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Central Valley tule fog is why Santa needs Rudolph

I always love getting calls from people who live on the East Coast or Midwest this time of year.

December 14, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Striking a balance between farming, growth & wildlife

I'm not a huge fan of hunting.

December 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


CPUC: California’s Corporate Profit Upkeep Commission

Sylvia Siegel was an amazing woman.

December 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


3 words killing America today: ‘I am entitled’

It was the ultimate defining moment for the out-of-control culture of entitlement.

December 11, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Council should listen to Perry & Cantu on downtown

Ben Cantu - who finished second in the Manteca mayor's race last month - sounded like a broken record at times during the campaign when he harped on the city's "inability" to adopt a plan and stick to it.

December 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Turning howling into whistles for Manteca

Remember the howling wolf?

December 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fear mongering in Manteca targets Punjabi Americans

Whispering campaigns are always the ugliest.

December 08, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


America – & the world – changed 69 years ago today

Bummed about the economy?

December 07, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Going door-less curing me of cluttering urge

I am trying to - in the words of trendy experts - de-clutter my life.

December 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Chase, Wachovia ax Christmas trees in banks to be PC

'Tis the season for absurd politically correct pronouncements.

December 04, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Whipping up fear over reducing mortgage deduction

Trimming the deficit isn't going to be an easy task as long as the debate is long on fear and short on rationale discussions.

December 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca reaps bushels of benefits from farmers

Bob Cabral knew it would work.

December 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will yet another lawsuit make for good neighbors?

Lathrop is suing Manteca. Again.

December 01, 2010 | | Local Columns


Federal workers crying foul over pay hike freeze

It is "a slap at working people …. To symbolically hit at federal employees I think is just wrong." - American Federation of Government Employees President John Gage's reaction to President Barack Obama's proposal to freeze federal wages for two years

November 30, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Michael C. Ford, The Doors, and poetic musings about San Joaquin Valley

The name Michael C. Ford will probably ring a bell to not just a few Manteca Unified School District students who were in elementary and high school during the mid-to-late 1980s. Those were the years when the award-winning spoken-word artist did stints as a poet-in-residence at Brock Elliott School, Manteca High and other campuses in the district.

November 29, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


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My mom would be a felon in today’s world

It is now a crime in America to let a 7-year-old boy walk a half mile by himself to the park.

August 01, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Prouty: Woman of courage, great storyteller

Years ago, a woman so distraught over the passing of her husband, scaled the chain link fence of the East Union Cemetery under cover of darkness to spend the night next to her departed beloved's grave. Strange as that story may sound, she was the second one to do just that. That's just two of the many interesting – for lack of a better term – stories coming out of the pioneer cemetery since its establishment in 1872.

July 31, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Car show, BBQ Saturday at Commons benefits fire fund

The Commons at Union Ranch (2241 N. Union Road in Manteca) is holding a Classic Car Show & BBQ on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be live music, barbecue and classic cars. All proceeds to benefit the Manteca Fire Department Chief's Foundation for the victims of fires and to provide smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to seniors. For more info go to http://community.mantecabulletin.com/events/detail/13792/

July 31, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


PG&E? Lie? Now that’s a real shocker

uPG&E did not pay any taxes between 2008 and 2010 despite scoring $4.1 billion in profits. During that same time they received $1 billion in tax rebates. It was all thanks to a $79 million lobbying effort of politicians by the firm that last summer spent $10 million on a "we lost our way" advertising campaign to improve their public image.

July 31, 2014 | | Local Columns


Seelye facing conflict of interest questions

Is this a case of conflict of interest?

July 30, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Leadership drought in curbing water use in Manteca

Manteca is leaving no stone unturned as it studies the long-term financial risks and economic viability of the Great Wolf Resort proposal to develop a 500-room resort on 30 acres of city-owned land.

July 30, 2014 | | Local Columns


Manteca board going for costly bond option?

Need new carpet?

July 29, 2014 | | Local Columns


Stanislaus unkind to the unprepared

He trudged out of the water, his shirt soaked and pulled tight around his skin, glasses and hat hanging from head. He towed a pathetic pink raft behind him, completing the look of a man who had been beaten and embarrassed by the elements.

July 26, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


Wood actually took 23 years, not two hours to die in Arizona

Do not get teary-eyed or enraged thinking about how Joseph R. Wood III died.

July 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is City of Bell to big to govern?

The City of Bell consists of 2.64 square miles.

July 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Reveries of an old man

I dream of being Roger Federer. I always watch his matches and cheer out loud as if it would make a difference in his play.

July 25, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Local Columns


Manteca: The Mother of All water wasters

The City of Manteca is the biggest water waster by far.

July 24, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Combined flea market, yard sale set for Saturday

The Manteca Senior Center Advisory Committee and Manteca Seniors Helping Area Residents and Police combined flea market and yard sale is this Saturday, July 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be 30 vendors selling garage and new items, from arts & crafts to collectibles inside the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane, and SHARP will host the backyard sale directly behind the senior center building. Up for grabs will be items including furniture, sporting goods, household items, toys, electronics, to name a few. Don't miss it!

July 24, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


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