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Our health or buying an iPod: We often make the wrong choice

An iPod costs as much as a dental exam and cleaning.

June 22, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


When you see a ‘proud parent’ sticker, offer thanks

I drove to Lodi Saturday without having to go through government checkpoints.

June 21, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Destroying the San Joaquin Valley in order to save it

Passing gas could one day become a criminal act.

June 20, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacramento ready to flush state’s future down toilet

Thank goodness the current California Legislature wasn't around during the Great Depression.

June 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE DISTRICTS

There still appears to be some confusion about the facts concerning the City assuming responsibility for the Landscape Maintenance Districts (LMD). The intent of this blog is to provide clarity to some of the points made in the opinion column in Thursday's Manteca Bulletin.

June 19, 2009 | By STEVEN PINKERTON City manager for Manteca | Local Columns


Political quicksand in form of landscape maintenance districts

Four different contractors deploy at least a dozen people in any given week to work on the 30-plus landscape maintenance district (LMD) that cost homeowners collectively close to $1 million a year.

June 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A modest proposal to save California

The party's over.

June 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Digital TV: Clearing up fuzzy stuff

My retail days seemed like a lifetime ago.

June 17, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


From spoonfuls of sugar to fruits, vegetables & nuts

What a difference 45 years make.

June 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Don’t blame illegals for state budget mess

Are the illegal residents washing dishes in a restaurant or picking fruit the root of all evil when it comes to California's economic maladies?

June 13, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California needs a total recall of Sacramento

I'm not a huge fan of recalls but given the fact no one up in Sacramento really got the message May 19 I'm in favor of a total recall.

June 12, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why Republicans should like Jerry Brown as governor

Jerry Brown was right.

June 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Missing the boat in the letter tug-of-war

Reading the endless back-and-forth between Republicans and Democrats in these pages is often good for a few minutes of low-cost entertainment.

June 11, 2009 | Brandon Petersen | Local Columns


The high cost of celebrating our liberty

The price of liberty is high.

June 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Old Man River’ versus a ‘Younger Girl’

"Hotel California" was playing on the Escape's CD stereo as I turned down Yosemite Avenue headed for Staples Sunday with my 16-year-old granddaughter Ashley riding shotgun.

June 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Al Ftacek: Decorated WWII hero takes off on his last flying mission

On the World War II monument in Washington, D.C., is a photograph of Albert E. "Abe" Ftacek of Manteca. Beneath the title, "Activity During WWII," is an inscription that reads: "8th Air Force, 389th bomb group, 565th Bomb Squad, B-24 Radio Operator. Flew 33 bombing missions over Germany and France with the Lloyd L. Allen Crew and 2 with another crew. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal and European Theater of Operations Medal with four Combat Stars."

November 15, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Police chief isn’t suppose to be patron saint of homeless

Go ahead, slam Police Chief Nick Obligacion for his efforts to address the homeless/panhandling/public drug use issues in Manteca.

November 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will ‘new’ fifth council member get a free pass?

Ready for another Manteca City Council election?

November 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


'Village' for schools often exclude the community

You've heard the line so much that it starts to sound like a cliche: It takes a village to raise a child.

November 13, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Your choice: Dance Saturday after ribs or oyster dinner

What's better than ribs? Ribs and dancing! The New Haven School Community Club annual Rib Dinner and Dance will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Nov. 15, at the MRPS Hall, 133 N. Grant St. No host cocktails start at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7. Served will be all-you-can-eat-ribs by Fagundes, bread, salad, potatoes and wine. For more info about tickets go to http://community.mantecabulletin.com/events/detail/14164/

November 13, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Does school brass fear Fant-led youth movement?

Did the Manteca Unified School District board meet behind closed doors in a bid to change the course of the Nov. 4 election?

November 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Criminal-fornia: What’s next? A voter approved ‘purge’ night?

Isn't it great to be a criminal these days in California?

November 11, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Whatever happened to a free education?

Read the fine print.

November 08, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Arresting ‘Godzilla’costly

It's one of those freak things that somebody ends up saying while heavily intoxicated and ends up getting printed simply because it was said.

November 08, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Wizard of Oz syndrome: We expect miracles

Barrack Obama is not the Wizard of Oz.

November 07, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Winds of discontent rock Manteca Unified schools

It pays not to campaign.

November 06, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rummage sale, bunco, crab ciopinno feed set

Rummage for success! A rummage sale supporting special needs classroom activities at Manteca High School will take place on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school parking lot at 450 E. Yosemite. What treasure will you score?

November 06, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


You can help prevent double murderer from walking free

You don't want your son or daughter to meet William Walter Nichols.

November 05, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mr. Hannibal Lector goes to Washington

The scariest day of the year has finally arrived - Election Day.

November 04, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Call my mom by her first name? Never!

My mom was mom.

November 01, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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