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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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Crying foul: Are we now a nation of paranoids?

Jogging down Tannehill Drive I heard the familiar cranking of a bicycle coming up from behind.

June 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pray for rain as Sacramento isn’t going to save California

It may surprise Sacramento and its bureaucratic hordes that large segments of California are in danger of lapsing into death throes due to a fourth ...

June 25, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Performing arts center option for Manteca

Manteca has a performing arts center on its wish list.

June 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cauchon is an optimist who may run for board

Leo Bennett-Cauchon is an optimist.

June 23, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Confederate flag, rap music & symbolism

I do not like rap music.

June 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Normal dog owners get normal dogs

DEAR DIDI: I just want a normal dog for once. My last dog had separation anxiety. The dog before that was overprotective. The dog before ...

June 22, 2015 | | Local Columns


Death awaits you along the 120 Bypass

I cannot predict where the next stabbing will occur in Manteca.

June 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Don’t take a Pepsi to bed in SF

Remember the Summer of Love?

June 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca trustees play double dare with voters

There is an erroneous assumption that many make that you have to be an educator or have children in school to serve on the school ...

June 16, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Don’t raise floor, climb the ladder

Los Angeles and San Francisco leaders want burger flippers to be paid $15 an hour.

June 12, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sam Fant: Political high roller

Welcome to the Manteca Unified casino.

June 11, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Filling jobs to help feed America

"Treat aliens living among you as native born." - Leviticus 19:33.34

June 10, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


HOW HOT WAS IT?

"It's so hot outside you could fry and egg on the sidewalk."

June 09, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Let voters decide on replacing Bronson

The question shouldn't even have to be asked but here goes: Should the Manteca Unified board appoint a replacement for trustee Alexander Bronson who ...

June 09, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Affordable Care Act may no longer be affordable

The Affordable Care Act is about to become a lot less affordable.

June 08, 2015 | | Local Columns


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