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Extending vote to 14-year-olds isn’t way to change things

Al Fleming Jr. was a cool seventh grade social studies teacher.

January 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Power outage makes you realize just how much we rely on electricity

No power, no problem?

January 22, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Manteca golf course bucks trend, sees increased play

The poor economy is finally catching up to golf courses and California is definitely one of the hardest hit states with many closures. Locally we have seen several public golf courses close their doors with others up for serious consideration.

January 22, 2010 | By ALAN THOMAS Golf Pro | Local Columns


Should the city be in the Fourth of July business?

I do not need the government to help me celebrate the Fourth of July.

January 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hernandez needs to worry about crosswalk not ‘useless’ alley

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

January 21, 2010 | | Local Columns


Kelley Brothers: A textbook RDA project

The first glance inside the boarded up El Rey in 1998 was a real eye opener.

January 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Getting a lot of mileage & exercise out of his ‘prop’

I often refer to my red 18-speed mountain bicycle as a "prop."

January 20, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


French Camp’s impressive success story

These are good times for French Camp School.

January 17, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Orchard Valley: The devil, as, they say, is in the details

Manteca's biggest park-n-ride lot is also one of Manteca's best-kept secrets.

January 14, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


State law requires farm impact studies

Tuesday's Bulletin had an article entitled: "Redundant farm conversion studies adding to the cost of housing projects."

January 14, 2010 | By STEVE PINKERTON City manager for Manteca | Local Columns


State law keeps taxpayers in dark regarding Costco payment

Manteca municipal officials found out through commercial leasing agents with Kitchell that Costco was going to locate another store in the region and were considering the east side of Modesto.

January 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Food that’s worth the long drive

How far will you travel to satisfy your taste buds?

January 12, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Refrigerator weather prelude to spring’s repertoire of color

January in the Northern San Joaquin Valley can drive you crazy if you let it.

January 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to heed lesson of Weston Ranch

Managing a bust is perhaps more important than directing a boom.

January 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You get out of a garden & life what you put into it

I've paid for a new roof as well as a new fence that I stained by hand. I painted the outside and ripped out most of the inside carpet. I tore down an outbuilding and ripped out brick flower beds as well as two concrete pathways. I've ripped up four trees and the grass in the back yard and removed the grass and three trees in the front yard. I've planted seven trees and 128 shrubs so far.

January 08, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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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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