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Downtown vision not clear

A letter to the editor was posted in the Manteca Bulletin on Nov. 14 regarding the downtown area and whether there is a "clear vision" for its future.

November 20, 2009 | By STEVE PINKERTON City manager for Manteca | Local Columns


Health care: Be careful what you ask for as you might just get it

Back in the mid-1960s a government study determined the artificial sweetener known as cyclamates can cause cancer.

November 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s time to reject all incumbents in Sacramento

California is in a world of hurt. We have overextended government to the point we can no longer afford it.

November 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Golf course has paid way to greater degree than other city recreation pursuit

I am a firm believer that verifiable facts are the components to getting to the real bottom line of any situation. When rumors, innuendo, and spin are entered into the equation, the water becomes muddied and the true bottom line of anything being analyzed can be difficult to discover. Throw some politics into the mix and you can end up with a lot of confusion. Why some individuals prefer to muddy the water can be a mystery, and I'm sure their reasons are varied and many.

November 18, 2009 | By ALAN THOMAS Golf Pro | Local Columns


Bicycling along the American River

SACRAMENTO - I had always wondered about the much ado made over group bicycling.

November 17, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


RNC’s insurance covers elective abortion for staff

The devil, they say, is in the details.

November 15, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bay Area exports their problems to San Joaquin Valley

Back in the days when Manteca Police referred to Pennebaker Apartments as the police substation due to multiple calls on a daily basis, it should have been clear what ails California is the fact the wealthiest counties in this state often dump their problems on the poorest.

November 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Economy’ blamed for thin turnout at luncheon faire

There was a good-sized crowd at the perennially popular 43rd annual Holiday Luncheon and Crafts Faire sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Group of St. Anthony's School over the weekend. But I've seen larger crowds. There were years when you had to fight the human traffic just to get to the booths bearing a plethora of truly unique creations.

November 09, 2009 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Per diem fight: Legislators don’t want perk reduced

How much money do you spend a day on housing and basics such as electricity and food on your workdays?

November 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon’s road to nowhere going there fast

It is Ripon's Frontage Road to nowhere. It runs under the Wilma Avenue overpass and ends abruptly at the Ripon Christian High campus.

November 07, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Deer feces and learning to look at life differently

We had just turned off Highway 395 outside of Lee Vining and onto Highway 120 heading west toward lofty Tioga Pass at 9,934 feet.

November 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca High menu a big draw for students who want value for $1.75

Sometimes being old can be an advantage.

November 06, 2009 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Downtown’s future slogan: ‘Winos, hookers & tweakers’

Finally there's a clear vision for downtown.

November 05, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Calvary finds out that no good deed goes unpunished

Normally I do not get into commenting on remarks left on the Manteca Bulletin's website.

November 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


His son has a medical scare

A common sight in the waiting rooms at most hospitals and health care facilities are the number of people wearing N95 respirators.

November 03, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


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Debate over city carriages lack a lot of horse sense

Ever walk down a city street and come across the "emissions" from a horse?

March 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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


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