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Uncle Sam spends taxes to determine that I should be dead man walking

I should be dead or at least severely incapacitated by illness.

February 25, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Medical marijuana induces epidemic of chronic pain suffering among young males

The few days that Manteca's medical marijuana clinic was open in the 300 block of West Yosemite Avenue in 2010 it had quite a few customers seeking relief from "chronic pain."

February 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We’re rewarding those irresponsible borrowers once again

Here's a sobering statistic: Some 42 percent of all borrowers with mortgages in foreclosure haven't made a loan payment in two years.

February 21, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


War on drugs: Cut users loose from benefits of civilized society

If the entire population of Ripon was killed in 2010 because of drug violence every politician in the four corners of the United States would be getting the Full Monty from voters to do something.

February 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We often forget how good we really have it here in USA

It seemed endless.

February 19, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Having a heart attack over the selling of Quadruple Bypass Burgers

The food police are at it again.

February 18, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


High speed rail: No longer their way or the freeway

Finally, a bit of sanity is surfacing around the folks at the California High Speed Rail Commission. They are taking their foot off the accelerator when it comes to their strategy of trying to steamroll over California by figuratively pursuing a one-track high speed rail vision.

February 16, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stop state retirees from working for state to help reduce deficit, unemployment

California has an 11.1 percent unemployment rate.

February 15, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca should consider making highest vote getter every 2 years mayor

Is the direct election of Manteca's mayor a bane or a blessing?

February 15, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The price of a half cent sales tax vote: True pension reform

Just how good of a salesman is Jerry Brown?

February 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Many in foreclosure partake in $50 billion squatter economy

There is a couple that lived just south of Woodward Park that finally lost their home in 2011.

February 12, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Occupy ranters & their AstroTurf movement

"As long as we don't destroy anything, the police don't care. It's a win-win situation. We get our message across and they (police) get paid."

February 10, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So who’ll join the race to replace Weatherford as Manteca’s mayor?

Manteca's Willie Weatherford Era comes to an end in two years and nine months.

February 09, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


More people, less snow can add up to California disaster

Clear skies are spelling trouble for California.

February 08, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Uncle Sam worries more about sports cheating than about Wall Street cheating

Perhaps if Lance Armstrong, Barry Bonds, and Roger Clemens were Wall Street bankers defrauding investors in such a manner that they sent the economy to the cusp of ruin they would not have had to spend money on lawyers.

February 08, 2012 | | Local Columns


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1984, PBS, preschool & $400M

I tend to watch TV is on Saturday nights when I'm vegging out for a few hours watching episodes I've memorized of Law ...

January 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The siren song of technology & government

Google will not improve government per se.

January 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s first State of City is set for Jan. 25

James Waterman keeps tabs on the economic health of the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

January 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Deadly night: One stabbing death, another man is shot

Two men were assaulted in separate incidents in the wee hours of Sunday in Lathrop with one dying from multiple stab wounds and the other ...

January 16, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Is better river deal possible?

Gov. Jerry Brown wants to see if an amicable solution can be reached when it comes to protecting endangered fish on the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and ...

January 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rip Van Winkle, zombie texting, & cell phone use in public

It hit me standing in line at Costco last week.

January 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Naming rights for high school sports complexes?

It was great to see the East Union High administration honor the late Peter Dalben at the school's first Valley Oak League boys basketball ...

January 13, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Need a thrill? Drive Manteca streets & then the 120 Bypass

I took an E-ticket ride Thursday morning.

January 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified & the $1 billion schools challenge

Ninety-seven years this May voters in what is now known as the Manteca Unified School District passed a ballot measure to form the Manteca Union ...

January 11, 2017 | | Local Columns


Who is at the wheel in Manteca?

Is Manteca breaking its own law and thus imperiling the city by perpetuating a myth that the 3.9 percent growth management ordinance is actually ...

January 10, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hollywood does remake of Animal Farm

Let's cut to the chase.

January 10, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Forget singing in the rain. Try jogging in it.

It was absolute heaven.

January 09, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Google pitchman part of State of City presentation Jan. 25

James Waterman - Google's pointman in advocating the use and purchase of its technology in state and local government as well as education - is one ...

January 09, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon moving to outlaw growing pot outdoors

California voters passed Proposition 64, legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

January 09, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Dog park opening Thursday

The grand opening of Manteca's first dog park is Thursday, Jan, 12, at 4 p.m.

January 09, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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