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Forget bickering over original sin & worry about moving forward

I don't like the idea of a penny increase in sales tax. I am not wild about an additional 12-cent a gallon tax on gasoline. Nor does the thought of increasing the annual vehicle license fees over 70% thrill me.

February 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A valentine salute to a special lady in my life

Valentine's Day and "Love" are totally synonymous.

February 14, 2009 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


No $3 trillion magic pill from Washington will improve our lot

Faith in ourselves and not a magic $3 trillion pill is going to help pull our neighbors and communities out of the downward spiral caused by those who enthusiastically answered the siren song of the seven deadly sins.

February 12, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The end of the Generation of Self Centeredness

The e-mail was short and sweet.

February 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ethical dilemma of reproductive tech

Yesterday, I wrote about Nadya Sureman's controversial decision to allow the implantation of multiple embyos in a quest for maximum fertility and a very large family. She'll get to explain her motives more thoroughly tomorrow. Her interview will air on the Today Show tomorrow, and Tuesday on Dateline. Meanwhile, her doctor is under investigation for stretching the limits of reproductive ethics, guaranteeing huge hospital bills, and jeopardizing the safety both of the mother and of her gestating babies.

February 08, 2009 | By Fr. Dean McFalls St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


It pays to be rich when you commit a bank robbery

"The rich are different than you and I."From the book "The Great Gatsby" by Scott Fitzgerald

February 07, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We know what to call our freeways

I don't quite know when it all started.

February 07, 2009 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Challenge you to a game of “Old Maid”

I use to get a kick out of playing card games like "Go Fish," "War" and Uno."

February 07, 2009 | By Fredarika Ayikwei Bulletin Columnist | Local Columns


Keeping cars as king is road to financial ruin

It is time to rethink the expensive proposition that the car always comes first in Manteca as well as the goal that drivers should be able to move about the city as quickly as possible.

February 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Tea Party

I am amazed that the City leaders are even thinking about raising our taxes again this year. Yes, the "UTILITY TAX" is in the works again. This tax is needed to balance our budget from what I have heard. Now I must tell you that after reading the listing of all the City workers pay in last week's Sun Post I can see why they want more money.

February 06, 2009 | By Sid Reams Local columnist | Local Columns


Making sense of dollars paid to city workers

David Marques is a Manteca fire captain.

February 05, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making Shasta Park part of neighborhood

American Legion Park can be rather picturesque, particularly during the early evenings when Yosemite Lake draws a reflection of lights from the nearby mostly upper middle class homes.

February 05, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Pedestrians? Manteca don’t need no stinkin’ pedestrians

Gene Roddenberry must have visited Manteca.

February 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified took risky gamble with 8% pay cuts

The Manteca Unified School District Board played the wrong hand.

February 01, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Video, party, & off duty cop: Just who is guilty of what?

Kirk Doty is a Manteca Police officer. He also has the right to a private life. We also know he was summoned while off duty as a private citizen, and not in an official capacity, to a private party at a Manteca home where there was a fear it was going to get out of control.

January 31, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Stanislaus unkind to the unprepared

He trudged out of the water, his shirt soaked and pulled tight around his skin, glasses and hat hanging from head. He towed a pathetic pink raft behind him, completing the look of a man who had been beaten and embarrassed by the elements.

July 26, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


Wood actually took 23 years, not two hours to die in Arizona

Do not get teary-eyed or enraged thinking about how Joseph R. Wood III died.

July 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is City of Bell to big to govern?

The City of Bell consists of 2.64 square miles.

July 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Reveries of an old man

I dream of being Roger Federer. I always watch his matches and cheer out loud as if it would make a difference in his play.

July 25, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Local Columns


Manteca: The Mother of All water wasters

The City of Manteca is the biggest water waster by far.

July 24, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Combined flea market, yard sale set for Saturday

The Manteca Senior Center Advisory Committee and Manteca Seniors Helping Area Residents and Police combined flea market and yard sale is this Saturday, July 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be 30 vendors selling garage and new items, from arts & crafts to collectibles inside the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane, and SHARP will host the backyard sale directly behind the senior center building. Up for grabs will be items including furniture, sporting goods, household items, toys, electronics, to name a few. Don't miss it!

July 24, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Navy blue frames then skydiving?

Selecting eyeglass frames is always interesting given my eyesight.

July 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Jack Snyder: You may not like the man but he delivered

There is no middle ground with Jack Snyder. You either like him or you don't.

July 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Breaking up California is so hard to do

Perhaps splitting California into six states wouldn't be all that bad.

July 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bottlers tap into baseless fears to sell you water

"You're going to get sick!"

July 19, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Doing back alley political hatchet job on Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby in the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision continues to offer its employees health insurance coverage for contraception including birth control pills.

July 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to talk about use of that four-letter word: ‘lawn’

Water use is down 20.4 percent in Manteca in June compared to June of 2013.

July 17, 2014 | | Local Columns


Ignoring youth refugees fleeing from violence in American homes

Go down Yosemite Avenue after the bars close.

July 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stockton may become Venice but at least LA gets water

It is nice to know that the Bay Delta Conservation Plan has taken into account potential sea level increases in designing the Twin Tunnels to "avoid water supply disruptions and protect water quality."

July 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Placement of levee can stop growth flood

Go south along Union Road, Tinnin Road, and Airport Way just a little south of Woodward Avenue where narrow country roads carry names such as Fig, Sedan, Nile and others crisscross the south-north roads.

July 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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