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The mercy of God

Today, the Sunday after Easter, Catholics honor the Mercy of God. Of course, we need God's mercy year 'round. So much needless cruelty and suffering in the world could be avoided - or at least overcome - -if mercy were in greater supply. Think, for example, of the senseless violence in our own neighborhoods. But Divine Mercy Sunday focuses in a special way on God's love at work through the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

April 19, 2009 | By Fr. Dean McFalls St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


The golden days of Betty Bear at the Bulletin

Betty Bear is back.

April 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City will fix the problem with Atherton Drive landscaping

The photo above shows the condition of the landscaping on Atherton Drive just south of the Bass Pro Shop. Last week's Bulletin article about landscaping standards noted that this area hasn't been adequately maintained by the contractor and the City hasn't provided the proper oversight to make sure the contractor maintains the landscaping.

April 18, 2009 | By Steve Pinkerton City manager for Manteca | Local Columns


The fight over Manteca’s fiscal future

Go out along Wellington Avenue on a Wednesday or Thursday morning and you'll see two to five men at work.

April 15, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Memory lives on in Cooperstown

Years ago, I had a chance to visit the baseball shrine in Cooperstown, New York.

April 15, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Lathrop is for lawyers and liberal payouts

The City of Lathrop should be cautioned against ever opening a casino.

April 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mentoring twins was an eye opener

I first met them about a year ago last year. They were the epitome of youth: energetic, exuberant, poised to conquer the world, eager to learn and experience everything that they can possibly learn and experience while deeply rooted in the moral compass and Christian ethics instilled in them by their parents.

April 14, 2009 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


College makes federal case out of praying in faculty office

Want to make educarts - those educators who morph into bureaucrats - squirm?

April 13, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Getting Manteca’s affordable housing strategy in order

Is the city not making an effort to procure affordable housing in Manteca? Not exactly.

April 12, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mothball aerial fire truck to save $1.1M annually

The day of reckoning is about to arrive.

April 11, 2009 | | Local Columns


Going from sound walls to inviting travel corridors

The old walled city of Manteca was a forbidding place.

April 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


HOUSING ELEMENT

To access City Manager Steve Pinkerton's blog go to www.ci.manteca.ca.us/blog/

April 10, 2009 | | Local Columns


The Muthart Plan: Ultimate 4 percent mortgage solution

It's too bad President Obama didn't pick Jim Muthart as the architect of his stimulus plan to get the economy rolling again instead of Tim Geithner.

April 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Full disclosure sticker for new home buyers

Transparency is now all the rage at all levels of government.

April 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The ‘Stick, the Giants and the perfect seats

A photograph of Candlestick Park is thumb-tacked on the wall facing the desk of reporter Jason Campbell.

April 08, 2009 | | Local Columns


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Manteca board going for costly bond option?

Need new carpet?

July 29, 2014 | | Local Columns


Stanislaus unkind to the unprepared

He trudged out of the water, his shirt soaked and pulled tight around his skin, glasses and hat hanging from head. He towed a pathetic pink raft behind him, completing the look of a man who had been beaten and embarrassed by the elements.

July 26, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


Wood actually took 23 years, not two hours to die in Arizona

Do not get teary-eyed or enraged thinking about how Joseph R. Wood III died.

July 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is City of Bell to big to govern?

The City of Bell consists of 2.64 square miles.

July 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Reveries of an old man

I dream of being Roger Federer. I always watch his matches and cheer out loud as if it would make a difference in his play.

July 25, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Local Columns


Manteca: The Mother of All water wasters

The City of Manteca is the biggest water waster by far.

July 24, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Combined flea market, yard sale set for Saturday

The Manteca Senior Center Advisory Committee and Manteca Seniors Helping Area Residents and Police combined flea market and yard sale is this Saturday, July 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be 30 vendors selling garage and new items, from arts & crafts to collectibles inside the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane, and SHARP will host the backyard sale directly behind the senior center building. Up for grabs will be items including furniture, sporting goods, household items, toys, electronics, to name a few. Don't miss it!

July 24, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


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


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