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The saga of the lead balloon

The Bible tells us to be slow to anger in Proverbs 14:29. It means that we shouldn't fly off the handle when something or someone rubs us the wrong way. I have obeyed this wise saying this last two weeks. I am referring to the column that our City Manager Steve Pinkerton wrote two weeks ago in response to my "Lead Balloon" column in this newspaper, which appeared, on March 20. He was fairly critical of me and my opinion. I don't begrudge the man his opinion on the utility tax issue and I did wait two ...

April 05, 2009 | By Sid Reams Local columnist | Local Columns


Up illegal cell phone use while driving fine to $1K

Enough is enough.

April 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Yes Jack is back with more thoughts

Think you've seen everything? Well how about this one. Some people are really into exercising their pets...On a recent drive through a new subdivision in north Manteca I came upon a gentleman driving his pickup truck down the street with his dog trotting alongside the vehicle. What's different or wrong with that? The driver was holding onto a leash as he drove. The leash was attached to the dog's collar.

April 04, 2009 | By Jack Snyder Manteca columnist | Local Columns


Paying the price for board putting ‘wants’ ahead of ‘needs’ in schools

There's one danger in playing chicken. If the other guy doesn't flinch you've got to face the music.

April 03, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California’s state motto: If it isn’t nailed down, tax it

Let me tell you

April 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


GRAVITY SEWER LINE

To access City Manager Steve Pinkerton's blog go to www.ci.manteca.ca.us/blog/

April 02, 2009 | Steve Pinkerton City manager for Manteca | Local Columns


Uncle Sam driving GM is crazy

I drive a Ford.

April 01, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Life is a precious gift. Life is great. Live it.

It is a miracle, plain and simple.

March 31, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


March Madness at the White House?

Ty Lawson had to be stoked that our 44th U.S. President knew him by name.

March 31, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Mt. Diablo offers panoramic view of unfolding disaster

Mt. Diablo isn't among Mother Nature's highest peaks.

March 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Who will be hero for Lathrop’s residents?

Will Lathrop Vice Mayor Martha Salcedo be the Superhero who will clean up the mess at City Hall? Or will it be Councilman Robert Oliver?

March 30, 2009 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


A way to increase dollar power of cities & schools

There is a way that the City of Manteca and Manteca Unified School District both could each save well over $100,000 a year without cutting back services or laying off personnel.

March 29, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


In praise of all doctors do

On the occasion of National Doctors Day, March 30, I wanted to let you know on behalf of all of us here on the Doctors Hospital of Manteca team how much we truly appreciate having you on our Medical Staff. Doctors Day also marks the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery. This is significant symbology because, as a profession, Medical Doctors are not "passive". That is; throughout history, physicians have been much more than treaters of disease – they have been scientists consistently advancing the cause of greater society through research, innovation, and action.

March 29, 2009 | By MARK LISA Doctors Hospital of Manteca, CEO | Local Columns


Preventing Oakland woes from taking root in Manteca

Oakland – the Detroit of the West – is once again going through self-examination.

March 28, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Six mayors & being a SHARP in Manteca

The morning teaser ... How many Manteca ex mayors are still living? Well let's see, there's Mark Oliver, Bill Phillips, Rick Wentworth, Frank Warren, Carlon Perry and yours truly ... Three of the above members belong to the Rotary Club ... One was a member of the Lions Club ... Mark Oliver is considered by some to be "Mr. Manteca Rotary" ... Of course the title of "Mr. Manteca Historian" belongs to Ken Hafer ... Aldo Brocchini will be missed from our community. He was highly respected and that was apparent by the who's who list in attendance at his services.

March 28, 2009 | By Jack Snyder Manteca columnist | Local Columns


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Steinberg not happy with low gas prices

"Higher prices discourage demand."

April 07, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


STAGE PRESENCE

Drama departments produce plays.

April 05, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Samsung’s crass use of the President

Bravo, Mr. President!

April 05, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Extra step just might be too far

"He is the one who will build a house for my Name…."

April 04, 2014 | By MONICA CANE Faith Columnist | Local Columns


Criminals keep changing rules of engagement

The world has come a long way since a cold Sunday morning in December of 1971.

April 04, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Enjoy Flapjacks, Lockeford sausage & asparagus dishes

Eat out and support a good cause! APPLEBEE'S is hosting a FLAPJACK FUNDRAISER on Saturday, April 5, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the 1272 E. Yosemite Avenue restaurant in Manteca as a fundraiser for the Manteca-Lathrop-Escalon-Ripon Community Council of United Way of San Joaquin with proceeds benefitting local charities. Tickets are $5. Yummy!

April 04, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Reddy Kilowatt might just look good in orange

Not that anyone in the upper echelons at PG&E is going to be exchanging an executive suite at 77 Beale Street in San Francisco for a cell at Leavenworth federal prison but the firm that once was represented by the lovable Reddy Kilowatt is anything but lovable these days.

April 03, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Long before college PC movement there was Farhang

Hamid Aboutalebi has been appointed by Iran as its new ambassador to the United Nations.

April 02, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca city taxes, service levels & reality

"Taxes" is not a four-letter word.

April 01, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


At 58, I get that patience is a virtue

I never want anything for my birthday.

March 31, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


IRS has two sets of rules: One for them & one for the rest of us

Ever been audited by the IRS?

March 29, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Religion: Making choices in faith

Religion resides at the heart of every human person. It might be described as a way of healing - or at least dealing with - what we call Original Sin: that black hole in the core of the human race since the Fall.

March 28, 2014 | By DEAN McFALLS Faith Columnist | Local Columns


Did Mr. Gun Control broker a terrorist deal for rocket launcher?

Where's the best little whorehouse in California?

March 28, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Going soft on vicious dogs in Arizona

There were perhaps two dozen Dalmatians barking in the various pens when I made the second of three trips to the Save a Spot rescue in rural Turlock.

March 27, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


From elegant edibles to spring fashion & tea

The Manteca Sororptimist Spring Tea & Fashion Show is Saturday, March 29, at noon at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. Tea is served at 1 p.m. with a three-course luncheon. Models from age 15 to over 60 will show off fashions from Maurices and the Dress Barn. Tickets are $25. They are available at Tipton's in downtown Manteca or from Soropotimist members.

March 27, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


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