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Brown’s RDA budget trick burdens local taxpayers with bill for excessive state spending

You tell your family that it's time to live within your means.

June 18, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


If eating 2 apples a day is going to kill me, so be it

Dead man eating. That's how the public health advocacy organization known as the Environmental Working Group would probably describe me.

June 15, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


National winner in ‘What our Flag Means to Me’ essay contest

Editor's note: Sharyn Bloudoff, an 11th grader with Castle School (home school) and daughter of Dean and Sharyle Bloudoff was the first place winner in the high school division of the National Flag Day Foundation's 2011 essay contest "What Our Flag Means to Me." The following is her winning essay:

June 15, 2011 | By SHARYN BLOUDOFF Manteca teen | Local Columns


A possible way to keep those six firefighters

Here is the $1.2 million question: Does anyone on the Manteca City Council have the stomach to take a calculated risk to preserve municipal service levels for another year by saving the jobs of six firefighters and at least some of the 10 other municipal workers due to be laid off on July 1 in order to balance the budget?

June 14, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Today I’m the happiest brother in the world

It was one of the most beautiful sights I had ever seen: My sister leaving UC Davis Medical Center in a wheelchair Sunday afternoon.

June 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A tax solution that could make things a lot worse

Do you drink alcohol? Perhaps you smoke cigarettes. Maybe you drive a vehicle. Do you earn a pay check? Are you among the folks who buy items at retail stores or dine in restaurants?

June 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A primer on how to change habits

Most of life is done by rote.

June 12, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns


Bass Pro Shops is deal that’s paying off for Manteca

Imagine the City of Manteca having to spend $3.5 million to cover a bond payment because The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley isn't finished.

June 11, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just how ‘dire’ is the loss of six firefighters?

Does anyone really want to see Manteca lose six firefighters?

June 10, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Eight dirty little secrets about Manteca & city funding

Ready for to hear a couple of dirty little secrets?

June 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mother of 6 passes muster for CHP

Clenched fist knuckle pushups into the hot asphalt was just one of the challenges Heather Lundbom faced in the California Highway Patrol Academy that graduated only six women recently out of the 68 who were actually sworn-in as traffic officers.

June 08, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


CASWELL PARK BECKONS

A unique Central Valley gem encompassing 258 acres awaits those venturing to the southern end of Austin Road.

June 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s wrong using 3rd graders for political objectives

How would you view a teacher taking class time to have her third grade students write legislators to protest cuts to education and to raise the budget?

June 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cancer research: Wrong number for cell phones?

I should be dead.

June 06, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I confess, I use my cell phone just for phone calls

"Wow, you still have a flip phone? That's almost prehistoric."

June 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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New housing, the American Dream & young Mantecans

As we were driving down Main Street Monday talking about things in general including people who commute to the Bay Area for bigger paychecks, Ashley ...

August 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BIA threatens to sue the goose that lays the golden eggs

The Building Industry Association of the Delta protests a bit too much.

August 24, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Prop 47 works for drug users & criminals

There were 52,000 fewer arrests in California last year.

August 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


CHARGING INTO RE-CHARGE WATER?

The days of storm runoff from Manteca running into the San Joaquin River then either out into the Pacific Ocean or into the California Aqueduct ...

August 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon may upgrade council AV system

The Ripon Council Chambers could soon have an audio-visual system similar to the one currently used by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors.

August 22, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Collision Center plans new complex

The hub of traffic collision repair in Manteca will soon be along East Yosemite Avenue east of Vasconcellos Avenue and across the street from Manteca ...

August 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s true. Numbers don’t lie.

My driver's license says I weigh 198 pounds.

August 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


120 Bypass: There aren’t really any ‘accidents’

Driving the Highway 120 Bypass is a thrill a minute.

August 20, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


49ers odds of winning Super Bowl better than 200-year flood

Senate Bill 5 - Sacramento's knee jerk reaction to the Hurricane Katrina levee disaster in New Orleans - is supposed to save us all from an ...

August 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bumped by a car jogging & not loving it

It is a fair to say the rules are straight-forward: Pedestrians have the right of way on sidewalks. Drivers are supposed to stop behind sidewalks ...

August 18, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


In praise of taxes that bite

I was asked shortly after I moved to Manteca in 1991 what was the most unusual difference between living here and in Lincoln in Placer ...

August 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California needs even bigger Twin Tunnels plan

Sacramento has issued an edict to roll back greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels within four years.

August 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dry levee decision

A proposed alignment for the controversial dry levee in southwest Manteca that is a critical element to meet the state mandate to provide 200-year flood ...

August 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


HOMEGROWN CITY MANAGER

Manteca City Manager Elena Reyes recalls her first day in the City Council chambers.

August 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon Police arrest 2 for mail theft

Ripon Police - with information provided by two alert residents - arrested two women on suspicion of stealing mail.

August 15, 2016 | | Local Columns


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