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Al Nunes & Bob Raymus: 2 true heroes

You don't have to look too far to find the real heroes in America today.

February 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


School board’s calendar hurts teaching

At the last Manteca Unified school board meeting, the trustees approved a calendar which defies description. But, I will try to explain what has happened. District administration brought a calendar to the school board for their approval. Not only had district administration recommended approval, but school leaders representing nearly 2,000 employees had supported this calendar. A great deal of thought, time and effort was spent in developing a calendar that provided an excellent framework for learning during these tough financial times.

February 21, 2010 | By KEN JOHNSON President, Manteca Teachers Association | Local Columns


RDA: A community development tool that’s here to stay

I was out for a walk about 15 years ago with my first Dalmatian named Zebra when an elderly neighbor – she actually lived two blocks away – beckoned me from her porch.

February 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How about a tax on politicians to avoid fattening California’s deficit?

The state bureaucracy is bloated.

February 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The trials & tribulations of being a teen

Oh, we were once young.

February 19, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


California cities fighting thievery with thievery

Now the real fun begins.

February 17, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What you weigh is more than just numbers

The four words I fear the most.

February 16, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Coming home to Manteca 19 years ago

I was trying to make up my mind between job offers in Manteca, Merced, and Las Vegas some 19 years ago.

February 14, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Don’t recreate Modesto’s Village 1 debacle in Manteca

Modesto has a population of 202,000 residents.

February 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Scaling back flirtation with death on Half Dome

Sanity is about to return to one of Yosemite's most enduring features – Half Dome.

February 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You can’t trash city’s response to recession

It takes a lot of cash to get rid of our trash.

February 11, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Protect PG&E’s Gold Mine Act

Hiram Johnson and his contemporaries were mortified at the chokehold Southern Pacific Railroad had on California in the early 1900s.

February 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Shades of pink in the land of bleeding red

"We have met the enemy and he is us." – Pogo in Walt Kelly's 1970 comic strip of the same name

February 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


VA rejects French Camp location

Recently, San Joaquin County received correspondence from the Veterans Administration notifying us that the properties around the County Hospital, which we had offered for the location of the proposed Regional VA Facilities, had been eliminated from consideration. We were astonished at this revelation.

February 09, 2010 | By Leroy Ornellas San Joaquin County Supervisor Fifth District | Local Columns


Margo Young grows up along with Manteca

Imagine Manteca so small that everyone knows everybody. So small that the area where St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and the houses along that stretch of East North Street is just open fields. And small enough there are only about 5,000 people who call this Spreckels Sugar town home.

February 08, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


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Hobby Lobby family owners battle for their civil conscience

Hobby Lobby is closed on Sundays.

March 24, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca council learns a lesson from rep of the ‘cold-hearted snake’

The time has come to stop treating home builders as if they are the most essential part of Manteca's economy.

March 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Song in my heart: I Got 5 on Jesus

"I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone." – 1 Tim. 2:1

March 21, 2014 | By MONICA CANE Faith Columnist | Local Columns


Pensions & driving spike into the public

Justice and the law are not interchangeable.

March 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Shrimp feed & fish fry to Civil War re-enactment

Manteca's Every 15 Minutes Program's 6th annual Shrimp Feed will take place on Saturday, March 22, at the MRPS Hall, 133 N. Grant Street in Manteca. Social hour starts at 5 p.m., while an all-you-can-eat-shrimp dinner with pasta, salad and dessert will be served at 6:30 followed by a raffle at 8 and DJ playing until midnight. Don't worry about driving home though, a safe and sober ride home will be available. Tickets are $35 each. For more info about the event go to http://community.mantecabulletin.com/events/detail/12758/

March 20, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Take me out of the ball game, please

"You throw like a girl."

March 19, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Reacting to the shakes in California no laughing matter

Freaking funny.

March 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Barely making it: Manteca’s working poor

"Tony" - not his real name - likes his bosses and his jobs. He doesn't want his name used because he doesn't want to sound like he's complaining. He says he knows he has it better than a lot of people but still he's frustrated. Plus he's also not too sure if it is a good thing that employers know that he's actively looking for another job.

March 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Freethinkers, Christians, atheists & civil discourse

Civil discourse – an American tradition that seems to have suffered as society has become more impersonal – is back. Well, kind of back.

March 13, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s time for everyone to celebrate everything Irish

Crab feeds are almost over; it's time to get your grub on with corned beef and cabbage! The Manteca Council #88 Young Men Institute is hosting a corned beef and cabbage dinner at the St. Anthonys Cafeteria today. The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children, and you don't have to buy a ticket – simply pay at the door. Takeout dinner is available from 4:30 p.m., sit-down dinner is at 5.

March 12, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


San Jose: California’s city in a world class of its own

Twenty miles from the heart of San Jose you will find two things that contrast sharply with its image as the Capital of the Silicon Valley.

March 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Restore fish habitat on the LA River

Cold water salmon and the Delta smelt.

March 11, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Darwinism & Manteca’s dining options

Willie Weatherford is not the Great Wizard of Restaurants.

March 08, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Being in God’s presence isn’t complicated

Have you ever sat down to spend time with God and found yourself struggling because you don't feel "spiritual" enough? Your mind is cluttered. The external noises around you are distracting. You make every effort to sound sincere in your prayers, yet your feelings don't line up. And soon, your thoughts drift to wondering how you will ever be able to sense His presence.

March 07, 2014 | By MONICA CANE Faith Columnist | Local Columns


It’s time for NorCal cities to offer cash for grass

Southern Californians have a tendency to have a smug attitude toward water.

March 06, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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