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$366K & counting: Browne case a financial nightmare

When all is said and done, the Matt Browne wrongful-termination case could haunt the collective conscience of Lathrop's city officials and taxpayers for a long time. Based on preliminary figures plus other anticipated expenses, not to mention related expenses factored into the big picture, a former department head's courageous act to stand by his unwavering belief that he was unjustly terminated and denied his constitutional rights as a city employee, could end up costing the city a pretty penny - maybe even close to a million dollars.

February 16, 2009 | Rose Albano Risso | OPINION

A way to help home builders & buyers & not spend a penny

The City of Manteca wants to be pro-business. They want to be accountable. They want to be transparent. And they also want to promote affordable housing.

February 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | OPINION

Brooks always manages to buck odds

Shortly before Christmas, I had the pleasure of viewing the Hall of Distinction.

February 11, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | OPINION

‘Queen of Mean’ had it right: Only the little people pay taxes

Billionaire hotel heiress Leona Helmsley once bragged "only the little people pay taxes."

February 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | OPINION

In defense of teachers’ pay in Manteca

Virginia Garrett was my freshman literature and senior English teacher in high school.

February 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | OPINION

Pictures do paint a thousand words, even snapshot ones

A picture truly paints a thousand words. Yes, even ones that are the obligatory promo shots intended for scrapbooks that only family members, relatives and maybe a few friends would enjoy viewing one too many times.

February 09, 2009 | Rose Albano Risso | OPINION

He’s definitely his father’s son

He is very much my father's son.

February 03, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | OPINION

Keep in mind sacred cows can make government flabby

If you're taken hostage at gunpoint you probably want to make sure Manteca has a SWAT team in the wings.

February 03, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | OPINION

Here’s an idea: Drop bailout plans & suspend 2008 income taxes

Congress doesn't trust us – the average American – but they trust their Wall Street and Big Business buddies to jump start the economy. They are the same ones who gladly took part of the $700 billion bailout and then turned around and paid out $18 billion in bonuses as they posted record losses

February 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | OPINION

When all else fails blame Proposition 13

Proposition 13 gets blamed for everything in California.

January 27, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | OPINION

Manteca’s K-9 superheroes

With the new season of American Idol underway, viewers will once again rush to their televisions each week to see who can sing and who can't. Who's going to Hollywood and who's packing it up and going home. While I am somewhat interested in seeing how the program progresses each week, I am much more interested in seeing what Manteca's K-9 crime fighters are up to.

January 26, 2009 | By MONICA CANE Local columnist | OPINION

A bit of presidential trivia to mull over

This was a moment to be shared.

January 26, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | OPINION

Counting your blessings when times are hard

In these hard economic times, everything looks bleak.

January 26, 2009 | Rose Albano Risso | OPINION

Tale of two cities with sugar plants: Manteca & Tracy

Bill Perry was mayor during one of Manteca's darkest moments - the closing of Spreckels Sugar that had served as the symbol, if not the heart, of the city's economic strength for 75 years.

January 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | OPINION

The list of people & things to blame never ends for a true victim

I finally get it.

January 12, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | OPINION

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