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Levee upgrades need to go forward first

California as a civilized state is a fluke.

September 05, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Obama speech to school kids strikes raw nerves

It is being billed as a pitch to get kids to work hard and stay in school. Some say it is Orwellian. Others claim it is cult worship. And then there are those that contend it is political grandstanding on the taxpayer's dime.

September 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Remember, it was PG&E’s idea that SSJID go into retail power sales

PG&E – whether you like the San Francisco-based utility or not – has no one else to blame for South San Joaquin Irrigation District moving toward entering the retail power business but PG&E itself.

September 03, 2009 | | Local Columns


The purpose of a municipal golf course

People who play golf pretty much know there are three different types of golf courses. However, those of you who don't play golf might be under the impression that all golf courses are alike. In actuality, the three categories of golf courses are so different as night and day.

September 03, 2009 | By ALAN THOMAS Golf Pro | Local Columns


Manteca Unified: Why is it now faring worse than some nearby districts?

How did Manteca Unified get in its present financial predicament that some contend is worse than neighboring school districts?

September 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Junking memories at Lovelace

A few days ago I took my son to the Lovelace Transfer Station.

September 02, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Health care debate being framed wrong

Much ado is being made of the United States infant mortality rate in the crisis du jour debate involving health care.

September 01, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


TEACHER PAYROLL

In the past, I received $200 for classroom supplies. Not a month, not a semester but for the YEAR. I will receive $25 for the year. And, you might not realize this, but in the past, the school board gave the superintendent a $300 supply allowance. Not per year, per MONTH. To his credit, Superintendent Jason Messer turned this perk down. That's not the point. Do you see how this example further illustrates my point of fiscal mismanagement and anti-children policy at the district level?

September 01, 2009 | By KEN JOHNSON President, Manteca Teachers Association | Local Columns


Uncle Sam is an enabler of the worst kind

Uncle Sam is turning into the relative who undermines good parenting by lavishing kids with expensive gifts, giving them candy before dinner and letting them stay up until all hours of the night and ignore basic disciplines like doing you homework and chores.

August 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified needs to fine tune its busing decision

The decision to cut home-to-school busing inside a 1.25-mile radius for elementary students and a 2.5-mile radius for high school students around Manteca Unified campuses was clear in terms of who gets a ride and who doesn't.

August 29, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Surprise! State is raising your taxes even though you got no pay raise

If you're like most Californians and still have a job you probably haven't gotten a raise in the last year.

August 28, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Property taxes look like they could drop even more in 2010-11

The bottom line isn't looking good for the next five years or so when it comes to municipal property taxes for Manteca and other San Joaquin Valley cities.

August 27, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stockton beats Modesto as the place to go

Stockton is the Rodney Dangerfield of California cities.

August 26, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lucille Harris, $112K, tumbleweeds, rabbits & extortion California-style

If Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Gang of 120 in the California Legislature want to know how to get the economy going and revenues rolling back into the state treasury they should sit down with Lucille Harris for an hour.

August 25, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Going from Facebook to face-to-face

Cara Campbell spent a portion of her vacation making an effort to reconnect with old friends.

August 25, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


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DEFYING ALL ODDS

It's easy to take a sports story, give it the Disney treatment and get an entire theater full of people clapping at the end.

April 01, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Manteca’s heart needs to be healthy

Nico Tejeda is worried about Manteca's long-term health.

April 01, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


THE COACH

Jim White walked into the theatre unannounced, starting a quiet corner conversation with Sierra High athletic director Anthony Chapman.

March 31, 2015 | James Burns | Local Columns


The Manteca tax that make more homeless

The Inn by the Station is not the Rose Motel of yesteryear or even of five years ago.

March 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


He’s ‘Proud to be MUSD’

Manteca Unified School District Superintendent Jason Messer and the Board of Education have been investing time and money in pushing the slogan, Proud to be MUSD, which is aimed at focusing on all things positive about the district - from students' accomplishments and teachers' innovative instructional approaches, to a slew of progressive-thinking educational programs such as the $30 million Going Digital and the be.tech vocational charter school that has shown phenomenal growth in the mere three years it has been open.

March 30, 2015 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Assassins: Why teens like game

I get it now.

March 28, 2015 | James Burns | Local Columns


Three examples of why education today is effective

Need a custom clock made from aluminum as a wedding gift?

March 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Trustees squander $120,298

What can $298.50 buy for the classroom to support your child's education?

March 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bob Piccinini: Strong work ethic built grocery empire

Once in a great while, someone crosses your path and leaves such an impression that enriches your view of life and makes you appreciate even more the values that should be held near and dear.

March 26, 2015 | | Local Columns


THE REVOLUTION

They have taken out the lawn in their back yard and replaced it with brick and sand as well as a water fountain that sits bone dry.

March 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fluffy in Stockton, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party & more!

McParland School's Pancake/Omelet Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, at 1601 Northgate Dr. from 7 to 11 a.m. More than 30 baskets and a handmade quilt will be available for raffle, and proceeds from the event will benefit the eighth grade class. Tickets are $6 at the door. For more info, please call 209.858.7290.

March 26, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Train crews harbor horror of taking a life on the rails

Suicide by train has occurred all too often in Manteca.

March 25, 2015 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Uncle Sam allows us to be ripped off $124B a year

It's tough to support one's self on $8,000 a year.

March 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The case for electing Manteca council members by district

All four of Manteca's City Council members live in neighborhoods built in the last 15 years. Two reside in the Woodward Park neighborhood, one along the Airport Way corridor and the other in Union Ranch. All three neighborhoods are in the outer ring of the city.

March 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dancing on razor’s edge in Lathrop

Politicians – or elected officials as they like to call themselves – tend to grow thicker skin as time goes on.

March 24, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


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