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Rain? Summer? What do you do with the kids?

When I left the house this morning, my son was still in his PJs and our living room had been transformed into a Lego fun factory.

June 25, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns


Immigration reform: The full employment act for the Defense Industry

Get ready for the next surge.

June 25, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Paul & Ruth Becker, WWII soldiers being buried together at Santa Nella

I have always admired them from a distance. A couple with a quiet demeanor; there was nothing in their movements or action that looked calculated to call attention to themselves.

June 22, 2013 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


It’s heaven on earth: Summer time in Manteca

The air just before dawn in Manteca during the summer is pure heaven.

June 22, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Illegal fireworks & neighborhood- based government

It was an incessant noise.

June 20, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Who do you trust? Farmers or bottom line corporations?

Bob Cabral, Walter Woodward, Nick DeGroot, and Dave Phippen all share two common threads.

June 19, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lying liars & the state’s $97B spending plan

There are liars, damned liars and then there are Sacramento politicians.

June 19, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Parenting 2013: Kids go wild & how stopping them is child endangerment

It's night time.

June 18, 2013 | | Local Columns


‘Cool’ car colors, gas powered lawn mowers & air quality

Do you drive a black car?

June 17, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Watch out, I’ve got an excuse to use chainsaw

I was upset two weeks ago when I went into the back yard and discovered a California pepper tree that had mushroomed to 30 feet in height in just five years had snapped.

June 15, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


River Islands’ epic 24-year journey to build the first home

The folks who run the 157-year-old 5omerset Holdings have the patience of Job.

June 13, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A tribute to the fallen at the new transit station & expanding library

Why are we free?

June 13, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Coming up next: Pre-Crime Police using wholesale mining of data

So you have no problem with government data mining.

June 12, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fracking vote jolts political alignments in Sacramento

Did you feel the earth shift earlier this month?

June 11, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Beggar’s story: He’s homeless, hot, hungry & hunting for job

Editor's note: Manteca City Council wants a crackdown on aggressive panhandling. The following is a story of one man who begs on Manteca's streets but considers himself a sign flyer.

June 08, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns


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Summer & life’s little pleasures

Summertime and the livin' is easy

May 27, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I’m proud that Katelyn, Ashley & Rein call me ‘Papa’

I've been called many things over the years. More than a few of the words used wouldn't be fit for what a once ...

May 26, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A heroin haven or lifesaving longue?

Drugs are a problem in our community.

May 26, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Has Manteca’s homeless problem really gotten worse?

The homeless problem has gotten worse in Manteca.

May 25, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


About that 20 cent refund from Doctors Hospital

There was a day when 20 cents would buy you 20 pieces of Bazooka bubble gum. Today those two same dimes will buy you two ...

May 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Three teens, two tragedies, one week and life

I was livid.

May 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rice, Barajas leading EU High Class of 2017

It's been a busy year for Emma Rice and Jordan Barajas.

May 22, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Richland bond mess is being cleared up

One of the last major hurdles for development to begin on property that has been snarled in legal battles and lawsuits for almost a decade ...

May 22, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Manteca’s budget up by 11.6%

Manteca's municipal general fund budget has returned to double digit growth for the first time since the boom days at the dawn of the ...

May 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


WELCOME HOME WARRIORS

The Vietnam War mural that has joined three other murals saluting veterans from World War II, the Korean War, and the Global War on Terror ...

May 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


KEN HAFER BUILDING

A shared love of Manteca brought people to gather in Ken Hafer's garage 27 years ago to discuss forming a non-profit to preserve the ...

May 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I can hear the Dreyer’s Drumstick ice cream calling

One of the best things about Manteca can be found in Spreckels Park on DuPont Court- the nearly 30,000- square-foot refrigerated distribution center for ...

May 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s a no brainer. J.W. Ledford Jr. paid the price

There is a price to pay for everything we do in life.

May 19, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Black Hole Sun goes dark

It has happened more in recent months than in years past.

May 19, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Railroading high speed rail thru the system

You've got to love Sacramento's sense of humor.

May 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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