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Let’s find out if Sacramento leaders have real courage, brains & hearts

Get ready for Abbott & Costello and The Three Stooges Destroy California Tour.

April 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cinco de Mayo is as American as you can get

People need to stop having heart palpitations over Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

April 07, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Frank Sinatra had it right: That’s life & you can’t deny it

That's life, that's what all the people say

April 06, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Costly $159 cell calls & text messages

Cell phones and seat belts continued to be a focus Tuesday of the four Manteca Police motorcycle officers on the street trying to stem "distracted drivers" in the state-wide education campaign.

April 06, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Federal workers addicted to COLA at your expense

Years of guzzling cola - and not the kind made with sugar - is bloating America and jeopardizing our economic health.

April 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to deal with dark clouds over education

Budget cuts do not doom the quality of education that one receives.

April 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The bad and good at Oakland Athletics’ game

Who would have guessed we would witness the best come out of the worst at an Oakland A's game Saturday. It was either divine providence or just the most amazing coincidence that played out in front of us in section 209.

April 03, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Thanks to Raymus a rainbow of hope touches kids’ lives

"In 100 years it won't matter what car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much I had in my bank account, nor what my clothes looked like, but the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child." - Anonymous

April 03, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacramento should tap the $80B they have on hand first

Apologists for Sacramento's out-of-control spending habits try to blame everyone and everything else for their irresponsibility: Proposition 13, redevelopment agencies, and special districts.

April 02, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How dare Bonds defy Great Wizards of Prosecution

Today is April Fools' Day.

April 01, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why subsidize NPR with federal bucks & not KAT Country?

You've got to love the debate over federal funding of National Public Radio.

March 29, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Entire legislature needs to do the Wisconsin Waltz

Here's an idea. Why don't the 120 men and women in the California Legislature do the "Wisconsin Waltz" and flee to Nevada en masse?

March 27, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E does the right thing with Smart Meters

Bravo, for PG&E.

March 26, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


State needs to thin ranks of bureaucrats

There really is a simple solution to the budget mess in Sacramento.

March 25, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mickey Mouse match made in heaven: Kings owners & Anaheim

Sports franchises like the Rochester Royals-Cincinnati Royals Kansas City Kings-Sacramento Kings-La La Land Royals dump cities the way Zsa Zsa Gabor went through eight husbands.

March 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Sacramento decrees there will be a flood

So what's going to be costlier when it comes to your pocketbook - the drought or a hypothetical 200-year flood event?

April 20, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PEDAL TO THE METTLE

The English Coonhound settles in the Central Valley sun, sprawling out across a lane in the Best Western parking lot.

April 17, 2015 | James Burns | Local Columns


Manteca’s war on the homeless

So how goes Manteca's war on the homeless?

April 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


About those ‘evil’ free range parents

There is a fine line between being cautious and paranoia.

April 16, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Snakes, Paragon 3, Love Manteca & more

The Manteca High School Band Boosters is hosting an All-You-Can-Eat-Spaghetti Dinner at the Manteca Transit Center (220 Moffat Blvd.) on Saturday, April 18, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. There will be a no-host bar, spaghetti, salad, rolls, and silent dessert auction. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Please call 209.610.4025 for tickets or more information about the event.

April 16, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


How I learned not to trust tax collectors

It's nice to know I'm not the only one that doesn't trust the Internal Revenue Service or the Franchise Tax Board.

April 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Moffat Blvd. monument to moving on

The steel framework of the 3,600-square-foot building going up on Moffat Boulevard is more than just the future home of the Manteca Veterans Center.

April 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Try eating apples grown in Cupertino

Salinity levels at Vernalis south of Manteca would not be so high if the Hypocrites-by-the Bay in the Green Environmental Perfection movement did their fair share to protect fish.

April 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rewarding state $300M for helping kill 8 people

PG&E is paying $300 million too much for the 2,425 violations of federal and state safety rules in connection with an investigation following the 2010 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno that killed eight people and destroyed more than three dozen homes.

April 11, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Two angels at Manteca High save life of teen

Amanda Buhay could have died in mid-December in a Manteca High classroom.

April 10, 2015 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Kidney stones, hammertoes & smartphones

I miss the good old days.

April 10, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


LITTLE FREE LIBRARY

I love books. I taught myself to read at the age of 5 and haven't put a book down ever since. As a child I won several "Queen of Children's Readers" contests held at the local library, where they kept track of every book I borrowed, and several years in a row I came close to the number 300.

April 09, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Poker benefits foster families

It's time to gamble – for a great cause. Agape Villages presents a Poker Tournament at the Manteca Senior Center (295 Cherry Lane) on Friday, April 10, from 7 to 11 p.m. to support foster children. The entry fee is $40 per player. For more information, please call Nina at 209.992.8346 or email npayne@agapevillages.org.

April 09, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Manteca’s next round of water use reductions

As strange as it might sound, Manteca is ahead of the curve when it comes to stepping up its game to conserve water.

April 09, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making life difficult for bottom rung workers

Once upon a time in a quaint little place called California a young person between 16 and 17 years of age could get an entry level job with ease.

April 08, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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