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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


One headache I don’t mind: Kicking the diet soda habit

I have a mild headache – and I couldn't be happier.

April 29, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Extreme eaters

I wouldn't call competitive eating a sport.

April 29, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Governor 2010: A race where the older guy has the real fresh ideas

Dianne Feinstein – arguably the best choice for California's next governor – isn't likely to run for the Golden State's top elected office unless she has a martyr streak a thousand miles wide.

April 27, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified isn’t crying wolf about budget woes

If you want class-size reduction to stay intact, then there is only one thing to do – convince the Manteca Unified School District board Tuesday to put Lathrop High on ice and close two elementary schools by consolidating Veritas and Nile Garden as well as New Haven and Joshua Cowell.

April 26, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified try a ticket to ride for one semester

It is time to rethink Manteca Unified's proposal to slash $400,000 from the budget by increasing the minimum distance to bus students to and from school.

April 25, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pull plug May 19 on dysfunctional state government

Mark the date of May 19, 2009.

April 24, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


ASPARAGUS FESTIVAL

It's not too often we get an opportunity to see a living legend in his prime right here in our backyard.

April 24, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Reduce impacts of new housing on Manteca services

It is time for Manteca to get serious about water and energy conservation.

April 23, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Libbey-Owens-Ford retirees are everywhere you turn

We ran into a lot of friends this week at various events like Millie Bolding past employee at Libbey Owens Ford and Sharp Depot with her husband Graham (PG&E). They were their usual smiling happy people.

April 23, 2009 | By JACK SYNDER Manteca columnist | Local Columns


It’s time for Manteca City Council to stand up to CBS’ legal bullies

There are three two-sided billboards on Moffat Boulevard that are a testimony to the blatant misuse of Congressional power.

April 22, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Going from ‘husky’ to ‘a bit more skoosh’ to baggy or too tight

It must be a conspiracy.

April 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The mercy of God

Today, the Sunday after Easter, Catholics honor the Mercy of God. Of course, we need God's mercy year 'round. So much needless cruelty and suffering in the world could be avoided - or at least overcome - -if mercy were in greater supply. Think, for example, of the senseless violence in our own neighborhoods. But Divine Mercy Sunday focuses in a special way on God's love at work through the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

April 19, 2009 | By Fr. Dean McFalls St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


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GECAC casino night Saturday

What are you doing this weekend?

September 24, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


A good bet to fight crime is happening this Saturday

I plan on fighting crime Saturday night.

September 24, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Are you happy with police, fire protection or do you want more?

People, they say, get the government they ask for.

September 23, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Memo to council: It’s a drought emergency

Manteca's municipal staff - based on the reality of budget cuts not to mention the City Council's own narrative - is doing a Herculean job of keeping things going.

September 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Can their neighborhood be saved?

A group of moms are demanding changes in their central east Manteca neighborhood after what happened to 11-year-old Hunter Davis and his sibling. They want it cleaned up and they are looking to the Manteca Police and City of Manteca to make that happen.

September 22, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Embracing Manteca’s homeless

Too bad satirist Jonathan Swift isn't alive today and on the Manteca City Council.

September 20, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Booze + 2 kids + 1 gun + 0 responsible adults = tragedy

Hunter Davis.

September 19, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Where is outcry about Black’s brutal beating?

Where is Al Sharpton? Where is Jesse Jackson? After all, the brutal beating and humiliation of a Black woman was recently caught on video and disseminated widely for all to see, yet there is no outcry from the usual suspects who incite racial divide at every given opportunity.

September 19, 2014 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns


Maybe it is time to force sale of PG&E

It is now clearer than ever that the California Public Utilities Commission is not a neutral state agency trying to balance the interests of powerful energy companies such as PG&E and those of the little guy.

September 17, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Going Digital takes priority over students’ ‘health & safety’

Manteca Unified has a big problem.

September 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Brand new stove that’s 6 years old

Cleaning my stove is a snap.

September 13, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is Manteca’s new motto: ‘At least we’re not Stockton?’

What harm does it do to have the homeless pushing shopping carts full of personal belongings around Manteca?

September 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca school board needs to ask Sam Fant to resign his office

Alexander Bronson says he wants to "address all issues of concern in education to parents, staff, and students." Apparently those concerns for the 21-year-old USC graduate don't include character, ethics, honesty, or following the rules.

September 09, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Who’s looking out for kids roaming Manteca’s streets?

If you met Hunter Davis, he'd strike you as a typical 11-year-old boy.

September 09, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Manteca: The go everywhere bathroom

Remember the good old days when the worst you had to worry about were dogs taking a dump on your lawn?

September 06, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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