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State legislators believe they have license to spend

State prisoners could soon get hit by sending jobs off-shore.

June 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Downtown: Are malcontents trying to force people to go to Orchard Valley?

Two pivotal projects that could end up making or breaking Central Manteca's future are expected to break ground in the coming months.

June 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How to drive like a Manteekan: Tips on bagging daily limit of pedestrians

A few years back, Manteca Waterslides did a take-off on a popular Top 40 song "Walk Like an Egyptian" to create a radio campaign dubbed "Walk Like a Manteekan" promoting the recreation water park.

June 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Yes, police do harass people: It is called law enforcement

It's a tongue in cheek police harassment satire that a friend sent me on line supposedly written by a police sergeant in a Southern California department. It was well done and it was obvious I had to talk with the author before using it in a column.

June 20, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


We were still, after all, brothers

Sometime on Friday afternoon when I was busy planting four Japanese maples, the earthly journey of my oldest brother Richard ended.

June 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Direct wrath at Wall Street and not Main Street

Roy Gardner lived across the alley from my family when I was growing up in Roseville.

June 18, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Quincy McClain, FUN volunteers & the Lord’s work

My sister Mary was a senior in high school when she decided she wanted to become a teacher.

June 17, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Some thoughts of divorce & Tipper too

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

June 17, 2010 | | Local Columns


Requiring PG&E et al to obtain two thirds approval from shareholders

Big corporations may one day want to thank PG&E for helping throw a roadblock in their never-ending battle to manipulate California government through the initiative process.

June 16, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The most terrifying words in the English language

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help." - Ronald Reagan

June 15, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Legislature marks 24th year of breaking state law

Andrew Blankenship turns 24 this week.

June 14, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We can really send a message to Sacramento

Meg Whitman is right.

June 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Prada: His life was about doing the right thing

Life - as Dick Prada lived it - is about doing the right thing.

June 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Moorhead changes dynamics of race for Manteca mayor

Get ready for one of the most polite - and possibly closest - races for mayor Manteca has ever seen.

June 11, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E can’t afford a SSJID success story

PG&E's long-range ability to survive as a monopoly protected by what are essentially government price controls now may very well depend upon stopping the South San Joaquin Irrigation District from entering the retail power business.

June 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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A costly penny for your thoughts

It costs taxpayers 1.83 cents to mint a penny.

November 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What if we’re judged by how we treat animals?

I still feel guilty.

November 21, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Special to the Bulletin | Local Columns


Serial killers can marry but not law- abiding gays in some states

Where's the outrage?

November 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Chances to go holiday shopping plus order pie

It's time to go shopping! The Ripon Senior Center (422 S. Wilma Ave.) is holding its annual Craft and Bake Sale on Friday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event will feature local crafters and bakers, so come by and do some early Christmas shopping or pick up a yummy dessert for Thanksgiving.

November 20, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


PG&E for years relied on SSJID for cheap power

Back before deregulation, rolling brown outs, power market manipulations costing Californians billions upon billions of dollars and skyrocketing PG&E bills there was a promise.

November 19, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Running to keep memory of beloved teacher alive

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article first appeared in the Nov. 8, 2013 edition of the Manteca Bulletin. It has been modified to accommodate Sunday's second annual Heller E. Lipsett Memorial.

November 19, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


Wedding bells ring for brutal executioner

Charles Manson is getting married.

November 19, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Clearing up inaccurate info on city ordinance

Editor's note: Police Chief Nick Obligacion penned the following in response to misinformation circulated on social media as well as on a television station.

November 18, 2014 | By NICK OBLIGACION Manteca Police Chief | Local Columns


Insight of a personal trainer

You are sweating and feel like you are about to pass out. You feel your body burning and just can't keep going. Right before you are about to quit you hear a voice yelling, "KEEP IT UP! YOU HAVE TO LEARN TO PUSH YOURSELF!" You pause for a second trying to give your body a break and to catch your breath hoping that your trainer isn't looking directly at you. Then you hear that scary voice yelling again, "DON'T STOP! YOU HAVE TO KEEP GOING! I DIDN'T SAY TO STOP!" That is when you realize and ...

November 18, 2014 | By ROBERT INIGUEZ Owner CORE Athletic Performance | Local Columns


Weatherford’s legacy: Calm City Council

A lot of things happened on Willie Weatherford's watch.

November 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


From gas lines to $3 a gallon gas

Remember the fall of October 1973?

November 17, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Al Ftacek: Decorated WWII hero takes off on his last flying mission

On the World War II monument in Washington, D.C., is a photograph of Albert E. "Abe" Ftacek of Manteca. Beneath the title, "Activity During WWII," is an inscription that reads: "8th Air Force, 389th bomb group, 565th Bomb Squad, B-24 Radio Operator. Flew 33 bombing missions over Germany and France with the Lloyd L. Allen Crew and 2 with another crew. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal and European Theater of Operations Medal with four Combat Stars."

November 15, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Police chief isn’t suppose to be patron saint of homeless

Go ahead, slam Police Chief Nick Obligacion for his efforts to address the homeless/panhandling/public drug use issues in Manteca.

November 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will ‘new’ fifth council member get a free pass?

Ready for another Manteca City Council election?

November 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


'Village' for schools often exclude the community

You've heard the line so much that it starts to sound like a cliche: It takes a village to raise a child.

November 13, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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