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Yes, police do harass people: It is called law enforcement

It's a tongue in cheek police harassment satire that a friend sent me on line supposedly written by a police sergeant in a Southern California department. It was well done and it was obvious I had to talk with the author before using it in a column.

June 20, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


We were still, after all, brothers

Sometime on Friday afternoon when I was busy planting four Japanese maples, the earthly journey of my oldest brother Richard ended.

June 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Direct wrath at Wall Street and not Main Street

Roy Gardner lived across the alley from my family when I was growing up in Roseville.

June 18, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Quincy McClain, FUN volunteers & the Lord’s work

My sister Mary was a senior in high school when she decided she wanted to become a teacher.

June 17, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Some thoughts of divorce & Tipper too

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

June 17, 2010 | | Local Columns


Requiring PG&E et al to obtain two thirds approval from shareholders

Big corporations may one day want to thank PG&E for helping throw a roadblock in their never-ending battle to manipulate California government through the initiative process.

June 16, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The most terrifying words in the English language

The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help." - Ronald Reagan

June 15, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Legislature marks 24th year of breaking state law

Andrew Blankenship turns 24 this week.

June 14, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We can really send a message to Sacramento

Meg Whitman is right.

June 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Prada: His life was about doing the right thing

Life - as Dick Prada lived it - is about doing the right thing.

June 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Moorhead changes dynamics of race for Manteca mayor

Get ready for one of the most polite - and possibly closest - races for mayor Manteca has ever seen.

June 11, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E can’t afford a SSJID success story

PG&E's long-range ability to survive as a monopoly protected by what are essentially government price controls now may very well depend upon stopping the South San Joaquin Irrigation District from entering the retail power business.

June 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Battle for California: The Entrepreneur vs. The Preacher

We don't have normal elections in California. We have spectacles.

June 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Robo calls helping candidates chase off possible votes

I finally made up my mind who to vote for in Tuesday's Republican primary for Congress.

June 06, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


When things just don’t make sense

For those who long for a universe that's fair, things haven't been going so well. Why Gulf oil rig Deepwater Horizon's meltdown in leadership and accountability in April led to a deadly explosion and environmental disaster will be better understood with time. But what's hard to understand is how millions of innocent human beings and other forms of life should suffer so much irreparable loss at the hands of companies who simply don't comply.

June 06, 2010 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


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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


Big Mother: Hitting the bottle (of soda) can kill you

Drinking water can kill you.

May 30, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Life: It’s how you play it that makes all the difference

It's time once again for Pomp and Circumstance.

May 29, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Downtown antique fairs in Ripon & Tracy

Ripon's 1st Antique Fair will take place on Saturday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Main Street Downtown Ripon. All proceeds go to Ripon Historical Society. There will be antiques, primitives and vintage signs for sale. For more info go to http://community.mantecabulletin.com/events/detail/13176/

May 29, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Yes, your toilet can be intelligent

Are you ready for a toilet smarter than you?

May 28, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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