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Reefer madness creating a buzz in downtown Manteca

Half a block from where youngsters frolic in Library Park's interactive water play feature when the weather warms is an ominous looking storefront.

March 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Of ‘sir’, ‘madam’ and curses of ‘Jiminy Christmas’

Not too long ago someone asked me why I had started a conversation with a younger gentleman who had stopped by the office with a press release by referring to him as "sir."

March 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It is no longer about jobs for Mantecans

The Manteca City Council – contrary to anyone's expectations – is not the Federal Reserve Board. Nor are they, thank goodness, Congress.

March 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Soviets didn’t play football all that well

In the summer of 1990, John Ralston tried to mold athletes from the then-Soviet Union into a football team.

March 02, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Bonus bucks: It is time to stop crying wolf

Manteca built 304 homes last year while Modesto built eight homes and Tracy even less.

February 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California needs a change

Let's be honest, the economic numbers for San Joaquin County are not pretty. Our unemployment rate is at 17.1 percent, up about 4 points from last year. According to an Associated Press study released in early December, San Joaquin County ranked as the eighth most economically stressed county in the country as measured by unemployment, bankruptcy and foreclosure rates. In the study, a county is generally considered stressed when their score exceeds 11: San Joaquin County scored a whopping 22.92.

February 28, 2010 | By Steve Anthony San Joaquin County campaign manager for Meg Whitman | Local Columns


You’ve got to love those #%&•@! state lawmakers

California has a $20 billion deficit, is releasing tens of thousands of hardcore felons early from prison, education funding is being slashed, public college tuitions are soaring, and unemployment is at 12 percent statewide.

February 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The homeless problem we don’t want to address

"You can't expect people to turn their lives around if you don't provide them with the opportunity to do so." – Dave Thompson, executive director of the HOPE Family Shelters

February 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E’s bid to amend constitution to guarantee higher power costs

Editor's note: The following is testimony Thursday at the State Capitol before the Joint Information Hearing of the Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee as well as the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee focusing on Proposition 16 – the PG&E-authored and financed measure to require a two-thirds vote for local public electric providers.

February 26, 2010 | By JEFF SHIELDS South San Joaquin Irrigation District General Manager | Local Columns


Discount pricing to build homes in Manteca? No way

Developers are playing with fire – literally.

February 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


East Yosemite needs a chance to flourish

Let's stop kidding ourselves.

February 23, 2010 | Doreen Wynn | Local Columns


The civic duty sweepstakes known as jury duty

Jury duty is a civic responsibility.

February 23, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Joseph & Maria: A great love story

The newspaper personals ad was direct and to the point.

February 22, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Al Nunes & Bob Raymus: 2 true heroes

You don't have to look too far to find the real heroes in America today.

February 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


School board’s calendar hurts teaching

At the last Manteca Unified school board meeting, the trustees approved a calendar which defies description. But, I will try to explain what has happened. District administration brought a calendar to the school board for their approval. Not only had district administration recommended approval, but school leaders representing nearly 2,000 employees had supported this calendar. A great deal of thought, time and effort was spent in developing a calendar that provided an excellent framework for learning during these tough financial times.

February 21, 2010 | By KEN JOHNSON President, Manteca Teachers Association | Local Columns


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Chevron Oil gives 16.5 times less to charity than customers

I went to pay for $10 worth of merchandise with my debit card.

July 08, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Miles Kelly & writing the history of good

As books go, the history of good is a slim volume.

July 07, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Parasailing? Dangerous? Like, duh.

I was 500 feet above the Pacific Ocean about midway between Molokai and Maui. And I wasn't having a good time.

July 04, 2014 | | Local Columns


John Hancock did not hide behind a fake screen name

Cowards.

July 04, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A glorious Fourth of July parade

I love a parade. I love marching.

July 04, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Local Columns


Family Fun Day Sunday at Commons

Don't miss the Commons at Union Ranch Family Fun Day on Sunday, July 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2241 N. Union Road in Manteca. Doodles the Clown will be there to entertain you and your children, as well as a face painter. You can participate in games and enjoy refreshing lemonade and sweets, get an original balloon creation and look at magical balancing birds. For more info go to http://community.mantecabulletin.com/events/detail/13564/.

July 03, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Supreme Court makes the right call regarding smartphones

Imagine a cell phone weighing two pounds, getting only a half hour talk time per charge, being only used to make voice calls, and costing $3,995.

July 03, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Jump into river lands him in hospital

Levi Gray followed the revelers up the train bridge that spans the Stanislaus River, eventually hurling his 265-pound body into the cool waters below.

July 02, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


1980s: Battles shape Manteca’s growth

The Recall.

July 02, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


2 tunnels away from being next Owens Valley

SAM MACK MEADOW, Inyo County – You can't get much closer to the source of a large chunk of Los Angeles' water than Sam Mack Meadow at 11,040 feet just over a mile from the Palisade Glacier – the largest in the Sierra.

July 02, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MHS senior is inspiration to other teens

It's true inspiration to see a teen that stands out among the rest of the student body for his positive actions in school where there is a need.

July 01, 2014 | By SHARDAE JONES Manteca High student correspondent | Local Columns


Want to find out about yourself & California? Go take a hike

It was 40 degrees Thursday. I had been hiking for six hours. The sun had been up over the Great Basin for perhaps three hours.

July 01, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Willis Carrier’s hot idea: Has it cheated us of enjoying the heat of summer?

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

June 29, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


El Rey: It’s demise was as splashy as its 38-year run

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran in November of 2011.

June 28, 2014 | | Local Columns


THE LEGAL CHAPTER

Manteca's Book Exchange has run into an unexpected legal chapter.

June 27, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


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