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Marin wants to put brakes on Toyota’s ‘subtle’ advertising

Lady Bird Johnson is probably rolling over in her grave.

April 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why be afraid of Sarah Palin talking at CSU Stanislaus?

A caller back in November 2008 who identified herself as a Democrat informed me that I was biased since the Manteca Bulletin did not carry what she termed was "the historic" election of Barrack Obama as president on the front page.

April 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ram charges police officer

Every day is a new adventure – not just for me but also for every member of my family – including my youngest son Tim who is a police officer in a city by the southern border.

April 09, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Power to PG&E: Firm turns imitative process into way to protect their profits

The Progressives – led by liberal Republican Hiram Johnson – 99 years ago put in place the imitative process in California.

April 08, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The case for making Center Street the heart of downtown

Ben Cantu - who hopes to ascend to the mayor's post this November – calls the quagmire over downtown Manteca's future the equivalent of a "Mexican stand-off."

April 07, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Youth & Teen Center park project in Lathrop is step in right direction

A while back, I wrote a column about downtowns. Specifically, what I had in mind was the city of Lathrop and where its downtown is or should be in light of all the developments taking place west of Interstate 5, namely: Mossdale Village, Central Lathrop Specific Plan's Richland Master-planned Communities, and the gargantuan River Islands development west of the San Joaquin River.

April 06, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Yes, I did indeed work inside the Squirrel Cage

Progress - or what sometimes passes for it - can hit you like a ton of bricks when you've been away from a place for a fair amount of time.

April 06, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Gutting the 2nd Amendment imperils freedom

I don't drive a pickup truck with a gun rack.

April 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City should cover general public’s use of BMX track

A BMX course isn't a typical venture for a municipality.

April 04, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Weaning off users subsidizing other power customers

There are a lot of reasons to criticize PG&E's upper management.

April 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Quibbling over lame slaughter animals underscores Sacramento silliness

The Humane Society believes it is animal cruelty to slaughter a pig that is too feeble to walk.

April 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The lesson Sammy Davis gave us in black & white

Editor's note: This is a shorter version of a column that first appeared in 1993.

April 01, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Act my age? I certainly hope I never fall into that trap

I'm 54 today and I'm still not "acting my age," whatever that annoying little saying is supposed to mean.

March 31, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Congress & erectile dysfunction drugs for convicted pedophiles

Find me a Democrat - or a Republican - in Congress who really wants national health care to foot the bill for convicted rapists and pedophiles to obtain erectile dysfunction drugs.

March 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Uncle Sam needs ‘silent lien’ on bail out homes

Risky gambling and shirking responsibility for one's own actions gets rewarded while hard work, delayed gratification and responsible behavior gets taxed into oblivion in the America envisioned by those who walk the corridors of power in Washington, D.C.

March 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Manteca USD: Uranus versus Pluto conflict

Folks who make their living tossing theories abound about human behavior generally define Millennials as those born between the 1980s and 2000s. Some define Millennials by those who were in their formative years or reached adulthood at the dawn of the 21st century.

January 29, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Chocolate Salon, bull riding, BMX Crab Feed and more!

Get your dance shoes ready, because the Manteca Youth Advisory Commission is hosting the first middle-school dance of 2015 on Friday, Jan. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Golden West Community Gym! All sixth through eighth graders are invited to dance and have fun with their friends. Bring your school I.D. (or other proof of school attendance), $5 for admission and don't forget about the school dress code! For more info click here:

January 29, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Coming flood of misery for rural south Manteca folks

Rain and snow when it does fall can sometimes inflict painful misery on parts of Manteca and Lathrop.

January 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You voted for eggs to sell at $3.16 a dozen

The chickens have come home to roost.

January 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


He’s not your father’s school board member

Out of sight and out of mind.

January 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Toe the line? My feet aren’t exactly normal

Captain Kangaroo.

January 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


JANUARY IN MANTECA

Herb Caen liked to write about how the fog snuck into San Francisco on cat's feet.

January 22, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want some crab? No problem in Manteca

St. Anthony's School is holding its 6th annual Crab Feed on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 6 to 11 p.m. in the school gymnasium located at 323 N. Fremont Ave., with dinner beginning at 7. Wine & cheese tasting is from 6 to 7 followed by marinated crab, pasta, salad, bread, music and dancing. You may purchase tickets in the school office for $50 per person. This is an adult-only event and you must be at least 21 years of age. For more information, please call the school at 209.823.4513.

January 22, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Outdoor cooking, common courtesy & air pollution

Got an outdoor kitchen with a wood-burning smoker or a pizza oven?

January 20, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Going Digital means poor students may get left behind

There is a fundamental flaw in the Manteca Unified School District's Going Digital undertaking.

January 20, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca school trustees: 2 wrongs don’t make a right

It's really a simple equation when you boil it all down.

January 20, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


MCOPS, cheap housing & crime trends in Manteca

Crime - believe it or not - is down over the last 12 years in Manteca.

January 18, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MCOPS, cheap housing & crime trends in Manteca

Crime - believe it or not - is down over the last 12 years in Manteca.

January 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Reduce issues with homeless by switching to lockable Toters

It reduces identity theft.

January 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Someone should tell Manteca’s school leaders that it’s 2015

Manteca Unified School District's much ballyhooed Going Digital – breathlessly proclaimed by the district's upper echelon management as bringing classrooms into the 21st century – starts next week.

January 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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