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Homeless taking over Library Park?

Chatter – punctuated by choice obscenities – was rising along with the mid-day temperature on Thursday as two men argued beneath the stately Sycamore trees of Library Park.

July 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


No justice for Oscar Grant or law-abiding peace officers

It took less than seven hours for a Los Angeles jury to deliver a miscarriage of justice.

July 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Providing five more sets of eyes on Manteca RDA

The Doyle Ranch back in the 1980s was perhaps the most prime piece of real estate along the Interstate 80 corridor east of Sacramento.

July 08, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Showering using a Dixie Cup during Midwest summer

Californians are wimps when it comes to weather.

July 07, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


House of Mud & other attractions

In National Lampoon's Vacation, the Griswolds took a pass on a chance to see the famous House of Mud.

July 07, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Fourth of July fallout

It was a Fourth of July many years ago – I was only a kid of 12 who loved shooting off fireworks from the safe ones and not so safe. M80s were the ultimate in Southern California, but I limited myself to simple fire crackers that were actually hard to come by unless you drove into downtown Los Angeles where somebody would be on the street hawking imported crackers by the pack.

July 06, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


California’s future will soon be found down in Monterey

Monterey - the birthplace of California government - was chosen by the Spaniards for that dubious honor in 1777 due to the great natural bay and the ample fresh water from the nearby Carmel River.

July 06, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Deal is hard to beat but better read small print

When Allegiant Air first announced its low-cost service from Stockton to Long Beach about a month or so ago, some of my colleagues were quick to act.

July 05, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


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


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Builders have Manteca’s lunch & forgo the ‘tip’

If you work as a waiter or waitress today the odds are overwhelmingly that you can't keep yourself clothed, fed, and sheltered on what you make.

August 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to liberate ‘taxi’ services

Talk is cheap, especially when the drill is to blame Sacramento.

August 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


FESM Contas Sunday plus country line dancing Friday

Last weekend was the Contas read at the MRPS Hall, this weekend it will be the FESM Hall. Festa Das Contas is on Sunday, Aug. 24, from noon to 9:30 p.m. with Reading of the Accounts at noon followed by LUSO Dance Performance and sopas.

August 21, 2014 | | Local Columns


It’s OK for greenies to kill Bambi

Look up in the sky. It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's...

August 20, 2014 | | Local Columns


Charlie ‘Captain Gadget’ Halford was definitely onto something

Charlie Halford was dubbed "Captain Gadget" by some of his officers during his tenure as Manteca's Police Chief from 1997 to 2008.

August 18, 2014 | | Local Columns


Great Wolf: Despite critics it isn’t the big bad wolf

Should Manteca have blocked the Hampton Inn that has created dozens of jobs and so far brought more than $200,000 into city coffers in the form of room taxes because the general public isn't allowed to use the hotel's pool without booking a room?

August 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dogs could help Moffat not got to the proverbial dogs

Mayoral hopeful Ben Cantu believes the city went off half baked by proposing to put the envisioned community center/veterans hall "off the beaten track" on the southeast corner of Moffat Boulevard and Industrial Park Drive.

August 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SCHOOL SCRAMBLE

Why is River Islands important to Manteca Unified?

August 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Our deadly avoiding death health strategy

Two thirds of the world is worried about staying alive.

August 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Go take a hike, it can change your life & outlook

Eight hours earlier I had slipped out of Manteca before the sun's first light silhouetted almond orchards against the distant Sierra.

August 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You never know what the band will play next

There are many different types of sports writing. One of the most difficult for me is "writing it tight," or condensing a lot of action into a very limited amount of space. Nothing is worse then having a thrilling three-hour football game that needs to be reduced to 10 inches of print.

August 14, 2014 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns


Yes, we are the land of fruits & nuts

It's the same old slam.

August 10, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to ban new front yard lawns in Manteca

A few miles west of Tracy is the start of the 705-mile long intravenous tube that is draining the natural lifeblood of lands around the Delta and farther north.

August 09, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


All good things, they say. . .

Life is fleeting.

August 09, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


DOGGONE BUSY DAY

The early morning light shines through the glass, illuminating the stories and tails inside the Manteca Animal Shelter.

August 09, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


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