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Magic of words and the power of reading books

The fact I'm typing this on an i-Pad may lead one to believe that I would be right at home with a Kindle. I'm not.

October 26, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


McGovern & Goldwater: Losers or winners?

Early in Ronald Reagan's second term, Bill Rusher, the publisher of National Review, was interviewing the president in the Oval Office for a documentary on the conservative movement.

October 26, 2012 | By PAT BUCHANAN Founder and editor of the American Conservative | Local Columns


‘We’re so vain, we probably think this world is about us’

Carly Simon's ode to former beau Warren Beatty - "You're So Vain" - could be easily adapted to serve as the anthem of today's movement to capture every waking moment we have on digital images.

October 26, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ignore the scary messages: We’ve never had it so good

The scariest time of the year is almost upon us.

October 24, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Prepare for the Big Quake by carrying business cards from lawyers

The Salem Witch Hunt has finally been topped.

October 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Antique’ transistor radio brings back memories of younger times

It was a transistor radio I found – an early Christmas gift for me – at the Antique Warehouse in Salida. A hand-held radio, it's just what I had been looking for over the past few years from the '50s – and it works.

October 22, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


‘Antique’ transistor radio brings back memories of younger times

It was a transistor radio I found – an early Christmas gift for me – at the Antique Warehouse in Salida. A hand-held radio, it's just what I had been looking for over the past few years from the '50s – and it works.

October 22, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


California: Plenty of oil with highest gas prices in the nation

Contemplate this little tidbit the next time gasoline prices push the $5 a gallon mark: The nation's largest known shale oil reserve is in our own backyard.

October 22, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sin taxes fatten big government very effectively

Taxing the sinners never works.

October 21, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacrificing the Delta so LA can keep growing

The Delta for centuries was a massive flooded plain in spring and a borderline desert by late fall.

October 19, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E may benefit from CPUC’s political power play

Mediators - by definition - are supposed to be neutral disinterested third parties to a conflict they are being asked to resolve.

October 19, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The danger of making schools exclusive concern of parents, educators

By all accounts, the three individuals seeking election to the Area 1 set on the Manteca Unified School District board are fine individuals.

October 17, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ballot measures’ triage approach to school funding

Let's be honest.

October 16, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So why do I have a problem with big government?

Someone the other day asked in an e-mail why I had a problem with big government.

October 16, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


CPUC may yet prove they are docile lapdog for PG&E’s brass

Do not cry for Pacific Gas & Electric.

October 14, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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It wasn’t too long ago valley was a big lake

"The Great Central Valley of the state is under water - the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys - a region 250 to 300 miles long and an ...

July 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


More Manteca teachers join ‘The $100,000 Salary Club’

You heard the mantra. The Manteca Educators Association (MEA) repeatedly hammered the public that they would strike if necessary in order to secure "a livable ...

July 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s Hat Mansion will be no more

I know that this isn't going to be a popular opinion, and I'm okay with that.

July 21, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Voters didn’t elect consultants to run Manteca

Here's a novel idea.

July 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to protect its $12M Moffat investment

Manteca has spent close to $12 million since 2004 cleaning up Moffat Boulevard as well as pumping new life into the corridor.

July 20, 2017 | | Local Columns


Cap-and-trade vote gives new life to California high speed rail

California high speed rail will not die.

July 19, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Kill interchange at Raymus & 99; slap $5,000 job fee on new homes

The 10-year foot dragging over the major road fee component of the Public Facilities Implementation Fee (PFIP) is becoming a bit overwrought even for City ...

July 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tracy & Lathrop are cleaning Manteca’s clock

So why is Tracy, Stockton, Lathrop cleaning Manteca's clock when it comes to landing distribution jobs?

July 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rotarians serve 150 youth breakfast

One young lady – a teen attending be.tech academy – stood out at the Manteca Boys & Girls Club breakfast Thursday as some 150 children were being ...

July 17, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Lathrop welcome signs before council

In 2014, the "Welcome to Lathrop" sign on Lathrop Road was struck by a vehicle for the third time.

July 17, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


City manager contract is a bit less sweet

Manteca's next city manager - Tim Ogden - will make $800 less in his first year of employment than his predecessor Elena Reyes.

July 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MPD makes 4 arrests in armed robberies

Four suspected armed robbers were arrested less than three hours apart for holding up the Express Food Mart at gunpoint in the 2100 block of ...

July 17, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


WHO’LL SINK CONTRACT?

Council members Gary Singh and Richard Silverman earlier this month believed the Manteca municipal staff did a solid job screening three competing proposals to take ...

July 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


WILL FEES KILL RETAIL?

A major supermarket chain wants to build a store on the southwest corner of Main Street and Woodward Avenue in South Manteca

July 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City violates Manteca rules on water; will city manager live in Manteca?

Manteca's municipal ordinance is clear that if you discover water leaks, breaks, or malfunctions in your plumbing and irrigation system that it "shall be ...

July 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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