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Thanks to Raymus a rainbow of hope touches kids’ lives

"In 100 years it won't matter what car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much I had in my bank account, nor what my clothes looked like, but the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child." - Anonymous

April 03, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacramento should tap the $80B they have on hand first

Apologists for Sacramento's out-of-control spending habits try to blame everyone and everything else for their irresponsibility: Proposition 13, redevelopment agencies, and special districts.

April 02, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How dare Bonds defy Great Wizards of Prosecution

Today is April Fools' Day.

April 01, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why subsidize NPR with federal bucks & not KAT Country?

You've got to love the debate over federal funding of National Public Radio.

March 29, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Entire legislature needs to do the Wisconsin Waltz

Here's an idea. Why don't the 120 men and women in the California Legislature do the "Wisconsin Waltz" and flee to Nevada en masse?

March 27, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E does the right thing with Smart Meters

Bravo, for PG&E.

March 26, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


State needs to thin ranks of bureaucrats

There really is a simple solution to the budget mess in Sacramento.

March 25, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mickey Mouse match made in heaven: Kings owners & Anaheim

Sports franchises like the Rochester Royals-Cincinnati Royals Kansas City Kings-Sacramento Kings-La La Land Royals dump cities the way Zsa Zsa Gabor went through eight husbands.

March 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Diablo Canyon & PG&E: Just how safe is it?

Rancho Seco twin towers soar 55 stories above the ground in Herald some 40 miles north of Manteca.

March 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


RDA doesn’t raise your taxes even a penny

So is redevelopment a good thing?

March 22, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The cancer we are developing is of the heart & soul

Roy Rogers was the good guy who wore the white hat.

March 21, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making sense & cents for Caswell State Park

One can easily come up with perhaps more than a dozen reasons to preserve Caswell State Memorial Park from budget-beleaguered, cost-cutting-crazy California. As everyone probably knows by now, the Golden State's more than 200 state parks are being eyed by the powers-that-be in Sacramento as one of the convenient cuts that could be done to trim the $27 billion deficit.

March 21, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Let’s stop calling people racist for stating the facts

One Saturday night three years ago Manteca Police were running a fairly routine sobriety checkpoint on Yosemite Avenue just past Powers Avenue.

March 20, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Message from Japan: Finding the way to life

Last Friday, one week following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan March 11, I heard a fascinating broadcast. A fisherman had been out to sea just before the disaster stuck. Noticing whirlpools in the water, he headed for shore and ran to his home. By then, the sirens were blaring and the villagers were already evacuating toward the hills. Driving as fast as he could, without time even to save his most valuable property, he fell quickly in line with the vehicles ascending the principal route out of town.

March 20, 2011 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


A reminder of what really matters

It seems like merely days ago the public dialogue bounced between the skyrocketing price of groceries and gasoline; the rising up of working people in the mid east - as well as our own mid west; and the rambings of a seemingly unstable, implausibly garrulous celebrity whose veins course with "dragon's blood." It seems like just days ago because, well, it was.

March 20, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns


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Give Reichelt her due: She was right about Mello Roos taxes

Georgiana Reichelt has been called a lot of things over the years.

July 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Two decades in Manteca of broken promises regarding library

You can't - as they say - judge a book by its cover.

July 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BURGERS TOP BOOKS

A citizens group striving to write a new chapter for public libraries in San Joaquin County is counting the Golden Arches to make its case.

July 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


260,000 BY 2060

More than 260,000 people will call Manteca, Ripon or Lathrop home in 2060 if population forecasts issued by the San Joaquin County Council of ...

July 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Chevron station, mini food store south of Bypass

The architecture for a proposed Circle K convenience store and Chevron gas station south of the 120 Bypass along South Main Street will dovetail into ...

July 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon plans National Night Out on Aug. 2

The Ripon Consolidated Fire District is looking for a three-peat.

July 25, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Ripon Book Club: Great way to connect

If you are looking for a great way to connect with other people while expanding your mind at the same time, Ripon Memorial Library offers ...

July 25, 2016 | MONICA CANE | Local Columns


‘The mountains are calling and I must go’

Why do I hike? I was wondering that Monday as I was bypassing snow nearing the 14,232-foot summit of White Mountain, California's third ...

July 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs STEM volunteers

Are you a scientist, engineer, mathematician or somebody else in a STEM career that is passionate about sharing your love for science with students?

July 18, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Traffic signal for Harlan at Stoneridge?

Residents have complained that Harlan Road between Louise Avenue and Lathrop Road is a racetrack for motorists.

July 18, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Massage business entry doors to remain unlocked

Should the front door of a massage places in Ripon remain unlocked and unobstructed during business hours?

July 18, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Ripon Veterinary Hospital growing

RIPON - Ripon Veterinary Hospital is expanding.

July 18, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


‘Bulbs’ & de facto right turn lanes

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared March 26, 2005 in the Manteca Bulletin. The city, 11 years later, is ...

July 18, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Environmental perfectionism can kill people

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared Feb. 16, 2005 in the Manteca Bulletin.

July 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s problem: Silicon in Bay Area

Manteca's destiny is sealed but its fate isn't.

July 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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