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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


The CPUC's push to stop renegade ride sharing via non-regulated apps

Gas - as one billboard along Moffat Boulevard proclaimed last summer - is $1.10 per gallon.

December 03, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Killing a scorpion, Death Valley, & lessons about life

The great thing about growing old is growing old.

December 01, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Real-life Santa hospitalized after making donations to feed the hungry

This is my observation of a real-life Santa Claus who continues to touch the hearts of his fellow Mantecans despite a recent medical setback – a true community hero.

November 29, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Be thankful for countless acts of kindness that make us strong

Today is our nation's 223rd Thanksgiving.

November 21, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Two men killed on rain-swept Moffat Blvd

Two Modesto men died from their injuries following a collision with a tow truck on Moffat Boulevard Saturday noon - the driver, 24, reportedly passed away ...

November 28, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


California turning into Tower of Babel

Editor's note: Denis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared on Feb. 20, 2011.

November 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Colony Oak shows appreciation for military veterans

Betty Rhea Newman, 93, of Manteca was the one and only woman veteran from the U.S. Marine Corps from World War II who was ...

November 26, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Lathrop water use down nearly 30%

LATHROP – Residents in Lathrop used almost 30 percent less water in October of this year than they did in the same year in 2013, continuing ...

November 26, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


MUSD bids farewell to Romero, Fant

It's the end of an era on the Manteca Unified School District Board of Education.

November 26, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


AG HISTORY

Wheat - and not almonds, pumpkins or even grapes - is what attracted farmers to the Manteca region in a bid to make a living after the ...

November 26, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Auto class offered to Ripon’s students

Students from Ripon High are earning college units for taking an automotive class.

November 26, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Of those using skin tone for advancing bigoted agenda

Enough is enough. I am sick and tired of lies and the liars who tell them.

November 25, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


Verbal pollution in form of cussing wears down the soul

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared on July 3, 2012

November 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Donner Party would have tough time understanding our fears today

The Donner Party came to California 170 years ago.

November 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Miracle on Moffat Boulevard

Moffat Boulevard 20 years ago was what might politely be called a pigsty.

November 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will the real Donald Trump please stand up?

Politicians usually try to look like they're keeping their campaign promises, at least until they get sworn in. Only then do they start mumbling ...

November 23, 2016 | | Local Columns


About that ‘vile’ place we call Manteca

If you go to certain select websites that hammer away incessantly over hot topic issues such as the homeless in order to draw clicks for ...

November 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Masseuse charged with sexual assault against a woman

A Manteca woman in her mid-50s claimed she was sexually assaulted Friday evening at the Angels massage parlor in the 1100 block of East Yosemite ...

November 21, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Collection blitz yields 559 turkeys

The 375-year-old American tradition of sharing the bounty of the harvest is being kept alive in Manteca.

November 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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