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The release of the lead balloon

I read in this newspaper on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 that "the City manager floats utility tax balloon." The new City Manager Steve Pinkerton, has or still is talking about raising the taxes on all of our utilities from garbage to gas and electricity. Are you kidding me?

March 20, 2009 | By Sid Reams Local Columnist | Local Columns


Mr. Smith definitely didn’t go to Washington

Republican senators are sounding like outraged socialists as they preen for TV cameras slamming big fat corporate bonuses. Democrats are acting like they're deaf as they deflect tough questions about why they negated provisions to block fat AIG bonuses behind closed doors while negotiating bailout packages.

March 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


An honest dollar for an honest day’s work, what a concept

Patrick Heany of Manteca Roofing, Todd Roddan of New Bud's Nursery and the family business that did my fencing are why I have confidence in America's future.

March 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just say no to traffic signals at Van Allen, FC Road along 120

It is time to draw the proverbial line in the sand and fill it with concrete.

March 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making yard work positive for my son

Not too long ago, my mom opted to do away with her long-time landscaping services.

March 17, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Wild side of Salina, Kansas, attraction came from Manteca

What does Manteca have in common with Salina, Kansas?

March 16, 2009 | | Local Columns


The case for no new taxes lacking a sunset clause

The real fun is about to begin.

March 15, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hernandez, Moorhead get high marks for not being political hacks

Debby Moorhead and Vince Hernandez are examples of the type of elected leaders we need representing us in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.

March 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Panda Express: Latest political correctness target

Berkeley despite all of its posturing as being a bastion of tolerance is perhaps one of the least tolerant places on earth.

March 13, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Honking your horn: A small gesture for our educators

I owe my sister Mary an apology.

March 12, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DMV delivers with courtesy, efficiency & without incident

Call it the 11-minute miracle.

March 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Kids are watching, kids are imitating

At the recent Manteca Sports Heroes Hall of Distinction awards dinner, I was shooting the breeze about sports with East Union High Principal John Alba.

March 11, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Uncle Sam aka Big Brother & the mileage tax

George Orwell must have been elected to Congress this past November.

March 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Leave it to a woman to push your limits

I still remember the day 14 years ago when instructor Susan Stricker walked over to me in the middle of a group exercise class at In Shape.

March 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Left behind

Karen and I have joined a Christian Bible Study group that is studying the book called 'Left Behind' written by Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. It's quite a story about the Earth's Last Days. It does give us a whole new way to look at what s going to happen when Jesus comes back and gets us. Wow!

March 08, 2009 | Sid Reams Local columnist | Local Columns


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Apple takes a bite out of the forbidden fruit of privacy

"People have a right to privacy."

September 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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


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