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The saga of the lead balloon

The Bible tells us to be slow to anger in Proverbs 14:29. It means that we shouldn't fly off the handle when something or someone rubs us the wrong way. I have obeyed this wise saying this last two weeks. I am referring to the column that our City Manager Steve Pinkerton wrote two weeks ago in response to my "Lead Balloon" column in this newspaper, which appeared, on March 20. He was fairly critical of me and my opinion. I don't begrudge the man his opinion on the utility tax issue and I did wait two ...

April 05, 2009 | By Sid Reams Local columnist | Local Columns


Up illegal cell phone use while driving fine to $1K

Enough is enough.

April 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Yes Jack is back with more thoughts

Think you've seen everything? Well how about this one. Some people are really into exercising their pets...On a recent drive through a new subdivision in north Manteca I came upon a gentleman driving his pickup truck down the street with his dog trotting alongside the vehicle. What's different or wrong with that? The driver was holding onto a leash as he drove. The leash was attached to the dog's collar.

April 04, 2009 | By Jack Snyder Manteca columnist | Local Columns


Paying the price for board putting ‘wants’ ahead of ‘needs’ in schools

There's one danger in playing chicken. If the other guy doesn't flinch you've got to face the music.

April 03, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California’s state motto: If it isn’t nailed down, tax it

Let me tell you

April 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


GRAVITY SEWER LINE

To access City Manager Steve Pinkerton's blog go to www.ci.manteca.ca.us/blog/

April 02, 2009 | Steve Pinkerton City manager for Manteca | Local Columns


Uncle Sam driving GM is crazy

I drive a Ford.

April 01, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Life is a precious gift. Life is great. Live it.

It is a miracle, plain and simple.

March 31, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


March Madness at the White House?

Ty Lawson had to be stoked that our 44th U.S. President knew him by name.

March 31, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Mt. Diablo offers panoramic view of unfolding disaster

Mt. Diablo isn't among Mother Nature's highest peaks.

March 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Who will be hero for Lathrop’s residents?

Will Lathrop Vice Mayor Martha Salcedo be the Superhero who will clean up the mess at City Hall? Or will it be Councilman Robert Oliver?

March 30, 2009 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


A way to increase dollar power of cities & schools

There is a way that the City of Manteca and Manteca Unified School District both could each save well over $100,000 a year without cutting back services or laying off personnel.

March 29, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


In praise of all doctors do

On the occasion of National Doctors Day, March 30, I wanted to let you know on behalf of all of us here on the Doctors Hospital of Manteca team how much we truly appreciate having you on our Medical Staff. Doctors Day also marks the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery. This is significant symbology because, as a profession, Medical Doctors are not "passive". That is; throughout history, physicians have been much more than treaters of disease – they have been scientists consistently advancing the cause of greater society through research, innovation, and action.

March 29, 2009 | By MARK LISA Doctors Hospital of Manteca, CEO | Local Columns


Preventing Oakland woes from taking root in Manteca

Oakland – the Detroit of the West – is once again going through self-examination.

March 28, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Six mayors & being a SHARP in Manteca

The morning teaser ... How many Manteca ex mayors are still living? Well let's see, there's Mark Oliver, Bill Phillips, Rick Wentworth, Frank Warren, Carlon Perry and yours truly ... Three of the above members belong to the Rotary Club ... One was a member of the Lions Club ... Mark Oliver is considered by some to be "Mr. Manteca Rotary" ... Of course the title of "Mr. Manteca Historian" belongs to Ken Hafer ... Aldo Brocchini will be missed from our community. He was highly respected and that was apparent by the who's who list in attendance at his services.

March 28, 2009 | By Jack Snyder Manteca columnist | Local Columns


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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


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


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