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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


Council needs to take a real look at workforce housing project

Those living in the Land of the McMansions are about to get new neighbors – workforce housing.

September 27, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A close look at Obama and the Czars

The people President Obama has chosen to be in his inner circle should cause concern for all Americans. He has chosen "czars" to be his personal advisors on various issues. These are people who are whispering in his ear and influencing his decisions.

September 27, 2009 | By Frank Aquila President, South San Joaquin Republicans | Local Columns


For Jowell, laughter was always better than tears

That impish signature twinkle lit up her eyes.

September 26, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Economic reality catching up with public sector

The professor was indignant.

September 25, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Criminals benefit from Sacramento’s theft of local money

Catch and release.

September 24, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified buys textbooks for $400K it could have used to keep class-size reduction

I'd like to review class size reduction, which is keeping class sizes at 20 in grades kindergarten through third grade.

September 24, 2009 | By KEN JOHNSON President, Manteca Teachers Association | Local Columns


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If eating 2 apples a day is going to kill me, so be it

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran in June of 2011.

June 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Grass isn’t any greener on this side of the hill

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran in July of 2010.

June 23, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So you think that tip you put down is something extra for good service

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. The following column first ran in June of 2011.

June 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manscaping & the pain of it all

Step No. 1: Squeeze lotion into palm of hand.

June 21, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


Guys who get ink want you to look

Don't let anybody tell you anything different.

June 21, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Guys, your success is hanging on by a hair

My dad was always very proud of his raven black hair and raven black mustache. When his 40th birthday rolled around, the first gray hair appeared. But he didn't get discouraged by the obvious sign of aging. He simply got his hair and mustache colored the darkest shade of black during his regular hair trim every month. He turned 60 this February and he looks as good as always, with only few people knowing his secret.

June 21, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Bored? That’s your problem and not the government’s

You've heard the whine: "There's nothing to do in Manteca."

June 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dear IRS: A computer crash destroyed the tax deduction proof you wanted

Ever been audited by the IRS?

June 20, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


CAN-DO ATTITUDE

He introduced himself as Keith.

June 19, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Help teen plus checkout new River Islands homes

A drive-thru dinner fund-raiser at Fagundes Meats for the family of Manteca High School student and accident victim Jonathan Loon is Thursday, June 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. For $15, you can purchase a dinner consisting of tri-tip, ¼ chicken, scalloped potatoes, Italian green beans, a roll and butter.

June 19, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


PC folks are intolerant of Catholics

We were bicycling along North Murphy Road nearing the last farmhouse before connecting with Mariposa Road when two mean looking and snarling German Shepherds starting chasing us down.

June 19, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Son remembers his famous father, & ‘many fathers’ who took him under their wing

Kim Komenich lost his mother when he was 18 years old. He had graduated from Manteca High and was attending Modesto Junior College at the time. Two years later his father died.

June 18, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


The $47,102 bargain of incarceration

The Vandals' sacking and looting of Rome in 455 was amateur hour compared to what the Meth Heads are doing to Manteca.

June 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


March includes folks from all walks

A band of grass roots marchers hoping for major political financial reform walked into Ripon and Manteca over the weekend in memory of the late Cesar Chavez' effort years ago that sought a better life for his beleaguered farm workers in the Central Valley.

June 17, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Manteca scores big points with garbage

Want to see how cost effective local government can be?

June 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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