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Rainy day blues? It depends upon how you look at it

Listening to the rain dancing on the roof while you're snuggled up in bed is one of life's little pleasures.

October 15, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Getting rid of Winchester Mystery House model for government

The Great Recession is a good thing in many ways.

October 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Forgotten in a flurry of PG&E service calls

It was a night for a cozy fire after work in our family room since our PG&E provided electricity had been out for 14 hours at this writing Tuesday night and we're still waiting.

October 14, 2009 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Lathrop’s No.1 boogeyman is Jack Snyder

We bury the hatchet

October 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Surprise,surprise! State budget has new $1.1B hole

California needs a taxpayer revolt against spending on the same scale that Howard Jarvis and Paul Gann changed the property tax landscape with Proposition 13 back in 1978.

October 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The blame game trumps finding a real solution

America's favorite pastime these days isn't baseball. It's the blame game.

October 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Citizen floats utility tax idea for budget woes

Manteca resident Bud Wallace has an interesting suggestion in a letter you can find elsewhere on today's opinion page.

October 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cop layoff debate: The need to avoid a repeat of 1983

Economic reality has prompted a council that consists of two retired law enforcement personnel – John Harris who served as a San Joaquin County probation officer and Willie Weatherford who is a retired Manteca police chief – to send City Manager Steve Pinkerton forth with a compensation readjustment proposal for all municipal employees including police. If the bargaining groups didn't buy it, the other option is layoffs within that particular set of employees.

October 07, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It is – for better or worse – a brave new world

How dare they - the argument goes – cut back on law enforcement pay or talk about layoffs – when we passed the Measure M public safety half cent sales tax to pay for police officers and firefighters?

October 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Preying on cities that offer prayer at meetings to get their point across

Congress opens each day with a prayer and – quite frankly – there has been no sign of divine providence setting anybody in that neck of the woods on the straight and narrow.

October 03, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fate of 12 Manteca police officers now in the hands of their fellow officers

If the City of Manteca's compensation renegotiations were a chess game Manteca's firefighters make have put Manteca's police officers a move away from check mate.

October 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Golf course is a horse of a different color

I'm pleased you wrote something about the enterprise operations as most people don't understand what they are.

October 02, 2009 | By ALAN THOMAS Golf pro | Local Columns


Raising a family & voting was too much for Meg Whitman to handle

"I was focused on raising a family, on my husband's career, and we moved many, many times," - California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman on why she didn't bother to vote for decades

October 01, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Enterprise funds impacted by recession

Employees have been asking me why all city funding sources are subject to budget cuts, when most of the discussion has centered around the status of the city's General Fund. This is an excellent question. In fact, I am just as worried (if not more so) about our enterprise and redevelopment funds.

October 01, 2009 | By STEVE PINKERTON City manager for Manteca | Local Columns


How cutting pay of some workers won’t help city with its deficit

The guys who pick up your garbage can't figure it out.

September 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Fish fry, gourmet sampler Celtic Faire & much more

If you want to eat out, support your community while doing so. Start your weekend right with the St. Anthony's Young Men Institute's fish fry on Friday, March 7, with takeout from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and sit-down dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the St. Anthony's School cafeteria. Tickets are only $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under!

March 06, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Lent: The season for feasting and fasting

The advent of Lent always brings to mind Father William Delaney, former pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Manteca.

March 05, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


MICKEY MOMENT

RIPON – For months, Riley Simmons has been kept indoors and under close supervision while she underwent treatment for a brain tumor.

March 04, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


Student loan debt: Housing Crisis 2.0

America is about to get another harsh lesson in easy money.

March 04, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why the sky seems to be falling down in Acetnam

Once upon a time in a land called Acetnam lived a little red hen.

February 28, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How I learned to love the DMV & parallel parking

The California DMV, in its infinite wisdom, has issued me a five-year extension to my driver's license.

February 27, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Satisfying tostada munchies plus a wild & wet time in cave

Tostadas! Good Shepherd Mission's 34th annual Tostada Dinner is Sunday, March 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Mission, 305 E. French Camp Road. Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for children. For information, call 209.983.8829.

February 26, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Manteca USD trying to fix something that isn’t broken

There is no Hispanic on the Manteca Unified School District board. There is also not an Asian-Pacific Islander trustee.

February 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Go jump in the lake? Not in California

It looks like rain is coming.

February 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A book, a treadmill and prayer

I love junk food! I'm not talking a casual fondness for a fistful of Doritos or a mouthful of powered donuts. I'm talking full blown, passionate love, for deep fried chicken, cheeseburgers and French fries, supreme pizzas with extra thick crust and a pound of shredded cheese scattered over chunks of sausage and pepperoni. Washed down by a mug of ice cold soda, followed by a jumbo scoop of vanilla ice cream with hot fudge drizzled on top. Do you get the picture? I love junk food!

February 22, 2014 | By MONICA CANE Faith Columnist | Local Columns


Resurrection’s bright light

The Resurrection is the greatest hope and anchor in our modern day society. In this morally dark world that we live in, the light of the truth still shines the brightest. Though some would like to discredit it, in their discrediting, it proves it all the more that the Resurrection is true.

February 21, 2014 | By Pastor Gordon Richardson Tabernacle of Praise | Local Columns


‘Let me tell you about the very rich’

It draws attention.

February 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Serving food & beverage with class

Bernie Brown is a true gentleman in the restaurant business. He has always made his guests feel very special and comfortable.

February 20, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


‘Malling’ of America’s community standards

Orem is a tidy city at the base of the Wasatch Range.

February 20, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SPECIAL BONDS

There is a special bond that exists between father and youngest son in the Goatcher household, and it almost always reaches a crescendo about this time of the year.

February 19, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


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