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The insanity of safe and sane fireworks

Modesto last month lost nine townhouses to a fast-moving grass fire.

June 11, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City planning discriminates against workers living in Manteca

The working thesis of the Manteca General Plan is simple. It's all about doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

June 10, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The battle cries being raged over Kaiser’s Manteca hospital

One hopes that some of the nurses carelessly making inaccurate representations of Kaiser's financial picture are a bit more careful when administering medicine to patients.

June 09, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Can’t defend Obama on Bergdahl

Not even I can defend this one. Since Barack Obama was elected President, he has misstepped many times. I have defended most of those because every step he takes a step he does so with an anchor in the form of the Republican Party pulling him back. The Republicans have attempted to marginalize him since before he took office.

June 09, 2014 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


There’s something to be said for riding in a taxi

It was 12:45 a.m. on New Year's Eve (day, technically) and I was standing outside of a bar on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco with no cell phone, no wallet, no ID and five crinkled $1 bills in my pocket.

June 07, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Bullying laws need context instead of just harsh penalties

Brian McClain is an assistant professor for physical and natural sciences at the College of Western Idaho,

June 07, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Get ready for the new rage: The $300 ‘perfect’ T-shirt

My idea of a quality T-shirt is a California muscle shirt made by Urban Pipeline.

June 06, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Christian dance show & rodeo this weekend

SONdance presents this year's production entitled "Abundance" at the Ripon Christian High Performing Arts Center located at 435 N. Maple Ave., in Ripon, on Friday, June 6, and Saturday, June 7, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $9 in advance or $12 at the door.

June 05, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Manteca needs to get farmers on board now for recycled water

How do the folks on the space station orbiting earth right now get fresh drinking water?

June 05, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca makes rights of some superior to rights of others

I admire the Manteca Firefighters Association and their dedication to raising funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

June 04, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The world needs more respect not more fences

Forget that fences make good neighbors.

June 03, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Santa Barbara tragedy & gun laws

I was shocked, saddened, and angered the other day when I read that some crazy guy in Santa Barbara had killed six innocent people before taking his own life.

June 03, 2014 | By DON MOYER Outdoors Columnist | Local Columns


Weaning Manteca general fund off its addiction to bonus bucks

What does $12.3 million buy?

June 02, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The case to make library investment a high priority

Are libraries relevant?

May 31, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Veterans suffer in blame game

Around 10 years ago – I believe that time is accurate, because as I grow older, time speeds up immensely – I took my mother to the Veteran's Administration outpatient clinic in Redding for an appointment. I remember looking at the clientele in the waiting room thinking how when the waves of post-war casualties from our then- (and now-) current conflict starting hitting the VA system how much it would be overrun and over-burdened.

May 31, 2014 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns


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Maybe it is time to force sale of PG&E

It is now clearer than ever that the California Public Utilities Commission is not a neutral state agency trying to balance the interests of powerful energy companies such as PG&E and those of the little guy.

September 17, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Going Digital takes priority over students’ ‘health & safety’

Manteca Unified has a big problem.

September 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Brand new stove that’s 6 years old

Cleaning my stove is a snap.

September 13, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is Manteca’s new motto: ‘At least we’re not Stockton?’

What harm does it do to have the homeless pushing shopping carts full of personal belongings around Manteca?

September 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca school board needs to ask Sam Fant to resign his office

Alexander Bronson says he wants to "address all issues of concern in education to parents, staff, and students." Apparently those concerns for the 21-year-old USC graduate don't include character, ethics, honesty, or following the rules.

September 09, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Who’s looking out for kids roaming Manteca’s streets?

If you met Hunter Davis, he'd strike you as a typical 11-year-old boy.

September 09, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Manteca: The go everywhere bathroom

Remember the good old days when the worst you had to worry about were dogs taking a dump on your lawn?

September 06, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Drive-thru dinner plus wine tasting

Don't cook dinner on Friday; Anderson's Mower & Bike will take care of you! They are holding a Texas Roadhouse drive-thru fundraiser dinner on Friday, Sept. 5, at the Spreckels Park BMX Track from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 and they are available at their store at 907 W. Yosemite Ave. in Manteca. For more go to http://community.mantecabulletin.com/events/detail/13884/

September 04, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Manteca’s thin blue line & our perceptions

Murder is not acceptable.

September 04, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


IRS wants to feast on ‘free lunch’ perk in Silicon Valley

Here's a question for Congressional Republicans: Why do I have to pay my federal income taxes and others don't to the tune of more than $400 billion a year?

September 03, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Real concern for youth & a smile: Joe was all that & more

Long before there was Joe Albertson, Winco Foods, Webvan, and high tech entrepreneurs gearing up to unleash a squadron of drones to deliver Ding Dongs and Red Bull to millennials too self-absorbed to go to the store there was Joe's Food Center.

September 02, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Go ahead & enjoy the latte will you can afford it

Can you afford to give up a latte a week?

September 01, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Jack Tone’s dream thrives along his road

Jack Tone Road is my favorite strip of pavement in San Joaquin County.

August 30, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A cautionary tale about signing on the dotted line

Steve Catalano wants to go home.

August 29, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Color the Skies hot air balloon festival weekend

Ripon is celebrating improvements to Ripon High Stadium with an all-weather track ribbon cutting tonight 7 p.m. There will be free cupcakes from the Cupcake Lady and Congressman Jeff Denham and Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen will be in attendance. For more information go to http://community.mantecabulletin.com/events/detail/13864/

August 28, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


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