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Sacramento should tap the $80B they have on hand first

Apologists for Sacramento's out-of-control spending habits try to blame everyone and everything else for their irresponsibility: Proposition 13, redevelopment agencies, and special districts.

April 02, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How dare Bonds defy Great Wizards of Prosecution

Today is April Fools' Day.

April 01, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why subsidize NPR with federal bucks & not KAT Country?

You've got to love the debate over federal funding of National Public Radio.

March 29, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Entire legislature needs to do the Wisconsin Waltz

Here's an idea. Why don't the 120 men and women in the California Legislature do the "Wisconsin Waltz" and flee to Nevada en masse?

March 27, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E does the right thing with Smart Meters

Bravo, for PG&E.

March 26, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


State needs to thin ranks of bureaucrats

There really is a simple solution to the budget mess in Sacramento.

March 25, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mickey Mouse match made in heaven: Kings owners & Anaheim

Sports franchises like the Rochester Royals-Cincinnati Royals Kansas City Kings-Sacramento Kings-La La Land Royals dump cities the way Zsa Zsa Gabor went through eight husbands.

March 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Diablo Canyon & PG&E: Just how safe is it?

Rancho Seco twin towers soar 55 stories above the ground in Herald some 40 miles north of Manteca.

March 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


RDA doesn’t raise your taxes even a penny

So is redevelopment a good thing?

March 22, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The cancer we are developing is of the heart & soul

Roy Rogers was the good guy who wore the white hat.

March 21, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making sense & cents for Caswell State Park

One can easily come up with perhaps more than a dozen reasons to preserve Caswell State Memorial Park from budget-beleaguered, cost-cutting-crazy California. As everyone probably knows by now, the Golden State's more than 200 state parks are being eyed by the powers-that-be in Sacramento as one of the convenient cuts that could be done to trim the $27 billion deficit.

March 21, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Let’s stop calling people racist for stating the facts

One Saturday night three years ago Manteca Police were running a fairly routine sobriety checkpoint on Yosemite Avenue just past Powers Avenue.

March 20, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Message from Japan: Finding the way to life

Last Friday, one week following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan March 11, I heard a fascinating broadcast. A fisherman had been out to sea just before the disaster stuck. Noticing whirlpools in the water, he headed for shore and ran to his home. By then, the sirens were blaring and the villagers were already evacuating toward the hills. Driving as fast as he could, without time even to save his most valuable property, he fell quickly in line with the vehicles ascending the principal route out of town.

March 20, 2011 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


A reminder of what really matters

It seems like merely days ago the public dialogue bounced between the skyrocketing price of groceries and gasoline; the rising up of working people in the mid east - as well as our own mid west; and the rambings of a seemingly unstable, implausibly garrulous celebrity whose veins course with "dragon's blood." It seems like just days ago because, well, it was.

March 20, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns


Lathrop policy clears way for Jack in Box mobile food trucks

Here's some food for thought for municipal leaders in the South County: What if corporate fast food companies piggyback on city efforts to "help people make a living" via food vending trucks?

March 19, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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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


Curse all of Manteca’s greedy developers

Those crafty, sneaky, and sinister developers.

October 17, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Laughs & good food help Manteca groups

Have fun with comedian Mike Williams and enjoy a Mexican buffet (with virgin Margarita) during a Fiesta FUNdraiser for the Pregnancy Help Center of Manteca that will take place on Friday, Oct. 17, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Calvary Community Church (815 W. Lathrop Road, Manteca).

October 16, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Men’s shelter: It’s OK if you want it in your neighborhood

There is only one question you need to answer if you favor a homeless shelter for single men in Manteca: Would you be willing to have if within a half mile of your home?

October 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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