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Rainy day blues? It depends upon how you look at it

Listening to the rain dancing on the roof while you're snuggled up in bed is one of life's little pleasures.

October 15, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Getting rid of Winchester Mystery House model for government

The Great Recession is a good thing in many ways.

October 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Forgotten in a flurry of PG&E service calls

It was a night for a cozy fire after work in our family room since our PG&E provided electricity had been out for 14 hours at this writing Tuesday night and we're still waiting.

October 14, 2009 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Lathrop’s No.1 boogeyman is Jack Snyder

We bury the hatchet

October 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Surprise,surprise! State budget has new $1.1B hole

California needs a taxpayer revolt against spending on the same scale that Howard Jarvis and Paul Gann changed the property tax landscape with Proposition 13 back in 1978.

October 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The blame game trumps finding a real solution

America's favorite pastime these days isn't baseball. It's the blame game.

October 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Citizen floats utility tax idea for budget woes

Manteca resident Bud Wallace has an interesting suggestion in a letter you can find elsewhere on today's opinion page.

October 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cop layoff debate: The need to avoid a repeat of 1983

Economic reality has prompted a council that consists of two retired law enforcement personnel – John Harris who served as a San Joaquin County probation officer and Willie Weatherford who is a retired Manteca police chief – to send City Manager Steve Pinkerton forth with a compensation readjustment proposal for all municipal employees including police. If the bargaining groups didn't buy it, the other option is layoffs within that particular set of employees.

October 07, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It is – for better or worse – a brave new world

How dare they - the argument goes – cut back on law enforcement pay or talk about layoffs – when we passed the Measure M public safety half cent sales tax to pay for police officers and firefighters?

October 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Preying on cities that offer prayer at meetings to get their point across

Congress opens each day with a prayer and – quite frankly – there has been no sign of divine providence setting anybody in that neck of the woods on the straight and narrow.

October 03, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fate of 12 Manteca police officers now in the hands of their fellow officers

If the City of Manteca's compensation renegotiations were a chess game Manteca's firefighters make have put Manteca's police officers a move away from check mate.

October 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Golf course is a horse of a different color

I'm pleased you wrote something about the enterprise operations as most people don't understand what they are.

October 02, 2009 | By ALAN THOMAS Golf pro | Local Columns


Raising a family & voting was too much for Meg Whitman to handle

"I was focused on raising a family, on my husband's career, and we moved many, many times," - California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman on why she didn't bother to vote for decades

October 01, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Enterprise funds impacted by recession

Employees have been asking me why all city funding sources are subject to budget cuts, when most of the discussion has centered around the status of the city's General Fund. This is an excellent question. In fact, I am just as worried (if not more so) about our enterprise and redevelopment funds.

October 01, 2009 | By STEVE PINKERTON City manager for Manteca | Local Columns


How cutting pay of some workers won’t help city with its deficit

The guys who pick up your garbage can't figure it out.

September 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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MANTECA'S CHRISTMAS ANGELS

Contrary to popular belief, Santa's helpers come in all shapes and sizes.

December 20, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


Unpacking Christmas memories

Remembrances of my Christmas past or home is where the hearts are:

December 20, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Special Correspondent | Local Columns


Retro music movement gives a pulse to vinyl sales

Vinyl records are supposedly making a comeback of sorts.

December 20, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Challenge to Drain: Show us the paperwork

Ashley Drain has been on the job for just over a week and she has already managed to essentially throw the entire Weston Ranch High staff underneath a steamroller.

December 19, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


So when is Manteca going to shut up & listen?

You may disagree with Ben Cantu about a lot of things, but the four-time council candidate is right about one thing: The City of Manteca does neglect neighborhoods.

December 19, 2014 | | Local Columns


Would Steve Jobs have embraced Going Digital for his kids?

The parents are frustrated.

December 17, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Out, out brief candle!

Editor's note: Phillip Bookman received the news that he has a cancerous malignant tumor on his bladder. He begins radiation this week. Sensing the inevitable, he wrote the following although noting there is probably a good chance of recovery.

December 16, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Special to The Bulletin | Local Columns


Disconnect between school board & community

Forty-three days have passed since the resounding no confidence vote on the Manteca Unified School District board and they still don't get it.

December 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


They want us to shed tears for money that big oil is losing

It isn't unusual for a typical commuter from the Northern San Joaquin Valley to the Silicon Valley to travel 700 miles a week.

December 15, 2014 | | Local Columns


Out with the old, in with the new

There was no denying Ashley Drain's excitement. The smile never left her face the whole time – before, during, and after the moment she was sworn in as one of the two newest members of the Manteca Unified Board of Trustees at the panel's annual reorganization meeting Tuesday night.

December 13, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Riffraff from SJ Valley buy $500K homes in Pleasanton

Folks who can only afford $500,000 homes are riffraff.

December 13, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Thugs take to the streets (& freeways)

The right to demonstrate.

December 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Drive-thru Living Nativity at Sequoia Heights Baptist

It wouldn't be Christmas without it! Sequoia Heights Baptist Church is presenting its annual drive-thru Living Nativity on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12-13, from 6 to 9 p.m. at 1050 S. Union Road.

December 10, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


SONS OF ANARCHY

CHARMING – Unless you're a true sociopath, it's almost impossible to look at yourself in the mirror when you know that the things you're doing are wrong.

December 10, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Climate change, the drought & Yosemite Valley

Extreme weather is bad, right?

December 10, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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