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Dress codes & the fall of civilization

The good old days.

August 02, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The cherished freedom of voting

I was almost embarrassed.

August 02, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Local Columns

My mom would be a felon in today’s world

It is now a crime in America to let a 7-year-old boy walk a half mile by himself to the park.

August 01, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Prouty: Woman of courage, great storyteller

Years ago, a woman so distraught over the passing of her husband, scaled the chain link fence of the East Union Cemetery under cover of darkness to spend the night next to her departed beloved's grave. Strange as that story may sound, she was the second one to do just that. That's just two of the many interesting – for lack of a better term – stories coming out of the pioneer cemetery since its establishment in 1872.

July 31, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

Car show, BBQ Saturday at Commons benefits fire fund

The Commons at Union Ranch (2241 N. Union Road in Manteca) is holding a Classic Car Show & BBQ on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be live music, barbecue and classic cars. All proceeds to benefit the Manteca Fire Department Chief's Foundation for the victims of fires and to provide smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to seniors. For more info go to

July 31, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns

PG&E? Lie? Now that’s a real shocker

uPG&E did not pay any taxes between 2008 and 2010 despite scoring $4.1 billion in profits. During that same time they received $1 billion in tax rebates. It was all thanks to a $79 million lobbying effort of politicians by the firm that last summer spent $10 million on a "we lost our way" advertising campaign to improve their public image.

July 31, 2014 | | Local Columns

Seelye facing conflict of interest questions

Is this a case of conflict of interest?

July 30, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

Leadership drought in curbing water use in Manteca

Manteca is leaving no stone unturned as it studies the long-term financial risks and economic viability of the Great Wolf Resort proposal to develop a 500-room resort on 30 acres of city-owned land.

July 30, 2014 | | Local Columns

Manteca board going for costly bond option?

Need new carpet?

July 29, 2014 | | Local Columns

Stanislaus unkind to the unprepared

He trudged out of the water, his shirt soaked and pulled tight around his skin, glasses and hat hanging from head. He towed a pathetic pink raft behind him, completing the look of a man who had been beaten and embarrassed by the elements.

July 26, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns

Wood actually took 23 years, not two hours to die in Arizona

Do not get teary-eyed or enraged thinking about how Joseph R. Wood III died.

July 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Is City of Bell to big to govern?

The City of Bell consists of 2.64 square miles.

July 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Reveries of an old man

I dream of being Roger Federer. I always watch his matches and cheer out loud as if it would make a difference in his play.

July 25, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Local Columns

Manteca: The Mother of All water wasters

The City of Manteca is the biggest water waster by far.

July 24, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Combined flea market, yard sale set for Saturday

The Manteca Senior Center Advisory Committee and Manteca Seniors Helping Area Residents and Police combined flea market and yard sale is this Saturday, July 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be 30 vendors selling garage and new items, from arts & crafts to collectibles inside the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane, and SHARP will host the backyard sale directly behind the senior center building. Up for grabs will be items including furniture, sporting goods, household items, toys, electronics, to name a few. Don't miss it!

July 24, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns

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Why Great Wolf is better catch than Amazon

So what would you rather have in your community - an Amazon fulfillment center or a Great Wolf Resort?

March 17, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

About March 14 high school brunch boycott

With all due respect to the high school students involved and the Manteca Unified administrators that brokered the deal, an alternative activity for a 17-minute ...

March 16, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Libraries: The walking dead after 22 years?

Libraries are not repositories of books.

March 15, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

When bringing a gun to school meant you’d get a warning

Close to 20 years ago when the Manteca Unified School District board was debating whether to allow school resource officers on campus, trustee Evelyn Moore ...

March 14, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca anti- camping law: Is it on trial?

Norman J. Moore is not going away.

March 13, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Sacramento: Additional water storage has little public benefit

Ground zero for the war against man - and now fish - in California can be found east of Colusa in narrow Antelope Valley in the foothills ...

March 12, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Ripon board recognizing $20K scholarship student

Kayla Jacklich is a 2018 Coca-Cola Scholar.

March 12, 2018 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

Plan calls for 1,014 more housing units

Demand by new home builders running out of development ready land in the Bay Area could move a neighborhood first approved in 2005 in west ...

March 12, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Widmer students gather treats for troops

Lisa and Matthew Hammond are parents at Joseph Widmer Elementary School.

March 12, 2018 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Three men that fought in the Civil War are buried at East Union Memorial Cemetery without headstones.

March 12, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Medline - the nation's largest privately held manufacturer of medical supplies - wants to lease a 585,580-square-foot distribution center being built in Manteca next door ...

March 12, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Villaraigosa wants RDAs brought back to help with housing crisis

Antonio Villaraigosa gets it.

March 10, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Are they the Oakwood Lake waterslides? No & they aren’t trying to be

I essentially grew up at the Oakwood Lake waterslides.

March 09, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

Manteca’s next step to deal with homeless

It's time to have the talk.

March 09, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

When ‘illegals’ took over California

The political climate is tense.

March 08, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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