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Manteca’s real problem: Salaries & pension costs

Carlon Perry isn't doing the old soft shoe when it comes to what ails government.

October 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The RDA law: California’s DH rule for cities

Baseball purists abhor the designated hitter rule.

October 18, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Native Californians all have heritage tied to Mexico

I am proud of my Mexican heritage.

October 17, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BLD: The biggest non-issue in race for Manteca mayor

The surprising thing about the Manteca municipal election on Nov. 2 is the one issue that hasn't come up - Big League Dreams.

October 16, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The 33 men in the mine & the history of good

It is being called "75 percent science, 25 percent miracle."

October 15, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bass Pro, Costco should be last sales tax sharing deals

There are three big players in the outdoor sports world of mega-marketing - Bass Pro, Cabela's and Gander Mountain.

October 14, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The oil companies don’t want to do their fair share

If you're a California resident - or have a business based in the Golden State - you've been paying the equivalent of a Third World country's gross national product over the years in a bid to clean our air.

October 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Nudity in front of nuns, a priest held at gunpoint

I was in a hurry to take a shower and get to a Roseville City Council meeting.

October 11, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Messick launches her own music studio

A music teacher for three generations, Ripon's Terry Messick is voicing concern about the lack of music classes especially in the public elementary schools – and she's trying to make a difference.

October 10, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Weapons of smash destruction are the best kind

The guy was a bit shy at first.

October 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A strong faith in volunteers & Christianity

"You can't rely on volunteers."

October 08, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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


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Great Manteca kitchen debate: Legion, the city, VFW & $115K

What is the moral or legal dilemma with the Manteca City Council spending $115,000 to install a commercial kitchen in the Moffat Boulevard Community Center that they are leasing long-term to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6311?

May 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


To the Class of 2015: It’s all about attitude

Dear graduates:

May 29, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How to build a fire station in SE Manteca now & not later

There is a way Manteca can enhance public safety by building a fifth fire station, reduce response times in medical emergencies, and do so now instead of later.

May 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Chickens, private air space & drones

"If a landowner is to have full enjoyment of the land, he must have exclusive control of the immediate reaches of the enveloping atmosphere. Otherwise buildings could not be erected, trees could not be planted, and fences could not be run." - Justice William O. Douglas in the majority opinion of the United States vs. Causby

May 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Driving folks into hopeless desperation: That’s the ticket

The politicians finally admitted it.

May 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tony & Mrs. K’s café’s food, business start from scratch

The old proverbial breakfast bell is clanging on Thursday morning with doors opening at 8 a.m. with an open house for customers old and new at Tony and Mrs. K's café by a very special woman who has a passion for her customers as well as for her menus. It is a joy to call her my friend.

May 26, 2015 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Golden Years are empty Tin Cup Years

Florence dreads the 12th of the month.

May 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Scores don’t make a school. Teachers do.

Just how good is your school?

May 20, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Vicious women & beauty pageants

I like looking at women's legs. I'm not being sexist. I'm a guy.

May 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Feeding social media trumps living your life

I confess. I'm a closet taker of selfies.

May 18, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Graffiti vandals believe they are above the law & Mother Nature

Ron Kammeyer is redefining the word "audacity."

May 16, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Slow thinking: There will never be an app for that

Slow thinking.

May 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The lessons for Manteca Unified board & Bronson

The self-imposed exit of Alexander Bronson from the Manteca Unified School District board 188 days after his election offers a morality lesson for many people - school district brass, the board, and Bronson himself.

May 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Almonds are water misers compared to marijuana

Almonds - we are told by those who want further cutbacks on agricultural water deliveries so urban lawns can stay lush and so they can hose out their garbage cans and hose down their driveways on a weekly basis - are water guzzlers.

May 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs user friendly water bills

Reading your City of Manteca water bill is kind of like reading Latin.

May 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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