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Manteca’s big myth of a dying downtown district

One of the political givens is that downtown is dying and that it is on the verge of turning into blight hell and will strip Manteca of its cultural and moral soul so therefore the city needs to pump in truckloads of money to save it from becoming Fort Apache as in the South Bronx.

July 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

A look at crime in Manteca today

One of the biggest concerns of our citizens is crime in their community. We read the newspaper stories about gang activity and then see an article that says crime is down. It makes you wonder how both can be true. I thought it might help to know how and why the Police Department tracks crime in Manteca.

July 20, 2010 | DAVE BRICKER Manteca Police Chief | Local Columns

Hot times? Water is still the one

I grew up during a time when coaches believed that taking a salt tablet was effective in dealing with dehydration.

July 20, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

Meg Whitman’s cash & the threat it poses to California’s democracy

There is a 900-pound-gorilla in the governor's race for California, but contrary to assertions by the Manteca Bulletin, it is hardly unions representing California workers.

July 20, 2010 | DEBORAH BURGER, RN Co-President California Nurses Association | Local Columns

City manager for whom the cash ‘Bell’ tolls

Is anybody worth $6.41 a minute?

July 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Stop feeding more taxes to bloated & lethargic bureaucracy up in Sacramento

Getting Californians back to work won't happen in significant numbers until Sacramento finally comes to grips with the basic lesson of the Great Recession: Economic health can't be sustained from spending beyond your means.

July 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Does Meg have anything to offer besides attacks on Jerry Brown?

Meg Whitman is definitely getting the best produced political hit commercials money can buy.

July 18, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Gotcha! politics & fuss over Palin’s Turlock payday

"Why did they try to keep it a secret for so long, and now release the figure out of nowhere? Our schools are hurting, students are hurting, and to charge that kind of money for a speech I still feel is a bit absurd." - Ashli Briggs, a 23-year-old California State University at Stanislaus political science major as quoted by the Associated Press concerning the release of how much Sarah Palin was paid to speak in Turlock.

July 17, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

That old house was our home

The house of my youth is currently on the market.

July 17, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

Council needs to rethink Manteca LMDs

Richard Behling believes government has no business being in landscape maintenance.

July 16, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

An interesting encounter with a “homing” pigeon

There was something about the bird that stopped me in my tracks.

July 16, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

Nurses union makes case for Whitman’s election

The 900-pound gorilla in the Nov. 2 race for governor isn't Meg Whitman.

July 15, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Of deceit, theft & Sacramento water bonds

State Sen. Lois Wolk should have no problem selling folks in southwest rural Manteca that the Proposition 18 water bond is a gigantic waste of money.

July 14, 2010 | | Local Columns

Yosemite is better hiking with my son

Josh had vague memories of Yosemite.

July 13, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

An ode to Manteca: How do I love thee?

Manteca, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways . . .

July 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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Thanksgiving: What we take for granted

Father Joe is among those who understand the American tradition of Thanksgiving. Father Joe was a priest at St. Joseph's Catholic Church just three ...

November 25, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Real turkey made better by farmers

Ever see a turkey in the wild in the Sierra foothills?

November 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The ridership fallacy of high speed rail

California is not Europe. Nor is the Golden State Japan.

November 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

People’s lives do matter In Manteca

It was the bridge to nowhere.

November 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Phone firms ringing up the charges

What is the price for privacy?

November 21, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Is defecating wherever you want protected by constitution?

There is a misconception out there.

November 20, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Making our bodies weaker fighting germs

Death or at least a debilitating illness apparently is just a shopping trip to the store away.

November 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Senior center? Try Grown-up Center instead

In less than five months I'll be 60.

November 18, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The tide has turned

There was a time when this couple of weeks was a very happy time for me. Not so much anymore. But even at that, I ...

November 18, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns

University of China at Los Angeles

You pay your State of California taxes.

November 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Is porn still porn or do smartphones make difference?

Sexting is the new flirting.

November 16, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Fear the new free speech* movement

Racial insensitivity is not good.

November 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

There’s right & then there’s dead right

Moffat Boulevard is not inherently unsafe.

November 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Fences: What a difference a foot makes

I bought my home in 2008.

November 12, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

It’s the best 2 hours I spend every 2 weeks

My favorite thing to do on Saturdays besides hiking is to spend a little more than an hour squeezing a small rubber ball every three ...

November 08, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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