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The debate on moving City Hall back downtown

The debate about whether city hall should be moved lock, stock, and barrel to downtown is a bit silly.

September 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Good sales clerks can make or break a store

Lucy and Louisa are solid gold sales associates.

September 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


CPUC can’t be trusted to investigate PG&E explosion in San Bruno

The California Public Utilities Commission should not investigate PG&E for the killing of four people, maiming countless others and destroying 37 homes in San Bruno.

September 11, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Shaping Manteca leaders by polling questions costs us real leadership

The caller was polite enough.

September 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We need to address homeless problem without sentimentality

It is easy to get teary eyed about the homeless especially given the 16 percent unemployment rate in Manteca. In the back of our minds we probably think that it could easily be us living on the streets

September 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Good things do come out of bad economic times

Want an upside to the current state budget crisis?

September 08, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tough to beat watermelon from Manteca

Knock or slap?

September 07, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Henry Ford knew exactly how to pump up economy

"If you don't pay the people enough money, they can't buy cars." - Henry Ford

September 06, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


3,050 miles in eight days

Traffic was so light as we drove along Interstate 80 just west of Wendover, Utah, on our way to Denver. Actually, it was lighter than light. There was hardly any other soul this Sunday morning driving on the highway in front of us that stretched like a snaking ribbon in the vast horizon ahead. So when a silver Toyota appeared on the lane to my right, I visually checked it out more closely than I normally would. As the small car smoothly zoomed past our seemingly lumbering heavier pickup, I glanced idly at the license plate.

September 06, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Urns hold more than just plants

It's just a bunch of clay that has been molded and then baked in dry heat at hellish temperatures.

September 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fighting gang violence by requiring school uniforms

Should Lathrop School pursue school uniforms or common dress?

September 04, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California Senate resists pressure to bag freedom of choice when you grocery shop

Californians still have the freedom to choose between paper and plastic.

September 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Abercrombie & Fitch versus Muslim religion

Abercrombie & Fitch, to put it politely, sells sex.

September 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Berryhill sides with high-priced PG&E against farmers, families & business

Is Bill Berryhill against South County farmers, hardworking small businesses, and struggling families being crushed by oppressive PG&E power rates like his brother Tom Berryhill?

September 01, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Firefighters answer the call & set stage for future budgets

The Manteca Firefighters Association is arguably the most powerful and influential force in Manteca politics.

August 31, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Manteca USD: Uranus versus Pluto conflict

Folks who make their living tossing theories abound about human behavior generally define Millennials as those born between the 1980s and 2000s. Some define Millennials by those who were in their formative years or reached adulthood at the dawn of the 21st century.

January 29, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Chocolate Salon, bull riding, BMX Crab Feed and more!

Get your dance shoes ready, because the Manteca Youth Advisory Commission is hosting the first middle-school dance of 2015 on Friday, Jan. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Golden West Community Gym! All sixth through eighth graders are invited to dance and have fun with their friends. Bring your school I.D. (or other proof of school attendance), $5 for admission and don't forget about the school dress code! For more info click here:

January 29, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Coming flood of misery for rural south Manteca folks

Rain and snow when it does fall can sometimes inflict painful misery on parts of Manteca and Lathrop.

January 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You voted for eggs to sell at $3.16 a dozen

The chickens have come home to roost.

January 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


He’s not your father’s school board member

Out of sight and out of mind.

January 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Toe the line? My feet aren’t exactly normal

Captain Kangaroo.

January 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


JANUARY IN MANTECA

Herb Caen liked to write about how the fog snuck into San Francisco on cat's feet.

January 22, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want some crab? No problem in Manteca

St. Anthony's School is holding its 6th annual Crab Feed on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 6 to 11 p.m. in the school gymnasium located at 323 N. Fremont Ave., with dinner beginning at 7. Wine & cheese tasting is from 6 to 7 followed by marinated crab, pasta, salad, bread, music and dancing. You may purchase tickets in the school office for $50 per person. This is an adult-only event and you must be at least 21 years of age. For more information, please call the school at 209.823.4513.

January 22, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Outdoor cooking, common courtesy & air pollution

Got an outdoor kitchen with a wood-burning smoker or a pizza oven?

January 20, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Going Digital means poor students may get left behind

There is a fundamental flaw in the Manteca Unified School District's Going Digital undertaking.

January 20, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca school trustees: 2 wrongs don’t make a right

It's really a simple equation when you boil it all down.

January 20, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


MCOPS, cheap housing & crime trends in Manteca

Crime - believe it or not - is down over the last 12 years in Manteca.

January 18, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MCOPS, cheap housing & crime trends in Manteca

Crime - believe it or not - is down over the last 12 years in Manteca.

January 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Reduce issues with homeless by switching to lockable Toters

It reduces identity theft.

January 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Someone should tell Manteca’s school leaders that it’s 2015

Manteca Unified School District's much ballyhooed Going Digital – breathlessly proclaimed by the district's upper echelon management as bringing classrooms into the 21st century – starts next week.

January 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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