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It is time to pull the plug on California’s government

Santa Barbara is burning.

May 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I still listen for the pitter-patter of paws

It all started when John Grogran first got the idea to publish his tales about life with a young Labrador that instantly captured the heart of America. And for those of us who grew up with a lab in our house, the pages that Grogan filled in that book became almost a verbatim recount of the things encountered with the wiry but outrageously loyal animals. But there was a darker tinge in that story – something that lies just beneath the surface in just about everything that we do and more often than not we try to avoid.

May 10, 2009 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


This is your Mother’s Day card, mom

Dear readers:

May 10, 2009 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Sweet words: ‘Due to inactivity on your account we are canceling your card’

Shortly after I turned 18 I got my first two credit cards from Mervyn's and Chevron.

May 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Did liar home loans also attract criminal element to Manteca?

Has Manteca's crime rate gone down because some of the "right" people are losing their homes?

May 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Weatherford Woods may ultimately help Manteca sewer woes

Weeping willows take on more water than the Titanic.

May 07, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Purpletie.com proved the fallacy of many high tech based businesses

Remember Purpletie.com?

May 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The downtown bulbs and debunking 8 myths about them

The traffic bulbs downtown don't exactly give everyone the warm fuzzies.

May 03, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Municipal crisis: We are all in this together

The City of Manteca at one point had 430 approved employee positions.

May 02, 2009 | | Local Columns


Give a prisoner a cell & you should get put in a cell

Prisoners have better healthcare than most taxpayers.

May 01, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Crying wolf too many times may catch up with educators May 19

Crying wolf one too many times could lead to an unpleasant day of reckoning come the morning after May 19 for California public schools.

April 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


One headache I don’t mind: Kicking the diet soda habit

I have a mild headache – and I couldn't be happier.

April 29, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Extreme eaters

I wouldn't call competitive eating a sport.

April 29, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Governor 2010: A race where the older guy has the real fresh ideas

Dianne Feinstein – arguably the best choice for California's next governor – isn't likely to run for the Golden State's top elected office unless she has a martyr streak a thousand miles wide.

April 27, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified isn’t crying wolf about budget woes

If you want class-size reduction to stay intact, then there is only one thing to do – convince the Manteca Unified School District board Tuesday to put Lathrop High on ice and close two elementary schools by consolidating Veritas and Nile Garden as well as New Haven and Joshua Cowell.

April 26, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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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


Big Mother government & Kristen Olsen

Kristen Olsen doesn't like "unnecessary nanny government policies."

May 27, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fed’s strategy: Destroying river & other fish to save some fish

In 127 days the unthinkable could happen.

May 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Saying thanks for the gift given by Emily Jazmin Tatum Perez

I never had the honor of meeting Emily Jazmin Tatum Perez.

May 24, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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