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A random act of kindness at a fast food restaurant

While dining last week at a nearby fast-food restaurant, I couldn't help but notice a homeless man approaching the self-service fountain drink counter.

November 24, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


It was MPOA’s call to make on salary concessions

Manteca has 12 less police officers today than it did 40 days ago.

November 22, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Farmers keeping Manteca-Lathrop on cutting edge

There are a number of "city slickers" and tekkies who are convinced farmers are so 19th century when it comes to thinking and being stewards of the earth.

November 21, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Boys & Girls: A chance for kids to be a kid

Why am I digging into my pockets to donate to next week's Boys & Girls Club Telethon?

November 20, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


News 10 reporter a good sport during GECAC challenge

I had a chance to be the guy behind the news camera.

November 20, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Downtown vision not clear

A letter to the editor was posted in the Manteca Bulletin on Nov. 14 regarding the downtown area and whether there is a "clear vision" for its future.

November 20, 2009 | By STEVE PINKERTON City manager for Manteca | Local Columns


Health care: Be careful what you ask for as you might just get it

Back in the mid-1960s a government study determined the artificial sweetener known as cyclamates can cause cancer.

November 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s time to reject all incumbents in Sacramento

California is in a world of hurt. We have overextended government to the point we can no longer afford it.

November 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Golf course has paid way to greater degree than other city recreation pursuit

I am a firm believer that verifiable facts are the components to getting to the real bottom line of any situation. When rumors, innuendo, and spin are entered into the equation, the water becomes muddied and the true bottom line of anything being analyzed can be difficult to discover. Throw some politics into the mix and you can end up with a lot of confusion. Why some individuals prefer to muddy the water can be a mystery, and I'm sure their reasons are varied and many.

November 18, 2009 | By ALAN THOMAS Golf Pro | Local Columns


Bicycling along the American River

SACRAMENTO - I had always wondered about the much ado made over group bicycling.

November 17, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


RNC’s insurance covers elective abortion for staff

The devil, they say, is in the details.

November 15, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bay Area exports their problems to San Joaquin Valley

Back in the days when Manteca Police referred to Pennebaker Apartments as the police substation due to multiple calls on a daily basis, it should have been clear what ails California is the fact the wealthiest counties in this state often dump their problems on the poorest.

November 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Economy’ blamed for thin turnout at luncheon faire

There was a good-sized crowd at the perennially popular 43rd annual Holiday Luncheon and Crafts Faire sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Group of St. Anthony's School over the weekend. But I've seen larger crowds. There were years when you had to fight the human traffic just to get to the booths bearing a plethora of truly unique creations.

November 09, 2009 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Per diem fight: Legislators don’t want perk reduced

How much money do you spend a day on housing and basics such as electricity and food on your workdays?

November 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon’s road to nowhere going there fast

It is Ripon's Frontage Road to nowhere. It runs under the Wilma Avenue overpass and ends abruptly at the Ripon Christian High campus.

November 07, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Climate change, the drought & Yosemite Valley

Extreme weather is bad, right?

December 10, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


ARE YOU GAME?

Many needy families and children did not get a visit from Santa last year because of wasted food. Apparently, a lot of the food served during the annual Costa's Wild Game feed ended up in trash cans because some of people decided they did not like the "game-y" taste.

December 09, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Time to bite the bullet (train) & pull plug

If you own a Ford Focus, Chevy Cruze or a Honda Civic it costs you 16.3 cents a mile to operate your vehicle once gas, maintenance, tires, insurance and depreciation are taken into account.

December 09, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Central Valley tule fog is why Santa needs Rudolph

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared on Dec. 14, 2010.

December 05, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Repeat childhoods of yesteryear today & they’d be child abuse charges

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared on May 12, 2011.

December 04, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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