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Extending vote to 14-year-olds isn’t way to change things

Al Fleming Jr. was a cool seventh grade social studies teacher.

January 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Power outage makes you realize just how much we rely on electricity

No power, no problem?

January 22, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Manteca golf course bucks trend, sees increased play

The poor economy is finally catching up to golf courses and California is definitely one of the hardest hit states with many closures. Locally we have seen several public golf courses close their doors with others up for serious consideration.

January 22, 2010 | By ALAN THOMAS Golf Pro | Local Columns


Should the city be in the Fourth of July business?

I do not need the government to help me celebrate the Fourth of July.

January 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hernandez needs to worry about crosswalk not ‘useless’ alley

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

January 21, 2010 | | Local Columns


Kelley Brothers: A textbook RDA project

The first glance inside the boarded up El Rey in 1998 was a real eye opener.

January 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Getting a lot of mileage & exercise out of his ‘prop’

I often refer to my red 18-speed mountain bicycle as a "prop."

January 20, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


French Camp’s impressive success story

These are good times for French Camp School.

January 17, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Orchard Valley: The devil, as, they say, is in the details

Manteca's biggest park-n-ride lot is also one of Manteca's best-kept secrets.

January 14, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


State law requires farm impact studies

Tuesday's Bulletin had an article entitled: "Redundant farm conversion studies adding to the cost of housing projects."

January 14, 2010 | By STEVE PINKERTON City manager for Manteca | Local Columns


State law keeps taxpayers in dark regarding Costco payment

Manteca municipal officials found out through commercial leasing agents with Kitchell that Costco was going to locate another store in the region and were considering the east side of Modesto.

January 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Food that’s worth the long drive

How far will you travel to satisfy your taste buds?

January 12, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Refrigerator weather prelude to spring’s repertoire of color

January in the Northern San Joaquin Valley can drive you crazy if you let it.

January 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to heed lesson of Weston Ranch

Managing a bust is perhaps more important than directing a boom.

January 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You get out of a garden & life what you put into it

I've paid for a new roof as well as a new fence that I stained by hand. I painted the outside and ripped out most of the inside carpet. I tore down an outbuilding and ripped out brick flower beds as well as two concrete pathways. I've ripped up four trees and the grass in the back yard and removed the grass and three trees in the front yard. I've planted seven trees and 128 shrubs so far.

January 08, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Legislative lushes get free rides via taxpayers

"All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others." - George Orwell in his novel "Animal Farm

June 01, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Great Manteca kitchen debate: Legion, the city, VFW & $115K

What is the moral or legal dilemma with the Manteca City Council spending $115,000 to install a commercial kitchen in the Moffat Boulevard Community Center that they are leasing long-term to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6311?

May 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


To the Class of 2015: It’s all about attitude

Dear graduates:

May 29, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How to build a fire station in SE Manteca now & not later

There is a way Manteca can enhance public safety by building a fifth fire station, reduce response times in medical emergencies, and do so now instead of later.

May 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Chickens, private air space & drones

"If a landowner is to have full enjoyment of the land, he must have exclusive control of the immediate reaches of the enveloping atmosphere. Otherwise buildings could not be erected, trees could not be planted, and fences could not be run." - Justice William O. Douglas in the majority opinion of the United States vs. Causby

May 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Driving folks into hopeless desperation: That’s the ticket

The politicians finally admitted it.

May 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tony & Mrs. K’s café’s food, business start from scratch

The old proverbial breakfast bell is clanging on Thursday morning with doors opening at 8 a.m. with an open house for customers old and new at Tony and Mrs. K's café by a very special woman who has a passion for her customers as well as for her menus. It is a joy to call her my friend.

May 26, 2015 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Golden Years are empty Tin Cup Years

Florence dreads the 12th of the month.

May 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Scores don’t make a school. Teachers do.

Just how good is your school?

May 20, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Vicious women & beauty pageants

I like looking at women's legs. I'm not being sexist. I'm a guy.

May 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Feeding social media trumps living your life

I confess. I'm a closet taker of selfies.

May 18, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Graffiti vandals believe they are above the law & Mother Nature

Ron Kammeyer is redefining the word "audacity."

May 16, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Slow thinking: There will never be an app for that

Slow thinking.

May 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The lessons for Manteca Unified board & Bronson

The self-imposed exit of Alexander Bronson from the Manteca Unified School District board 188 days after his election offers a morality lesson for many people - school district brass, the board, and Bronson himself.

May 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Almonds are water misers compared to marijuana

Almonds - we are told by those who want further cutbacks on agricultural water deliveries so urban lawns can stay lush and so they can hose out their garbage cans and hose down their driveways on a weekly basis - are water guzzlers.

May 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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