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Two true public servants: Richard Bull & Charlie Halford

public servant n. 1. a person who works for the state or local government. 2. Ripon Police Chief Richard Bull.

July 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca’s big myth of a dying downtown district

One of the political givens is that downtown is dying and that it is on the verge of turning into blight hell and will strip Manteca of its cultural and moral soul so therefore the city needs to pump in truckloads of money to save it from becoming Fort Apache as in the South Bronx.

July 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

A look at crime in Manteca today

One of the biggest concerns of our citizens is crime in their community. We read the newspaper stories about gang activity and then see an article that says crime is down. It makes you wonder how both can be true. I thought it might help to know how and why the Police Department tracks crime in Manteca.

July 20, 2010 | DAVE BRICKER Manteca Police Chief | Local Columns

Hot times? Water is still the one

I grew up during a time when coaches believed that taking a salt tablet was effective in dealing with dehydration.

July 20, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

Meg Whitman’s cash & the threat it poses to California’s democracy

There is a 900-pound-gorilla in the governor's race for California, but contrary to assertions by the Manteca Bulletin, it is hardly unions representing California workers.

July 20, 2010 | DEBORAH BURGER, RN Co-President California Nurses Association | Local Columns

City manager for whom the cash ‘Bell’ tolls

Is anybody worth $6.41 a minute?

July 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Stop feeding more taxes to bloated & lethargic bureaucracy up in Sacramento

Getting Californians back to work won't happen in significant numbers until Sacramento finally comes to grips with the basic lesson of the Great Recession: Economic health can't be sustained from spending beyond your means.

July 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Does Meg have anything to offer besides attacks on Jerry Brown?

Meg Whitman is definitely getting the best produced political hit commercials money can buy.

July 18, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Gotcha! politics & fuss over Palin’s Turlock payday

"Why did they try to keep it a secret for so long, and now release the figure out of nowhere? Our schools are hurting, students are hurting, and to charge that kind of money for a speech I still feel is a bit absurd." - Ashli Briggs, a 23-year-old California State University at Stanislaus political science major as quoted by the Associated Press concerning the release of how much Sarah Palin was paid to speak in Turlock.

July 17, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

That old house was our home

The house of my youth is currently on the market.

July 17, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

Council needs to rethink Manteca LMDs

Richard Behling believes government has no business being in landscape maintenance.

July 16, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

An interesting encounter with a “homing” pigeon

There was something about the bird that stopped me in my tracks.

July 16, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

Nurses union makes case for Whitman’s election

The 900-pound gorilla in the Nov. 2 race for governor isn't Meg Whitman.

July 15, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Of deceit, theft & Sacramento water bonds

State Sen. Lois Wolk should have no problem selling folks in southwest rural Manteca that the Proposition 18 water bond is a gigantic waste of money.

July 14, 2010 | | Local Columns

Yosemite is better hiking with my son

Josh had vague memories of Yosemite.

July 13, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

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Newsom not much different than Kentucky county clerk

Kim Davis is not a hero.

September 07, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Thank labor. They built America.

Did you wake up with a roof over your head this morning?

September 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Alleys: The good, the bad & the ugly

Every house I've lived in except one has been adjacent to an alley.

September 04, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Death row sentence assures one of long life

What is arguably the safest place to be in California?

August 31, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

You should have seen the sidewalk

Pain is relative.

August 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

California’s training wheels for young adults

If you're between the ages of 18 and 21 and live in California, congratulations: The California Legislature is halfway to further eroding your rights.

August 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Legislation to increase crime & taxes

State Senator Richard Pan rolled out legislation this week to increase crime in California and jack up taxes on the state's poor.

August 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Yosemite puts the whole world in perspective

The smoky haze on Saturday obscured what would have been 80-mile views on a clear day from atop a granite perch overbooking Ten Lakes and ...

August 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Affordable housing & Manteca

The phrase "affordable housing" is rapidly become a paradox in Manteca.

August 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

LA’s twin grab for SJ Valley, Delta land & water

All Californians are created equal unless you're the little guy in the San Joaquin Valley or the Delta.

August 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

100 reasons to jog in 99 degree heat

It was 99 degrees at 12:55 p.m. Monday, perfect for a celebratory jog.

August 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Only police should carry guns in Manteca municipal parks

Manteca city staff is so concerned about the safety of part-time people they employ to lock park restrooms in the evening that they'd like ...

August 16, 2015 | | Local Columns

Drought rules drop home values so much they’re up 3%

Property values, we were told, were going to plummet in Manteca due to the city's stepped up water conservation rules that most residents are ...

August 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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