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Sacramento ready to flush state’s future down toilet

Thank goodness the current California Legislature wasn't around during the Great Depression.

June 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE DISTRICTS

There still appears to be some confusion about the facts concerning the City assuming responsibility for the Landscape Maintenance Districts (LMD). The intent of this blog is to provide clarity to some of the points made in the opinion column in Thursday's Manteca Bulletin.

June 19, 2009 | By STEVEN PINKERTON City manager for Manteca | Local Columns


Political quicksand in form of landscape maintenance districts

Four different contractors deploy at least a dozen people in any given week to work on the 30-plus landscape maintenance district (LMD) that cost homeowners collectively close to $1 million a year.

June 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A modest proposal to save California

The party's over.

June 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Digital TV: Clearing up fuzzy stuff

My retail days seemed like a lifetime ago.

June 17, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


From spoonfuls of sugar to fruits, vegetables & nuts

What a difference 45 years make.

June 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Don’t blame illegals for state budget mess

Are the illegal residents washing dishes in a restaurant or picking fruit the root of all evil when it comes to California's economic maladies?

June 13, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California needs a total recall of Sacramento

I'm not a huge fan of recalls but given the fact no one up in Sacramento really got the message May 19 I'm in favor of a total recall.

June 12, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why Republicans should like Jerry Brown as governor

Jerry Brown was right.

June 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Missing the boat in the letter tug-of-war

Reading the endless back-and-forth between Republicans and Democrats in these pages is often good for a few minutes of low-cost entertainment.

June 11, 2009 | Brandon Petersen | Local Columns


The high cost of celebrating our liberty

The price of liberty is high.

June 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Old Man River’ versus a ‘Younger Girl’

"Hotel California" was playing on the Escape's CD stereo as I turned down Yosemite Avenue headed for Staples Sunday with my 16-year-old granddaughter Ashley riding shotgun.

June 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The unfairness of de facto boarding houses

Manteca creates neighborhoods designed for single family homes.

June 07, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Managing risk in the mission field

The increase in trafficking, violence and kidnappings along the northern Mexican border is adding new impetus to stricter immigration policies, and heightened urgency to controlling illegal movement into the United States.

June 07, 2009 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Five months that will shape Manteca for years to come

"The first five minutes are critical for what happens in the next five hours in a fire. (It is the same principle as) the next five months and how they impact the next five years." – Franco Torrice, Manteca firefighter

June 06, 2009 | 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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