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Raising a family & voting was too much for Meg Whitman to handle

"I was focused on raising a family, on my husband's career, and we moved many, many times," - California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman on why she didn't bother to vote for decades

October 01, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Enterprise funds impacted by recession

Employees have been asking me why all city funding sources are subject to budget cuts, when most of the discussion has centered around the status of the city's General Fund. This is an excellent question. In fact, I am just as worried (if not more so) about our enterprise and redevelopment funds.

October 01, 2009 | By STEVE PINKERTON City manager for Manteca | Local Columns


How cutting pay of some workers won’t help city with its deficit

The guys who pick up your garbage can't figure it out.

September 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Council needs to take a real look at workforce housing project

Those living in the Land of the McMansions are about to get new neighbors – workforce housing.

September 27, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A close look at Obama and the Czars

The people President Obama has chosen to be in his inner circle should cause concern for all Americans. He has chosen "czars" to be his personal advisors on various issues. These are people who are whispering in his ear and influencing his decisions.

September 27, 2009 | By Frank Aquila President, South San Joaquin Republicans | Local Columns


For Jowell, laughter was always better than tears

That impish signature twinkle lit up her eyes.

September 26, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Economic reality catching up with public sector

The professor was indignant.

September 25, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Criminals benefit from Sacramento’s theft of local money

Catch and release.

September 24, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified buys textbooks for $400K it could have used to keep class-size reduction

I'd like to review class size reduction, which is keeping class sizes at 20 in grades kindergarten through third grade.

September 24, 2009 | By KEN JOHNSON President, Manteca Teachers Association | Local Columns


Why you never see talking Geckos on Manteca’s streets

Here are some Ripley's Believe It Or Not amazing facts from the streets of Manteca.

September 23, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bad things can lead to good things

My friend Jerry could be a character out of a Stephen King book.

September 23, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


I wrote the book on first date disasters

First dates and disasters are one in the same for me.

September 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Future school sites = fiscal mismanagement

Did you know the Manteca Unified School District has five parcels of property for future school sites? If the district does not develop the properties within a few years, it pays a penalty to the state for removing the property from the property tax stream. So, what are we doing? We are placing a bench on the properties and calling it a roadside rest stop which is considered developing the property.

September 19, 2009 | By KEN JOHNSON President, Manteca Teachers Association | Local Columns


Meth for Clunkers: It could be fed’s next big giveaway

NEWS ITEM: Fresno County authorities have arrested a man they say tried to trade his 74-year-old father's Lincoln for $50 worth of crack cocaine.

September 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SSJID retail power will help agriculture survive & thrive

Manteca's city leaders may not have realized it but when they took a vote Tuesday night to support South San Joaquin Irrigation District in their bid to replace PG&E as the retail power provider for Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon they endorsed a plan that will help agriculture survive and thrive in the South County.

September 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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California may soon be ablaze in orange, red & black hues

California's countryside green is fading fast to gold.

April 20, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Raising a stink over farming? Time to chill out

The homeowner was miffed.

April 19, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Once ridiculed as a boondoggle, Tidewater is a success story

The old Tidewater Southern Railway corridor slicing through the heart of Manteca for years served as a magnet for the homeless, criminal activity, and those illegally dumping garbage.

April 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Easter weekend fun: Egg hunts, beer & more

To make sure this weekend is not all about glazed ham, rack of lamb and chocolate desserts, sign up for the 10th annual Easter Run and Fun on Saturday, April 19, at the beautiful Lodi Lake at 8 a.m. There will also be a children's Fun Run at 9:20 a.m. All 5K and 10K runners and walkers receive a shirt, pancake breakfast, and a raffle entry. Proceeds will benefit the Lodi Salvation Army's Hope Harbor Family Service Center. For more info go to lodieasterrun.com.

April 17, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


ONE OF A KIND

Stan Aldrin was someone who hated to slow down. You could ask him to please stand still, but that's all you could do – try.

April 16, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Does Manteca Unified really need nine more schools?

Manteca Unified contends they need seven more elementary schools and two high schools in the next 20 years.

April 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BELL RINGER

For the dozens of people that are flooding into a converted movie theater in Downtown Stockton, it's a seemingly average Saturday night.

April 15, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Vicious circle of one-way street debate

Manteca's question for the ages is once again being asked: Should Yosemite Avenue and Center Street going through downtown be one-way venues?

April 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Every dog getting his day in court?

Cruella and Dante are dogs.

April 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Trains: Can’t we just wait a few minutes?

The debate over trains irritates me.

April 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


More water for fish could lead to ecological Armageddon

The late Stan Nader Sr. was a member of a family whose cattle ranching roots in Placer County go back to the 1870s.

April 11, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DUI victim struggles to get life back on course

Her fear of being judged by a room full of police officers at a San Diego County Mothers Against Drink Driving awards luncheon was short lived.

April 10, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


How about death penalty for ignoring constitution?

Phil Wyman makes Shakespeare look like a wimp.

April 10, 2014 | | Local Columns


BugFest in Stockton, rodeo fun in Oakdale

The Men's Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ripon Post 1051 will host its Seafood Platter at 12455 West Ripon Road on Saturday, April 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be 50/50 raffle and a DJ entertaining the guests. Donation of $15 per person is recommended.

April 10, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Does not being color blind hurt some minorities?

Do "minorities" need protection in California?

April 08, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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