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Without Prop. 13 California would be in worse shape

Proposition 13 has become the whipping boy for many playing the blame game for the current budget deficit as well as the weakened condition of public education in California.

July 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Nominations for worst store clerk

In the beginning, they were simply clerks.

July 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


That $4 bridge toll is a real deal as are many of our government services

It was time to pay the piper.

July 15, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s ‘Fields of Dreams’

I have to admit that I wasn't emotionally moved when I first saw "Field of Dreams" some 20 years ago.

July 15, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Time to stop enabling criminals

It was, as they say, a defining moment.

July 12, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Downtown Manteca at crossroads

Petula Clark would not have been inspired to sing her 1960s hit "Downtown" were she to walk the streets in the heart of Manteca today.

July 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hey, man, like tax me, like a lot, like now

Want proof positive that marijuana causes brain damage?

July 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Entire council barking up wrong tree

People who see in black and white only inadvertently shortchange themselves – and others – by not embracing a wide repertoire of hues that can make things possible even during trying times.

July 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Reform spending? In Califoreclosure? Like that will happen

Why, they ask up in Sacramento, don't people trust us?

July 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Michael Jackson’s star-studded memorial service

It's Tuesday morning and I'm online trying to find the best PC feed to view the Michael Jackson memorial services.

July 08, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


For whom does your cell phone ring tone toll?

Rip-off AT&T's intellectual property and make it available for free and faster than you can text "SUE U" the communication giant would unleash lawyers upon the offender in droves.

July 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why do people need to save face or be macho?

The guy was a jerk.

July 05, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


San Francisco values: Protect bong shops & ban chain stores

Hey man.

July 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Adventures of Arnold in Wackoland

The Mad Hatter has nothing on the California Legislature these days.

July 03, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Respect the flag & you’re respecting sacrifices made on your behalf

There is no law governing what you can and cannot do to the American flag.

July 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Raising a stink over farming? Time to chill out

The homeowner was miffed.

April 19, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Once ridiculed as a boondoggle, Tidewater is a success story

The old Tidewater Southern Railway corridor slicing through the heart of Manteca for years served as a magnet for the homeless, criminal activity, and those illegally dumping garbage.

April 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Easter weekend fun: Egg hunts, beer & more

To make sure this weekend is not all about glazed ham, rack of lamb and chocolate desserts, sign up for the 10th annual Easter Run and Fun on Saturday, April 19, at the beautiful Lodi Lake at 8 a.m. There will also be a children's Fun Run at 9:20 a.m. All 5K and 10K runners and walkers receive a shirt, pancake breakfast, and a raffle entry. Proceeds will benefit the Lodi Salvation Army's Hope Harbor Family Service Center. For more info go to lodieasterrun.com.

April 17, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


ONE OF A KIND

Stan Aldrin was someone who hated to slow down. You could ask him to please stand still, but that's all you could do – try.

April 16, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Does Manteca Unified really need nine more schools?

Manteca Unified contends they need seven more elementary schools and two high schools in the next 20 years.

April 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BELL RINGER

For the dozens of people that are flooding into a converted movie theater in Downtown Stockton, it's a seemingly average Saturday night.

April 15, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Vicious circle of one-way street debate

Manteca's question for the ages is once again being asked: Should Yosemite Avenue and Center Street going through downtown be one-way venues?

April 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Every dog getting his day in court?

Cruella and Dante are dogs.

April 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Trains: Can’t we just wait a few minutes?

The debate over trains irritates me.

April 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


More water for fish could lead to ecological Armageddon

The late Stan Nader Sr. was a member of a family whose cattle ranching roots in Placer County go back to the 1870s.

April 11, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DUI victim struggles to get life back on course

Her fear of being judged by a room full of police officers at a San Diego County Mothers Against Drink Driving awards luncheon was short lived.

April 10, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


How about death penalty for ignoring constitution?

Phil Wyman makes Shakespeare look like a wimp.

April 10, 2014 | | Local Columns


BugFest in Stockton, rodeo fun in Oakdale

The Men's Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ripon Post 1051 will host its Seafood Platter at 12455 West Ripon Road on Saturday, April 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be 50/50 raffle and a DJ entertaining the guests. Donation of $15 per person is recommended.

April 10, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Does not being color blind hurt some minorities?

Do "minorities" need protection in California?

April 08, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A quick memo on how to build a better Manteca

In the coming 210 days at least five men are going to be vying for your vote to elect them to the Manteca City Council either as a council member or mayor.

April 08, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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