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Manteca voting was a good grade & not a mandate

So what was the verdict on Tuesday as far as Manteca politics is concerned?

November 04, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Perry left mark as guardian of taxpayer dollar

He's been demonized by some, vilified by a few, and marginalized by others.

November 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It can be brutal running & serving on local boards

No matter what you think of Carlon Perry, Willie Weatherford, Debby Moorhead, Ben Cantu and all of the other candidates for local offices in today's elections in Manteca, Ripon, and Lathrop you have got to admire them.

November 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tale of two stores in Manteca: One holds secret of success

This is the story of two stores in Manteca. Maybe, I should say, the stories of two stores in Manteca because one is about how success is achieved, and the other is about how success slips away.

November 01, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Myths endure about farming in California

Californians are amazing.

November 01, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is whining turning United States into nation of losers?

Americans never used to whine.

October 31, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rough Union Road has smooth future

The driving experience in recent weeks along Union Road between Louise Avenue and Lathrop Road has been almost akin to a lunar surface expedition.

October 30, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Giving up ghosts (white bed sheets) of Halloween past

Halloween is fairly anti-climactic for weird costumes given the tendency of some parents these days to let their pre-teen kids dye their hair bizarre colors, wear dog collars and even allow 10-year-old boys to have a pierced ear or two.

October 30, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


My career as a guaranteed out in Little League

Every boy dreams of baseball glory.

October 29, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is there a better way for Manteca to elect a mayor?

Should Debby Moorhead get elected mayor of Manteca on Tuesday it will mean the fourth time since 1998 that the council will have to decide whether to appoint a replacement for Moorhead or else call for a special election.

October 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


From laughing stock to getting many things right

Dumping on government is in vogue.

October 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just who is the Big Bad Wolf in child care flap?

Karen McLaughlin is at the epicenter of what promises to develop as the next major Manteca political storm.

October 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Two pounds a week can change a lot

I scored 50 pounds of fresh harvested almonds Sunday.

October 25, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca races reflect civility & not cantankerous ways of past years

Debby Moorhead doesn't point fingers.

October 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A well-placed knee, Betty Bear & Rick Mello

Betty Bear is on a long, long hibernation.

October 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | 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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