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Shaping Manteca leaders by polling questions costs us real leadership

The caller was polite enough.

September 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We need to address homeless problem without sentimentality

It is easy to get teary eyed about the homeless especially given the 16 percent unemployment rate in Manteca. In the back of our minds we probably think that it could easily be us living on the streets

September 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Good things do come out of bad economic times

Want an upside to the current state budget crisis?

September 08, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tough to beat watermelon from Manteca

Knock or slap?

September 07, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Henry Ford knew exactly how to pump up economy

"If you don't pay the people enough money, they can't buy cars." - Henry Ford

September 06, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


3,050 miles in eight days

Traffic was so light as we drove along Interstate 80 just west of Wendover, Utah, on our way to Denver. Actually, it was lighter than light. There was hardly any other soul this Sunday morning driving on the highway in front of us that stretched like a snaking ribbon in the vast horizon ahead. So when a silver Toyota appeared on the lane to my right, I visually checked it out more closely than I normally would. As the small car smoothly zoomed past our seemingly lumbering heavier pickup, I glanced idly at the license plate.

September 06, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Urns hold more than just plants

It's just a bunch of clay that has been molded and then baked in dry heat at hellish temperatures.

September 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fighting gang violence by requiring school uniforms

Should Lathrop School pursue school uniforms or common dress?

September 04, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California Senate resists pressure to bag freedom of choice when you grocery shop

Californians still have the freedom to choose between paper and plastic.

September 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Abercrombie & Fitch versus Muslim religion

Abercrombie & Fitch, to put it politely, sells sex.

September 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Berryhill sides with high-priced PG&E against farmers, families & business

Is Bill Berryhill against South County farmers, hardworking small businesses, and struggling families being crushed by oppressive PG&E power rates like his brother Tom Berryhill?

September 01, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Firefighters answer the call & set stage for future budgets

The Manteca Firefighters Association is arguably the most powerful and influential force in Manteca politics.

August 31, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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


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Legislation to increase crime & taxes

State Senator Richard Pan rolled out legislation this week to increase crime in California and jack up taxes on the state's poor.

August 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Yosemite puts the whole world in perspective

The smoky haze on Saturday obscured what would have been 80-mile views on a clear day from atop a granite perch overbooking Ten Lakes and ...

August 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Affordable housing & Manteca

The phrase "affordable housing" is rapidly become a paradox in Manteca.

August 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


LA’s twin grab for SJ Valley, Delta land & water

All Californians are created equal unless you're the little guy in the San Joaquin Valley or the Delta.

August 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


100 reasons to jog in 99 degree heat

It was 99 degrees at 12:55 p.m. Monday, perfect for a celebratory jog.

August 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Only police should carry guns in Manteca municipal parks

Manteca city staff is so concerned about the safety of part-time people they employ to lock park restrooms in the evening that they'd like ...

August 16, 2015 | | Local Columns


Drought rules drop home values so much they’re up 3%

Property values, we were told, were going to plummet in Manteca due to the city's stepped up water conservation rules that most residents are ...

August 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Don’t go around with a chip on your shoulder’

Edna Towle by all standards should have been angry at the world.

August 12, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dropping the bomb: No reason to apologize

The United States lost 14,000 men in 82 days in the epic battle to take Okinawa. Japan virtually fought to the last man.

August 11, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Before you go nuts attacking almond growers

"Your (&*!%&**)ing farmers are wasting water growing almonds. Why should we have to sacrifice our lake for them and stupid fish?"

August 10, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Before you go nuts attacking almond growers

"Your (&*!%&**)ing farmers are wasting water growing almonds. Why should we have to sacrifice our lake for them and stupid fish?"

August 09, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacramento’s plan: Waste future rain & snow runoff

If the skies were to open up this winter would the runoff help raise depleted reservoir levels?

August 08, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Woodward: No man’s land for pedestrians

In a perfect world drivers would always drive only as safe as conditions allow. They would be 100 percent focused on driving and would drive ...

August 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Putting kids first: River Islands: A+ Banta Schools: F

What's horribly wrong and what's absolutely right about education in California can be found perhaps 100 or so yards from each other on ...

August 05, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca shops for purloined carts solution

Taking shopping carts off of a store's property is theft.

August 03, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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