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Today I’m the happiest brother in the world

It was one of the most beautiful sights I had ever seen: My sister leaving UC Davis Medical Center in a wheelchair Sunday afternoon.

June 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A tax solution that could make things a lot worse

Do you drink alcohol? Perhaps you smoke cigarettes. Maybe you drive a vehicle. Do you earn a pay check? Are you among the folks who buy items at retail stores or dine in restaurants?

June 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A primer on how to change habits

Most of life is done by rote.

June 12, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns


Bass Pro Shops is deal that’s paying off for Manteca

Imagine the City of Manteca having to spend $3.5 million to cover a bond payment because The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley isn't finished.

June 11, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just how ‘dire’ is the loss of six firefighters?

Does anyone really want to see Manteca lose six firefighters?

June 10, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Eight dirty little secrets about Manteca & city funding

Ready for to hear a couple of dirty little secrets?

June 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mother of 6 passes muster for CHP

Clenched fist knuckle pushups into the hot asphalt was just one of the challenges Heather Lundbom faced in the California Highway Patrol Academy that graduated only six women recently out of the 68 who were actually sworn-in as traffic officers.

June 08, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


CASWELL PARK BECKONS

A unique Central Valley gem encompassing 258 acres awaits those venturing to the southern end of Austin Road.

June 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s wrong using 3rd graders for political objectives

How would you view a teacher taking class time to have her third grade students write legislators to protest cuts to education and to raise the budget?

June 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cancer research: Wrong number for cell phones?

I should be dead.

June 06, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I confess, I use my cell phone just for phone calls

"Wow, you still have a flip phone? That's almost prehistoric."

June 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A 9-year-old GECAC success story

Matthew Refuerzo could easily be a poster boy for Give Every Child a Chance.

June 05, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


California wants to penalize those who follow the law when others don’t

The California Legislature can't even balance a check book yet they have no problem telling the rest of us who aren't in financial trouble and who follow the law how to live our lives.

June 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Mister Dillon’ reunited with Dennis Weaver

Marshal Matt Dillon (Jim Arness) is up in heaven right now with Kitty (Amanda Blake), Deputy Dennis Goode (Dennis Weaver) and Doc (Milburn Stone) enjoying a beer at the Long Branch Salon swapping stories and reminiscing about the good old days when TV shows didn't need gratuitous sex and violence to enthrall viewers.

June 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The X-Men... again

It used to be a blockbuster movie franchise got a reboot every decade or so, but with audience attention span obviously dropping to virtually nil, what's here today is ...well, back today.

June 03, 2011 | Chris Ching | Local Columns


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The truth about America can be found in Manteca

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran on July 4, 2007.

July 04, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stop the world . . .

When I was in eighth grade one of the moms who worked at my elementary school gave me a pin of hers I had admired for years and that pin has hung on the wall in my childhood bedroom ever since. It says, "Stop the world I wanna get off."

July 03, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


Why pay 1,875 times more than you have to?

I do something that is putting me down the same path as the dodo bird. I drink tap water.

July 03, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ten faces and our freedoms

Do yourself a favor.

July 01, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


San Francisco, like LA, needs to atone for its water sins

Why is San Francisco privileged?

July 01, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Texas tries to dilute marriage decision

Gay marriage is now legal in all 50 states.

June 30, 2015 | | Local Columns


Homeless & Manteca property crime

My neighbor had an unexpected visitor recently.

June 29, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Trump should sit down with brain surgeon

Who would you rather perform brain surgery on you: Donald Trump or an illegal immigrant from Mexico?

June 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Crying foul: Are we now a nation of paranoids?

Jogging down Tannehill Drive I heard the familiar cranking of a bicycle coming up from behind.

June 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pray for rain as Sacramento isn’t going to save California

It may surprise Sacramento and its bureaucratic hordes that large segments of California are in danger of lapsing into death throes due to a fourth year of severe drought.

June 25, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Performing arts center option for Manteca

Manteca has a performing arts center on its wish list.

June 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cauchon is an optimist who may run for board

Leo Bennett-Cauchon is an optimist.

June 23, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Confederate flag, rap music & symbolism

I do not like rap music.

June 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Normal dog owners get normal dogs

DEAR DIDI: I just want a normal dog for once. My last dog had separation anxiety. The dog before that was overprotective. The dog before that kept running away from home. How do I get a normal dog? -Frustrated in Tracy

June 22, 2015 | | Local Columns


Death awaits you along the 120 Bypass

I cannot predict where the next stabbing will occur in Manteca.

June 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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