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Surprise,surprise! State budget has new $1.1B hole

California needs a taxpayer revolt against spending on the same scale that Howard Jarvis and Paul Gann changed the property tax landscape with Proposition 13 back in 1978.

October 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The blame game trumps finding a real solution

America's favorite pastime these days isn't baseball. It's the blame game.

October 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Citizen floats utility tax idea for budget woes

Manteca resident Bud Wallace has an interesting suggestion in a letter you can find elsewhere on today's opinion page.

October 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cop layoff debate: The need to avoid a repeat of 1983

Economic reality has prompted a council that consists of two retired law enforcement personnel – John Harris who served as a San Joaquin County probation officer and Willie Weatherford who is a retired Manteca police chief – to send City Manager Steve Pinkerton forth with a compensation readjustment proposal for all municipal employees including police. If the bargaining groups didn't buy it, the other option is layoffs within that particular set of employees.

October 07, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It is – for better or worse – a brave new world

How dare they - the argument goes – cut back on law enforcement pay or talk about layoffs – when we passed the Measure M public safety half cent sales tax to pay for police officers and firefighters?

October 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Preying on cities that offer prayer at meetings to get their point across

Congress opens each day with a prayer and – quite frankly – there has been no sign of divine providence setting anybody in that neck of the woods on the straight and narrow.

October 03, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fate of 12 Manteca police officers now in the hands of their fellow officers

If the City of Manteca's compensation renegotiations were a chess game Manteca's firefighters make have put Manteca's police officers a move away from check mate.

October 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Golf course is a horse of a different color

I'm pleased you wrote something about the enterprise operations as most people don't understand what they are.

October 02, 2009 | By ALAN THOMAS Golf pro | Local Columns


Raising a family & voting was too much for Meg Whitman to handle

"I was focused on raising a family, on my husband's career, and we moved many, many times," - California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman on why she didn't bother to vote for decades

October 01, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Enterprise funds impacted by recession

Employees have been asking me why all city funding sources are subject to budget cuts, when most of the discussion has centered around the status of the city's General Fund. This is an excellent question. In fact, I am just as worried (if not more so) about our enterprise and redevelopment funds.

October 01, 2009 | By STEVE PINKERTON City manager for Manteca | Local Columns


How cutting pay of some workers won’t help city with its deficit

The guys who pick up your garbage can't figure it out.

September 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Council needs to take a real look at workforce housing project

Those living in the Land of the McMansions are about to get new neighbors – workforce housing.

September 27, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A close look at Obama and the Czars

The people President Obama has chosen to be in his inner circle should cause concern for all Americans. He has chosen "czars" to be his personal advisors on various issues. These are people who are whispering in his ear and influencing his decisions.

September 27, 2009 | By Frank Aquila President, South San Joaquin Republicans | Local Columns


For Jowell, laughter was always better than tears

That impish signature twinkle lit up her eyes.

September 26, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Economic reality catching up with public sector

The professor was indignant.

September 25, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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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


Finger guns, school safety and ‘Lord of The Flies’

Ron Burns did not grow up to become a mass murderer.

March 06, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fish fry, gourmet sampler Celtic Faire & much more

If you want to eat out, support your community while doing so. Start your weekend right with the St. Anthony's Young Men Institute's fish fry on Friday, March 7, with takeout from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and sit-down dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the St. Anthony's School cafeteria. Tickets are only $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under!

March 06, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


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