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Crime doesn’t pay unless you’re the government

Oakland has $316,000 that the city is not legally entitled to keep.

December 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Turning an offer of oranges into two lemon pies

It was suppose to be a gift of oranges from a backyard tree in Ripon, but it ended up with a lemon pie.

December 20, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Gun control won’t get at the root of the real evil

There are 300 million guns in America.

December 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca doesn’t want to regulate T-shirts & tattoos - not yet at least

One must wonder what Thomas Jefferson and the rest of the gang that started this grand experiment known as the United States of America would think of the government they created today.

December 18, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So how can we celebrate Christmas without snow?

How can you possibly celebrate Christmas in California?

December 17, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Into each life some rain must fall, but there’s always new life in spring

As I look back at the year that is quickly passing, I remember with vivid sharpness the final couplet in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "The Rainy Day." It is half of a quatrain I often heard my mom quoting long before I knew the beloved bard's name.

December 16, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


State helps make SJ County haven for criminals & unscrupulous folks

Manteca is receiving $86,250 from Sacramento to fight crime.

December 16, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why should schools care more about athletes when it comes to drug use?

Why are high school athletes always placed on a pedestal?

December 14, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What do federal stimulus funds & tumbleweeds have in common?

Using federal stimulus funds to energize the economy is a bit like using CPR on an elephant 10 days after it died.

December 12, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Worried about stalkers? Uncle Sam should top your list of fears

Andrew Bell is an East Union High graduate from a few years back.

December 10, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Taxpayers and the price tag for personal salvation

Steve Fossett was a successful American businessman and a multi-millionaire. He also was a risk taker.

December 09, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s a wonderful time to be a California criminal

The California Department of Corrections website calls it a "historic solution" to solving the problem of prisons being revolving doors for low-level criminals. It is also touted as the "cornerstone" of plans to get inmate population to 137.5 percent of design capacity by June 13, 2013 as ordered by federal courts.

December 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Artificial or real tree: It’s all about learned behavior

Artificial or real. It's the seasonal version of the plastic or paper question.

December 06, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BATTING THE BREEZE

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following editorial by George Murphy Jr. first appeared in his column, "Batting the Breeze," in the Dec. 28, 1950 issue of the Manteca Bulletin. Murphy, who has since passed away, was publisher of the Bulletin at the time. He also served onboard a ship when Pearl Harbor was attacked 71 years ago on Dec. 7, 1941.

December 06, 2012 | | Local Columns


An incentive plan for increased golf play that makes sense for pro, city

Steve Pinkerton, before he left Manteca to assume city manager duties in Davis - the Sacramento Valley beachhead for Berkeley sensibilities - had a trademark mantra. It was simple and to the point: Things are not going to go back to the way they were before.

December 05, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Who will win the battle for Manteca USD classrooms?

The battle for the classroom is about to begin.

January 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rina’s Run in Ripon taking off on May 13

Rina's Run benefiting the completion of the Ripon High stadium is set for May 13 starting from the Ripon High School track.

January 23, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Ripon man overcame handicap that started with mosquito bite

Jeffrey Kincaid – now 63 years old – has made his family proud with his spirit and tenacity that went against all odds in the life of ...

January 23, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Council deciding on how they will fill vacant seat

It has been nearly a month since newly-elected councilman Ruben Sandoval passed away unexpectedly just two days after he took the oath of office.

January 23, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


More business park space in works for Spreckels Park

A 21,450-square-foot building is being proposed for one of the few remaining undeveloped parcels in Spreckels Park.

January 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


REPEATING LOUISE MISH MASH

Manteca's mish mash approach to major arterials continues unabated.

January 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You might want to buckle your seat belt

It doesn't take an economic genius to understand what will happen next in Manteca.

January 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Highway 49’s bridge over troubled waters

"And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory ...

January 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon doing indoor soccer better than Manteca?

Big League Dreams won't be the only show in town anymore when it comes to providing a quality indoor soccer facility.

January 20, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


The Manteca Council Twilight Zone & building the 5th fire station

Every Manteca City Council candidate says it: Public safety is priority one.

January 19, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will Trump yank high speed funds?

Hanford is a true San Joaquin Valley city.

January 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


1984, PBS, preschool & $400M

I tend to watch TV is on Saturday nights when I'm vegging out for a few hours watching episodes I've memorized of Law ...

January 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The siren song of technology & government

Google will not improve government per se.

January 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s first State of City is set for Jan. 25

Thomas Pogue keeps tabs on the economic health of the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

January 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Deadly night: One stabbing death, another man is shot

Two men were assaulted in separate incidents in the wee hours of Sunday in Lathrop with one dying from multiple stab wounds and the other ...

January 16, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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