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Time to rethink eighth grade ‘graduation’

Lathrop School is on to something.

June 05, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Police physically & fiscally protect Manteca

Let's face it.

June 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Random acts of kindness multiply fast

Random acts of kindness and compassion come in all shapes and forms.

June 04, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


As goes General Motors, so goes the nation

As much as I don't like the idea of Uncle Sam nationalizing General Motors regardless for how short of a time period it might end up being, it is tough to argue against the move.

June 03, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The burden of a 90% public safety retirement benefit

It did in Vallejo.

May 31, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


State should take advantage of Hyundai offer

Too bad Gary Coleman wasn't governor.

May 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Caswell State Park: Going, going, gone for years to come?

A unique Central Valley gem encompassing 258 acres awaiting those venturing to the southern end of Austin Road may soon be off limits.

May 29, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


State strings cost plenty of money & dilutes tax dollars

My senior year at Lincoln High in Lincoln in Placer County in 1974 there were 720 students in the school.

May 28, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California needs to recognize only civil unions

Get ready for the return of Proposition 8.

May 27, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Now it’s my turn to be the proud parent

Come this time of year, I'm usually bombarded by the traditional tune played at graduations and promotional ceremonies, "Pomp and Circumstance."

May 27, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Newsom finds new way to stick it to cigarette smokers

You've got to love sin taxes.

May 24, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Foreclosures are good thing in long run for Manteca

Good times are coming to Manteca.

May 23, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


2,000 reasons why you’d be insane to vote for Newsom

Gavin Newsom wants to be our next governor.

May 22, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to dismantle Sacramento and rebuild from the ground up

A crisis, they say, brings out the best in people. True leaders rise to the occasion. Dark times call for bold and decisive moves.

May 21, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Get ready for same old mush from update on SJ General Plan

It's time San Joaquin County stopped lusting for Bay Area paychecks and dropped the same-old, same-old planning for growth that produced predictable template-style policies and zoning.

May 20, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Charlie ‘Captain Gadget’ Halford was definitely onto something

Charlie Halford was dubbed "Captain Gadget" by some of his officers during his tenure as Manteca's Police Chief from 1997 to 2008.

August 18, 2014 | | Local Columns


Great Wolf: Despite critics it isn’t the big bad wolf

Should Manteca have blocked the Hampton Inn that has created dozens of jobs and so far brought more than $200,000 into city coffers in the form of room taxes because the general public isn't allowed to use the hotel's pool without booking a room?

August 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dogs could help Moffat not got to the proverbial dogs

Mayoral hopeful Ben Cantu believes the city went off half baked by proposing to put the envisioned community center/veterans hall "off the beaten track" on the southeast corner of Moffat Boulevard and Industrial Park Drive.

August 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SCHOOL SCRAMBLE

Why is River Islands important to Manteca Unified?

August 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Our deadly avoiding death health strategy

Two thirds of the world is worried about staying alive.

August 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Go take a hike, it can change your life & outlook

Eight hours earlier I had slipped out of Manteca before the sun's first light silhouetted almond orchards against the distant Sierra.

August 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You never know what the band will play next

There are many different types of sports writing. One of the most difficult for me is "writing it tight," or condensing a lot of action into a very limited amount of space. Nothing is worse then having a thrilling three-hour football game that needs to be reduced to 10 inches of print.

August 14, 2014 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns


Yes, we are the land of fruits & nuts

It's the same old slam.

August 10, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to ban new front yard lawns in Manteca

A few miles west of Tracy is the start of the 705-mile long intravenous tube that is draining the natural lifeblood of lands around the Delta and farther north.

August 09, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


All good things, they say. . .

Life is fleeting.

August 09, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


DOGGONE BUSY DAY

The early morning light shines through the glass, illuminating the stories and tails inside the Manteca Animal Shelter.

August 09, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


Homeless: A holistic approach

Smash an anthill, and ants will start scattering. Not only will they plague other areas of your yard where they weren't before but nine times out of ten they will eventually return and rebuild the anthill.

August 08, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca events: From Tactical Tacos to CERT Cruisin’ Car Show

Tacos for a good cause! The Tactical Tacos fundraiser is being held on Friday, Aug. 8, to benefit the Manteca and Ripon Tactical Officers Association at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane, from 6 until 11 p.m. For $30 you'll get tacos, two drink tickets and a chance to win door prizes. Plus you can win a firearm or tactical gear in a raffle!

August 07, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Nature, not man, is in control of our climate

Smoke hung over Yosemite Valley Sunday.

August 07, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bell sounds start of new Zombiegeddon

The zombies are back.

August 06, 2014 | | Local Columns


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