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Striking a balance between farming, growth & wildlife

I'm not a huge fan of hunting.

December 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


CPUC: California’s Corporate Profit Upkeep Commission

Sylvia Siegel was an amazing woman.

December 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


3 words killing America today: ‘I am entitled’

It was the ultimate defining moment for the out-of-control culture of entitlement.

December 11, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Council should listen to Perry & Cantu on downtown

Ben Cantu - who finished second in the Manteca mayor's race last month - sounded like a broken record at times during the campaign when he harped on the city's "inability" to adopt a plan and stick to it.

December 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Turning howling into whistles for Manteca

Remember the howling wolf?

December 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fear mongering in Manteca targets Punjabi Americans

Whispering campaigns are always the ugliest.

December 08, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


America – & the world – changed 69 years ago today

Bummed about the economy?

December 07, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Going door-less curing me of cluttering urge

I am trying to - in the words of trendy experts - de-clutter my life.

December 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Chase, Wachovia ax Christmas trees in banks to be PC

'Tis the season for absurd politically correct pronouncements.

December 04, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Whipping up fear over reducing mortgage deduction

Trimming the deficit isn't going to be an easy task as long as the debate is long on fear and short on rationale discussions.

December 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca reaps bushels of benefits from farmers

Bob Cabral knew it would work.

December 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will yet another lawsuit make for good neighbors?

Lathrop is suing Manteca. Again.

December 01, 2010 | | Local Columns


Federal workers crying foul over pay hike freeze

It is "a slap at working people …. To symbolically hit at federal employees I think is just wrong." - American Federation of Government Employees President John Gage's reaction to President Barack Obama's proposal to freeze federal wages for two years

November 30, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Michael C. Ford, The Doors, and poetic musings about San Joaquin Valley

The name Michael C. Ford will probably ring a bell to not just a few Manteca Unified School District students who were in elementary and high school during the mid-to-late 1980s. Those were the years when the award-winning spoken-word artist did stints as a poet-in-residence at Brock Elliott School, Manteca High and other campuses in the district.

November 29, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Kiwanis: Nearly 60 years of fun & unselfish community service

Service club members representing nearly 90 years of service in the community through two Manteca Kiwanis Clubs have made history through their devotion and volunteerism since 1952, and it is history missing from print.

November 29, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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Pulling the plug on death penalty

It's come down to this: Death penalty foes who have consistently done everything they can to block California from executing those on death row now want the death penalty declared unconstitutional because the state doesn't put them to death quick enough. They argue lingering on death row for an uncertain execution is cruel and inhumane punishment.

May 02, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacramento and their tunnel rat mentality

Expediency is the motto of the administration of Governor Jerry Brown.

May 01, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Playful approach to thrifty fashion

If you know me just a little bit, you know I'm all about shopping at thrift stores. I am passionate about fashion for less and I believe you should never pay full price for a clothing item.

April 30, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


ICF shrimp feed Saturday; prayer breakfast set May 7

The Italian Catholic Federation will be having its annual "All You Can Eat" shrimp dinner Saturday, May 2, at the St. Anthony Church gym. No-host cocktails begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7. Dinner will include pesto pasta, salad, bread, dessert, and beverages. Don Garibaldi will provide accordion music. There will be a raffle and silent auction of baked goods. Tickets are $35 each ($17.50 for children ages 12 and younger), and are available from Ida at 209.982.5710, Marilyn at 209.612.7770, or Anna at 209.403.7634.

April 30, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


The smack down in Baltimore

Toya Graham is my nominee for mother of the year.

April 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Judge Agbayani and 1.8 seconds

Judge Tony Agbayani has quite a right hook when it comes to driving home to high school seniors the serious consequences of drinking and climbing behind the wheel.

April 28, 2015 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Free lunch morphs into free health care in USA

"We have met the enemy and he is us." - Quote attributed to Pogo in the comic strip by the same name

April 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Who gave Drain, Bronson same Manteca address?

Ashley Drain and Alexander Bronson ran for the Manteca Unified School District listing their occupation as "educators."

April 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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


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