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So just where is the ‘sacrifice’ at the state level?

Gov. Jerry Brown needs all the luck he can get.

March 21, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Remember that we all had mothers

It is not alright to refer to a woman using a sexual vulgarity.

March 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The $103.6 million question: Who is watching PG&E?

It was an expensive week for PG&E.

March 19, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


La-La Land welcomes its biggest rock star ever

My idea of art is not five dogs playing poker.

March 16, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Securing your insecurities

"The Lord is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap" – Proverbs 3:26

March 16, 2012 | By MONICA CANE Faith Columnist | Local Columns


Forgive $1.4M golf ‘loan’ & cut $155K subsidy

Two nagging financial questions have been attached to Manteca's golf course for more than a decade. The questions are simple and the right answers are even simpler.

March 15, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


October surprise: Bureau of Reclamation water boards farmers

The Bureau of Reclamation is proving itself more than slightly inept at managing water.

March 14, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Don’t let the sour note of tragic death overshadow the sweet music of Ethaan Boyer

You never know where life will take you -or when it will end.

March 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sierra High grad Pavao closer to $100,000 prize

If Lindsey Pavao wasn't already a household name, she certainly is now.

March 13, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Break SJ Valley’s poverty chains by pushing oil drilling in Monterey Shale

Stanislaus County. San Joaquin County, Kern County. Merced County. Tulare County. Fresno County. Madera County. Kings County.

March 12, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You can’t fool kids. They know an angel when they see one.

There are angels among us.

March 10, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So just what did you say?

"You know what I am going to say even before I say it Lord" – Psalm 139:4

March 10, 2012 | By MONICA CANE Faith Columnist | Local Columns


Sometimes going backwards helps you go forward

I got a call the other night from someone I consider to be my best friend…Sparky Gehres. He is an art teacher at Livingston High School. I think people down there call him "Mark" Gehres, or Mr. Gehres, or Coach Gehres. I know him as Sparky. I never see him enough or talk to him enough…but he just intuitively knows when to call, and when to keep calling until I answer. He has always known when to…not so simply…show up…to call. When each of my parents died. Those first years of teaching, coaching. Trying to ...

March 10, 2012 | By MICK FOUNTS San Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools | Local Columns


The trick is to get people to see a unique value to going downtown

Sam Walton's legacy of big box retail isn't what ails downtowns in cities such as Manteca.

March 08, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to set interchange landscaping standard employing xeriscape

Consultants - a genre that knows a thing or two about raising green as in big hefty fees - believe it will cost between $120,000 and $180,000 a year to maintain landscaping they envision for the new Lathrop Road and Highway 99 interchange breaking ground in the next few years.

March 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Homeless: ‘They’re human and I’m human’

Call it the power of compromise. Call it being human. Call it community policing. Call it whatever you want. The deployment of just one community ...

August 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Smoking ballast at movie ends with a marriage

You may have seen the AT&T ad campaign for its Internet service. Some of the pieces are pretty funny, and I saw one this ...

August 27, 2016 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


The case for a $10 per person surcharge to help protect Yosemite

People who visit Yosemite National Park often use words such as "spectacular," "breath-taking," as "incredible" to describe the experience.

August 26, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


New housing, the American Dream & young Mantecans

As we were driving down Main Street Monday talking about things in general including people who commute to the Bay Area for bigger paychecks, Ashley ...

August 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BIA threatens to sue the goose that lays the golden eggs

The Building Industry Association of the Delta protests a bit too much.

August 24, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Prop 47 works for drug users & criminals

There were 52,000 fewer arrests in California last year.

August 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


CHARGING INTO RE-CHARGE WATER?

The days of storm runoff from Manteca running into the San Joaquin River then either out into the Pacific Ocean or into the California Aqueduct ...

August 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon may upgrade council AV system

The Ripon Council Chambers could soon have an audio-visual system similar to the one currently used by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors.

August 22, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Collision Center plans new complex

The hub of traffic collision repair in Manteca will soon be along East Yosemite Avenue east of Vasconcellos Avenue and across the street from Manteca ...

August 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s true. Numbers don’t lie.

My driver's license says I weigh 198 pounds.

August 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


120 Bypass: There aren’t really any ‘accidents’

Driving the Highway 120 Bypass is a thrill a minute.

August 20, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


49ers odds of winning Super Bowl better than 200-year flood

Senate Bill 5 - Sacramento's knee jerk reaction to the Hurricane Katrina levee disaster in New Orleans - is supposed to save us all from an ...

August 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bumped by a car jogging & not loving it

It is a fair to say the rules are straight-forward: Pedestrians have the right of way on sidewalks. Drivers are supposed to stop behind sidewalks ...

August 18, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


In praise of taxes that bite

I was asked shortly after I moved to Manteca in 1991 what was the most unusual difference between living here and in Lincoln in Placer ...

August 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California needs even bigger Twin Tunnels plan

Sacramento has issued an edict to roll back greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels within four years.

August 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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