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We can make up for a lifetime of indifference

Phil Waterford couldn't sleep.

March 07, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


UC protestors overplay their hand on I-880

I shed no tears for the University of California at Davis student showing her "wounds" to a KCRA-TV camera that she received from police after she and others disobeyed repeated lawful orders to disperse and stop blocking city streets and attempting to advance onto Interstate 80 in a bid to close it down.

March 06, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Reefer madness creating a buzz in downtown Manteca

Half a block from where youngsters frolic in Library Park's interactive water play feature when the weather warms is an ominous looking storefront.

March 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Of ‘sir’, ‘madam’ and curses of ‘Jiminy Christmas’

Not too long ago someone asked me why I had started a conversation with a younger gentleman who had stopped by the office with a press release by referring to him as "sir."

March 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It is no longer about jobs for Mantecans

The Manteca City Council – contrary to anyone's expectations – is not the Federal Reserve Board. Nor are they, thank goodness, Congress.

March 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Soviets didn’t play football all that well

In the summer of 1990, John Ralston tried to mold athletes from the then-Soviet Union into a football team.

March 02, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Bonus bucks: It is time to stop crying wolf

Manteca built 304 homes last year while Modesto built eight homes and Tracy even less.

February 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California needs a change

Let's be honest, the economic numbers for San Joaquin County are not pretty. Our unemployment rate is at 17.1 percent, up about 4 points from last year. According to an Associated Press study released in early December, San Joaquin County ranked as the eighth most economically stressed county in the country as measured by unemployment, bankruptcy and foreclosure rates. In the study, a county is generally considered stressed when their score exceeds 11: San Joaquin County scored a whopping 22.92.

February 28, 2010 | By Steve Anthony San Joaquin County campaign manager for Meg Whitman | Local Columns


You’ve got to love those #%&•@! state lawmakers

California has a $20 billion deficit, is releasing tens of thousands of hardcore felons early from prison, education funding is being slashed, public college tuitions are soaring, and unemployment is at 12 percent statewide.

February 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The homeless problem we don’t want to address

"You can't expect people to turn their lives around if you don't provide them with the opportunity to do so." – Dave Thompson, executive director of the HOPE Family Shelters

February 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E’s bid to amend constitution to guarantee higher power costs

Editor's note: The following is testimony Thursday at the State Capitol before the Joint Information Hearing of the Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee as well as the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee focusing on Proposition 16 – the PG&E-authored and financed measure to require a two-thirds vote for local public electric providers.

February 26, 2010 | By JEFF SHIELDS South San Joaquin Irrigation District General Manager | Local Columns


Discount pricing to build homes in Manteca? No way

Developers are playing with fire – literally.

February 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


East Yosemite needs a chance to flourish

Let's stop kidding ourselves.

February 23, 2010 | Doreen Wynn | Local Columns


The civic duty sweepstakes known as jury duty

Jury duty is a civic responsibility.

February 23, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Joseph & Maria: A great love story

The newspaper personals ad was direct and to the point.

February 22, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


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Raising a stink over farming? Time to chill out

The homeowner was miffed.

April 19, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Once ridiculed as a boondoggle, Tidewater is a success story

The old Tidewater Southern Railway corridor slicing through the heart of Manteca for years served as a magnet for the homeless, criminal activity, and those illegally dumping garbage.

April 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Easter weekend fun: Egg hunts, beer & more

To make sure this weekend is not all about glazed ham, rack of lamb and chocolate desserts, sign up for the 10th annual Easter Run and Fun on Saturday, April 19, at the beautiful Lodi Lake at 8 a.m. There will also be a children's Fun Run at 9:20 a.m. All 5K and 10K runners and walkers receive a shirt, pancake breakfast, and a raffle entry. Proceeds will benefit the Lodi Salvation Army's Hope Harbor Family Service Center. For more info go to lodieasterrun.com.

April 17, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


ONE OF A KIND

Stan Aldrin was someone who hated to slow down. You could ask him to please stand still, but that's all you could do – try.

April 16, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Does Manteca Unified really need nine more schools?

Manteca Unified contends they need seven more elementary schools and two high schools in the next 20 years.

April 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BELL RINGER

For the dozens of people that are flooding into a converted movie theater in Downtown Stockton, it's a seemingly average Saturday night.

April 15, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Vicious circle of one-way street debate

Manteca's question for the ages is once again being asked: Should Yosemite Avenue and Center Street going through downtown be one-way venues?

April 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Every dog getting his day in court?

Cruella and Dante are dogs.

April 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Trains: Can’t we just wait a few minutes?

The debate over trains irritates me.

April 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


More water for fish could lead to ecological Armageddon

The late Stan Nader Sr. was a member of a family whose cattle ranching roots in Placer County go back to the 1870s.

April 11, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DUI victim struggles to get life back on course

Her fear of being judged by a room full of police officers at a San Diego County Mothers Against Drink Driving awards luncheon was short lived.

April 10, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


How about death penalty for ignoring constitution?

Phil Wyman makes Shakespeare look like a wimp.

April 10, 2014 | | Local Columns


BugFest in Stockton, rodeo fun in Oakdale

The Men's Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ripon Post 1051 will host its Seafood Platter at 12455 West Ripon Road on Saturday, April 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be 50/50 raffle and a DJ entertaining the guests. Donation of $15 per person is recommended.

April 10, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Does not being color blind hurt some minorities?

Do "minorities" need protection in California?

April 08, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A quick memo on how to build a better Manteca

In the coming 210 days at least five men are going to be vying for your vote to elect them to the Manteca City Council either as a council member or mayor.

April 08, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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