Wednesday, April 24, 2013 12:00 am
There is not one major institution in the United States that has any integrity or is not cowardly and corrupt. The carnage in Boston has proved that.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 12:00 am
As tragic as the Newtown shooting is, it pales in comparison to deaths created by drunk drivers across the United States.
Saturday, July 21, 2012 12:00 am
A Lodi man was zip-tied and detained by at least four Lodi officers early Friday morning after police suspected he took a new, popular type of drug known as bath salts.
Monday, May 14, 2012 12:00 am
Mitt Romney claims he was successful in business and created thousands of jobs. In reality, he was a mere loan shark.
Friday, February 3, 2012 7:30 am
February typically serves as a dumping ground for weak studio
films that offer an easy alternative to “mainstream” audiences who
don’t see Oscar bait, but this year has brought some welcome
Friday, January 6, 2012 10:07 am
I could go on a rambling, ill-tempered rant about the shocking
lack of worthwhile films released in 2011. I could easily wallow in
righteous indignation, and throw up my hands in disgust and defeat
as I impotently curse Hollywood’s artistic bankruptcy and offer my
own theories as to why last year saw the worst theater attendance
numbers in 16 years. And I’d be right to do it. But this time of
year, I prefer to ignore the crazed, rampaging elephant in the room
and instead celebrate the few diamonds in the rough that kept me
from completely losing my mind over the course of the past 12
months. So let’s get to it:
Friday, December 9, 2011 7:41 am
Just one review this week, as I didn’t make it to “My Week with
Marilyn,” playing in limited release. A look at that will come next
week, along with reviews of the wide releases “Tinker, Tailor,
Soldier, Spy” and, time permitting, “The Sitter.” The studios’
insistence on conducting a take-no-prisoners December blitz with
their prestige pictures has left things a tad crowded for the next
few weeks, but I’ll do what I can…
Friday, November 4, 2011 8:11 am
“In Time.” “The Three Musketeers.” “Footloose.” “Johnny English
Reborn.” These are among the films now playing in multiplexes
across the country. I find this roster to be strange and
unsettling, as I have apparently been laboring under the
misapprehension that we were supposed to be smack-dab in the middle
of awards season. Silly me.
Friday, September 23, 2011 8:03 am
I’m generally cynical regarding the state of contemporary
Hollywood filmmaking, but the fact remains that there are a number
of “great” movies released each year. They may seem few and far
between, but carefully crafted, engaging, four-star movies still
don’t qualify as an endangered species in the modern studio
Friday, September 9, 2011 1:49 pm
Corey Daniel sifts through a cardboard box from the dining room
table in his Lodi home. He extracts a pair of brown, size 12 penny
Tuesday, July 5, 2011 12:00 am
Let's see, California's unemployment rate is around 11.5
percent. The state is about $42 billion in debt. Gangs, drugs and
illegal immigration are increasing problems. And, our illustrious
legislature is spending time worrying about the horrible evil of
Styrofoam cups and plates — those dastardly purveyors of wickedness
that, if allowed to continue their carnage of holding coffee and
food, will destroy life as we know it on this planet. Bye-bye even
more businesses and jobs.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 12:00 am
Plans for a wine bar, annexation of property south of Harney
Lane for a commercial and retail center, a liquor license for a new
Japanese restaurant and a recycling center will all be before Lodi
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 12:00 am
Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman famously said, "War is hell." The
Korean War was certainly hell for Emerald Sayler, with one glaring
exception. At least hell is warm.
Thursday, April 1, 2010 12:00 am
Al Costa has been out of the armed forces for decades, but he
can still vividly see the black smoke from fires and hear the
concussive explosions from the Battle of Okinawa like they happened
Saturday, December 5, 2009 12:00 am
To get acceptance to our framed Constitution, there were 10
Tuesday, December 1, 2009 12:00 am
Squareheads generally have serious issues with the current value
of the dollar. When I was a boy, you could buy lotsa stuff for a
Saturday, October 31, 2009 12:00 am
Inside a very busy The Party Guys Halloween Store on School
Street, masks of President Barack Obama and former president Bill
Clinton sell for $29.95, while accessories such as hippie earrings
and dead skin can be had for less than $10.
Monday, October 12, 2009 12:00 am
Aug. 21: Ali al-Megrahi, the homicidal Libyan maniac convicted
of blowing up Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, who killed 189
American citizens, flight crew and many on the ground, was released
to the Libyan government because al-Megrahi has terminal cancer. He
was welcomed by its patriot nuts as a hero.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009 10:00 pm
It's compelling for me to write this letter because the issue is
so heart wrenching. It's embarrassing to know this ridiculous
matter got so far out of control on prayer.
Monday, July 27, 2009 10:00 pm
The greatest threat to the security of our nation is drug
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 10:00 pm
The rented silver Dodge Durango pulled up to Raley's in Galt,
and several homeless men got out. They filed into the store, went
to the pharmacy, and one by one asked to buy some Sudafed.
Sunday, April 19, 2009 10:00 pm
The crystal blue sky above Littleton, Colo., was so bright and
clear it almost hurt my eyes. Pristine, angel white clouds hung
motionless high above, evenly spaced as if an unseen artist placed
them there with measured strokes.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008 10:00 pm
"Lodi man to spend a decade in prison for a fatal DUI crash." I
respond with a sense of frustration.
Commercial trucks are seen traveling past safety markers on Highway 12. (News-Sentinel file photograph)
Thursday, April 17, 2008 10:00 pm
A year ago, Highway 12 was truly a corridor of death.