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Customer support: Abstract concept for some firms

Customer support is perhaps the most laughable term ever coined by corporate types.

December 24, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Thoughtless gifts: From pet rocks to nose hair trimmers

I admit to having plunked down $8 back in 1975 to buy the ultimate gag Christmas gift - The Pet Rock.

December 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dell’Osso holiday lights is a bright idea for fun

It was an annual tradition to pile into the car with my parents and drive around town looking at the ornate Christmas displays that people would assemble.

December 23, 2011 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


The beauty of the season we mistakenly dismiss as dreary

There is something delightfully sinful about jogging in the fog

December 22, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Phil Waterford et al prove it’s a wonderful life

Bah humbug might be the attitude on Wall Street but not on Main Street.

December 21, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Chipotle wants right to hire from pool of workers now in US illegally

The folks who run Chipotle Mexican Grill apparently are convinced that it is not worth the effort to hire only from the pool of people who can legally work in the United States.

December 20, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We act as if it is no big deal that Iraq war is over

When Johnny comes marching home again,

December 19, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Trophy Generation makes it loud & Clear: Life isn’t fair

The Occupy Du Jour protestor was adamant.

December 18, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


In the midst of bad news, there’s a lot of good news

I remember a story shared by a former co-worker in the Manteca Bulletin newsroom several years ago. One evening, she found herself being pulled over by a police car. She was not speeding. Her car's sticker was not expired. She couldn't think of any reason why a cop would want to talk to her.

December 17, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


What’s the bigger crime? Obstruction or Uncle Sam arming ruthless drug cartels?

Let's see, the federal government purposely sells guns to the Mexican drug cartels that are used to maim and kill law-abiding citizens of the United States and Mexico.

December 17, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Kid’s weight makes you unfit parent in government’s eyes

Is your kid overweight?

December 16, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fred Flintstone era NTSB recommends ban on drivers using hands free cell phones

We live in a George Jettson world regulated by a National Transportation Safety Board from the Fred Flintstone era.

December 15, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A Christmas miracle: Mantecans helping Love I.N.C. play Santa

Stephen Parsons firmly believes nothing is impossible with God. That He is someone who miraculously turns desperation into something "unbelievable" and "phenomenal" to the "wow" degree especially at Christmas time.

December 15, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Time to wean house flippers off government loan assistance

In early 2007 the San Francisco Chronicle carried a front page story quoting a couple from The City frustrated with dropping home prices in Las Vegas.

December 14, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Retail power move paints bigger election target on SSJID board members

It is not in the individual interests of South San Joaquin Irrigation District board members for the district to enter the retail power business.

December 13, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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1984, PBS, preschool & $400M

I tend to watch TV is on Saturday nights when I'm vegging out for a few hours watching episodes I've memorized of Law ...

January 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The siren song of technology & government

Google will not improve government per se.

January 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s first State of City is set for Jan. 25

James Waterman keeps tabs on the economic health of the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

January 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Deadly night: One stabbing death, another man is shot

Two men were assaulted in separate incidents in the wee hours of Sunday in Lathrop with one dying from multiple stab wounds and the other ...

January 16, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Is better river deal possible?

Gov. Jerry Brown wants to see if an amicable solution can be reached when it comes to protecting endangered fish on the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and ...

January 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rip Van Winkle, zombie texting, & cell phone use in public

It hit me standing in line at Costco last week.

January 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Naming rights for high school sports complexes?

It was great to see the East Union High administration honor the late Peter Dalben at the school's first Valley Oak League boys basketball ...

January 13, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Need a thrill? Drive Manteca streets & then the 120 Bypass

I took an E-ticket ride Thursday morning.

January 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified & the $1 billion schools challenge

Ninety-seven years this May voters in what is now known as the Manteca Unified School District passed a ballot measure to form the Manteca Union ...

January 11, 2017 | | Local Columns


Who is at the wheel in Manteca?

Is Manteca breaking its own law and thus imperiling the city by perpetuating a myth that the 3.9 percent growth management ordinance is actually ...

January 10, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hollywood does remake of Animal Farm

Let's cut to the chase.

January 10, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Forget singing in the rain. Try jogging in it.

It was absolute heaven.

January 09, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Google pitchman part of State of City presentation Jan. 25

James Waterman - Google's pointman in advocating the use and purchase of its technology in state and local government as well as education - is one ...

January 09, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon moving to outlaw growing pot outdoors

California voters passed Proposition 64, legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

January 09, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Dog park opening Thursday

The grand opening of Manteca's first dog park is Thursday, Jan, 12, at 4 p.m.

January 09, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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