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Pedestrians aren’t simply collateral damage

pedestriann. 1. A person risking their lives in Manteca. 2. An inconvenient road obstacle for Manteca drivers. 3. People you flip off after almost hitting them in crosswalks.

October 07, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cut Lathrop mayor slack on family matter

I'm often reminded that I'm in a profession noted for its jaded view of life and the world in general. I admit I put on that armor suit on a number of occasions in the performance of my job in the interest of holding on to my belief that all human beings are basically good at heart.

October 07, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


SF: No longer taking bad homeless behavior lying down?

Are some homeless becoming too aggressive?

October 06, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will new animal shelter still cheat Manteca residents?

Manteca's woefully inadequate animal shelter is finally being addressed.

October 04, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Classless act by Sierra High fan(s) at EU

You want to see something that is completely without class?

October 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is the Preacher going to go after Queen Meg’s ex-housekeeper?

Am I missing something?

October 01, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Enjoy the world of Lathrop’s 54-year-old kid

It was a smile as big as you'd ever see on a kid's face.

September 30, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s not about 6-pack or 2-pack for that matter

I was feeling lousy, running a slight fever and was congested when I woke up Tuesday.

September 29, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Apples cost much, much more during Great Depression

Honey Crisp. Gala. Fuji. Pink Lady. Jazz. Butterfly. Granny Smith.

September 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


History yields to museum over Yellow Freight

For years, there were those who contended the event in Manteca in 1989 that had the longest lasting impact was the controversial split City Council decision to say no to Yellow Freight. The freight firm wanted to convert residential land near what is today Woodward Park into a massive freight terminal.

September 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


IT’S A BIG SIGN

The first inkling that Sierra High was about to raise the bar a notch or two came in the form of probably the biggest sign ever seen in these parts at a high school football game.

September 25, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca is more like Las Vegas than many think

Shelly Andrade is a new arrival in Manteca from Las Vegas.

September 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Edict from lofty Atherton: Fresno looks like Detroit

"Fresno looks like Detroit. It's awful." - Republican governor hopeful Meg Whitman's remarks to the San Jose Mercury News

September 23, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Wayfaring signs exclude chamber among destinations

On Tuesday afternoon a young lady stopped by the Manteca Chamber of Commerce office.

September 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Of books and matters of mind

Arriving at his dorm recently after coming home for the weekend, my son found himself in a bind. He forgot his text books at home. At first, he asked if we could mail them to him at the university. But he soon found a convenient and inexpensive solution to his dilemma.

September 21, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


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Sacramento decrees there will be a flood

So what's going to be costlier when it comes to your pocketbook - the drought or a hypothetical 200-year flood event?

April 20, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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


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