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School board’s calendar hurts teaching

At the last Manteca Unified school board meeting, the trustees approved a calendar which defies description. But, I will try to explain what has happened. District administration brought a calendar to the school board for their approval. Not only had district administration recommended approval, but school leaders representing nearly 2,000 employees had supported this calendar. A great deal of thought, time and effort was spent in developing a calendar that provided an excellent framework for learning during these tough financial times.

February 21, 2010 | By KEN JOHNSON President, Manteca Teachers Association | Local Columns

RDA: A community development tool that’s here to stay

I was out for a walk about 15 years ago with my first Dalmatian named Zebra when an elderly neighbor – she actually lived two blocks away – beckoned me from her porch.

February 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

How about a tax on politicians to avoid fattening California’s deficit?

The state bureaucracy is bloated.

February 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The trials & tribulations of being a teen

Oh, we were once young.

February 19, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

California cities fighting thievery with thievery

Now the real fun begins.

February 17, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

What you weigh is more than just numbers

The four words I fear the most.

February 16, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Coming home to Manteca 19 years ago

I was trying to make up my mind between job offers in Manteca, Merced, and Las Vegas some 19 years ago.

February 14, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Don’t recreate Modesto’s Village 1 debacle in Manteca

Modesto has a population of 202,000 residents.

February 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Scaling back flirtation with death on Half Dome

Sanity is about to return to one of Yosemite's most enduring features – Half Dome.

February 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

You can’t trash city’s response to recession

It takes a lot of cash to get rid of our trash.

February 11, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The Protect PG&E’s Gold Mine Act

Hiram Johnson and his contemporaries were mortified at the chokehold Southern Pacific Railroad had on California in the early 1900s.

February 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Shades of pink in the land of bleeding red

"We have met the enemy and he is us." – Pogo in Walt Kelly's 1970 comic strip of the same name

February 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

VA rejects French Camp location

Recently, San Joaquin County received correspondence from the Veterans Administration notifying us that the properties around the County Hospital, which we had offered for the location of the proposed Regional VA Facilities, had been eliminated from consideration. We were astonished at this revelation.

February 09, 2010 | By Leroy Ornellas San Joaquin County Supervisor Fifth District | Local Columns

Margo Young grows up along with Manteca

Imagine Manteca so small that everyone knows everybody. So small that the area where St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and the houses along that stretch of East North Street is just open fields. And small enough there are only about 5,000 people who call this Spreckels Sugar town home.

February 08, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

Palm Beach, jail sales tax, & Manteca

Palm Beach in Florida is the winter play land of the Eastern Seaboard's old money.

February 06, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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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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