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How do we make the streets of Manteca safer?

It isn't a good thing when anyone uses Yosemite Avenue as if it were the main drag in Dodge City at high noon.

July 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Chipotle’s gets a taste of the law run amok

There are a number of businesses fleeing California.

July 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Panhandling to public’s emotions pays dividends

It pays to be "homeless" in Manteca – because Mantecans have heart. One young couple is proving that notion as shoppers are repeatedly touched with their imagined plight.

July 26, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


DREAM Act is way of ending nightmarish mess

At first glance the DREAM Act stalled on Capitol Hill looks like a nightmare for those who believe America is being turned over to illegal immigrants.

July 25, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca council barking up wrong tree on dog fee

The Manteca City Council on Aug. 3 will have the second reading of an ordinance for the municipal license fees for unfixed dogs that will reduce them from $100 to $50 a year.

July 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Trash talk: A way to enhance city’s ‘business’ image

There is a trash enclosure behind the Manteca Bulletin with so-called privacy slats.

July 23, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Two true public servants: Richard Bull & Charlie Halford

public servant n. 1. a person who works for the state or local government. 2. Ripon Police Chief Richard Bull.

July 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s big myth of a dying downtown district

One of the political givens is that downtown is dying and that it is on the verge of turning into blight hell and will strip Manteca of its cultural and moral soul so therefore the city needs to pump in truckloads of money to save it from becoming Fort Apache as in the South Bronx.

July 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A look at crime in Manteca today

One of the biggest concerns of our citizens is crime in their community. We read the newspaper stories about gang activity and then see an article that says crime is down. It makes you wonder how both can be true. I thought it might help to know how and why the Police Department tracks crime in Manteca.

July 20, 2010 | DAVE BRICKER Manteca Police Chief | Local Columns


Hot times? Water is still the one

I grew up during a time when coaches believed that taking a salt tablet was effective in dealing with dehydration.

July 20, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Meg Whitman’s cash & the threat it poses to California’s democracy

There is a 900-pound-gorilla in the governor's race for California, but contrary to assertions by the Manteca Bulletin, it is hardly unions representing California workers.

July 20, 2010 | DEBORAH BURGER, RN Co-President California Nurses Association | Local Columns


City manager for whom the cash ‘Bell’ tolls

Is anybody worth $6.41 a minute?

July 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stop feeding more taxes to bloated & lethargic bureaucracy up in Sacramento

Getting Californians back to work won't happen in significant numbers until Sacramento finally comes to grips with the basic lesson of the Great Recession: Economic health can't be sustained from spending beyond your means.

July 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Does Meg have anything to offer besides attacks on Jerry Brown?

Meg Whitman is definitely getting the best produced political hit commercials money can buy.

July 18, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Gotcha! politics & fuss over Palin’s Turlock payday

"Why did they try to keep it a secret for so long, and now release the figure out of nowhere? Our schools are hurting, students are hurting, and to charge that kind of money for a speech I still feel is a bit absurd." - Ashli Briggs, a 23-year-old California State University at Stanislaus political science major as quoted by the Associated Press concerning the release of how much Sarah Palin was paid to speak in Turlock.

July 17, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Making 18- to 21-year-olds provisional legal adults

California State Sen. Ed Hernandez wants to take rights away from legal adults.

March 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


That’s life: Ol’ Blue Eyes had it right

That's life, that's what all the people say

March 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Jason, ever so slowly, is changing

It was a beautiful Saturday morning and my wife and I were going to be heading to San Francisco with her aunt and uncle to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city.

March 11, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Tragedy on 120 Bypass no accident

Driving eastbound on the 120 Bypass is akin to riding into the Valley of Death.

March 11, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca USD’s big flop as public Internet service provider

Netflix - the primary whiner behind the successful campaign to get the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the Internet by pushing the concept of net neutrality - is having second thoughts.

March 10, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Life is good. If you doubt that, then go take a hike.

I had just finished a way-too-short visit meandering around Mono Pass.

March 09, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Do not put dog park by VFW Hall

Let's cut to the chase.

March 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Modesty & consorting with retailer Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch isn't exactly a retailer known for modesty.

March 05, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Spaghetti dinner tonight; quilt show this weekend

The spaghetti dinner for the Jeff Gonsalez Memorial Scholarship is today from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Manteca High cafeteria. Takeout meals are available. Adults are $8 and children 12 and under $5. For tickets call April at 403.1956 or Wilma at 823.4938. Tickets are also available at the door.

March 05, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Springtime in Manteca means gophers are popping up

Capistrano has its swallows. Pier 39 has its sea lions. And Manteca has its gophers.

March 04, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Single family homes: All that matters in Manteca

Let's be honest.

March 03, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Beautiful blue eyes

Those beautiful blue eyes.

February 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Little Red Hen & Tulloch Lake

Copperopolis residents are worried sick.

February 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fish fry, JROTC dinner Friday

The FESM Fish Dinner is Friday, Feb. 27, at the FESM Hall, 240 N. Main St., Manteca with takeout from 5 to 6 p.m. The doors for the sit-down dinner open at 6 with a dinner of lingcod fish, potatoes, bread, salad, and dessert served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 6 to 12. For tickets contact Frank at 209.595.3558.

February 26, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Questions to dog city leaders on

The Great Dog Park Debate is back.

February 25, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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