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Budge Brown: The farmer who wed Manteca with waterslides

Robert "Budge" Brown didn't simply leave his mark on Manteca.

May 22, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The fantasy of perfection

I am a perfect-o-holic.

May 22, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns


Manteca plays cards that it was dealt by Sacramento

"There just isn't any money." - Manteca Fire Chief Kirk Waters.

May 21, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Firefighters still do the job despite layoff notices

Three of those 15 full-time Manteca firefighters rushing to battle a house fire in north Manteca Wednesday had been given layoff notices just hours before. It didn't make a difference to them knowing they had a job to do and they did it while off duty and responding from home.

May 20, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


The big lie: $80 a year will save our schools

It is perhaps the most dishonest line in the entire California budget debate: It will only cost a typical family $80 a year to keep tax extensions in place to save the schools, public safety, parks, and anything else you might happen to care about that Sacramento touches.

May 20, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Class of 2011: Here is a bit of unsolicited advice

It's pomp and circumstance time again.

May 19, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A hard lesson learned

I received the phone call just before midnight on Sunday while at work. It was my brother in the Bay Area. The ambulance just left my parents' house; Dad was being taken to Washington Hospital.

May 18, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


CPUC cozies up to the fox as it slaughters hens

PG&E used $183 million it was authorized to collect from ratepayers for the specific replacement of aging natural gas lines for "other operational needs or kept (it) for retained earnings."

May 18, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Misleading buyers over landscape maintenance costs

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

May 17, 2011 | | Local Columns


Manteca must improve landscape district transparency & consider more costs

Transparency requires clear communication.

May 17, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Saving state cash can be real killer for Californians

Saving money is killing Californians - literally.

May 15, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The fourth time around: A charm for Lindbergh?

Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh landed the Spirit of St. Louis at Le Bourget Field in Paris on May 21, 1927.

May 15, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What stop means to some drivers: Speed & Travel Over Pedestrians

The caller was to the point: "Manteca is such a wonderful town but could you tell me why the drivers seem to be so rude?"

May 14, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Repeat childhoods of yesteryear today & they’d be child abuse charges

I drank chocolate milk - gallons of it - when I was a kid. The same goes for my consumption of soda, sugar, potato chips and Twinkies.

May 13, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lathrop-Manteca, City of Manteca fire effectiveness common concern

You live in Manteca's city limits so why should you worry about the financial health of the Lathrop-Manteca Fire District?

May 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | 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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