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National winner in ‘What our Flag Means to Me’ essay contest

Editor's note: Sharyn Bloudoff, an 11th grader with Castle School (home school) and daughter of Dean and Sharyle Bloudoff was the first place winner in the high school division of the National Flag Day Foundation's 2011 essay contest "What Our Flag Means to Me." The following is her winning essay:

June 15, 2011 | By SHARYN BLOUDOFF Manteca teen | Local Columns


A possible way to keep those six firefighters

Here is the $1.2 million question: Does anyone on the Manteca City Council have the stomach to take a calculated risk to preserve municipal service levels for another year by saving the jobs of six firefighters and at least some of the 10 other municipal workers due to be laid off on July 1 in order to balance the budget?

June 14, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Today I’m the happiest brother in the world

It was one of the most beautiful sights I had ever seen: My sister leaving UC Davis Medical Center in a wheelchair Sunday afternoon.

June 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A tax solution that could make things a lot worse

Do you drink alcohol? Perhaps you smoke cigarettes. Maybe you drive a vehicle. Do you earn a pay check? Are you among the folks who buy items at retail stores or dine in restaurants?

June 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A primer on how to change habits

Most of life is done by rote.

June 12, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns


Bass Pro Shops is deal that’s paying off for Manteca

Imagine the City of Manteca having to spend $3.5 million to cover a bond payment because The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley isn't finished.

June 11, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just how ‘dire’ is the loss of six firefighters?

Does anyone really want to see Manteca lose six firefighters?

June 10, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Eight dirty little secrets about Manteca & city funding

Ready for to hear a couple of dirty little secrets?

June 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mother of 6 passes muster for CHP

Clenched fist knuckle pushups into the hot asphalt was just one of the challenges Heather Lundbom faced in the California Highway Patrol Academy that graduated only six women recently out of the 68 who were actually sworn-in as traffic officers.

June 08, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


CASWELL PARK BECKONS

A unique Central Valley gem encompassing 258 acres awaits those venturing to the southern end of Austin Road.

June 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s wrong using 3rd graders for political objectives

How would you view a teacher taking class time to have her third grade students write legislators to protest cuts to education and to raise the budget?

June 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cancer research: Wrong number for cell phones?

I should be dead.

June 06, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I confess, I use my cell phone just for phone calls

"Wow, you still have a flip phone? That's almost prehistoric."

June 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A 9-year-old GECAC success story

Matthew Refuerzo could easily be a poster boy for Give Every Child a Chance.

June 05, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


California wants to penalize those who follow the law when others don’t

The California Legislature can't even balance a check book yet they have no problem telling the rest of us who aren't in financial trouble and who follow the law how to live our lives.

June 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Transgenders & restrooms: Taking care of business

A few weeks back I took the grandkids to the ultimate San Francisco tourist trap - Pier 39.

April 20, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


LA bringing home Bacon Island and more water

Bacon Island is 5,400 acres of what is arguably some of the richest reclaimed farmland on earth. It is 13 miles east of Antioch ...

April 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DOWNTOWN’S CHARM

Editor's note: Bulletin reporter Jason Campbell and Bulletin photographer Hime Romero spent Friday afternoon getting a snapshot of downtown Manteca.

April 18, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Food waste recycling expands

Manteca is now recycling the rough equivalent of 18 Ford-150 pickup truck loads a week of food waste.

April 18, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon bans outside flyers in city bills

One way of conveying a message for an upcoming event or fundraiser is via mailing inserts.

April 18, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Linda ‘Scrubby’ Katehi now part of Cal Davis Internet lore

I was so done with associating the University of California, Davis with the nonchalant pepper spraying of student protestors. That is until Linda "Scrubby" Katehi ...

April 18, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Male puppies need to be potty trained

DEAR DIDI: I need your help. I kept two of my dogs male puppies. They are half mini pin and chihuaha mix. They are 2 ...

April 17, 2016 | Didi McElroy | Local Columns


Buddy, do you have a spare image of a dead white man?

I get it. There are nothing but dead white guys on American currency and coins.

April 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Here’s some food for thought about Manteca and the food truck mania

You want to open a restaurant in Manteca.

April 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I’m sorry, the number you have reached is no longer . . .

I cut the Verizon landline umbilical cord 12 years ago.

April 14, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ever say to yourself wdtm? (What does that mean?)

The art of communication.

April 13, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Nixon was not so bad

A political tsunami is coming – one unlike this state has seen in many years – even decades.

April 13, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


Singh: City not nimble enough

The City of Manteca as far as Gary Singh is concerned needs to be as nimble and responsive as a business is to an ever ...

April 11, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SOGGY STRAWBERRIES

While many area residents were grateful for the recent rains in the wake of record-setting drought in California, Manteca-Lathrop strawberry farmers were downcast.

April 11, 2016 | ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Local Columns


Denham seeks to cut $1.7B in federal waste

Congressman Jeff Denham wants to sell 770,000 empty federally-owned buildings that taxpayers are spending $1.7 billion yearly to maintain.

April 11, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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