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Weatherford: Manteca’s real life Andy Griffith

Willie Weatherford is an "aw shucks" kind of guy.

November 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


New wave of street terrorists in Manteca

It was moving at a pretty good clip.

November 08, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Get ready for trains, trains & more trains

Do you like waiting for trains to pass through Manteca?

November 07, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


My goal: Joining Dale Johnson in 10-gallon club

Dale Johnson's license plate holder always amazed me.

November 06, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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


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The truth about America can be found in Manteca

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran on July 4, 2007.

July 04, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stop the world . . .

When I was in eighth grade one of the moms who worked at my elementary school gave me a pin of hers I had admired for years and that pin has hung on the wall in my childhood bedroom ever since. It says, "Stop the world I wanna get off."

July 03, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


Why pay 1,875 times more than you have to?

I do something that is putting me down the same path as the dodo bird. I drink tap water.

July 03, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ten faces and our freedoms

Do yourself a favor.

July 01, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


San Francisco, like LA, needs to atone for its water sins

Why is San Francisco privileged?

July 01, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Texas tries to dilute marriage decision

Gay marriage is now legal in all 50 states.

June 30, 2015 | | Local Columns


Homeless & Manteca property crime

My neighbor had an unexpected visitor recently.

June 29, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Trump should sit down with brain surgeon

Who would you rather perform brain surgery on you: Donald Trump or an illegal immigrant from Mexico?

June 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Crying foul: Are we now a nation of paranoids?

Jogging down Tannehill Drive I heard the familiar cranking of a bicycle coming up from behind.

June 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pray for rain as Sacramento isn’t going to save California

It may surprise Sacramento and its bureaucratic hordes that large segments of California are in danger of lapsing into death throes due to a fourth year of severe drought.

June 25, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Performing arts center option for Manteca

Manteca has a performing arts center on its wish list.

June 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cauchon is an optimist who may run for board

Leo Bennett-Cauchon is an optimist.

June 23, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Confederate flag, rap music & symbolism

I do not like rap music.

June 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Normal dog owners get normal dogs

DEAR DIDI: I just want a normal dog for once. My last dog had separation anxiety. The dog before that was overprotective. The dog before that kept running away from home. How do I get a normal dog? -Frustrated in Tracy

June 22, 2015 | | Local Columns


Death awaits you along the 120 Bypass

I cannot predict where the next stabbing will occur in Manteca.

June 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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