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The purpose of a municipal golf course

People who play golf pretty much know there are three different types of golf courses. However, those of you who don't play golf might be under the impression that all golf courses are alike. In actuality, the three categories of golf courses are so different as night and day.

September 03, 2009 | By ALAN THOMAS Golf Pro | Local Columns


Manteca Unified: Why is it now faring worse than some nearby districts?

How did Manteca Unified get in its present financial predicament that some contend is worse than neighboring school districts?

September 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Junking memories at Lovelace

A few days ago I took my son to the Lovelace Transfer Station.

September 02, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Health care debate being framed wrong

Much ado is being made of the United States infant mortality rate in the crisis du jour debate involving health care.

September 01, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


TEACHER PAYROLL

In the past, I received $200 for classroom supplies. Not a month, not a semester but for the YEAR. I will receive $25 for the year. And, you might not realize this, but in the past, the school board gave the superintendent a $300 supply allowance. Not per year, per MONTH. To his credit, Superintendent Jason Messer turned this perk down. That's not the point. Do you see how this example further illustrates my point of fiscal mismanagement and anti-children policy at the district level?

September 01, 2009 | By KEN JOHNSON President, Manteca Teachers Association | Local Columns


Uncle Sam is an enabler of the worst kind

Uncle Sam is turning into the relative who undermines good parenting by lavishing kids with expensive gifts, giving them candy before dinner and letting them stay up until all hours of the night and ignore basic disciplines like doing you homework and chores.

August 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified needs to fine tune its busing decision

The decision to cut home-to-school busing inside a 1.25-mile radius for elementary students and a 2.5-mile radius for high school students around Manteca Unified campuses was clear in terms of who gets a ride and who doesn't.

August 29, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Surprise! State is raising your taxes even though you got no pay raise

If you're like most Californians and still have a job you probably haven't gotten a raise in the last year.

August 28, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Property taxes look like they could drop even more in 2010-11

The bottom line isn't looking good for the next five years or so when it comes to municipal property taxes for Manteca and other San Joaquin Valley cities.

August 27, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stockton beats Modesto as the place to go

Stockton is the Rodney Dangerfield of California cities.

August 26, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lucille Harris, $112K, tumbleweeds, rabbits & extortion California-style

If Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Gang of 120 in the California Legislature want to know how to get the economy going and revenues rolling back into the state treasury they should sit down with Lucille Harris for an hour.

August 25, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Going from Facebook to face-to-face

Cara Campbell spent a portion of her vacation making an effort to reconnect with old friends.

August 25, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Time to stand up for schools

It's time to stand up and be counted. It's time to stand up for our schools. It's time to stand up for our children. Forty-two kids in first grade at Great Valley. Seventy kids in PE at Lathrop High. High school kids sitting on the classroom floor because there are no seats available. Class schedules for high school kids being rearranged so they can be put into classes that they do not want just for the SOLE purpose of putting them somewhere. Don't believe it? Ask the high school kids! Manteca Unified class sizes maxed out ...

August 25, 2009 | By KEN JOHNSON President, Manteca Teachers Association | Local Columns


Have we forgotten Sept. 11, 2001?

Al Qaeda declared war against America in 1998 and these terrorists are still at war against America. Sadly, the Obama administration has directed the removal of any use of the term "War of Terror". Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano also avoids any mention of "terrorism" and "vulnerability" in any discussion. A terrorist act will now be called a "man-made disaster" and the "Global War on Terror" will now be called an "Oversees Contingency Operation" by the Obama administration.

August 25, 2009 | By FRANK AQUILA President, South San Joaquin Republicans | Local Columns


Lum family steeped in Lathrop’s history

Long before there was any bank at all in Lathrop, there was Delta Market.

August 24, 2009 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


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MRPS Holy Ghost celebration this Sunday

The Manteca Ripon Pentecost Society 95th annual Holy Ghost Celebration includes a parade on Sunday, June 29, at 9:30 a.m., mass at St. Anthony's Church at 10:30 a.m. and serving of sopa and meat as well as the auction following the mass. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and dancing by the band ALMA comes at 8 p.m. For more info click HERE.

June 27, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Hernias, butter knives & doing crazy things

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran in July of 2011.

June 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s Darlings

Striking up the band with heart and soul memories is the order of the day early Friday evening when Leroy Darling's former Manteca High musicians will be marching through the front door of the Chez Shari dining room at the city golf course on Union Road.

June 26, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


3 words killing America today: ‘I am entitled’

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran in December of 2010.

June 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


If eating 2 apples a day is going to kill me, so be it

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran in June of 2011.

June 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Grass isn’t any greener on this side of the hill

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran in July of 2010.

June 23, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So you think that tip you put down is something extra for good service

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. The following column first ran in June of 2011.

June 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manscaping & the pain of it all

Step No. 1: Squeeze lotion into palm of hand.

June 21, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


Guys who get ink want you to look

Don't let anybody tell you anything different.

June 21, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Guys, your success is hanging on by a hair

My dad was always very proud of his raven black hair and raven black mustache. When his 40th birthday rolled around, the first gray hair appeared. But he didn't get discouraged by the obvious sign of aging. He simply got his hair and mustache colored the darkest shade of black during his regular hair trim every month. He turned 60 this February and he looks as good as always, with only few people knowing his secret.

June 21, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Bored? That’s your problem and not the government’s

You've heard the whine: "There's nothing to do in Manteca."

June 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dear IRS: A computer crash destroyed the tax deduction proof you wanted

Ever been audited by the IRS?

June 20, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


CAN-DO ATTITUDE

He introduced himself as Keith.

June 19, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Help teen plus checkout new River Islands homes

A drive-thru dinner fund-raiser at Fagundes Meats for the family of Manteca High School student and accident victim Jonathan Loon is Thursday, June 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. For $15, you can purchase a dinner consisting of tri-tip, ¼ chicken, scalloped potatoes, Italian green beans, a roll and butter.

June 19, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


PC folks are intolerant of Catholics

We were bicycling along North Murphy Road nearing the last farmhouse before connecting with Mariposa Road when two mean looking and snarling German Shepherds starting chasing us down.

June 19, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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