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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


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


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King George would have been proud of soda taxes

Tax them for they have sinned.

July 10, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tale of two neighborhoods plagued with ‘drug problem’

She lives practically next to a "drug house" in a Manteca neighborhood that many of the property owners know about it.

July 09, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Clothes made just to wear? That’s so passé

Boots - and therefore shoes - are made for walking.

July 09, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Chevron Oil gives 16.5 times less to charity than customers

I went to pay for $10 worth of merchandise with my debit card.

July 08, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Miles Kelly & writing the history of good

As books go, the history of good is a slim volume.

July 07, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Parasailing? Dangerous? Like, duh.

I was 500 feet above the Pacific Ocean about midway between Molokai and Maui. And I wasn't having a good time.

July 04, 2014 | | Local Columns


John Hancock did not hide behind a fake screen name

Cowards.

July 04, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A glorious Fourth of July parade

I love a parade. I love marching.

July 04, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Local Columns


Family Fun Day Sunday at Commons

Don't miss the Commons at Union Ranch Family Fun Day on Sunday, July 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2241 N. Union Road in Manteca. Doodles the Clown will be there to entertain you and your children, as well as a face painter. You can participate in games and enjoy refreshing lemonade and sweets, get an original balloon creation and look at magical balancing birds. For more info go to http://community.mantecabulletin.com/events/detail/13564/.

July 03, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Supreme Court makes the right call regarding smartphones

Imagine a cell phone weighing two pounds, getting only a half hour talk time per charge, being only used to make voice calls, and costing $3,995.

July 03, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Jump into river lands him in hospital

Levi Gray followed the revelers up the train bridge that spans the Stanislaus River, eventually hurling his 265-pound body into the cool waters below.

July 02, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


1980s: Battles shape Manteca’s growth

The Recall.

July 02, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


2 tunnels away from being next Owens Valley

SAM MACK MEADOW, Inyo County – You can't get much closer to the source of a large chunk of Los Angeles' water than Sam Mack Meadow at 11,040 feet just over a mile from the Palisade Glacier – the largest in the Sierra.

July 02, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MHS senior is inspiration to other teens

It's true inspiration to see a teen that stands out among the rest of the student body for his positive actions in school where there is a need.

July 01, 2014 | By SHARDAE JONES Manteca High student correspondent | Local Columns


Want to find out about yourself & California? Go take a hike

It was 40 degrees Thursday. I had been hiking for six hours. The sun had been up over the Great Basin for perhaps three hours.

July 01, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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