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A proud family tradition – serving America

Thursday I got to do something with my son, Johnny, that he and I have been talking about for years. I got to go to the Sacramento Enlistment Service desk and be a part of Johnny's induction into the U.S. Army.

March 01, 2009 | Sid Reams Local columnist | Local Columns


Betting America’s wealth, future on irresponsible borrowers

Last April a Manteca woman in her 40s was able to stop the foreclosure process on her rural Airport Way home. She did it by working odds jobs and relying on the generosity of others who gave her items to have yard sale after yard sale.

February 28, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Legalize marijuana? Ammiano might be on to something

Tom Ammiano is pushing a bill in the Assembly to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in California.

February 27, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mother Nature’s sweet intoxicating perfume: Almond blossoms

The air Wednesday morning carried nature's perfume – the scent of blooming almonds – on a gentle breeze.

February 26, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I guess I’m lucky that I liked the yard

I am either completely crazy or crazy like a fox.

February 25, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Waste water & squander our economic wealth

My first ride in a helicopter was terrifying.

February 22, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Subsidizing Irresponsible Buying Decisions Act of 2009

Want a real story of hope?

February 21, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A morally corrupt plan: $5,000 bonus for paying on time

Did you refrain from buying more house than you could afford?

February 20, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca leaders ready to launch first volley in protectionism war

Manteca is getting ready to wade into the cesspool known as protectionism.

February 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stockton? America’s most miserable city?

I'm almost proud to say that I live in America's most miserable city.

February 19, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Manteca’s coming 1-2 retail punch Bass Pro + outlets

The days of chain stores spreading like wildfire across the American landscape are coming to an end.

February 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Youth sports fun: Getting to hang with other parents

I've been blessed these past two years.

February 18, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Enjoy today as pennies fall from heaven

A long time ago

February 15, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Forget bickering over original sin & worry about moving forward

I don't like the idea of a penny increase in sales tax. I am not wild about an additional 12-cent a gallon tax on gasoline. Nor does the thought of increasing the annual vehicle license fees over 70% thrill me.

February 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A valentine salute to a special lady in my life

Valentine's Day and "Love" are totally synonymous.

February 14, 2009 | Glenn Kahl | 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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