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Manteca council barking up wrong tree on dog fee

The Manteca City Council on Aug. 3 will have the second reading of an ordinance for the municipal license fees for unfixed dogs that will reduce them from $100 to $50 a year.

July 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Trash talk: A way to enhance city’s ‘business’ image

There is a trash enclosure behind the Manteca Bulletin with so-called privacy slats.

July 23, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Two true public servants: Richard Bull & Charlie Halford

public servant n. 1. a person who works for the state or local government. 2. Ripon Police Chief Richard Bull.

July 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s big myth of a dying downtown district

One of the political givens is that downtown is dying and that it is on the verge of turning into blight hell and will strip Manteca of its cultural and moral soul so therefore the city needs to pump in truckloads of money to save it from becoming Fort Apache as in the South Bronx.

July 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A look at crime in Manteca today

One of the biggest concerns of our citizens is crime in their community. We read the newspaper stories about gang activity and then see an article that says crime is down. It makes you wonder how both can be true. I thought it might help to know how and why the Police Department tracks crime in Manteca.

July 20, 2010 | DAVE BRICKER Manteca Police Chief | Local Columns


Hot times? Water is still the one

I grew up during a time when coaches believed that taking a salt tablet was effective in dealing with dehydration.

July 20, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Meg Whitman’s cash & the threat it poses to California’s democracy

There is a 900-pound-gorilla in the governor's race for California, but contrary to assertions by the Manteca Bulletin, it is hardly unions representing California workers.

July 20, 2010 | DEBORAH BURGER, RN Co-President California Nurses Association | Local Columns


City manager for whom the cash ‘Bell’ tolls

Is anybody worth $6.41 a minute?

July 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stop feeding more taxes to bloated & lethargic bureaucracy up in Sacramento

Getting Californians back to work won't happen in significant numbers until Sacramento finally comes to grips with the basic lesson of the Great Recession: Economic health can't be sustained from spending beyond your means.

July 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Does Meg have anything to offer besides attacks on Jerry Brown?

Meg Whitman is definitely getting the best produced political hit commercials money can buy.

July 18, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Gotcha! politics & fuss over Palin’s Turlock payday

"Why did they try to keep it a secret for so long, and now release the figure out of nowhere? Our schools are hurting, students are hurting, and to charge that kind of money for a speech I still feel is a bit absurd." - Ashli Briggs, a 23-year-old California State University at Stanislaus political science major as quoted by the Associated Press concerning the release of how much Sarah Palin was paid to speak in Turlock.

July 17, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


That old house was our home

The house of my youth is currently on the market.

July 17, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Council needs to rethink Manteca LMDs

Richard Behling believes government has no business being in landscape maintenance.

July 16, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


An interesting encounter with a “homing” pigeon

There was something about the bird that stopped me in my tracks.

July 16, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Nurses union makes case for Whitman’s election

The 900-pound gorilla in the Nov. 2 race for governor isn't Meg Whitman.

July 15, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Cigarettes first then soda next

Berkeley doesn't want you to smoke.

April 21, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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?

April 20, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PEDAL TO THE METTLE

The English Coonhound settles in the Central Valley sun, sprawling out across a lane in the Best Western parking lot.

April 17, 2015 | James Burns | Local Columns


Manteca’s war on the homeless

So how goes Manteca's war on the homeless?

April 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


About those ‘evil’ free range parents

There is a fine line between being cautious and paranoia.

April 16, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Snakes, Paragon 3, Love Manteca & more

The Manteca High School Band Boosters is hosting an All-You-Can-Eat-Spaghetti Dinner at the Manteca Transit Center (220 Moffat Blvd.) on Saturday, April 18, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. There will be a no-host bar, spaghetti, salad, rolls, and silent dessert auction. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Please call 209.610.4025 for tickets or more information about the event.

April 16, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


How I learned not to trust tax collectors

It's nice to know I'm not the only one that doesn't trust the Internal Revenue Service or the Franchise Tax Board.

April 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Moffat Blvd. monument to moving on

The steel framework of the 3,600-square-foot building going up on Moffat Boulevard is more than just the future home of the Manteca Veterans Center.

April 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Try eating apples grown in Cupertino

Salinity levels at Vernalis south of Manteca would not be so high if the Hypocrites-by-the Bay in the Green Environmental Perfection movement did their fair share to protect fish.

April 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rewarding state $300M for helping kill 8 people

PG&E is paying $300 million too much for the 2,425 violations of federal and state safety rules in connection with an investigation following the 2010 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno that killed eight people and destroyed more than three dozen homes.

April 11, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Two angels at Manteca High save life of teen

Amanda Buhay could have died in mid-December in a Manteca High classroom.

April 10, 2015 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Kidney stones, hammertoes & smartphones

I miss the good old days.

April 10, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


LITTLE FREE LIBRARY

I love books. I taught myself to read at the age of 5 and haven't put a book down ever since. As a child I won several "Queen of Children's Readers" contests held at the local library, where they kept track of every book I borrowed, and several years in a row I came close to the number 300.

April 09, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Poker benefits foster families

It's time to gamble – for a great cause. Agape Villages presents a Poker Tournament at the Manteca Senior Center (295 Cherry Lane) on Friday, April 10, from 7 to 11 p.m. to support foster children. The entry fee is $40 per player. For more information, please call Nina at 209.992.8346 or email npayne@agapevillages.org.

April 09, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Manteca’s next round of water use reductions

As strange as it might sound, Manteca is ahead of the curve when it comes to stepping up its game to conserve water.

April 09, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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