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Small paper sliver Small enough for my pocket – Four-line verse – for me!

The surprise correspondence came by snail mail addressed to me here at the Manteca Bulletin. There was no name on the return address on the upper left-hand corner of the envelope. But in the back, right on the flap of the legal-size mailing envelope was a familiar address. Ah, Loretta! I whispered to myself, and happy that my longtime friend is keeping in touch my mail.

April 20, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Sierra High grad now in ‘The Voice’ semi-finals

The tears running down Christina Aguilera's cheek meant one of two things for Lindsey Pavao.

April 18, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Guns, crime, fear, & the ineffective SJ County juvenile justice system

I do not own a gun.

April 18, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Remove the crud and California is still 100% solid gold

Go ahead, trash California.

April 16, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Charlie: An invisible 19-year-old on Manteca’s streets

It was one of about a dozen phone messages I'll retrieve during the day.

April 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Art critics panned Thomas Kinkade as saccharine artist

Art critics almost to the last person panned the man.

April 11, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Oil derrick-style cell tower with flag on top gives Manteca something to howl about

Get ready for ugliness to be taken to new heights in Manteca.

April 11, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Less lethal greeting: What happened to a friendly ‘hello’ to greet strangers?

I was walking down Powers Avenue Saturday night.

April 09, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We’ve lost our bearings regarding economic reality

What is wrong with us?

April 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Health survey just what Doctor Obvious ordered

Okay, okay.

April 06, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


About that ‘unelected group of people’ on the Supreme Court

I am not a big fan of a number of U.S. Supreme Court decisions over the years.

April 05, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


America loves Sierra High grad Lindsey Pavao on ‘The Voice’

America has spoken.

April 04, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Now is time for the real debate about the need for high speed rail

California high speed rail is primarily about bringing two points together - downtown Los Angeles and downtown San Francisco.

April 03, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will Sierra grad stay alive tonight on ‘The Voice’?

It started with her sharing a bench with clown-mask clad dancers as smoke rolled over the stage.

April 03, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Buy more than you can afford? Uncle Sam will cover the tab

Your word should be good.

April 03, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Ripon plan for parent involvement

Trustees of the Ripon Unified School District will receive information on the Parent Involvement Plan for the District-level English Learner Advisory Committee.

March 13, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


2 retire from MPD after combined 50 years

Two members of the Manteca Police Department retired with more than 50 years of combined service on Friday – Dispatcher Kim Thomas and Detective Armen Avakian.

March 13, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Ripon council looks at fee waiver policy for city facilities

The City of Ripon has an established rental fee schedule for its facilities.

March 13, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Lathrop steps up to protect groundwater

Lathrop officials as they kept a watchful eye on too much water in the San Joaquin River took a step last week toward making sure ...

March 13, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


CONSERVE IS THE WORD

A record Sierra snowpack and above normal rainfall on the valley floor is unlikely to ease the need for the City of Manteca - and most ...

March 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MANTECA IN 2040

General plans - state mandated planning documents designed to serve as a blueprint for a community's growth - are viewed by critics often times as merely ...

March 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Be sweet’: Two words easy to Tweet

They've got a nice fancy term now for what inconsiderate, self-righteous, vicious and insecure jerks do - body shaming.

March 11, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pension issues, like it or not, will drive the conversation

The debate isn't whether teachers, police officers, firefighters, county hospital nurses or any other public employee works hard and deserves healthy pay raises.

March 10, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Anthony Silva story heats up

There was an issue with a Manteca organization a few years ago – maybe longer now – where the person who oversaw administering the funds ended up ...

March 10, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Sense of being: Ken Hafer’s gift to Manteca

I never saw the iconic Manteca High tower.

March 09, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cartels, pension costs & saving teaching jobs

Math is a precise discipline.

March 08, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Council needs to help save downtown

Take a walk on the wild side. Go to some spots in the 200 block of West Yosmeite Avenue or even in neighborhoods where long-time ...

March 07, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The drought is just now beginning

Is the drought over?

March 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Versant nursing grads land jobs

Five recent registered nursing grads were honored Thursday at Doctors Hospital for completion of their months-long residency program with a celebration in the hospital's ...

March 06, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Lathrop targeting illegal fireworks

It used to be that if police officers or firefighters would respond to a scene where somebody was lighting off illegal fireworks and they couldn ...

March 06, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


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