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Why California is still the true Golden State

There are those who have lost faith in California.

June 28, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


AMERICAN CULTURE

Michael Jackson died this week.

June 28, 2009 | Brandon Petersen | Local Columns


Michael Jackson: The third one to die

"Well, that's two. Wonder who'll be the third…" said a lone voice in the Manteca locker room. We were standing there in reverent silence before the Fox News Broadcast of Farrah Fawcett's death. It was Thursday.

June 28, 2009 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Califoreclosure now giving bucks away to buy cars

California is $24 billion in the hole and slipping.

June 27, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Where ag project money is coming from

I read Dennis Wyatt's column ("Now that they've laid off 209 teachers, what is Manteca Unified doing next?" – Friday, June 26, 2009) and wanted to make you aware of the correct dollar amounts and restrictions to those dollars as I believe the premise of your opinion was based on some inaccurate information.

June 27, 2009 | By JASON MESSER Manteca Unified School District superintendent | Local Columns


Now that they’ve laid off 209 teachers, what is Manteca Unified doing next?

Nancy Teicheira gets it. Manuel Medeiros gets it. Rex Holiday gets it.

June 26, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making ‘green’ a high priority in Manteca

I'm not normally a big fan of creating more commissions or another layer of government but it would seem Manteca would be well-served if the City Council appointed a Green Commission.

June 25, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Newsom-Harris: Dream team for illegals who commit crimes

Dirty Harry – a creation of Hollywood – could not thrive in the real San Francisco as an inspector.

June 24, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Our health or buying an iPod: We often make the wrong choice

An iPod costs as much as a dental exam and cleaning.

June 22, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


When you see a ‘proud parent’ sticker, offer thanks

I drove to Lodi Saturday without having to go through government checkpoints.

June 21, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Destroying the San Joaquin Valley in order to save it

Passing gas could one day become a criminal act.

June 20, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacramento ready to flush state’s future down toilet

Thank goodness the current California Legislature wasn't around during the Great Depression.

June 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE DISTRICTS

There still appears to be some confusion about the facts concerning the City assuming responsibility for the Landscape Maintenance Districts (LMD). The intent of this blog is to provide clarity to some of the points made in the opinion column in Thursday's Manteca Bulletin.

June 19, 2009 | By STEVEN PINKERTON City manager for Manteca | Local Columns


Political quicksand in form of landscape maintenance districts

Four different contractors deploy at least a dozen people in any given week to work on the 30-plus landscape maintenance district (LMD) that cost homeowners collectively close to $1 million a year.

June 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A modest proposal to save California

The party's over.

June 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Making it hard to be homeless in Manteca

It's time to get serious about the homeless in Manteca.

August 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Poor kids can’t ‘buy American’ access while the wealthy can

Annie Moore was the first immigrant processed through Ellis Island when it opened on Jan. 1, 1892.

August 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The case for a 2.5% growth rate for the City of Manteca

A lot has changed in the past 30 years.

August 23, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Builders have Manteca’s lunch & forgo the ‘tip’

If you work as a waiter or waitress today the odds are overwhelmingly that you can't keep yourself clothed, fed, and sheltered on what you make.

August 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to liberate ‘taxi’ services

Talk is cheap, especially when the drill is to blame Sacramento.

August 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


FESM Contas Sunday plus country line dancing Friday

Last weekend was the Contas read at the MRPS Hall, this weekend it will be the FESM Hall. Festa Das Contas is on Sunday, Aug. 24, from noon to 9:30 p.m. with Reading of the Accounts at noon followed by LUSO Dance Performance and sopas.

August 21, 2014 | | Local Columns


It’s OK for greenies to kill Bambi

Look up in the sky. It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's...

August 20, 2014 | | Local Columns


Charlie ‘Captain Gadget’ Halford was definitely onto something

Charlie Halford was dubbed "Captain Gadget" by some of his officers during his tenure as Manteca's Police Chief from 1997 to 2008.

August 18, 2014 | | Local Columns


Great Wolf: Despite critics it isn’t the big bad wolf

Should Manteca have blocked the Hampton Inn that has created dozens of jobs and so far brought more than $200,000 into city coffers in the form of room taxes because the general public isn't allowed to use the hotel's pool without booking a room?

August 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dogs could help Moffat not got to the proverbial dogs

Mayoral hopeful Ben Cantu believes the city went off half baked by proposing to put the envisioned community center/veterans hall "off the beaten track" on the southeast corner of Moffat Boulevard and Industrial Park Drive.

August 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SCHOOL SCRAMBLE

Why is River Islands important to Manteca Unified?

August 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Our deadly avoiding death health strategy

Two thirds of the world is worried about staying alive.

August 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Go take a hike, it can change your life & outlook

Eight hours earlier I had slipped out of Manteca before the sun's first light silhouetted almond orchards against the distant Sierra.

August 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You never know what the band will play next

There are many different types of sports writing. One of the most difficult for me is "writing it tight," or condensing a lot of action into a very limited amount of space. Nothing is worse then having a thrilling three-hour football game that needs to be reduced to 10 inches of print.

August 14, 2014 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns


Yes, we are the land of fruits & nuts

It's the same old slam.

August 10, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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