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Mom, the impromptu hunchback

Halloween wasn't really my thing as a kid.

October 31, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s time to cut to the chase: We need to tax Halloween candy

San Francisco is the latest city to contemplate sin taxes on soda.

October 30, 2013 | | Local Columns


The new world ruled by social media zombies

We have come a long way since Flight 90.

October 27, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


AK-47 era: Play time is no longer cops & robbers

•Seventy law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty during 2012 in the United States. Forty-nine of them were gunned down.

October 24, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Psst. Want some street grade Oreos?

The latest abuse of rats comes from Connecticut College.

October 24, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Insurance isn’t meant to be a lottery ticket

Why are insurance rates so high?

October 23, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Firms believe it is better to take from Manteca than to give

Giving isn't a two-way street for some corporations.

October 22, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


To wear a tie or not wear a tie: That is the question

Barack Obama is no Richard Nixon.

October 21, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stupid streaking stunt leads to horrific tragedy

We were bicycling over Daggett Pass when a semi-truck passed us.

October 19, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A sure thing set aside to go after Great Wolf deal

How Great Wolf Resorts came knocking on Manteca's door three years ago is the result of what Manteca Mayor Willie Weatherford might describe as a blown opportunity.

October 18, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The story of ‘The Good Capitalist’

Toni Raymus isn't a writer by trade.

October 17, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Does growth or existing Manteca residents ‘pay their own way’?

Here's a shocker. Unless you own a home that has an assessed taxable value of $825,000 you aren't paying enough property taxes to cover the City of Manteca's cost of extending day-to-day services ranging from police and fire protection to parks and street maintenance for a household of three people.

October 16, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


School’s out for a week: Let the learning begin

School was out Monday. It was the start of the week-long fall break for Manteca Unified.

October 15, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want to kill a federally protected eagle? Place a wind turbine on the Altamont Pass

Want to see what green hypocrisy looks like?

October 14, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Federal follies: We’re going to pay for bonus vacation time

Federal employees are different from you and I.

October 11, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Manteca council learns a lesson from rep of the ‘cold-hearted snake’

The time has come to stop treating home builders as if they are the most essential part of Manteca's economy.

March 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Song in my heart: I Got 5 on Jesus

"I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone." – 1 Tim. 2:1

March 21, 2014 | By MONICA CANE Faith Columnist | Local Columns


Pensions & driving spike into the public

Justice and the law are not interchangeable.

March 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Shrimp feed & fish fry to Civil War re-enactment

Manteca's Every 15 Minutes Program's 6th annual Shrimp Feed will take place on Saturday, March 22, at the MRPS Hall, 133 N. Grant Street in Manteca. Social hour starts at 5 p.m., while an all-you-can-eat-shrimp dinner with pasta, salad and dessert will be served at 6:30 followed by a raffle at 8 and DJ playing until midnight. Don't worry about driving home though, a safe and sober ride home will be available. Tickets are $35 each. For more info about the event go to http://community.mantecabulletin.com/events/detail/12758/

March 20, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Take me out of the ball game, please

"You throw like a girl."

March 19, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Reacting to the shakes in California no laughing matter

Freaking funny.

March 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Barely making it: Manteca’s working poor

"Tony" - not his real name - likes his bosses and his jobs. He doesn't want his name used because he doesn't want to sound like he's complaining. He says he knows he has it better than a lot of people but still he's frustrated. Plus he's also not too sure if it is a good thing that employers know that he's actively looking for another job.

March 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Freethinkers, Christians, atheists & civil discourse

Civil discourse – an American tradition that seems to have suffered as society has become more impersonal – is back. Well, kind of back.

March 13, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s time for everyone to celebrate everything Irish

Crab feeds are almost over; it's time to get your grub on with corned beef and cabbage! The Manteca Council #88 Young Men Institute is hosting a corned beef and cabbage dinner at the St. Anthonys Cafeteria today. The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children, and you don't have to buy a ticket – simply pay at the door. Takeout dinner is available from 4:30 p.m., sit-down dinner is at 5.

March 12, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


San Jose: California’s city in a world class of its own

Twenty miles from the heart of San Jose you will find two things that contrast sharply with its image as the Capital of the Silicon Valley.

March 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Restore fish habitat on the LA River

Cold water salmon and the Delta smelt.

March 11, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Darwinism & Manteca’s dining options

Willie Weatherford is not the Great Wizard of Restaurants.

March 08, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Being in God’s presence isn’t complicated

Have you ever sat down to spend time with God and found yourself struggling because you don't feel "spiritual" enough? Your mind is cluttered. The external noises around you are distracting. You make every effort to sound sincere in your prayers, yet your feelings don't line up. And soon, your thoughts drift to wondering how you will ever be able to sense His presence.

March 07, 2014 | By MONICA CANE Faith Columnist | Local Columns


It’s time for NorCal cities to offer cash for grass

Southern Californians have a tendency to have a smug attitude toward water.

March 06, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Finger guns, school safety and ‘Lord of The Flies’

Ron Burns did not grow up to become a mass murderer.

March 06, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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