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Virtual bank robbers thrive, thanks to an act of Congress

Washington's much ballyhooed program aimed at helping struggling homeowners is highly successful in at least one aspect - it has given those not in financial trouble the ability to walk away from homes that are underwater without literally paying the price.

August 30, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Two bars, illegals driving & Manteca DUI checkpoints

Call it the tale of two bars.

August 29, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making BLD work for betterment of Manteca

Tracy has a sports complex that they are making payments on.

August 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca ignores homeless problem at its own peril

It was a discovery that rattled the tenant and even surprised Manteca Police.

August 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Loud train horns & love-hate relationship with railroad trains

The San Joaquin Valley has a long love-hate relationship with railroads.

August 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is Disney ban of Muslim hijabs Mickey Mouse?

Imane Boudlal is a devout Muslim who happens to work as a restaurant hostess at the Disneyland Resort's Grand Californian hotel in Anaheim.

August 25, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I wonder if they are true fans of Def Leppard?

I'm amazed that my older brother Ron can even hear.

August 23, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Press McNerney & Harmer to provide solution to illegals bumping jobless American workers

Aqua Spa & Pool went belly-up this past week.

August 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Odds are state won’t block welfare debit cards from being used in casinos

The latest installment in "Government Gone Wild" - the ongoing epic California reality disaster show produced in Sacramento - has a new twist.

August 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Be very afraid: UP toying with monster trains

Union Pacific Railroad unleashed what critics are dubbing "the monster train" on unsuspecting Southern Californians earlier this year.

August 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


San Francisco’s next treasure for Northern California

It was a heady time for Northern California.

August 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Should Uncle Sam own even more of California?

Uncle Sam owns 45.3 percent of California's land mass.

August 18, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


High school football on Friday night: It doesn’t get any better

Friday night football is the game at its purest form.

August 18, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Despite the odds teachers still manage to deliver

Next time you go to verbally beat up a teacher, take a deep breath.

August 17, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Just rolled out of bed look’ sets fashion tone for new school year

They say if you don't like the weather in New England, just wait an hour or two.

August 16, 2010 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


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Getting a Lyft & why cities shouldn’t care

Steve DeBrum is no Bill de Blasio.

July 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Forget 5 o’clock shadows, I’m four hours ahead of time

Fred Flinstone is a rank amateur.

July 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Internet: The main street for cheaters, thieves, bullies & malcontents

It is amazing what people will do online.

July 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Internet: The main street for cheaters, thieves, bullies & malcontents

It is amazing what people will do online.

July 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


World War III MUSD style is up next

Sam Fant is either brilliant or his peers on the Manteca Unified School District board are not in his league.

July 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


World War III MUSD style is up next

Sam Fant is either brilliant or his peers on the Manteca Unified School District board are not in his league.

July 22, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Soldiers should not be sitting ducks in a shooting gallery

Are we are at war?

July 21, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Thunder Valley & Great Wolf: 2 peas in pod

Who in their right mind we book a room at a resort hotel not near any tourist attractions that is located south of a major wastewater treatment plant facility?

July 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca: High mark for prudent financials

They wish they were Manteca.

July 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to assess traffic safety & flow on existing streets

Efficient and safer traffic movements on existing streets need to be a higher priority with Manteca's elected leaders.

July 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cutting edge banks would frustrate Bonnie & Clyde

Bank tellers - and bank robbers for that matter - could soon circulate as often as $2 bills.

July 16, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cutting edge banks would frustrate Bonnie & Clyde

Bank tellers - and bank robbers for that matter - could soon circulate as often as $2 bills.

July 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Erode freedom and we are all less secure

"Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one." - Benjamin Franklin

July 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Twin Tunnels: A repeat of the assault on Owens Valley

INDEPENDENCE - High in the eastern Sierra above the county seat of Inyo County on Monday rain and hail fell to help feed the stream that gives life to the community of 669 souls.

July 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Demos & sanctuary cities

Democrats now will say anything to distance themselves from sanctuary city policies, even though they have supported these policies for years. In an exclusive CNN interview lastTuesday, Hillary Rodham Clinton was asked about San Francisco's refusal to hand over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement seven-time convicted felon and five-time deportee Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez. He stands accused in the fatal shooting of Kathryn Steinle as she took an evening stroll on Pier 14 last week. (After telling a local TV station he shot Steinle by accident, Lopez-Sanchez has pleaded not guilty to murder.) Clinton answered, "The city made a mistake ...

July 13, 2015 | Debra Saunders | Local Columns


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