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BATTING THE BREEZE

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following editorial by George Murphy Jr. first appeared in his column, "Batting the Breeze," in the Dec. 28, 1950 issue of the Manteca Bulletin. Murphy, who has since passed away, was publisher of the Bulletin at the time. He also served onboard a ship when Pearl Harbor was attacked 71 years ago on Dec. 7, 1941.

December 06, 2012 | | Local Columns


An incentive plan for increased golf play that makes sense for pro, city

Steve Pinkerton, before he left Manteca to assume city manager duties in Davis - the Sacramento Valley beachhead for Berkeley sensibilities - had a trademark mantra. It was simple and to the point: Things are not going to go back to the way they were before.

December 05, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The CPUC's push to stop renegade ride sharing via non-regulated apps

Gas - as one billboard along Moffat Boulevard proclaimed last summer - is $1.10 per gallon.

December 03, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Killing a scorpion, Death Valley, & lessons about life

The great thing about growing old is growing old.

December 01, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Real-life Santa hospitalized after making donations to feed the hungry

This is my observation of a real-life Santa Claus who continues to touch the hearts of his fellow Mantecans despite a recent medical setback – a true community hero.

November 29, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Be thankful for countless acts of kindness that make us strong

Today is our nation's 223rd Thanksgiving.

November 21, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E is asking for $500 from you to upgrade gas, power system

PG&E, without a doubt, needs billions of dollars to prevent the quasi-monopoly they have been bestowed from plunging the Northern California economy into Third World status.

November 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


They’re acting crazy, but that is why it’s called the Twinkie Defense

Pardon the expression, but what kind of ding dong goes out and buys 16 boxes of Twinkies and Ding Dongs and then goes on eBay and advertise three boxes for $300?

November 19, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PE classes done right are major game changers

I dreaded high school PE classes.

November 18, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DEA delivers drug war to your front door steps

Uncle Sam is on the hunt for drug dealers.

November 16, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Uncle Sam beats SJ Valley senseless with carrot & stick

Congratulations!

November 15, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacramento goes soft on career criminals

It's open season on law-abiding Californians.

November 14, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California’s mass transit answer is the automobile

In the coming days I will get in my Escape and drive 457 miles to Death Valley.

November 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Medical professionals buy Mom more time

My Mom was dying.

November 13, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


My love affair started shortly after I married

The love affair started innocently enough.

November 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Why are things the way they are in Manteca?

"People get the neighborhood they want."

March 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


They may call 2017 pickups primitive 52 years from now

Remember the good old days when pickup trucks were cheaper than cars and defined the terms "basic" and "Spartan"?

March 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lathrop council may cut $24,000 a year deal with chamber

The City of Lathrop has long positioned itself as a "business friendly" community.

March 20, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Water battle is now going underground

There are over 500 wells pumping water from the same source - the Eastern San Joaquin Groundwater Sub-Basin.

March 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca High teens spread safety word

They took their message of promoting safe driving Thursday to Sequoia Elementary School.

March 20, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


HELP FOR unCERTain TIMES

Your neighbor might one day save your life.

March 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MANTECA’S GREEN INITIATIVE

Manteca - under a Climate Action Plan adopted in 2013 - must reduce its per capita greenhouse gases by 21.7 percent by the time 2020 roll ...

March 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sunlight for the Stockton mentality

There's something called the law of diminishing returns.

March 17, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


San Joaquin Valley ground zero for latest Trump effort

Remember Bakersfield in 1992?

March 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making George Jetson pay taxes on Rosie robot

Bet you George and Jane Jetson are wishing they hired an undocumented immigrant as a housekeeper instead of hiring Rosie the robot maid.

March 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


College cost not student debt is the real problem

"California is taking the boldest step in the nation toward making college debt-free." - California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon speaking about a plan to create a ...

March 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Northern SJ holding bag for Bay Area

Why do poor people struggling to make ends meet leave job rich Bay Area to head east over the Altamont Pass?

March 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How Manteca can be a good neighbor

Marty Harris is right.

March 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon plan for parent involvement

Trustees of the Ripon Unified School District will receive information on the Parent Involvement Plan for the District-level English Learner Advisory Committee.

March 13, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


2 retire from MPD after combined 50 years

Two members of the Manteca Police Department retired with more than 50 years of combined service on Friday – Dispatcher Kim Thomas and Detective Armen Avakian.

March 13, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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