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Viewing bulbs as safety devices for downtown

Manteca's landscaping bulbs – depending upon your disposition - are either blasted annoyances impeding travel or blessed additions beautifying the streets.

August 07, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Yes, your kids are out of control

hellion (heyen) n. informal: a rowdy, mischievous, or troublemaking person, esp. a child in a restaurant

August 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The steps of the dance called life changes as the music does

"Life's a dance you learn as you go" – Part of the chorus to John Michael Montgomery's song "Life's a Dance."

August 05, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Joe Bazookas need to enjoy stepping on gooey gum

If there is a merciful deity, there is a special spot reserved in hell for those who abuse the privilege of chewing bubble gum in public.

August 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Congress runs America like the Titantic

The Titanic should have taught us all a lesson. When the ship of state hits an iceberg, it's the rich and powerful to the lifeboats first while the rest of us are left scrambling around like a bunch of trapped rats on a sinking ship.

August 01, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The rich – and powerful – are different than you and I

I get it now.

July 31, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Freeing the angel inside

Saturday, an angel incarcerated for 556 years finally saw the light of day.

July 27, 2009 | Fr. Dean McFalls | Local Columns


Manteca needs to create Moffat transit village

Transit villages are supposedly cutting edge concepts in urban planning.

July 26, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The most cost effective health care solution is you and I

"We have met the enemy and he is us." – The much quoted line from Pogo comic strip from 1971

July 25, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Get ready for The sequel: ‘Kindergartner Governor’

The 1906 Earthquake couldn't do it.

July 24, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Moffat project is more than just planting 250 trees

In better times proceeding with the planting of 250 trees along the Tidewater Bikeway's Moffat Boulevard leg would be a no brainer.

July 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Without Prop. 13 California would be in worse shape

Proposition 13 has become the whipping boy for many playing the blame game for the current budget deficit as well as the weakened condition of public education in California.

July 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Nominations for worst store clerk

In the beginning, they were simply clerks.

July 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


That $4 bridge toll is a real deal as are many of our government services

It was time to pay the piper.

July 15, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s ‘Fields of Dreams’

I have to admit that I wasn't emotionally moved when I first saw "Field of Dreams" some 20 years ago.

July 15, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | 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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