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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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Maybe it is time to force sale of PG&E

It is now clearer than ever that the California Public Utilities Commission is not a neutral state agency trying to balance the interests of powerful energy companies such as PG&E and those of the little guy.

September 17, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Going Digital takes priority over students’ ‘health & safety’

Manteca Unified has a big problem.

September 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Brand new stove that’s 6 years old

Cleaning my stove is a snap.

September 13, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is Manteca’s new motto: ‘At least we’re not Stockton?’

What harm does it do to have the homeless pushing shopping carts full of personal belongings around Manteca?

September 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca school board needs to ask Sam Fant to resign his office

Alexander Bronson says he wants to "address all issues of concern in education to parents, staff, and students." Apparently those concerns for the 21-year-old USC graduate don't include character, ethics, honesty, or following the rules.

September 09, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Who’s looking out for kids roaming Manteca’s streets?

If you met Hunter Davis, he'd strike you as a typical 11-year-old boy.

September 09, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Manteca: The go everywhere bathroom

Remember the good old days when the worst you had to worry about were dogs taking a dump on your lawn?

September 06, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Drive-thru dinner plus wine tasting

Don't cook dinner on Friday; Anderson's Mower & Bike will take care of you! They are holding a Texas Roadhouse drive-thru fundraiser dinner on Friday, Sept. 5, at the Spreckels Park BMX Track from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 and they are available at their store at 907 W. Yosemite Ave. in Manteca. For more go to http://community.mantecabulletin.com/events/detail/13884/

September 04, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Manteca’s thin blue line & our perceptions

Murder is not acceptable.

September 04, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


IRS wants to feast on ‘free lunch’ perk in Silicon Valley

Here's a question for Congressional Republicans: Why do I have to pay my federal income taxes and others don't to the tune of more than $400 billion a year?

September 03, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Real concern for youth & a smile: Joe was all that & more

Long before there was Joe Albertson, Winco Foods, Webvan, and high tech entrepreneurs gearing up to unleash a squadron of drones to deliver Ding Dongs and Red Bull to millennials too self-absorbed to go to the store there was Joe's Food Center.

September 02, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Go ahead & enjoy the latte will you can afford it

Can you afford to give up a latte a week?

September 01, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Jack Tone’s dream thrives along his road

Jack Tone Road is my favorite strip of pavement in San Joaquin County.

August 30, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A cautionary tale about signing on the dotted line

Steve Catalano wants to go home.

August 29, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Color the Skies hot air balloon festival weekend

Ripon is celebrating improvements to Ripon High Stadium with an all-weather track ribbon cutting tonight 7 p.m. There will be free cupcakes from the Cupcake Lady and Congressman Jeff Denham and Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen will be in attendance. For more information go to http://community.mantecabulletin.com/events/detail/13864/

August 28, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


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