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Lead balloon or life preserver?

To access City Manager Steve Pinkerton's blog go to www.ci.manteca.ca.us/blog/

March 21, 2009 | By Steve Pinkerton City manager for Manteca | Local Columns


Another way to keep truckloads of cash flowing out of Washington

It is becoming abundantly clear with each passing day that brings increasingly outrageous suggestions from politicians to see how fast they can deplete our great-great-great-grandkids' pocketbooks that the theme song for Congress should be "If I Only Had a Brain."

March 20, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The release of the lead balloon

I read in this newspaper on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 that "the City manager floats utility tax balloon." The new City Manager Steve Pinkerton, has or still is talking about raising the taxes on all of our utilities from garbage to gas and electricity. Are you kidding me?

March 20, 2009 | By Sid Reams Local Columnist | Local Columns


Mr. Smith definitely didn’t go to Washington

Republican senators are sounding like outraged socialists as they preen for TV cameras slamming big fat corporate bonuses. Democrats are acting like they're deaf as they deflect tough questions about why they negated provisions to block fat AIG bonuses behind closed doors while negotiating bailout packages.

March 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


An honest dollar for an honest day’s work, what a concept

Patrick Heany of Manteca Roofing, Todd Roddan of New Bud's Nursery and the family business that did my fencing are why I have confidence in America's future.

March 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just say no to traffic signals at Van Allen, FC Road along 120

It is time to draw the proverbial line in the sand and fill it with concrete.

March 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making yard work positive for my son

Not too long ago, my mom opted to do away with her long-time landscaping services.

March 17, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Wild side of Salina, Kansas, attraction came from Manteca

What does Manteca have in common with Salina, Kansas?

March 16, 2009 | | Local Columns


The case for no new taxes lacking a sunset clause

The real fun is about to begin.

March 15, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hernandez, Moorhead get high marks for not being political hacks

Debby Moorhead and Vince Hernandez are examples of the type of elected leaders we need representing us in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.

March 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Panda Express: Latest political correctness target

Berkeley despite all of its posturing as being a bastion of tolerance is perhaps one of the least tolerant places on earth.

March 13, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Honking your horn: A small gesture for our educators

I owe my sister Mary an apology.

March 12, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DMV delivers with courtesy, efficiency & without incident

Call it the 11-minute miracle.

March 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Kids are watching, kids are imitating

At the recent Manteca Sports Heroes Hall of Distinction awards dinner, I was shooting the breeze about sports with East Union High Principal John Alba.

March 11, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Uncle Sam aka Big Brother & the mileage tax

George Orwell must have been elected to Congress this past November.

March 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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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


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


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