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Instead of paving over portion of Woodward Park rethink the options

Manteca's elected leaders deserve credit for not pushing forward with the wholesale destruction of the Woodward Avenue neighborhood west of South Main Street simply because "the plan" adopted years ago said it was for the greater good.

February 28, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Valley’s growth story is about to enter a new chapter as in 9

Stockton is on the verge of becoming the largest American city ever to declare Chapter 9 bankruptcy.

February 26, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Uncle Sam spends taxes to determine that I should be dead man walking

I should be dead or at least severely incapacitated by illness.

February 25, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Medical marijuana induces epidemic of chronic pain suffering among young males

The few days that Manteca's medical marijuana clinic was open in the 300 block of West Yosemite Avenue in 2010 it had quite a few customers seeking relief from "chronic pain."

February 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We’re rewarding those irresponsible borrowers once again

Here's a sobering statistic: Some 42 percent of all borrowers with mortgages in foreclosure haven't made a loan payment in two years.

February 21, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


War on drugs: Cut users loose from benefits of civilized society

If the entire population of Ripon was killed in 2010 because of drug violence every politician in the four corners of the United States would be getting the Full Monty from voters to do something.

February 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We often forget how good we really have it here in USA

It seemed endless.

February 19, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Having a heart attack over the selling of Quadruple Bypass Burgers

The food police are at it again.

February 18, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


High speed rail: No longer their way or the freeway

Finally, a bit of sanity is surfacing around the folks at the California High Speed Rail Commission. They are taking their foot off the accelerator when it comes to their strategy of trying to steamroll over California by figuratively pursuing a one-track high speed rail vision.

February 16, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stop state retirees from working for state to help reduce deficit, unemployment

California has an 11.1 percent unemployment rate.

February 15, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca should consider making highest vote getter every 2 years mayor

Is the direct election of Manteca's mayor a bane or a blessing?

February 15, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The price of a half cent sales tax vote: True pension reform

Just how good of a salesman is Jerry Brown?

February 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Many in foreclosure partake in $50 billion squatter economy

There is a couple that lived just south of Woodward Park that finally lost their home in 2011.

February 12, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Occupy ranters & their AstroTurf movement

"As long as we don't destroy anything, the police don't care. It's a win-win situation. We get our message across and they (police) get paid."

February 10, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So who’ll join the race to replace Weatherford as Manteca’s mayor?

Manteca's Willie Weatherford Era comes to an end in two years and nine months.

February 09, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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If it looks like a steal it probably is

Do you have $63.80 you can toss into a garbage disposal and flip the switch on for every member that's in your household?

May 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The $4,794.80 fridge for those that need 24/7 food surveillance

Mark Zuckerberg would be busing tables at Olive Garden if he relied on people like me to make him rich.

May 24, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Political hacks distort truth to smear Vogel

Want to see what a classic political hit piece looks like?

May 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Homeless can do the crime and not do the time

Welcome to San Joaquin County, Homeless Haven USA.

May 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’ll take more than wishing to make 120 Bypass upgrade a reality

A Caltrans engineer years ago told me that there really isn't such a thing as an unsafe road.

May 20, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Trying to go it alone with SSJID is foolish move for City of Manteca

Politicians, they say, are wise to know the lay of the land.

May 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Let those without sin vote to slap $2 per pack tax on state’s smokers

The self-righteous pushers of sin taxes are at it again.

May 18, 2016 | | Local Columns


‘Bye, bye birdie’ is theme song for federal wind power policy

Stand beneath one of the massive three blade wind turbines dotting the Altamont Pass hills when they are working and you will hear a "whum ...

May 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s war on weeds

Letters are going out this week to property owners that are creating a serious fire hazard because they have failed to abate weeds and other ...

May 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SWIM OF THINGS

Interested in scuba diving? Curious about what lifeguard training involves? Want to swim laps for exercise? Need to learn how to swim? Or do you ...

May 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Partial cloverleaf envisioned for new interchange

Plans call for Manteca's fourth interchange on the 120 Bypass being pursued at McKinley Avenue to be the city's first partial cloverleaf.

May 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dalben earns nod for government service

The late Peter Dalben- a French Camp resident who had a combined 33 years of service on various government agency boards - is being inducted into ...

May 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Adult graduates eight

A few years ago, Patrick Chun chose the Manteca Adult School to continue his education.

May 16, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


More money doesn’t mean better outcome for our schools

Sixty-two percent of us - according to a poll by the Public Policy Institute of California - favor a 12-year extension on temporary taxes imposed on those ...

May 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dropping the bomb: We never should apologize

The President's plan to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on May 27 is prompting some to call for Obama to apologize for the ...

May 14, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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