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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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Ripon board to hear English pilot program

Kathy Coleman, who is Ripon Unified's Director of Curriculum and Categorical Program, is scheduled to give an update on the English Language/Development programs ...

April 11, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Hit the Streets for Hunger May 1

A special "Hit the Streets for Hunger Fun Run" is set for Saturday, May 1, at the River Island Technology Campus in Lathrop that will ...

April 11, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Un-ringing the hollow bell that is the Raymus Expressway

Yes, the bell has to be un-rung to kill the Raymus Expressway.

April 09, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BAN THIS GUN

I wanted to call Kirk Kjellberg an idiot.

April 07, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


In good health? You can thank refuse, sewer, water workers

I had dropped part of my granola bar the size of a dime on the ground.

April 06, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Consultants shouldn’t dictate Manteca growth

Who runs the City of Manteca: High-paid consultants or elected council members?

April 05, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dying in prison & morality

Over the past three decades, judges and juries have filled America's prisons with non-violent offenders.

April 04, 2016 | JOHN Kiroakou | Local Columns


Manteca Unified shouldn’t be at the vanguard of changing mores

A little over a decade ago two gay Sierra High students were spied walking on campus holding hands.

April 04, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BULBS OR NO BULBS

The days of the controversial landscaping bulb-outs in the 100 block of North Main Street in downtown Manteca may be numbered.

April 04, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SIZZLING GROWTH

The hottest place for commercial development this year for Manteca is the Airport Way corridor north of the 120 Bypass.

April 04, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cell phone sale ends with shots

A cell phone sale went bad when shots were fired at the seller as he ran away from a handgun-toting buyer on a Manteca street ...

April 04, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Trustee stays away from closed sessions

Nancy Teicheira didn't want to be accused of leaking information discussed in closed session.

April 04, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


3rd graders learn about video game design

Most youngsters today are all too familiar with video games.

April 04, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Who needs any gifts when you have grandkids?

It was the perfect 60th birthday gift.

April 02, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Beheaded teen & why I drive ‘too’ defensively

The Angel of Luck was hovering over Manteca a few months back.

March 31, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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