in the print and broadcasting business for 13 years, spending the past nine with CNN in Atlanta, GA.
Reader Jim says the National Football League has replaced Major League Baseball as our national pastime.
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.
There's a Dennis the Menace doll in my spare bedroom closet.
Many memories are worth savoring.
I've never used Airbnb. I'm not proud of my failure to dive into the sharing economy. I know it's largely a function of middle age - I don't want to sleep in a stranger's spare bedroom, even if it's cheap - and of years of parlaying hotel rewards programs to my advantage. My first reaction when I heard about ride service startups Uber and Lyft was that they enjoy an unfair advantage over cabbies, who have to jump through hoops and pay huge fees to do what "sharing" kids do on the fly.
I figured the Texas lineup of Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Rick Perry, and a carnival sideshow of far-right Congress critters assured my state the glory of being the hands-down winner of the 2014 blue-ribbon prize for "Goofiest Politicos in America."
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