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Sacrificing 170,000 jobs to pay 55,000 state workers for another year

Sacramento today wouldn't be much more than a larger version of Modesto if it wasn't for one thing – a decision in 1854 by the California Legislature to abandon Benicia and move the seat of state government.

May 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s own Don Quixote pokes holes in absurdity

Joe DeAngelis is a regular at Manteca City Council meetings.

May 01, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Arizona move unfair to law-abiding citizens

Rafael Ayala's parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico.

April 30, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A move that is a few fries short of a Happy Meal

The government has a responsibility to keep kids safe.

April 29, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bass Pro Shops deal helps keep Manteca afloat

Bass Pro Shops was going to locate a store in Northern California.

April 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Inland California may set tone for 21st century

The political equivalent of the San Andreas Fault has split California in half for years at the Tehachapi Mountains.

April 25, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Voting is far more valuable than $150 million

I am a registered Republican.

April 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is there too much or not enough crime coverage?

Some say the Manteca Bulletin reports too much crime and, as such, creates an unreasonable amount of anxiety about crime.

April 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Restoring sanity & safety in our neighborhoods

The real estate agent unlocked the door telling me to remember that it was a foreclosure.

April 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It may not be worth giving up $100K for $1M

Would you trade $100,000 a year for $1 million a year?

April 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California leaders put sexuality ahead of effectiveness of Boy Scouts

Boy Scouts of America do not ask prospective youth members about their sexual preference.

April 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fixing blighted is in interest of youth

The city of Lathrop is concerned about blight and public safety. That's why it's opening bureaucratic doors to fast-track the solution to a problem that has long been a black eye in an area of town that is rich not only in historic legacy but also one that has a direct and immediate impact on hundreds of youngsters.

April 19, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Golden Poppy: California’s flowering gold

There's still plenty of gold in California's fertile dirt.

April 18, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s move to force medical pot growers indoors

Is it reasonable to require those who are legally growing marijuana for legitimate medicinal purposes to do so inside a closed structure or face prosecution?

April 17, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You work 104 days and what do you get?

This past Wednesday - April 14 - was the day a typical Californian started working for their self instead of Sacramento and Uncle Sam.

April 16, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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DEFYING ALL ODDS

It's easy to take a sports story, give it the Disney treatment and get an entire theater full of people clapping at the end.

April 01, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Manteca’s heart needs to be healthy

Nico Tejeda is worried about Manteca's long-term health.

April 01, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


THE COACH

Jim White walked into the theatre unannounced, starting a quiet corner conversation with Sierra High athletic director Anthony Chapman.

March 31, 2015 | James Burns | Local Columns


The Manteca tax that make more homeless

The Inn by the Station is not the Rose Motel of yesteryear or even of five years ago.

March 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


He’s ‘Proud to be MUSD’

Manteca Unified School District Superintendent Jason Messer and the Board of Education have been investing time and money in pushing the slogan, Proud to be MUSD, which is aimed at focusing on all things positive about the district - from students' accomplishments and teachers' innovative instructional approaches, to a slew of progressive-thinking educational programs such as the $30 million Going Digital and the be.tech vocational charter school that has shown phenomenal growth in the mere three years it has been open.

March 30, 2015 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Assassins: Why teens like game

I get it now.

March 28, 2015 | James Burns | Local Columns


Three examples of why education today is effective

Need a custom clock made from aluminum as a wedding gift?

March 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Trustees squander $120,298

What can $298.50 buy for the classroom to support your child's education?

March 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bob Piccinini: Strong work ethic built grocery empire

Once in a great while, someone crosses your path and leaves such an impression that enriches your view of life and makes you appreciate even more the values that should be held near and dear.

March 26, 2015 | | Local Columns


THE REVOLUTION

They have taken out the lawn in their back yard and replaced it with brick and sand as well as a water fountain that sits bone dry.

March 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fluffy in Stockton, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party & more!

McParland School's Pancake/Omelet Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, at 1601 Northgate Dr. from 7 to 11 a.m. More than 30 baskets and a handmade quilt will be available for raffle, and proceeds from the event will benefit the eighth grade class. Tickets are $6 at the door. For more info, please call 209.858.7290.

March 26, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Train crews harbor horror of taking a life on the rails

Suicide by train has occurred all too often in Manteca.

March 25, 2015 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Uncle Sam allows us to be ripped off $124B a year

It's tough to support one's self on $8,000 a year.

March 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The case for electing Manteca council members by district

All four of Manteca's City Council members live in neighborhoods built in the last 15 years. Two reside in the Woodward Park neighborhood, one along the Airport Way corridor and the other in Union Ranch. All three neighborhoods are in the outer ring of the city.

March 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dancing on razor’s edge in Lathrop

Politicians – or elected officials as they like to call themselves – tend to grow thicker skin as time goes on.

March 24, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


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