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Obama speech to school kids strikes raw nerves

It is being billed as a pitch to get kids to work hard and stay in school. Some say it is Orwellian. Others claim it is cult worship. And then there are those that contend it is political grandstanding on the taxpayer's dime.

September 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Remember, it was PG&E’s idea that SSJID go into retail power sales

PG&E – whether you like the San Francisco-based utility or not – has no one else to blame for South San Joaquin Irrigation District moving toward entering the retail power business but PG&E itself.

September 03, 2009 | | Local Columns


The purpose of a municipal golf course

People who play golf pretty much know there are three different types of golf courses. However, those of you who don't play golf might be under the impression that all golf courses are alike. In actuality, the three categories of golf courses are so different as night and day.

September 03, 2009 | By ALAN THOMAS Golf Pro | Local Columns


Manteca Unified: Why is it now faring worse than some nearby districts?

How did Manteca Unified get in its present financial predicament that some contend is worse than neighboring school districts?

September 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Junking memories at Lovelace

A few days ago I took my son to the Lovelace Transfer Station.

September 02, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Health care debate being framed wrong

Much ado is being made of the United States infant mortality rate in the crisis du jour debate involving health care.

September 01, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


TEACHER PAYROLL

In the past, I received $200 for classroom supplies. Not a month, not a semester but for the YEAR. I will receive $25 for the year. And, you might not realize this, but in the past, the school board gave the superintendent a $300 supply allowance. Not per year, per MONTH. To his credit, Superintendent Jason Messer turned this perk down. That's not the point. Do you see how this example further illustrates my point of fiscal mismanagement and anti-children policy at the district level?

September 01, 2009 | By KEN JOHNSON President, Manteca Teachers Association | Local Columns


Uncle Sam is an enabler of the worst kind

Uncle Sam is turning into the relative who undermines good parenting by lavishing kids with expensive gifts, giving them candy before dinner and letting them stay up until all hours of the night and ignore basic disciplines like doing you homework and chores.

August 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified needs to fine tune its busing decision

The decision to cut home-to-school busing inside a 1.25-mile radius for elementary students and a 2.5-mile radius for high school students around Manteca Unified campuses was clear in terms of who gets a ride and who doesn't.

August 29, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Surprise! State is raising your taxes even though you got no pay raise

If you're like most Californians and still have a job you probably haven't gotten a raise in the last year.

August 28, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Property taxes look like they could drop even more in 2010-11

The bottom line isn't looking good for the next five years or so when it comes to municipal property taxes for Manteca and other San Joaquin Valley cities.

August 27, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stockton beats Modesto as the place to go

Stockton is the Rodney Dangerfield of California cities.

August 26, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lucille Harris, $112K, tumbleweeds, rabbits & extortion California-style

If Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Gang of 120 in the California Legislature want to know how to get the economy going and revenues rolling back into the state treasury they should sit down with Lucille Harris for an hour.

August 25, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Going from Facebook to face-to-face

Cara Campbell spent a portion of her vacation making an effort to reconnect with old friends.

August 25, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Time to stand up for schools

It's time to stand up and be counted. It's time to stand up for our schools. It's time to stand up for our children. Forty-two kids in first grade at Great Valley. Seventy kids in PE at Lathrop High. High school kids sitting on the classroom floor because there are no seats available. Class schedules for high school kids being rearranged so they can be put into classes that they do not want just for the SOLE purpose of putting them somewhere. Don't believe it? Ask the high school kids! Manteca Unified class sizes maxed out ...

August 25, 2009 | By KEN JOHNSON President, Manteca Teachers Association | Local Columns


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SPECIAL BONDS

There is a special bond that exists between father and youngest son in the Goatcher household, and it almost always reaches a crescendo about this time of the year.

February 19, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


Internet is for the ‘Flappy Birds’

It was driving Sawyer slightly crazy.

February 19, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Gun rights: Trusting your government & not theirs

There is a connection between being allowed to carry a concealed weapon and national security, but it isn't what you think.

February 17, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Coming home to a place I had never been before

I had bonked the previous day on Sonora Pass on a 90-degree day. It was the sixth day of a fully loaded touring bicycling trip with two teen boys. I was carrying 80 pounds of gear and supplies on my touring bicycle. They were on racing bicycles with just handlebar bags. The object was to crisscross seven major Sierra passes in seven days. The previous day we had crested Tioga Pass and were headed to Topaz Lake via Sonora Pass before tackling Monitor Pass and heading home to Lincoln.

February 17, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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