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‘I’d rather be tried by 12 than carried by six.’

Robert Ortiz is a reasonable man.

March 18, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Congress’ business savvy reflected in Postal Service’s financial quagmire

Not too many moons ago – before the Internet spawned spam to give junk mail a good name – Congress set up the Postal Service as a separate entity.

March 17, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bringing back Tidewater passenger rail service

There was a time when 24 passenger trains passed through Manteca daily to take you to Stockton or Modesto.

March 14, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sadness turns to tears of joy

Tears, smiles and hugs were the order of the day in Ripon Saturday as some 200 girls from all over the region picked out prom dresses for their special graduation occasions – without paying a dime for the gowns.

March 14, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Invest 44 cents to help keep California safe

Want to help make California streets a bit safer for your family and neighbors?

March 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


No separation between church and state in the actual pledge

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

March 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stealing is stealing no matter how you rationalize it

We were bicycling down River Road a few years ago when the lady I was with – a deputy with the Dade County Sheriff's Department in Florida – said she wanted to stop for a second.

March 11, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E’s $9.8M care package for CEO Darbee

The young man knocking on my door wanted to know if I knew about the PG&E CARE program and if I wanted to apply.

March 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca making LMD takeover work effectively

Snall weeds - fueled by rain and a rise in temperatures - started popping up in the concrete portion of the Wellington Avenue bike path about 10 days ago.

March 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Grown adults shopping wearing PJs

When's it OK to wear pajamas out in public?

March 09, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


We can make up for a lifetime of indifference

Phil Waterford couldn't sleep.

March 07, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


UC protestors overplay their hand on I-880

I shed no tears for the University of California at Davis student showing her "wounds" to a KCRA-TV camera that she received from police after she and others disobeyed repeated lawful orders to disperse and stop blocking city streets and attempting to advance onto Interstate 80 in a bid to close it down.

March 06, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Reefer madness creating a buzz in downtown Manteca

Half a block from where youngsters frolic in Library Park's interactive water play feature when the weather warms is an ominous looking storefront.

March 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Of ‘sir’, ‘madam’ and curses of ‘Jiminy Christmas’

Not too long ago someone asked me why I had started a conversation with a younger gentleman who had stopped by the office with a press release by referring to him as "sir."

March 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It is no longer about jobs for Mantecans

The Manteca City Council – contrary to anyone's expectations – is not the Federal Reserve Board. Nor are they, thank goodness, Congress.

March 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Builders have Manteca’s lunch & forgo the ‘tip’

If you work as a waiter or waitress today the odds are overwhelmingly that you can't keep yourself clothed, fed, and sheltered on what you make.

August 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to liberate ‘taxi’ services

Talk is cheap, especially when the drill is to blame Sacramento.

August 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


FESM Contas Sunday plus country line dancing Friday

Last weekend was the Contas read at the MRPS Hall, this weekend it will be the FESM Hall. Festa Das Contas is on Sunday, Aug. 24, from noon to 9:30 p.m. with Reading of the Accounts at noon followed by LUSO Dance Performance and sopas.

August 21, 2014 | | Local Columns


It’s OK for greenies to kill Bambi

Look up in the sky. It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's...

August 20, 2014 | | Local Columns


Charlie ‘Captain Gadget’ Halford was definitely onto something

Charlie Halford was dubbed "Captain Gadget" by some of his officers during his tenure as Manteca's Police Chief from 1997 to 2008.

August 18, 2014 | | Local Columns


Great Wolf: Despite critics it isn’t the big bad wolf

Should Manteca have blocked the Hampton Inn that has created dozens of jobs and so far brought more than $200,000 into city coffers in the form of room taxes because the general public isn't allowed to use the hotel's pool without booking a room?

August 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dogs could help Moffat not got to the proverbial dogs

Mayoral hopeful Ben Cantu believes the city went off half baked by proposing to put the envisioned community center/veterans hall "off the beaten track" on the southeast corner of Moffat Boulevard and Industrial Park Drive.

August 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SCHOOL SCRAMBLE

Why is River Islands important to Manteca Unified?

August 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Our deadly avoiding death health strategy

Two thirds of the world is worried about staying alive.

August 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Go take a hike, it can change your life & outlook

Eight hours earlier I had slipped out of Manteca before the sun's first light silhouetted almond orchards against the distant Sierra.

August 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You never know what the band will play next

There are many different types of sports writing. One of the most difficult for me is "writing it tight," or condensing a lot of action into a very limited amount of space. Nothing is worse then having a thrilling three-hour football game that needs to be reduced to 10 inches of print.

August 14, 2014 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns


Yes, we are the land of fruits & nuts

It's the same old slam.

August 10, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to ban new front yard lawns in Manteca

A few miles west of Tracy is the start of the 705-mile long intravenous tube that is draining the natural lifeblood of lands around the Delta and farther north.

August 09, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


All good things, they say. . .

Life is fleeting.

August 09, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


DOGGONE BUSY DAY

The early morning light shines through the glass, illuminating the stories and tails inside the Manteca Animal Shelter.

August 09, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


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