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State strings cost plenty of money & dilutes tax dollars

My senior year at Lincoln High in Lincoln in Placer County in 1974 there were 720 students in the school.

May 28, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California needs to recognize only civil unions

Get ready for the return of Proposition 8.

May 27, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Now it’s my turn to be the proud parent

Come this time of year, I'm usually bombarded by the traditional tune played at graduations and promotional ceremonies, "Pomp and Circumstance."

May 27, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Newsom finds new way to stick it to cigarette smokers

You've got to love sin taxes.

May 24, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Foreclosures are good thing in long run for Manteca

Good times are coming to Manteca.

May 23, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


2,000 reasons why you’d be insane to vote for Newsom

Gavin Newsom wants to be our next governor.

May 22, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to dismantle Sacramento and rebuild from the ground up

A crisis, they say, brings out the best in people. True leaders rise to the occasion. Dark times call for bold and decisive moves.

May 21, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Get ready for same old mush from update on SJ General Plan

It's time San Joaquin County stopped lusting for Bay Area paychecks and dropped the same-old, same-old planning for growth that produced predictable template-style policies and zoning.

May 20, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s no sweat to stay cool in valley summer

Sweating is highly underrated.

May 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Let your neighbors know about your loved one’s service

We bellyache a lot.

May 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


NOTRE DAME

President Obama's planned commencement address today at Notre Dame has re-opened wounds still festering since last November's presidential elections. There, the Catholic Church split in half (that is, with 70% of registered Catholics voting, 45% chose McCain, 54% voted for Obama.)

May 17, 2009 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


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


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Dress codes & the fall of civilization

The good old days.

August 02, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The cherished freedom of voting

I was almost embarrassed.

August 02, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Local Columns


My mom would be a felon in today’s world

It is now a crime in America to let a 7-year-old boy walk a half mile by himself to the park.

August 01, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Prouty: Woman of courage, great storyteller

Years ago, a woman so distraught over the passing of her husband, scaled the chain link fence of the East Union Cemetery under cover of darkness to spend the night next to her departed beloved's grave. Strange as that story may sound, she was the second one to do just that. That's just two of the many interesting – for lack of a better term – stories coming out of the pioneer cemetery since its establishment in 1872.

July 31, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Car show, BBQ Saturday at Commons benefits fire fund

The Commons at Union Ranch (2241 N. Union Road in Manteca) is holding a Classic Car Show & BBQ on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be live music, barbecue and classic cars. All proceeds to benefit the Manteca Fire Department Chief's Foundation for the victims of fires and to provide smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to seniors. For more info go to http://community.mantecabulletin.com/events/detail/13792/

July 31, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


PG&E? Lie? Now that’s a real shocker

uPG&E did not pay any taxes between 2008 and 2010 despite scoring $4.1 billion in profits. During that same time they received $1 billion in tax rebates. It was all thanks to a $79 million lobbying effort of politicians by the firm that last summer spent $10 million on a "we lost our way" advertising campaign to improve their public image.

July 31, 2014 | | Local Columns


Seelye facing conflict of interest questions

Is this a case of conflict of interest?

July 30, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Leadership drought in curbing water use in Manteca

Manteca is leaving no stone unturned as it studies the long-term financial risks and economic viability of the Great Wolf Resort proposal to develop a 500-room resort on 30 acres of city-owned land.

July 30, 2014 | | Local Columns


Manteca board going for costly bond option?

Need new carpet?

July 29, 2014 | | Local Columns


Stanislaus unkind to the unprepared

He trudged out of the water, his shirt soaked and pulled tight around his skin, glasses and hat hanging from head. He towed a pathetic pink raft behind him, completing the look of a man who had been beaten and embarrassed by the elements.

July 26, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


Wood actually took 23 years, not two hours to die in Arizona

Do not get teary-eyed or enraged thinking about how Joseph R. Wood III died.

July 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is City of Bell to big to govern?

The City of Bell consists of 2.64 square miles.

July 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Reveries of an old man

I dream of being Roger Federer. I always watch his matches and cheer out loud as if it would make a difference in his play.

July 25, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Local Columns


Manteca: The Mother of All water wasters

The City of Manteca is the biggest water waster by far.

July 24, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Combined flea market, yard sale set for Saturday

The Manteca Senior Center Advisory Committee and Manteca Seniors Helping Area Residents and Police combined flea market and yard sale is this Saturday, July 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be 30 vendors selling garage and new items, from arts & crafts to collectibles inside the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane, and SHARP will host the backyard sale directly behind the senior center building. Up for grabs will be items including furniture, sporting goods, household items, toys, electronics, to name a few. Don't miss it!

July 24, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


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