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Health care debate being framed wrong

Much ado is being made of the United States infant mortality rate in the crisis du jour debate involving health care.

September 01, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


TEACHER PAYROLL

In the past, I received $200 for classroom supplies. Not a month, not a semester but for the YEAR. I will receive $25 for the year. And, you might not realize this, but in the past, the school board gave the superintendent a $300 supply allowance. Not per year, per MONTH. To his credit, Superintendent Jason Messer turned this perk down. That's not the point. Do you see how this example further illustrates my point of fiscal mismanagement and anti-children policy at the district level?

September 01, 2009 | By KEN JOHNSON President, Manteca Teachers Association | Local Columns


Uncle Sam is an enabler of the worst kind

Uncle Sam is turning into the relative who undermines good parenting by lavishing kids with expensive gifts, giving them candy before dinner and letting them stay up until all hours of the night and ignore basic disciplines like doing you homework and chores.

August 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified needs to fine tune its busing decision

The decision to cut home-to-school busing inside a 1.25-mile radius for elementary students and a 2.5-mile radius for high school students around Manteca Unified campuses was clear in terms of who gets a ride and who doesn't.

August 29, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Surprise! State is raising your taxes even though you got no pay raise

If you're like most Californians and still have a job you probably haven't gotten a raise in the last year.

August 28, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Property taxes look like they could drop even more in 2010-11

The bottom line isn't looking good for the next five years or so when it comes to municipal property taxes for Manteca and other San Joaquin Valley cities.

August 27, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stockton beats Modesto as the place to go

Stockton is the Rodney Dangerfield of California cities.

August 26, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lucille Harris, $112K, tumbleweeds, rabbits & extortion California-style

If Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Gang of 120 in the California Legislature want to know how to get the economy going and revenues rolling back into the state treasury they should sit down with Lucille Harris for an hour.

August 25, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Going from Facebook to face-to-face

Cara Campbell spent a portion of her vacation making an effort to reconnect with old friends.

August 25, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Time to stand up for schools

It's time to stand up and be counted. It's time to stand up for our schools. It's time to stand up for our children. Forty-two kids in first grade at Great Valley. Seventy kids in PE at Lathrop High. High school kids sitting on the classroom floor because there are no seats available. Class schedules for high school kids being rearranged so they can be put into classes that they do not want just for the SOLE purpose of putting them somewhere. Don't believe it? Ask the high school kids! Manteca Unified class sizes maxed out ...

August 25, 2009 | By KEN JOHNSON President, Manteca Teachers Association | Local Columns


Have we forgotten Sept. 11, 2001?

Al Qaeda declared war against America in 1998 and these terrorists are still at war against America. Sadly, the Obama administration has directed the removal of any use of the term "War of Terror". Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano also avoids any mention of "terrorism" and "vulnerability" in any discussion. A terrorist act will now be called a "man-made disaster" and the "Global War on Terror" will now be called an "Oversees Contingency Operation" by the Obama administration.

August 25, 2009 | By FRANK AQUILA President, South San Joaquin Republicans | Local Columns


Lum family steeped in Lathrop’s history

Long before there was any bank at all in Lathrop, there was Delta Market.

August 24, 2009 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Time to pull plug on full-time state legislature?

Is it time to return to the days of yesteryear when the California Legislature was a part-time affair?

August 23, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Keeping life lines clear

On the southwest corner of our property, just inside the tan brick wall that separates our office from the mad rush of downtown Stockton activity, stands a still tall sentinel of a tree. With broad leaves expanding wide, it shields us from harsh afternoon sunlight and the endless drone of cross-town traffic.

August 23, 2009 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Pedestrians in Manteca: They’re collateral damage

Just how safe is it being a pedestrian in Manteca?

August 22, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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In defense of Steve DeBrum & Ben Cantu

It's hard not to respect candidates for local elective office, especially in small communities like Manteca.

October 28, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Enjoy $3 a gallon gas while you can

Ready for a flashback?

October 27, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ghostly haunts in South County

IONE – The premise itself was enough to send chills down my spine.

October 25, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Begging for vacation funds via the Internet

Panhandling has gone high tech.

October 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I now own antiquated iPhone6

Back in the Dark Ages 40 years ago when I graduated from high school, if you wanted to call someone you had to use Pacific Bell or one of its Ma Bell siblings unless you were served by a smaller phone company such as Contel or a local independent.

October 24, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Venture Academy performing arts wine tasting this Friday

Venture Academy's third annual Wine Tasting event will take place on Friday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Delicato Winery. Proceeds support the visual and performing arts program. Tickets are $25. For more info or to purchase tickets contact Dionne McDonald at dmcdonald@sjcoe.net.

October 23, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


So is your business website ADA compliant?

Think you dodged a bullet if you own a business and haven't been slapped with an Americans with Disabilities non-compliance lawsuit?

October 23, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ebola or polio: Doesn’t effect us because we’re invincible

My earliest childhood memory is as a 5-year-old being taken to Roseville's Royer Park by my mom back in 1962.

October 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Trick or treaters: For bigger haul mimic Manteca panhandlers

Hey kids!

October 21, 2014 | | Local Columns


A ‘no’ vote on Measure I won’t count

Are you ready to give up your right to vote for all seven Manteca Unified School District board members?

October 20, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


They doubled as CHP patrol officers

Being twins can be cool, especially when both are CHP traffic officers.

October 18, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Timberwolves definitely something to howl about

The howling was real Friday night in the Timberwolves' den.

October 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is Manteca board member being childish?

During the closed session of the Manteca Unified School District Board of Trustees on Oct. 6, the Manteca Bulletin learned that Trustee Nancy Teicheira was reportedly yelled at and was told to "grow up."

October 18, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


For the price of a Starbucks cappuccino once a week

Are you willing to throw away $159 million on a gambit?

October 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Books & beer: Men’s book club thrives

One is a book about a gang of scalp hunters on the US-Mexico border in the 1850s and the harsh, brutal violence that they enact on anybody that they please.

October 17, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


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