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Sacrificing the Delta so LA can keep growing

The Delta for centuries was a massive flooded plain in spring and a borderline desert by late fall.

October 19, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E may benefit from CPUC’s political power play

Mediators - by definition - are supposed to be neutral disinterested third parties to a conflict they are being asked to resolve.

October 19, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The danger of making schools exclusive concern of parents, educators

By all accounts, the three individuals seeking election to the Area 1 set on the Manteca Unified School District board are fine individuals.

October 17, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ballot measures’ triage approach to school funding

Let's be honest.

October 16, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So why do I have a problem with big government?

Someone the other day asked in an e-mail why I had a problem with big government.

October 16, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


CPUC may yet prove they are docile lapdog for PG&E’s brass

Do not cry for Pacific Gas & Electric.

October 14, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Politicians are just playing the percentages

They're kids. Well, actually young adults.

October 12, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Come the morning after Nov. 6 we may have a new ‘ABC’ for our schools

Fallout from intense infighting over two races on the Nov. 6 ballot could deliver a near fatal blow to California government as we now know it.

October 11, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Occupy Oakland has turned into Obliterate Oakland

Explain to me how trashing downtown Oakland can stop the war in Afghanistan?

October 11, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Note to PACs: It’s not about who can claim to be bigger valley boy in 10th

The Political Action Committees "helping" Jeff Denham and Jose Hernandez are doing them no favors.

October 09, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California law helps turn recycling fraud into a big business

The latest example of the state nickel and diming the people of California to death is no further than the nearest soda container.

October 08, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacrificing police services for non-native fathead minnows

The high cost of protecting non-native microscopic fathead minnows is going to bankrupt California.

October 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Election may be decided before Nov. 6

The presidential debates start October 3 and extend to October 22. But who wins or scores in the debates will have no influence on tens of thousands of Americans who will have already cast their votes for president and are not permitted to change their minds.

October 07, 2012 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Local Columns


Well-meaning hospital visits can be stressful to patient

Those sound like cruel words at first blush. But Grace will be the first to tell you that's a wise piece of advice. She knows what she's talking about.

October 07, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Highway robbery: Blame partners in crime in Sacramento

Pull into a gas station these days and you get the feeling you're being mugged.

October 05, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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1984, PBS, preschool & $400M

I tend to watch TV is on Saturday nights when I'm vegging out for a few hours watching episodes I've memorized of Law ...

January 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The siren song of technology & government

Google will not improve government per se.

January 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s first State of City is set for Jan. 25

James Waterman keeps tabs on the economic health of the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

January 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Deadly night: One stabbing death, another man is shot

Two men were assaulted in separate incidents in the wee hours of Sunday in Lathrop with one dying from multiple stab wounds and the other ...

January 16, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Is better river deal possible?

Gov. Jerry Brown wants to see if an amicable solution can be reached when it comes to protecting endangered fish on the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and ...

January 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rip Van Winkle, zombie texting, & cell phone use in public

It hit me standing in line at Costco last week.

January 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Naming rights for high school sports complexes?

It was great to see the East Union High administration honor the late Peter Dalben at the school's first Valley Oak League boys basketball ...

January 13, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Need a thrill? Drive Manteca streets & then the 120 Bypass

I took an E-ticket ride Thursday morning.

January 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified & the $1 billion schools challenge

Ninety-seven years this May voters in what is now known as the Manteca Unified School District passed a ballot measure to form the Manteca Union ...

January 11, 2017 | | Local Columns


Who is at the wheel in Manteca?

Is Manteca breaking its own law and thus imperiling the city by perpetuating a myth that the 3.9 percent growth management ordinance is actually ...

January 10, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hollywood does remake of Animal Farm

Let's cut to the chase.

January 10, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Forget singing in the rain. Try jogging in it.

It was absolute heaven.

January 09, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Google pitchman part of State of City presentation Jan. 25

James Waterman - Google's pointman in advocating the use and purchase of its technology in state and local government as well as education - is one ...

January 09, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon moving to outlaw growing pot outdoors

California voters passed Proposition 64, legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

January 09, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Dog park opening Thursday

The grand opening of Manteca's first dog park is Thursday, Jan, 12, at 4 p.m.

January 09, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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