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Paying the price Tuesday for class size reduction

Manteca Unified – and much of California – took the bite out of the forbidden fruit and are paying for it big time.

May 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s ‘hasta la vista’ time, California

Pssst. Wanna buy San Quentin Prison?

May 15, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Admittedly it was a bad choice of words for a sensitive story

It wasn't one of my finest moments.

May 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is $1M justified for staffing an aerial fire truck?

Does Manteca really need nine firefighters to man the 100-foot aerial platform fire truck 24/7?

May 13, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It is time to pull the plug on California’s government

Santa Barbara is burning.

May 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I still listen for the pitter-patter of paws

It all started when John Grogran first got the idea to publish his tales about life with a young Labrador that instantly captured the heart of America. And for those of us who grew up with a lab in our house, the pages that Grogan filled in that book became almost a verbatim recount of the things encountered with the wiry but outrageously loyal animals. But there was a darker tinge in that story – something that lies just beneath the surface in just about everything that we do and more often than not we try to avoid.

May 10, 2009 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


This is your Mother’s Day card, mom

Dear readers:

May 10, 2009 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Sweet words: ‘Due to inactivity on your account we are canceling your card’

Shortly after I turned 18 I got my first two credit cards from Mervyn's and Chevron.

May 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Did liar home loans also attract criminal element to Manteca?

Has Manteca's crime rate gone down because some of the "right" people are losing their homes?

May 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Weatherford Woods may ultimately help Manteca sewer woes

Weeping willows take on more water than the Titanic.

May 07, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Purpletie.com proved the fallacy of many high tech based businesses

Remember Purpletie.com?

May 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The downtown bulbs and debunking 8 myths about them

The traffic bulbs downtown don't exactly give everyone the warm fuzzies.

May 03, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Municipal crisis: We are all in this together

The City of Manteca at one point had 430 approved employee positions.

May 02, 2009 | | Local Columns


Give a prisoner a cell & you should get put in a cell

Prisoners have better healthcare than most taxpayers.

May 01, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Crying wolf too many times may catch up with educators May 19

Crying wolf one too many times could lead to an unpleasant day of reckoning come the morning after May 19 for California public schools.

April 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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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


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


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