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Sacramento needs to shed 47,400 state jobs in next 12 months

With all due respect to F. Scott Fitzgerald, state workers are different than you and me.

July 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sharing the small town spirit with newcomers

So you want to get a feel for your town - newcomers and old-timers alike?

July 04, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Smoke bombs (& cherry bombs) can be dangerous

I do not like fireworks - at least the ones you buy and set off.

July 04, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Summer finally arrives in the San Joaquin Valley

The mercury - for those old enough to remember when you didn't click on weather.com to find what the outside temperature is but instead actually stepped outside to read an old-style thermometer - is expected to reach the 100-degree mark on the Fourth of July.

July 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


National health care’s 1st dividend: A 10% tanning tax

If you go to a tanning salon, congratulations are in order.

July 01, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


M-60 wasn’t that big of a blast on 4th

While rummaging through my garage a few years ago, I came across an old M-60.

July 01, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Who needs trees when CBS billboards are in Manteca park?

A small army of civic-minded volunteers from Crossroads Community Church did what they embraced as the Lord's work last October and helped the financially strapped city plant 250 trees along the Moffat Boulevard leg of the Tidewater Bikeway.

June 30, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Potential still glitters in the Golden State

The Donner Party came to California 164 years ago.

June 29, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Public schools: A return to ‘haves’ v. ‘have nots’?

California's public education could be moving toward another crisis that could ultimately undermine local control.

June 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Summer beckons with the little pleasures of life

Summertime and the livin' is easy

June 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Finding out about Manteca council, mayor hopefuls

Manteca voters in 160 days will elect a mayor and two council members.

June 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So why does Manteca ‘allow’ new home building?

It is a common lament: Why is Manteca allowing new home construction when there are so many foreclosures?

June 25, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca taxpayers continue to subsidize Lathrop dogs & cats

It's animal cruelty - at least for Manteca dogs and cats as opposed to those from Lathrop.

June 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just part of a 50-year journey

When a couple is married for 50 years, it is actually a century of trying to support each other when it's all added up.

June 24, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Stanislaus River needs balanced management

California water politics are about as easy to navigate as swimming through shark infested waters with 100 pounds of red meat strapped to your back.

June 23, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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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


Navy blue frames then skydiving?

Selecting eyeglass frames is always interesting given my eyesight.

July 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Jack Snyder: You may not like the man but he delivered

There is no middle ground with Jack Snyder. You either like him or you don't.

July 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Breaking up California is so hard to do

Perhaps splitting California into six states wouldn't be all that bad.

July 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bottlers tap into baseless fears to sell you water

"You're going to get sick!"

July 19, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Doing back alley political hatchet job on Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby in the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision continues to offer its employees health insurance coverage for contraception including birth control pills.

July 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to talk about use of that four-letter word: ‘lawn’

Water use is down 20.4 percent in Manteca in June compared to June of 2013.

July 17, 2014 | | Local Columns


Ignoring youth refugees fleeing from violence in American homes

Go down Yosemite Avenue after the bars close.

July 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stockton may become Venice but at least LA gets water

It is nice to know that the Bay Delta Conservation Plan has taken into account potential sea level increases in designing the Twin Tunnels to "avoid water supply disruptions and protect water quality."

July 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Placement of levee can stop growth flood

Go south along Union Road, Tinnin Road, and Airport Way just a little south of Woodward Avenue where narrow country roads carry names such as Fig, Sedan, Nile and others crisscross the south-north roads.

July 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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