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Gun control won’t get at the root of the real evil

There are 300 million guns in America.

December 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca doesn’t want to regulate T-shirts & tattoos - not yet at least

One must wonder what Thomas Jefferson and the rest of the gang that started this grand experiment known as the United States of America would think of the government they created today.

December 18, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So how can we celebrate Christmas without snow?

How can you possibly celebrate Christmas in California?

December 17, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Into each life some rain must fall, but there’s always new life in spring

As I look back at the year that is quickly passing, I remember with vivid sharpness the final couplet in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "The Rainy Day." It is half of a quatrain I often heard my mom quoting long before I knew the beloved bard's name.

December 16, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


State helps make SJ County haven for criminals & unscrupulous folks

Manteca is receiving $86,250 from Sacramento to fight crime.

December 16, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why should schools care more about athletes when it comes to drug use?

Why are high school athletes always placed on a pedestal?

December 14, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What do federal stimulus funds & tumbleweeds have in common?

Using federal stimulus funds to energize the economy is a bit like using CPR on an elephant 10 days after it died.

December 12, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Worried about stalkers? Uncle Sam should top your list of fears

Andrew Bell is an East Union High graduate from a few years back.

December 10, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Taxpayers and the price tag for personal salvation

Steve Fossett was a successful American businessman and a multi-millionaire. He also was a risk taker.

December 09, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s a wonderful time to be a California criminal

The California Department of Corrections website calls it a "historic solution" to solving the problem of prisons being revolving doors for low-level criminals. It is also touted as the "cornerstone" of plans to get inmate population to 137.5 percent of design capacity by June 13, 2013 as ordered by federal courts.

December 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Artificial or real tree: It’s all about learned behavior

Artificial or real. It's the seasonal version of the plastic or paper question.

December 06, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BATTING THE BREEZE

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following editorial by George Murphy Jr. first appeared in his column, "Batting the Breeze," in the Dec. 28, 1950 issue of the Manteca Bulletin. Murphy, who has since passed away, was publisher of the Bulletin at the time. He also served onboard a ship when Pearl Harbor was attacked 71 years ago on Dec. 7, 1941.

December 06, 2012 | | Local Columns


An incentive plan for increased golf play that makes sense for pro, city

Steve Pinkerton, before he left Manteca to assume city manager duties in Davis - the Sacramento Valley beachhead for Berkeley sensibilities - had a trademark mantra. It was simple and to the point: Things are not going to go back to the way they were before.

December 05, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The CPUC's push to stop renegade ride sharing via non-regulated apps

Gas - as one billboard along Moffat Boulevard proclaimed last summer - is $1.10 per gallon.

December 03, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Killing a scorpion, Death Valley, & lessons about life

The great thing about growing old is growing old.

December 01, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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The non-handshake heard ‘round the 209

By now most people have already forgotten about what happened last week between the Manteca High School Buffaloes and the East Union Lancers prior to ...

November 10, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


CPUC’s prime purpose: Protect PG&E’s profits

It's a $363.4 million question - or if a judge's recommendation holds, a $170 million question.

November 10, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Next dodo bird: Breaking bread with strangers

We are slowly becoming a hermit society.

November 09, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Live’ spelled backwards spells ‘evil’

What's wrong with us?

November 08, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The four chiefs: Hanging around after they retire & what it means

The four "chiefs" - Willie Weatherford, Charlie Halford, Dave Bricker, and Nick Obligacion - are one of the things that makes Manteca unique.

November 07, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


4 state workers net $902,000 in bonuses

Jack Ehnes, Christopher Ailman, Ted Eliopoulos, and Marcie Frost have all just received bonuses totaling $902,000.

November 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon trustees thank bond oversight board

Trustees of the Ripon Unified School District received special appreciation from the Measure G Citizen's Oversight Committee in moving forward with the Colony Oak ...

November 06, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Manteca Unified expels 30 students suspends 2,718 during 2016-2017

Manteca Unified expelled 30 students and suspended 2,718 students during the 2016-2017 school year.

November 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fatal hit and run; shooting leaves man in critical condition

Manteca Police are investigating a fatal hit and run accident that took place Sunday evening in the 1200 block of West Lathrop Road in North ...

November 06, 2017 | | Local Columns


RACING TO HELP KIDS WIN AT BOYS & GIRLS

Eric Nascimento Jr. knows how important the Manteca-Lathrop is in the lives of 1,800 kids who take advantage of the club's programs.

November 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca taxpayers won’t pay for upkeep of coming interchange landscaping

Manteca taxpayers will not be on the hook for the upkeep of landscaping within Caltrans' jurisdiction at the Lathrop Road and Highway 99 interchange that ...

November 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Failure to grasp ‘The Little Red Hen’ moral and $1,210 fine for illegal camping

You've probably never have met Norman Moore, but you may have seen him.

November 04, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City-school partnerships: Getting into swim of things

The City of Manteca has a swimming pool built 60 years ago when the community had a population of less than 10,000.

November 03, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SJ Valley: The land of two seasons

Is it just me, or do we live in a place where two of the seasons exist in name only?

November 02, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Gas tax is unfair as it’s basically a regressive tax

One of California's most regressive taxes became even more regressive on Tuesday.

November 02, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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