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If the bank had just put in a decent toilet

It started with a need to replace a woefully inadequate cheap toilet – with an installation job to match – the bank had put in place in a bid to "modernize" the foreclosure I bought nearly three years ago.

January 09, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just what we need: E-mails from our washing machines

Do we really need a washing machine that e-mails you when it's through with a load of clothes?

January 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Marin County frets about SmartMeters but not cell phones

PG&E - contrary to the belief of the Marin County Board of Supervisors - is not trying to kill off its customers using electromagnetic radiation.

January 07, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


New Year resolutions: Just do it

Does anyone really stick to their New Year resolution?

January 07, 2011 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


The blue line gets thinner & dangerous

The front line of defense in California and the rest of the nation are being whittled down due to budget cuts that end up putting officers in jeopardy and threatening community safety.

January 06, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Little cat’s feet? Try a 200-pound tiger with claws

I'm a Valley Boy – Central Valley that is – through and through.

January 06, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s not wise to kick your group exercise instructor

Put this on the list of things you shouldn't do: Kicking your group exercise instructor.

January 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Gatto Way would honor storied Lathrop family’s history

LATHROP – There's nothing wrong with Fifth Street in Lathrop. But perhaps it needs a new name that would reflect this part of the Old Town District's historic past - a name that would honor one of the town's pioneer families.

January 04, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Back to the future in Sacramento

California's political elite munched on hot dogs, potato chips and water on Monday to celebrate Jerry Brown's return to the governorship.

January 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca turns sewer land into economic Mother Lode

Most people saw just an old dump and abandoned wastewater treatment plant.

January 02, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So why do they call them bathroom vanities anyway?

I've been seriously toying with the idea of remodeling my bathroom for the past several months.

December 31, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hime caught photography bug during seventh grade

Thank goodness for Time-Life subscription promotions.

December 31, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


New UC motto: ‘Let there be less $245,000+ a year executives’

Jerry Brown could set the tone – and change the attitude of apparently many at the upper echelons of state bureaucracies – if he issues an executive order on his first day as California governor to eliminate any position in the University of California system paying $245,000 a year or more.

December 31, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Words of faith: ‘The light begins in the darkness’

It was perhaps the darkest time of the Great Recession in Manteca.

December 30, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Government keeps on giving itself more & more control

I intend to become a lawbreaker.

December 29, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Taking fishing to new heights

"Sitting on the beam of the trestle, just watching the striped bass roll on in" – Not Otis Redding

April 25, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Atherton Drive, not McKinley is better alternative

Since 1849 when valley paths expanded into well-worn dirt roads heading toward the mines, strategically placed thoroughfares have been growth inducing in California where mobility and lifestyle are interchangeable concepts.

April 25, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California’s coming firestorm

There were 2,843 single family homes destroyed and another 437 apartments lost.

April 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sin taxes deadlier than vices

Death and taxes.

April 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca: The next Fresno or San Bruno?

Roads wear out. Bridges fail after a number of years. Sewer lines deteriorate.

April 22, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cigarettes first then soda next

Berkeley doesn't want you to smoke.

April 21, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacramento decrees there will be a flood

So what's going to be costlier when it comes to your pocketbook - the drought or a hypothetical 200-year flood event?

April 20, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PEDAL TO THE METTLE

The English Coonhound settles in the Central Valley sun, sprawling out across a lane in the Best Western parking lot.

April 17, 2015 | James Burns | Local Columns


Manteca’s war on the homeless

So how goes Manteca's war on the homeless?

April 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


About those ‘evil’ free range parents

There is a fine line between being cautious and paranoia.

April 16, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Snakes, Paragon 3, Love Manteca & more

The Manteca High School Band Boosters is hosting an All-You-Can-Eat-Spaghetti Dinner at the Manteca Transit Center (220 Moffat Blvd.) on Saturday, April 18, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. There will be a no-host bar, spaghetti, salad, rolls, and silent dessert auction. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Please call 209.610.4025 for tickets or more information about the event.

April 16, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


How I learned not to trust tax collectors

It's nice to know I'm not the only one that doesn't trust the Internal Revenue Service or the Franchise Tax Board.

April 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Moffat Blvd. monument to moving on

The steel framework of the 3,600-square-foot building going up on Moffat Boulevard is more than just the future home of the Manteca Veterans Center.

April 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Try eating apples grown in Cupertino

Salinity levels at Vernalis south of Manteca would not be so high if the Hypocrites-by-the Bay in the Green Environmental Perfection movement did their fair share to protect fish.

April 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rewarding state $300M for helping kill 8 people

PG&E is paying $300 million too much for the 2,425 violations of federal and state safety rules in connection with an investigation following the 2010 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno that killed eight people and destroyed more than three dozen homes.

April 11, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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