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Protest brutality in Oakland

“Peaceful protest turns violent,” read the San Francisco Chronicle headline about the May 1 protest in Oakland that ended badly. Police arrested about a dozen people after activists trashed new cars and smashed bank windows. I love that headline. It makes it seem as if it’s an anomaly when an Oakland protest ends with errant sparks and glass shards — even though a social-justice demonstration in Oakland has a better chance of ending with vandalism than a Hollywood marriage has in ending in divorce.

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What I learned in eight months

It’s been about eight months since I came to Chicago for school, but come May 18, I’ll be back home in Manteca.  And in those eight months, I’ve learned a lot.  Here are just a few of the things I’ve learned this year at Columbia College Chicago:

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Time to let Delta smelt just die off

What you are about to read is perhaps the most politically incorrect thing you could say during the drought: It is time to let the Delta smelt go.

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‘Upgrading’ of Bruce Jenner

The last year could be described as The Year of Transgender Propaganda. The Hollywood and news media push on the latest frontier of “gender fluidity” demonstrates the libertine left’s absolute arrogance that the LGBT revolution is an unstoppable juggernaut.

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Manteca needs tankless water heaters

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Pulling the plug on death penalty

It’s come down to this: Death penalty foes who have consistently done everything they can to block California from executing those on death row now want the death penalty declared unconstitutional because the state doesn’t put them to death quick enough. They argue lingering on death row for an uncertain execution is cruel and inhumane punishment.

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Residency shouldn’t matter

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Wall Street banks buy love

Wall Street arrogance seems to be accelerating even faster than our infinite cosmos is expanding.

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Who’s comin’ to dinner?

In anticipation of the upcoming Manteca Hall of Fame dinner, I was perusing the Hall of Fame website last Friday night.

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Sacramento and their tunnel rat mentality

Expediency is the motto of the administration of Governor Jerry Brown.

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Hillary blames the cops

Had Freddie Gray been robbed, beaten and left to die in the streets of his Baltimore neighborhood, no one would be mourning him today. 

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The Great Fountain-Pen Robbery

Even the word “greed” isn’t negative enough to characterize the all-out assault on workers by today’s corporate elite.

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Playful approach to thrifty fashion

If you know me just a little bit, you know I’m all about shopping at thrift stores. I am passionate about fashion for less and I believe you should never pay full price for a clothing item. 

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ICF shrimp feed Saturday; prayer breakfast set May 7

The Italian Catholic Federation will be having its annual “All You Can Eat” shrimp dinner Saturday, May 2, at the St. Anthony Church gym. No-host cocktails begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7. Dinner will include pesto pasta, salad, bread, dessert, and beverages. Don Garibaldi will provide accordion music. There will be a raffle and silent auction of baked goods. Tickets are $35 each ($17.50 for children ages 12 and younger), and are available from Ida at 209.982.5710, Marilyn at 209.612.7770, or Anna at 209.403.7634.

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The smack down in Baltimore

Toya Graham is my nominee for mother of the year.

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California overdrafts groundwater

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It’s her mom going into Hall of Fame

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JustServe food collection helps those in need

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Judge Agbayani and 1.8 seconds

Judge Tony Agbayani has quite a right hook when it comes to driving home to high school seniors the serious consequences of drinking and climbing behind the wheel.

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Progress: Nailing 120 real sit-ups

EDITOR’S NOTE: Jeanette Balmut has been selected to participate in the Year of You, a fitness challenge hosted by The Manteca Bulletin, CalFit Manteca and CORE Athletic Performance. Balmut is keeping a weekly journal, highlighting the strides and struggles of her fitness journey. 

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Hits MJC bleachers, gets sister into CORE

EDITOR’S NOTE: Joshua Messersmith has been selected to participate in the Year of You, a fitness challenge hosted by The Manteca Bulletin, CORE Athletic Performance and CalFit Manteca. Messersmith is keeping a weekly journal, highlighting the strides and struggles of his fitness journey. These are his thoughts and feelings shared with you.

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Free lunch morphs into free health care in USA

“We have met the enemy and he is us.” — Quote attributed to Pogo in the comic strip by the same name

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Standing up for personal choices

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School trustees should resign now

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Ben Affleck & PBS scandal

The North Korean email hack of Sony continues to haunt Hollywood. The leftist group WikiLeaks recently posted a searchable set of the documents and the London Daily Mail found a new scandal subject: Ben Affleck ... and PBS. 

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Who gave Drain, Bronson same Manteca address?

Ashley Drain and Alexander Bronson ran for the Manteca Unified School District listing their occupation as “educators.”

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5.5 percent pay hike misleading

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Dogs that chew & destroy items such as blankets

DEAR DIDI: My 2 year old poodle mix continues to chew blankets and soft materials. I have tried to get her to stop , but whenever she gets the chance she is back at it.  Should I be concerned for her health if she is swallowing it? How can I get her to stop this bad habit?  — Poodle Mommy

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Snarking Hillary is wrong

A number of GOP candidates are engaging in Hillary-bashing over allegations that she used her office as secretary of state to help her husband’s business dealings, prop up speech-making fees and grease the path for foreign governments to donate massive amounts of money to the Clinton Foundation. But here’s a warning to my friends on the presidential campaign trail: Bashing Hillary is only going to make the Republican Party look mean-spirited and snarky. It’s no road to the White House.

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Taking fishing to new heights

“Sitting on the beam of the trestle, just watching the striped bass roll on in” – Not Otis Redding 

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Atherton Drive, not McKinley is better alternative

Since 1849 when valley paths expanded into well-worn dirt roads heading toward the mines, strategically placed thoroughfares have been growth inducing in California where mobility and lifestyle are interchangeable concepts.

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Killing in South Carolina

Why was Walter Scott running away from a policeman who tried to stop him for a broken taillight? The media are trying to make a South Carolina policeman’s killing of a black man, Walter Scott, another sensational case of racism, but the media have missed the point of the tragedy.

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Hairball that gagged a fracker

Imagine a political campaign against environmentalists that’s so negative, so ridiculously slanted and downright dirty, that it actually repulsed executives of some of America’s biggest fracking corporations.

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California’s coming firestorm

There were 2,843 single family homes destroyed and another 437 apartments lost. 

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Fundraising more important than conserving

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Actors & Economics 101

Welcome to Hollywood, where dreams become real — and where logic, reason and economics 101 become dreams.

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The Entitlement Kid rides again...

If you are a lifelong Mantecan then undoubtedly you’ve developed a little Manteca Entitlement along the way, whether it’s riding the slides at Oakwood for free because you knew the right people … or that you can turn left onto Yosemite when leaving MHS if you really, really need Taco Bell … or the expectation that your coffee will be on the house at Johnny’s (Ed’s Patio for you pre-East Union Baby Boomers). These entitlements are part of the wonderful nuance of being raised in a small town, but when you begin to rely on these entitlements and ...

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Sin taxes deadlier than vices

Death and taxes.

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Christian wedding businesses

Radical activists in the gay community have put pedal to the metal to force gay acceptance from Christians — making not only their position but also their tactics anti-Christian. They are deliberately targeting the Christian wedding industry — the cakemakers, the caterers, the quaint bed-and-breakfast owners, and the like. They are headhunting Christians who refuse their business on moral grounds by slapping them with lawsuits or “human rights” complaints.

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Lying about who pays taxes

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Manteca: The next Fresno or San Bruno?

Roads wear out. Bridges fail after a number of years. Sewer lines deteriorate.

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Hillary’s wacky poorhouse claims

While Hillary Clinton hates doing Sunday shows — as we remember from the weekend after Benghazi — she did allow her close friend Gov. Terry McAuliffe to appear on “Meet the Press” on April 19. Jaws dropped when NBC host Chuck Todd threw him a real Russert-like hardball, quoting from his 2007 memoir “What A Party!”

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Billionaires owe you a thank you

This tax season, America’s billionaires are toasting you, the ordinary taxpayer.

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Hubby, daughters keep her focused

EDITOR’S NOTE: Jeanette Balmut has been selected to participate in the Year of You, a fitness challenge hosted by The Manteca Bulletin, CalFit Manteca and CORE Athletic Performance. Balmut is keeping a weekly journal, highlighting the strides and struggles of her fitness journey. 

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Body regrets decisions made on his birthday

EDITOR’S NOTE: Joshua Messersmith has been selected to participate in the Year of You, a fitness challenge hosted by The Manteca Bulletin, CORE Athletic Performance and CalFit Manteca. Messersmith is keeping a weekly journal, highlighting the strides and struggles of his fitness journey. These are his thoughts and feelings shared with you.

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Cigarettes first then soda next

Berkeley doesn’t want you to smoke.

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NO HELPING HOMELESS

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All we are doing is buying taller boots

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Sacramento decrees there will be a flood

So what’s going to be costlier when it comes to your pocketbook — the drought or a hypothetical 200-year flood event?

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Blowtorching vegetables

San Francisco is foodie heaven. If you want to eat out, you will never lack for options. That’s the plus side. On the downside, Ess Eff menus are getting so precious they take the fun out of eating.

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