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Crime doesn’t pay unless you’re the government

Oakland has $316,000 that the city is not legally entitled to keep.

December 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Turning an offer of oranges into two lemon pies

It was suppose to be a gift of oranges from a backyard tree in Ripon, but it ended up with a lemon pie.

December 20, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Gun control won’t get at the root of the real evil

There are 300 million guns in America.

December 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca doesn’t want to regulate T-shirts & tattoos - not yet at least

One must wonder what Thomas Jefferson and the rest of the gang that started this grand experiment known as the United States of America would think of the government they created today.

December 18, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So how can we celebrate Christmas without snow?

How can you possibly celebrate Christmas in California?

December 17, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Into each life some rain must fall, but there’s always new life in spring

As I look back at the year that is quickly passing, I remember with vivid sharpness the final couplet in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "The Rainy Day." It is half of a quatrain I often heard my mom quoting long before I knew the beloved bard's name.

December 16, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


State helps make SJ County haven for criminals & unscrupulous folks

Manteca is receiving $86,250 from Sacramento to fight crime.

December 16, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why should schools care more about athletes when it comes to drug use?

Why are high school athletes always placed on a pedestal?

December 14, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What do federal stimulus funds & tumbleweeds have in common?

Using federal stimulus funds to energize the economy is a bit like using CPR on an elephant 10 days after it died.

December 12, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Worried about stalkers? Uncle Sam should top your list of fears

Andrew Bell is an East Union High graduate from a few years back.

December 10, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Taxpayers and the price tag for personal salvation

Steve Fossett was a successful American businessman and a multi-millionaire. He also was a risk taker.

December 09, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s a wonderful time to be a California criminal

The California Department of Corrections website calls it a "historic solution" to solving the problem of prisons being revolving doors for low-level criminals. It is also touted as the "cornerstone" of plans to get inmate population to 137.5 percent of design capacity by June 13, 2013 as ordered by federal courts.

December 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Artificial or real tree: It’s all about learned behavior

Artificial or real. It's the seasonal version of the plastic or paper question.

December 06, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BATTING THE BREEZE

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following editorial by George Murphy Jr. first appeared in his column, "Batting the Breeze," in the Dec. 28, 1950 issue of the Manteca Bulletin. Murphy, who has since passed away, was publisher of the Bulletin at the time. He also served onboard a ship when Pearl Harbor was attacked 71 years ago on Dec. 7, 1941.

December 06, 2012 | | Local Columns


An incentive plan for increased golf play that makes sense for pro, city

Steve Pinkerton, before he left Manteca to assume city manager duties in Davis - the Sacramento Valley beachhead for Berkeley sensibilities - had a trademark mantra. It was simple and to the point: Things are not going to go back to the way they were before.

December 05, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Manteca may make citizens’ water board permanent

Manteca municipal leaders have declared water conservation is here to stay even with the end of the most recent drought.

June 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH

Ongoing urban renewal in the 600 and 700 blocks of Grant Avenue and Lincoln Avenue could get a $17 million boost.

June 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to tweak North Main decision

Sitting in traffic on North Main Street on a weekday afternoon or a late Saturday morning as it struggles to snake through downtown makes you ...

June 03, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why is it a given state will reopen California 1?

This may sound a tad blasphemous but why reopen Highway 1 through the Big Sur Wilderness where a mudslide earlier this month added 13 acres ...

June 02, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City improves Library Park conditions, issues still remain

LAUREL TO THE CITY OF MANTECA for efforts so far at addressing issues at Library Park in downtown Manteca.

June 02, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Thinking about hitting the river?

School is now out, and the weather is turning warm, and it's only a matter of time before kids start heading out to the ...

June 02, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Political humor needs to get out of the proverbial gutter

I like a good political joke even if it lampoones a position or politician I support.

June 01, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca don’t need no stinkin’ Atherton Drive missing link

Debbie Moorhead was adamant at the last Manteca City Council meeting that she wants the infamous missing link on Atherton Drive between Airport Way and ...

May 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to consider small home neighborhood

Someone making $19.25 an hour along with $450 a month in expenses such as auto payment and credit card bills would have a rough ...

May 30, 2017 | | Local Columns


Summer & life’s little pleasures

Summertime and the livin' is easy

May 27, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I’m proud that Katelyn, Ashley & Rein call me ‘Papa’

I've been called many things over the years. More than a few of the words used wouldn't be fit for what a once ...

May 26, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A heroin haven or lifesaving longue?

Drugs are a problem in our community.

May 26, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Has Manteca’s homeless problem really gotten worse?

The homeless problem has gotten worse in Manteca.

May 25, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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