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The release of the lead balloon

I read in this newspaper on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 that "the City manager floats utility tax balloon." The new City Manager Steve Pinkerton, has or still is talking about raising the taxes on all of our utilities from garbage to gas and electricity. Are you kidding me?

March 20, 2009 | By Sid Reams Local Columnist | Local Columns


Mr. Smith definitely didn’t go to Washington

Republican senators are sounding like outraged socialists as they preen for TV cameras slamming big fat corporate bonuses. Democrats are acting like they're deaf as they deflect tough questions about why they negated provisions to block fat AIG bonuses behind closed doors while negotiating bailout packages.

March 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


An honest dollar for an honest day’s work, what a concept

Patrick Heany of Manteca Roofing, Todd Roddan of New Bud's Nursery and the family business that did my fencing are why I have confidence in America's future.

March 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just say no to traffic signals at Van Allen, FC Road along 120

It is time to draw the proverbial line in the sand and fill it with concrete.

March 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making yard work positive for my son

Not too long ago, my mom opted to do away with her long-time landscaping services.

March 17, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Wild side of Salina, Kansas, attraction came from Manteca

What does Manteca have in common with Salina, Kansas?

March 16, 2009 | | Local Columns


The case for no new taxes lacking a sunset clause

The real fun is about to begin.

March 15, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hernandez, Moorhead get high marks for not being political hacks

Debby Moorhead and Vince Hernandez are examples of the type of elected leaders we need representing us in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.

March 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Panda Express: Latest political correctness target

Berkeley despite all of its posturing as being a bastion of tolerance is perhaps one of the least tolerant places on earth.

March 13, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Honking your horn: A small gesture for our educators

I owe my sister Mary an apology.

March 12, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DMV delivers with courtesy, efficiency & without incident

Call it the 11-minute miracle.

March 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Kids are watching, kids are imitating

At the recent Manteca Sports Heroes Hall of Distinction awards dinner, I was shooting the breeze about sports with East Union High Principal John Alba.

March 11, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Uncle Sam aka Big Brother & the mileage tax

George Orwell must have been elected to Congress this past November.

March 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Leave it to a woman to push your limits

I still remember the day 14 years ago when instructor Susan Stricker walked over to me in the middle of a group exercise class at In Shape.

March 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Left behind

Karen and I have joined a Christian Bible Study group that is studying the book called 'Left Behind' written by Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. It's quite a story about the Earth's Last Days. It does give us a whole new way to look at what s going to happen when Jesus comes back and gets us. Wow!

March 08, 2009 | Sid Reams Local columnist | Local Columns


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A cautionary tale about signing on the dotted line

Steve Catalano wants to go home.

August 29, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Color the Skies hot air balloon festival weekend

Ripon is celebrating improvements to Ripon High Stadium with an all-weather track ribbon cutting tonight 7 p.m. There will be free cupcakes from the Cupcake Lady and Congressman Jeff Denham and Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen will be in attendance. For more information go to http://community.mantecabulletin.com/events/detail/13864/

August 28, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Why rats like dark tunnels such as the Twin Tunnels

The emperor has no clothes.

August 27, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE?

Alice Schlote wrapped her arms around the towering Italian cypress in her front yard, pulling her body close to its brush.

August 27, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


Making it hard to be homeless in Manteca

It's time to get serious about the homeless in Manteca.

August 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Poor kids can’t ‘buy American’ access while the wealthy can

Annie Moore was the first immigrant processed through Ellis Island when it opened on Jan. 1, 1892.

August 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The case for a 2.5% growth rate for the City of Manteca

A lot has changed in the past 30 years.

August 23, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Builders have Manteca’s lunch & forgo the ‘tip’

If you work as a waiter or waitress today the odds are overwhelmingly that you can't keep yourself clothed, fed, and sheltered on what you make.

August 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to liberate ‘taxi’ services

Talk is cheap, especially when the drill is to blame Sacramento.

August 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


FESM Contas Sunday plus country line dancing Friday

Last weekend was the Contas read at the MRPS Hall, this weekend it will be the FESM Hall. Festa Das Contas is on Sunday, Aug. 24, from noon to 9:30 p.m. with Reading of the Accounts at noon followed by LUSO Dance Performance and sopas.

August 21, 2014 | | Local Columns


It’s OK for greenies to kill Bambi

Look up in the sky. It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's...

August 20, 2014 | | Local Columns


Charlie ‘Captain Gadget’ Halford was definitely onto something

Charlie Halford was dubbed "Captain Gadget" by some of his officers during his tenure as Manteca's Police Chief from 1997 to 2008.

August 18, 2014 | | Local Columns


Great Wolf: Despite critics it isn’t the big bad wolf

Should Manteca have blocked the Hampton Inn that has created dozens of jobs and so far brought more than $200,000 into city coffers in the form of room taxes because the general public isn't allowed to use the hotel's pool without booking a room?

August 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dogs could help Moffat not got to the proverbial dogs

Mayoral hopeful Ben Cantu believes the city went off half baked by proposing to put the envisioned community center/veterans hall "off the beaten track" on the southeast corner of Moffat Boulevard and Industrial Park Drive.

August 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SCHOOL SCRAMBLE

Why is River Islands important to Manteca Unified?

August 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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