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In retrospect, 2011 was a good year for most of us

Just five days to go for 2011.

December 26, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


iPad 2 helps take you from i-Resist to i-Enthralled

I resisted joining the i-Tech revolution.

December 26, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Customer support: Abstract concept for some firms

Customer support is perhaps the most laughable term ever coined by corporate types.

December 24, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Thoughtless gifts: From pet rocks to nose hair trimmers

I admit to having plunked down $8 back in 1975 to buy the ultimate gag Christmas gift - The Pet Rock.

December 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dell’Osso holiday lights is a bright idea for fun

It was an annual tradition to pile into the car with my parents and drive around town looking at the ornate Christmas displays that people would assemble.

December 23, 2011 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


The beauty of the season we mistakenly dismiss as dreary

There is something delightfully sinful about jogging in the fog

December 22, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Phil Waterford et al prove it’s a wonderful life

Bah humbug might be the attitude on Wall Street but not on Main Street.

December 21, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Chipotle wants right to hire from pool of workers now in US illegally

The folks who run Chipotle Mexican Grill apparently are convinced that it is not worth the effort to hire only from the pool of people who can legally work in the United States.

December 20, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We act as if it is no big deal that Iraq war is over

When Johnny comes marching home again,

December 19, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Trophy Generation makes it loud & Clear: Life isn’t fair

The Occupy Du Jour protestor was adamant.

December 18, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


In the midst of bad news, there’s a lot of good news

I remember a story shared by a former co-worker in the Manteca Bulletin newsroom several years ago. One evening, she found herself being pulled over by a police car. She was not speeding. Her car's sticker was not expired. She couldn't think of any reason why a cop would want to talk to her.

December 17, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


What’s the bigger crime? Obstruction or Uncle Sam arming ruthless drug cartels?

Let's see, the federal government purposely sells guns to the Mexican drug cartels that are used to maim and kill law-abiding citizens of the United States and Mexico.

December 17, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Kid’s weight makes you unfit parent in government’s eyes

Is your kid overweight?

December 16, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fred Flintstone era NTSB recommends ban on drivers using hands free cell phones

We live in a George Jettson world regulated by a National Transportation Safety Board from the Fred Flintstone era.

December 15, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A Christmas miracle: Mantecans helping Love I.N.C. play Santa

Stephen Parsons firmly believes nothing is impossible with God. That He is someone who miraculously turns desperation into something "unbelievable" and "phenomenal" to the "wow" degree especially at Christmas time.

December 15, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


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Left or Right? It’s crazy across the board

It's been a little bit over a week since I decided to take a step back from online politics.

February 10, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


Making city more responsive to Mantecans

Is there a new dawn in Manteca?

February 09, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Free tuition isn’t enough. They want free living as well.

Free tuition - as some struggling students pointed out to the Associated Press this week - doesn't mean free college.

February 08, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


1,443 days left & we’ve stopped communicating

George Buljan was the City of Roseville mayor in the 1980s.

February 07, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s monument to drug use

Want to see how drug use can destroy a neighborhood?

February 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacramento discouraging significant water conservation

Imagine South San Joaquin Irrigation District being able to reduce water use by 60,000 or so acre feet annually. That's enough water based ...

February 04, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s never too late to go after your dream

In a way, Jim Anderson has already accomplished nearly everything one could ask for.

February 03, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


What happens if Manteca Unified goes nuclear?

How advantageous is it for the Building Industry Association of the Delta headed by Jon Beckman who once served as a councilman in the fairly ...

February 03, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Archie Bunker is alive & well at UC Berkeley

Some 53 years later it is apparent the Free Speech Movement spawned at the University of California at Berkeley comes with a big asterisk - * as ...

February 02, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


My 7th grade teacher: Don’t vote for Nixon

"Tell your parents they shouldn't vote for Nixon-Agnew."

January 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Starbucks goes Grande on principle

Starbucks apparently has two types of corporate citizenship - conscience and de-conscience.

January 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Diapers, ‘flushable’ wipes create havoc with Ripon sewer

So-called "flushable" wipes and diapers are creating havoc with Ripon's wastewater treatment plant by plugging up the system.

January 30, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Lathrop used 22% less than during 2013

Residents of Lathrop used slightly more water in 2016 than they did the year before, increasing consumption less than one percent over the previous year ...

January 30, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


120 BYPASS SOLUTION

Manteca - working in concert with surrounding communities as it has done three times before - has help set in motion a critical upgrade for Highway 120.

January 30, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca museum turning 25

The Manteca Museum marks its 25th year this July.

January 30, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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