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It is time to pull the plug on California’s government

Santa Barbara is burning.

May 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I still listen for the pitter-patter of paws

It all started when John Grogran first got the idea to publish his tales about life with a young Labrador that instantly captured the heart of America. And for those of us who grew up with a lab in our house, the pages that Grogan filled in that book became almost a verbatim recount of the things encountered with the wiry but outrageously loyal animals. But there was a darker tinge in that story – something that lies just beneath the surface in just about everything that we do and more often than not we try to avoid.

May 10, 2009 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


This is your Mother’s Day card, mom

Dear readers:

May 10, 2009 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Sweet words: ‘Due to inactivity on your account we are canceling your card’

Shortly after I turned 18 I got my first two credit cards from Mervyn's and Chevron.

May 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Did liar home loans also attract criminal element to Manteca?

Has Manteca's crime rate gone down because some of the "right" people are losing their homes?

May 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Weatherford Woods may ultimately help Manteca sewer woes

Weeping willows take on more water than the Titanic.

May 07, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Purpletie.com proved the fallacy of many high tech based businesses

Remember Purpletie.com?

May 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The downtown bulbs and debunking 8 myths about them

The traffic bulbs downtown don't exactly give everyone the warm fuzzies.

May 03, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Municipal crisis: We are all in this together

The City of Manteca at one point had 430 approved employee positions.

May 02, 2009 | | Local Columns


Give a prisoner a cell & you should get put in a cell

Prisoners have better healthcare than most taxpayers.

May 01, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Crying wolf too many times may catch up with educators May 19

Crying wolf one too many times could lead to an unpleasant day of reckoning come the morning after May 19 for California public schools.

April 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


One headache I don’t mind: Kicking the diet soda habit

I have a mild headache – and I couldn't be happier.

April 29, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Extreme eaters

I wouldn't call competitive eating a sport.

April 29, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Governor 2010: A race where the older guy has the real fresh ideas

Dianne Feinstein – arguably the best choice for California's next governor – isn't likely to run for the Golden State's top elected office unless she has a martyr streak a thousand miles wide.

April 27, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified isn’t crying wolf about budget woes

If you want class-size reduction to stay intact, then there is only one thing to do – convince the Manteca Unified School District board Tuesday to put Lathrop High on ice and close two elementary schools by consolidating Veritas and Nile Garden as well as New Haven and Joshua Cowell.

April 26, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Builders have Manteca’s lunch & forgo the ‘tip’

If you work as a waiter or waitress today the odds are overwhelmingly that you can't keep yourself clothed, fed, and sheltered on what you make.

August 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to liberate ‘taxi’ services

Talk is cheap, especially when the drill is to blame Sacramento.

August 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


FESM Contas Sunday plus country line dancing Friday

Last weekend was the Contas read at the MRPS Hall, this weekend it will be the FESM Hall. Festa Das Contas is on Sunday, Aug. 24, from noon to 9:30 p.m. with Reading of the Accounts at noon followed by LUSO Dance Performance and sopas.

August 21, 2014 | | Local Columns


It’s OK for greenies to kill Bambi

Look up in the sky. It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's...

August 20, 2014 | | Local Columns


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


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