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Manteca Unified: Why is it now faring worse than some nearby districts?

How did Manteca Unified get in its present financial predicament that some contend is worse than neighboring school districts?

September 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Junking memories at Lovelace

A few days ago I took my son to the Lovelace Transfer Station.

September 02, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Health care debate being framed wrong

Much ado is being made of the United States infant mortality rate in the crisis du jour debate involving health care.

September 01, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


TEACHER PAYROLL

In the past, I received $200 for classroom supplies. Not a month, not a semester but for the YEAR. I will receive $25 for the year. And, you might not realize this, but in the past, the school board gave the superintendent a $300 supply allowance. Not per year, per MONTH. To his credit, Superintendent Jason Messer turned this perk down. That's not the point. Do you see how this example further illustrates my point of fiscal mismanagement and anti-children policy at the district level?

September 01, 2009 | By KEN JOHNSON President, Manteca Teachers Association | Local Columns


Uncle Sam is an enabler of the worst kind

Uncle Sam is turning into the relative who undermines good parenting by lavishing kids with expensive gifts, giving them candy before dinner and letting them stay up until all hours of the night and ignore basic disciplines like doing you homework and chores.

August 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified needs to fine tune its busing decision

The decision to cut home-to-school busing inside a 1.25-mile radius for elementary students and a 2.5-mile radius for high school students around Manteca Unified campuses was clear in terms of who gets a ride and who doesn't.

August 29, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Surprise! State is raising your taxes even though you got no pay raise

If you're like most Californians and still have a job you probably haven't gotten a raise in the last year.

August 28, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Property taxes look like they could drop even more in 2010-11

The bottom line isn't looking good for the next five years or so when it comes to municipal property taxes for Manteca and other San Joaquin Valley cities.

August 27, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stockton beats Modesto as the place to go

Stockton is the Rodney Dangerfield of California cities.

August 26, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lucille Harris, $112K, tumbleweeds, rabbits & extortion California-style

If Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Gang of 120 in the California Legislature want to know how to get the economy going and revenues rolling back into the state treasury they should sit down with Lucille Harris for an hour.

August 25, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Going from Facebook to face-to-face

Cara Campbell spent a portion of her vacation making an effort to reconnect with old friends.

August 25, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Time to stand up for schools

It's time to stand up and be counted. It's time to stand up for our schools. It's time to stand up for our children. Forty-two kids in first grade at Great Valley. Seventy kids in PE at Lathrop High. High school kids sitting on the classroom floor because there are no seats available. Class schedules for high school kids being rearranged so they can be put into classes that they do not want just for the SOLE purpose of putting them somewhere. Don't believe it? Ask the high school kids! Manteca Unified class sizes maxed out ...

August 25, 2009 | By KEN JOHNSON President, Manteca Teachers Association | Local Columns


Have we forgotten Sept. 11, 2001?

Al Qaeda declared war against America in 1998 and these terrorists are still at war against America. Sadly, the Obama administration has directed the removal of any use of the term "War of Terror". Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano also avoids any mention of "terrorism" and "vulnerability" in any discussion. A terrorist act will now be called a "man-made disaster" and the "Global War on Terror" will now be called an "Oversees Contingency Operation" by the Obama administration.

August 25, 2009 | By FRANK AQUILA President, South San Joaquin Republicans | Local Columns


Lum family steeped in Lathrop’s history

Long before there was any bank at all in Lathrop, there was Delta Market.

August 24, 2009 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Time to pull plug on full-time state legislature?

Is it time to return to the days of yesteryear when the California Legislature was a part-time affair?

August 23, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Navy blue frames then skydiving?

Selecting eyeglass frames is always interesting given my eyesight.

July 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Jack Snyder: You may not like the man but he delivered

There is no middle ground with Jack Snyder. You either like him or you don't.

July 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Breaking up California is so hard to do

Perhaps splitting California into six states wouldn't be all that bad.

July 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bottlers tap into baseless fears to sell you water

"You're going to get sick!"

July 19, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Doing back alley political hatchet job on Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby in the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision continues to offer its employees health insurance coverage for contraception including birth control pills.

July 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to talk about use of that four-letter word: ‘lawn’

Water use is down 20.4 percent in Manteca in June compared to June of 2013.

July 17, 2014 | | Local Columns


Ignoring youth refugees fleeing from violence in American homes

Go down Yosemite Avenue after the bars close.

July 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stockton may become Venice but at least LA gets water

It is nice to know that the Bay Delta Conservation Plan has taken into account potential sea level increases in designing the Twin Tunnels to "avoid water supply disruptions and protect water quality."

July 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Placement of levee can stop growth flood

Go south along Union Road, Tinnin Road, and Airport Way just a little south of Woodward Avenue where narrow country roads carry names such as Fig, Sedan, Nile and others crisscross the south-north roads.

July 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DeRoos looks to start league of their own

Her name is synonymous with the sport of basketball in the Family City, yet Molly DeRoos is having a hard time finding a sanctioned game.

July 10, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


King George would have been proud of soda taxes

Tax them for they have sinned.

July 10, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tale of two neighborhoods plagued with ‘drug problem’

She lives practically next to a "drug house" in a Manteca neighborhood that many of the property owners know about it.

July 09, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Clothes made just to wear? That’s so passé

Boots - and therefore shoes - are made for walking.

July 09, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Chevron Oil gives 16.5 times less to charity than customers

I went to pay for $10 worth of merchandise with my debit card.

July 08, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Miles Kelly & writing the history of good

As books go, the history of good is a slim volume.

July 07, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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