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How the Grinch stole prosperity

For years, the folks of Weneedjobsville believed in Santanomics.

December 24, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Of plagiarism, personal attacks & lack of civility

Enough is enough.

December 23, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rating holiday classics

Rudolph, the Red-Nose Reindeer is still one of my favorite Christmas television specials.

December 23, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Ripon’s very own Santa under the weather this year

Ripon's very own Santa and Mrs. Claus have added Christmas cheer in town for the last 24 years only to be sidelined by a serious double bout with the flu this yuletide season.

December 22, 2009 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Santa, bring some coal for the legislature

Dear Santa,

December 20, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E upset $3K a year would go to kids & not them

There are grumblings from the PG&E camp that the Boys & Girls Club board has endorsed the South San Joaquin Irrigation District in its bid to takeover the PG&E retail system in Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon with the objective of reducing rates 15 percent across the board.

December 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Imagine what ruins of Manteca homes would look like in 2039

Visiting places like Bodie – the fabled eastern Sierra mining ghost town that is now a state park – makes me a bit uneasy.

December 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California must adopt specific water goals, rules

They huff and they puff over global warming, the budget, the prison system, and education.

December 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Children shouldn’t have to eat dog food

As a kid, I thought it was just weird.

December 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s worth having ice water running through your veins

I now know where the phrase "ice water running through your veins" comes from.

December 13, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified reduces access by cutting meetings

If there was ever a time that schools need the full support of the public it is now.

December 12, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


If it tastes like chicken, then it must be rattlesnake

Sue Inglish has no problem eating wild game for supper, whether it is served indoors or outdoors.

December 12, 2009 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


No one is laughing at Manteca now

It wasn't too many years ago that Manteca was the laughingstock of the Northern San Joaquin Valley thanks to a dysfunctional city council.

December 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So long to a real hero & idol

She was a hero, an idol in so many ways that do not have anything to do with fame, fortune, or notoriety.

December 11, 2009 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Levee farther south will trigger more Manteca growth

There is a way to stop urbanization from destroying farmland to the southwest of Manteca.

December 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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I now own antiquated iPhone6

Back in the Dark Ages 40 years ago when I graduated from high school, if you wanted to call someone you had to use Pacific Bell or one of its Ma Bell siblings unless you were served by a smaller phone company such as Contel or a local independent.

October 24, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Venture Academy performing arts wine tasting this Friday

Venture Academy's third annual Wine Tasting event will take place on Friday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Delicato Winery. Proceeds support the visual and performing arts program. Tickets are $25. For more info or to purchase tickets contact Dionne McDonald at dmcdonald@sjcoe.net.

October 23, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


So is your business website ADA compliant?

Think you dodged a bullet if you own a business and haven't been slapped with an Americans with Disabilities non-compliance lawsuit?

October 23, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ebola or polio: Doesn’t effect us because we’re invincible

My earliest childhood memory is as a 5-year-old being taken to Roseville's Royer Park by my mom back in 1962.

October 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Trick or treaters: For bigger haul mimic Manteca panhandlers

Hey kids!

October 21, 2014 | | Local Columns


A ‘no’ vote on Measure I won’t count

Are you ready to give up your right to vote for all seven Manteca Unified School District board members?

October 20, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


They doubled as CHP patrol officers

Being twins can be cool, especially when both are CHP traffic officers.

October 18, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Timberwolves definitely something to howl about

The howling was real Friday night in the Timberwolves' den.

October 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is Manteca board member being childish?

During the closed session of the Manteca Unified School District Board of Trustees on Oct. 6, the Manteca Bulletin learned that Trustee Nancy Teicheira was reportedly yelled at and was told to "grow up."

October 18, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


For the price of a Starbucks cappuccino once a week

Are you willing to throw away $159 million on a gambit?

October 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Books & beer: Men’s book club thrives

One is a book about a gang of scalp hunters on the US-Mexico border in the 1850s and the harsh, brutal violence that they enact on anybody that they please.

October 17, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Curse all of Manteca’s greedy developers

Those crafty, sneaky, and sinister developers.

October 17, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Laughs & good food help Manteca groups

Have fun with comedian Mike Williams and enjoy a Mexican buffet (with virgin Margarita) during a Fiesta FUNdraiser for the Pregnancy Help Center of Manteca that will take place on Friday, Oct. 17, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Calvary Community Church (815 W. Lathrop Road, Manteca).

October 16, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Men’s shelter: It’s OK if you want it in your neighborhood

There is only one question you need to answer if you favor a homeless shelter for single men in Manteca: Would you be willing to have if within a half mile of your home?

October 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The marvelous tech invention known as books

Books are more powerful than computers.

October 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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