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Perry left mark as guardian of taxpayer dollar

He's been demonized by some, vilified by a few, and marginalized by others.

November 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It can be brutal running & serving on local boards

No matter what you think of Carlon Perry, Willie Weatherford, Debby Moorhead, Ben Cantu and all of the other candidates for local offices in today's elections in Manteca, Ripon, and Lathrop you have got to admire them.

November 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tale of two stores in Manteca: One holds secret of success

This is the story of two stores in Manteca. Maybe, I should say, the stories of two stores in Manteca because one is about how success is achieved, and the other is about how success slips away.

November 01, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Myths endure about farming in California

Californians are amazing.

November 01, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is whining turning United States into nation of losers?

Americans never used to whine.

October 31, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rough Union Road has smooth future

The driving experience in recent weeks along Union Road between Louise Avenue and Lathrop Road has been almost akin to a lunar surface expedition.

October 30, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Giving up ghosts (white bed sheets) of Halloween past

Halloween is fairly anti-climactic for weird costumes given the tendency of some parents these days to let their pre-teen kids dye their hair bizarre colors, wear dog collars and even allow 10-year-old boys to have a pierced ear or two.

October 30, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


My career as a guaranteed out in Little League

Every boy dreams of baseball glory.

October 29, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is there a better way for Manteca to elect a mayor?

Should Debby Moorhead get elected mayor of Manteca on Tuesday it will mean the fourth time since 1998 that the council will have to decide whether to appoint a replacement for Moorhead or else call for a special election.

October 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


From laughing stock to getting many things right

Dumping on government is in vogue.

October 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just who is the Big Bad Wolf in child care flap?

Karen McLaughlin is at the epicenter of what promises to develop as the next major Manteca political storm.

October 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Two pounds a week can change a lot

I scored 50 pounds of fresh harvested almonds Sunday.

October 25, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca races reflect civility & not cantankerous ways of past years

Debby Moorhead doesn't point fingers.

October 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A well-placed knee, Betty Bear & Rick Mello

Betty Bear is on a long, long hibernation.

October 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ben Cantu’s lonely crusade to encourage workforce housing

Ben Cantu was a champion of workforce housing in 2008 in his strong second place finish for the Manteca City Council.

October 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Coming home to a place called Man-teee-kaaa!

It's been 25 years since I came home to a place I'd never been before.

February 06, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


From Oakland to Burns, Ore.: There is no big difference

You've got to love Left Wing - and Right Wing - hypocrites.

February 05, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


They’re paying thugs protection money not to commit crimes

Richmond is a hotbed of "progressive" ideas lately.

February 04, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The world they want isn’t real

In the year 4545

February 03, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Worrying half your life away

Millie Wyatt was a worrier.

February 02, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


$39K for roof over trash

The homeless apparently are breaking into the trash enclosure at the Manteca Transit Center on Moffat Avenue to look for everything from food to recyclables.

January 31, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Code violations: Manteca handles 2,500 annually

Scott Cunningham drove down the 400 block of California Avenue.

January 31, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Almond prices see big drop in recent months

Almond prices in California have dropped significantly in the past few months, giving environmentalists hope the slump will halt orchard plantings but experts say the ...

January 31, 2016 | AP reports | Local Columns


La Mangonada: Ice cream with a twist

Sometimes you just want ice cream.

January 31, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Taking care of business in San Francisco

I had stopped by my mom's house after finishing an eight-day bicycling trip crisscrossing the Sierra.

January 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Weston Ranch, red heads, step kids, school bonds & MUSD fairness

Red-headed stepchild.

January 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘At Least Stockton Isn’t Oakland’

Twenty-five years ago when I first moved to Manteca, one of my bicycle trips took me up Airport Way into Stockton and then Charter Way ...

January 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca USD Going Digital one year later

The Manteca Unified Going Digital effort, in order to succeed, has to be about more than just technology.

January 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Woodward Ave., ‘over planning’ & traffic safety

Walk across Woodward Avenue east of South Main Street any late weekday afternoon.

January 26, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


600 applicants for 1 job

It's not easy to become a Manteca firefighter

January 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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