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A proud family tradition – serving America

Thursday I got to do something with my son, Johnny, that he and I have been talking about for years. I got to go to the Sacramento Enlistment Service desk and be a part of Johnny's induction into the U.S. Army.

March 01, 2009 | Sid Reams Local columnist | Local Columns


Betting America’s wealth, future on irresponsible borrowers

Last April a Manteca woman in her 40s was able to stop the foreclosure process on her rural Airport Way home. She did it by working odds jobs and relying on the generosity of others who gave her items to have yard sale after yard sale.

February 28, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Legalize marijuana? Ammiano might be on to something

Tom Ammiano is pushing a bill in the Assembly to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in California.

February 27, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mother Nature’s sweet intoxicating perfume: Almond blossoms

The air Wednesday morning carried nature's perfume – the scent of blooming almonds – on a gentle breeze.

February 26, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I guess I’m lucky that I liked the yard

I am either completely crazy or crazy like a fox.

February 25, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Waste water & squander our economic wealth

My first ride in a helicopter was terrifying.

February 22, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Subsidizing Irresponsible Buying Decisions Act of 2009

Want a real story of hope?

February 21, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A morally corrupt plan: $5,000 bonus for paying on time

Did you refrain from buying more house than you could afford?

February 20, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca leaders ready to launch first volley in protectionism war

Manteca is getting ready to wade into the cesspool known as protectionism.

February 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stockton? America’s most miserable city?

I'm almost proud to say that I live in America's most miserable city.

February 19, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Manteca’s coming 1-2 retail punch Bass Pro + outlets

The days of chain stores spreading like wildfire across the American landscape are coming to an end.

February 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Youth sports fun: Getting to hang with other parents

I've been blessed these past two years.

February 18, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Enjoy today as pennies fall from heaven

A long time ago

February 15, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Forget bickering over original sin & worry about moving forward

I don't like the idea of a penny increase in sales tax. I am not wild about an additional 12-cent a gallon tax on gasoline. Nor does the thought of increasing the annual vehicle license fees over 70% thrill me.

February 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A valentine salute to a special lady in my life

Valentine's Day and "Love" are totally synonymous.

February 14, 2009 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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My mom would be a felon in today’s world

It is now a crime in America to let a 7-year-old boy walk a half mile by himself to the park.

August 01, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Prouty: Woman of courage, great storyteller

Years ago, a woman so distraught over the passing of her husband, scaled the chain link fence of the East Union Cemetery under cover of darkness to spend the night next to her departed beloved's grave. Strange as that story may sound, she was the second one to do just that. That's just two of the many interesting – for lack of a better term – stories coming out of the pioneer cemetery since its establishment in 1872.

July 31, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Car show, BBQ Saturday at Commons benefits fire fund

The Commons at Union Ranch (2241 N. Union Road in Manteca) is holding a Classic Car Show & BBQ on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be live music, barbecue and classic cars. All proceeds to benefit the Manteca Fire Department Chief's Foundation for the victims of fires and to provide smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to seniors. For more info go to http://community.mantecabulletin.com/events/detail/13792/

July 31, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


PG&E? Lie? Now that’s a real shocker

uPG&E did not pay any taxes between 2008 and 2010 despite scoring $4.1 billion in profits. During that same time they received $1 billion in tax rebates. It was all thanks to a $79 million lobbying effort of politicians by the firm that last summer spent $10 million on a "we lost our way" advertising campaign to improve their public image.

July 31, 2014 | | Local Columns


Seelye facing conflict of interest questions

Is this a case of conflict of interest?

July 30, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Leadership drought in curbing water use in Manteca

Manteca is leaving no stone unturned as it studies the long-term financial risks and economic viability of the Great Wolf Resort proposal to develop a 500-room resort on 30 acres of city-owned land.

July 30, 2014 | | Local Columns


Manteca board going for costly bond option?

Need new carpet?

July 29, 2014 | | Local Columns


Stanislaus unkind to the unprepared

He trudged out of the water, his shirt soaked and pulled tight around his skin, glasses and hat hanging from head. He towed a pathetic pink raft behind him, completing the look of a man who had been beaten and embarrassed by the elements.

July 26, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


Wood actually took 23 years, not two hours to die in Arizona

Do not get teary-eyed or enraged thinking about how Joseph R. Wood III died.

July 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is City of Bell to big to govern?

The City of Bell consists of 2.64 square miles.

July 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Reveries of an old man

I dream of being Roger Federer. I always watch his matches and cheer out loud as if it would make a difference in his play.

July 25, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Local Columns


Manteca: The Mother of All water wasters

The City of Manteca is the biggest water waster by far.

July 24, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Combined flea market, yard sale set for Saturday

The Manteca Senior Center Advisory Committee and Manteca Seniors Helping Area Residents and Police combined flea market and yard sale is this Saturday, July 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be 30 vendors selling garage and new items, from arts & crafts to collectibles inside the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane, and SHARP will host the backyard sale directly behind the senior center building. Up for grabs will be items including furniture, sporting goods, household items, toys, electronics, to name a few. Don't miss it!

July 24, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


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