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Drive-up squawk boxes: Can you hear me now?

It makes no sense at all.

October 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Man survived on pizza & cash advances

An archeologist centuries from now digging into landfills may find the remnants of the junk mail delivered to Manteca households during a typical month in 2009.

October 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sound judgment & city employee contracts back in 2006 and today

Adopting the employment contracts entered into for five years in 2006 with Manteca's municipal employee groups were – for the most part – sound judgment at the time.

October 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Marking 20th anniversary of Loma Prieta

"Stop the presses!"

October 16, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Rainy day blues? It depends upon how you look at it

Listening to the rain dancing on the roof while you're snuggled up in bed is one of life's little pleasures.

October 15, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Getting rid of Winchester Mystery House model for government

The Great Recession is a good thing in many ways.

October 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Forgotten in a flurry of PG&E service calls

It was a night for a cozy fire after work in our family room since our PG&E provided electricity had been out for 14 hours at this writing Tuesday night and we're still waiting.

October 14, 2009 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Lathrop’s No.1 boogeyman is Jack Snyder

We bury the hatchet

October 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Surprise,surprise! State budget has new $1.1B hole

California needs a taxpayer revolt against spending on the same scale that Howard Jarvis and Paul Gann changed the property tax landscape with Proposition 13 back in 1978.

October 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The blame game trumps finding a real solution

America's favorite pastime these days isn't baseball. It's the blame game.

October 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Citizen floats utility tax idea for budget woes

Manteca resident Bud Wallace has an interesting suggestion in a letter you can find elsewhere on today's opinion page.

October 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cop layoff debate: The need to avoid a repeat of 1983

Economic reality has prompted a council that consists of two retired law enforcement personnel – John Harris who served as a San Joaquin County probation officer and Willie Weatherford who is a retired Manteca police chief – to send City Manager Steve Pinkerton forth with a compensation readjustment proposal for all municipal employees including police. If the bargaining groups didn't buy it, the other option is layoffs within that particular set of employees.

October 07, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It is – for better or worse – a brave new world

How dare they - the argument goes – cut back on law enforcement pay or talk about layoffs – when we passed the Measure M public safety half cent sales tax to pay for police officers and firefighters?

October 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Preying on cities that offer prayer at meetings to get their point across

Congress opens each day with a prayer and – quite frankly – there has been no sign of divine providence setting anybody in that neck of the woods on the straight and narrow.

October 03, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fate of 12 Manteca police officers now in the hands of their fellow officers

If the City of Manteca's compensation renegotiations were a chess game Manteca's firefighters make have put Manteca's police officers a move away from check mate.

October 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Stockton may become Venice but at least LA gets water

It is nice to know that the Bay Delta Conservation Plan has taken into account potential sea level increases in designing the Twin Tunnels to "avoid water supply disruptions and protect water quality."

July 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Placement of levee can stop growth flood

Go south along Union Road, Tinnin Road, and Airport Way just a little south of Woodward Avenue where narrow country roads carry names such as Fig, Sedan, Nile and others crisscross the south-north roads.

July 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DeRoos looks to start league of their own

Her name is synonymous with the sport of basketball in the Family City, yet Molly DeRoos is having a hard time finding a sanctioned game.

July 10, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


King George would have been proud of soda taxes

Tax them for they have sinned.

July 10, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tale of two neighborhoods plagued with ‘drug problem’

She lives practically next to a "drug house" in a Manteca neighborhood that many of the property owners know about it.

July 09, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Clothes made just to wear? That’s so passé

Boots - and therefore shoes - are made for walking.

July 09, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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


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