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Foreclosures are good thing in long run for Manteca

Good times are coming to Manteca.

May 23, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


2,000 reasons why you’d be insane to vote for Newsom

Gavin Newsom wants to be our next governor.

May 22, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to dismantle Sacramento and rebuild from the ground up

A crisis, they say, brings out the best in people. True leaders rise to the occasion. Dark times call for bold and decisive moves.

May 21, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Get ready for same old mush from update on SJ General Plan

It's time San Joaquin County stopped lusting for Bay Area paychecks and dropped the same-old, same-old planning for growth that produced predictable template-style policies and zoning.

May 20, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s no sweat to stay cool in valley summer

Sweating is highly underrated.

May 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Let your neighbors know about your loved one’s service

We bellyache a lot.

May 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


NOTRE DAME

President Obama's planned commencement address today at Notre Dame has re-opened wounds still festering since last November's presidential elections. There, the Catholic Church split in half (that is, with 70% of registered Catholics voting, 45% chose McCain, 54% voted for Obama.)

May 17, 2009 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Paying the price Tuesday for class size reduction

Manteca Unified – and much of California – took the bite out of the forbidden fruit and are paying for it big time.

May 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s ‘hasta la vista’ time, California

Pssst. Wanna buy San Quentin Prison?

May 15, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Admittedly it was a bad choice of words for a sensitive story

It wasn't one of my finest moments.

May 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is $1M justified for staffing an aerial fire truck?

Does Manteca really need nine firefighters to man the 100-foot aerial platform fire truck 24/7?

May 13, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It is time to pull the plug on California’s government

Santa Barbara is burning.

May 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I still listen for the pitter-patter of paws

It all started when John Grogran first got the idea to publish his tales about life with a young Labrador that instantly captured the heart of America. And for those of us who grew up with a lab in our house, the pages that Grogan filled in that book became almost a verbatim recount of the things encountered with the wiry but outrageously loyal animals. But there was a darker tinge in that story – something that lies just beneath the surface in just about everything that we do and more often than not we try to avoid.

May 10, 2009 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


This is your Mother’s Day card, mom

Dear readers:

May 10, 2009 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Sweet words: ‘Due to inactivity on your account we are canceling your card’

Shortly after I turned 18 I got my first two credit cards from Mervyn's and Chevron.

May 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Cemeteries, growing up, death & life

I'd venture to say that I view cemeteries a bit differently than most people.

April 23, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SJ agency protecting PG&E profits

A lot has happened since June 2009 when South San Joaquin Irrigation District filed its current application before the San Joaquin Local Area Formation Commission to become the retail electricity provider for Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon.

April 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California may soon be ablaze in orange, red & black hues

California's countryside green is fading fast to gold.

April 20, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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


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