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Chaka definitely not a tailor-made man when it comes to clothing style

Do clothes make the man?

November 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca voting was a good grade & not a mandate

So what was the verdict on Tuesday as far as Manteca politics is concerned?

November 04, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Perry left mark as guardian of taxpayer dollar

He's been demonized by some, vilified by a few, and marginalized by others.

November 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It can be brutal running & serving on local boards

No matter what you think of Carlon Perry, Willie Weatherford, Debby Moorhead, Ben Cantu and all of the other candidates for local offices in today's elections in Manteca, Ripon, and Lathrop you have got to admire them.

November 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tale of two stores in Manteca: One holds secret of success

This is the story of two stores in Manteca. Maybe, I should say, the stories of two stores in Manteca because one is about how success is achieved, and the other is about how success slips away.

November 01, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Myths endure about farming in California

Californians are amazing.

November 01, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is whining turning United States into nation of losers?

Americans never used to whine.

October 31, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rough Union Road has smooth future

The driving experience in recent weeks along Union Road between Louise Avenue and Lathrop Road has been almost akin to a lunar surface expedition.

October 30, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Giving up ghosts (white bed sheets) of Halloween past

Halloween is fairly anti-climactic for weird costumes given the tendency of some parents these days to let their pre-teen kids dye their hair bizarre colors, wear dog collars and even allow 10-year-old boys to have a pierced ear or two.

October 30, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


My career as a guaranteed out in Little League

Every boy dreams of baseball glory.

October 29, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is there a better way for Manteca to elect a mayor?

Should Debby Moorhead get elected mayor of Manteca on Tuesday it will mean the fourth time since 1998 that the council will have to decide whether to appoint a replacement for Moorhead or else call for a special election.

October 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


From laughing stock to getting many things right

Dumping on government is in vogue.

October 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just who is the Big Bad Wolf in child care flap?

Karen McLaughlin is at the epicenter of what promises to develop as the next major Manteca political storm.

October 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Two pounds a week can change a lot

I scored 50 pounds of fresh harvested almonds Sunday.

October 25, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca races reflect civility & not cantankerous ways of past years

Debby Moorhead doesn't point fingers.

October 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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PEDAL TO THE METTLE

The English Coonhound settles in the Central Valley sun, sprawling out across a lane in the Best Western parking lot.

April 17, 2015 | James Burns | Local Columns


Manteca’s war on the homeless

So how goes Manteca's war on the homeless?

April 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


About those ‘evil’ free range parents

There is a fine line between being cautious and paranoia.

April 16, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Snakes, Paragon 3, Love Manteca & more

The Manteca High School Band Boosters is hosting an All-You-Can-Eat-Spaghetti Dinner at the Manteca Transit Center (220 Moffat Blvd.) on Saturday, April 18, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. There will be a no-host bar, spaghetti, salad, rolls, and silent dessert auction. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Please call 209.610.4025 for tickets or more information about the event.

April 16, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


How I learned not to trust tax collectors

It's nice to know I'm not the only one that doesn't trust the Internal Revenue Service or the Franchise Tax Board.

April 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Moffat Blvd. monument to moving on

The steel framework of the 3,600-square-foot building going up on Moffat Boulevard is more than just the future home of the Manteca Veterans Center.

April 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Try eating apples grown in Cupertino

Salinity levels at Vernalis south of Manteca would not be so high if the Hypocrites-by-the Bay in the Green Environmental Perfection movement did their fair share to protect fish.

April 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rewarding state $300M for helping kill 8 people

PG&E is paying $300 million too much for the 2,425 violations of federal and state safety rules in connection with an investigation following the 2010 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno that killed eight people and destroyed more than three dozen homes.

April 11, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Two angels at Manteca High save life of teen

Amanda Buhay could have died in mid-December in a Manteca High classroom.

April 10, 2015 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Kidney stones, hammertoes & smartphones

I miss the good old days.

April 10, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


LITTLE FREE LIBRARY

I love books. I taught myself to read at the age of 5 and haven't put a book down ever since. As a child I won several "Queen of Children's Readers" contests held at the local library, where they kept track of every book I borrowed, and several years in a row I came close to the number 300.

April 09, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Poker benefits foster families

It's time to gamble – for a great cause. Agape Villages presents a Poker Tournament at the Manteca Senior Center (295 Cherry Lane) on Friday, April 10, from 7 to 11 p.m. to support foster children. The entry fee is $40 per player. For more information, please call Nina at 209.992.8346 or email npayne@agapevillages.org.

April 09, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Manteca’s next round of water use reductions

As strange as it might sound, Manteca is ahead of the curve when it comes to stepping up its game to conserve water.

April 09, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making life difficult for bottom rung workers

Once upon a time in a quaint little place called California a young person between 16 and 17 years of age could get an entry level job with ease.

April 08, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lawn wars: The battle to survive the drought

I have gone without lawns for six years.

April 07, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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