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Going door-less curing me of cluttering urge

I am trying to - in the words of trendy experts - de-clutter my life.

December 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Chase, Wachovia ax Christmas trees in banks to be PC

'Tis the season for absurd politically correct pronouncements.

December 04, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Whipping up fear over reducing mortgage deduction

Trimming the deficit isn't going to be an easy task as long as the debate is long on fear and short on rationale discussions.

December 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca reaps bushels of benefits from farmers

Bob Cabral knew it would work.

December 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will yet another lawsuit make for good neighbors?

Lathrop is suing Manteca. Again.

December 01, 2010 | | Local Columns


Federal workers crying foul over pay hike freeze

It is "a slap at working people …. To symbolically hit at federal employees I think is just wrong." - American Federation of Government Employees President John Gage's reaction to President Barack Obama's proposal to freeze federal wages for two years

November 30, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Michael C. Ford, The Doors, and poetic musings about San Joaquin Valley

The name Michael C. Ford will probably ring a bell to not just a few Manteca Unified School District students who were in elementary and high school during the mid-to-late 1980s. Those were the years when the award-winning spoken-word artist did stints as a poet-in-residence at Brock Elliott School, Manteca High and other campuses in the district.

November 29, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Kiwanis: Nearly 60 years of fun & unselfish community service

Service club members representing nearly 90 years of service in the community through two Manteca Kiwanis Clubs have made history through their devotion and volunteerism since 1952, and it is history missing from print.

November 29, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


El Rey: It’s demise was as splashy as its 38-year run

I never had the pleasure of watching a movie in Manteca's grand dame of entertainment that was known as the El Rey Theatre.

November 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


High speed rail to San Jose can change Manteca

Think about it: Manteca to San Jose in 50 minutes on a commute day.

November 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s economic future is distribution not high tech firms

There was a time when those in the valley believed the way out of the economic wilderness was high-tech.

November 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Commuting couple gave up Bay Area paychecks for family

My cell phone rang this past week with an excited call from a friend who manages the AAA office in Manteca. She was telling me that her company had just come out with a new community service for its customers – an immediate replacement of a car damaged in a traffic collision.

November 26, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


McNerney leaves SJ County high & dry on water issues

Jerry McNerney had just been recently elected to Congress in 2006.

November 25, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Peace officer counts life’s blessings

Giving thanks for 30 days on Facebook in written meditation is the result of a peace officer looking for a silver lining every day.

November 25, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Get ready for yet another immigration ballot initiative

Here's a new one in the never-ending battle over illegal immigration: There is now a fear the infamous Arizona law will prompt illegal immigrants and drug traffickers from Arizona to relocate to California.

November 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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If it looks like a steal it probably is

Do you have $63.80 you can toss into a garbage disposal and flip the switch on for every member that's in your household?

May 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The $4,794.80 fridge for those that need 24/7 food surveillance

Mark Zuckerberg would be busing tables at Olive Garden if he relied on people like me to make him rich.

May 24, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Political hacks distort truth to smear Vogel

Want to see what a classic political hit piece looks like?

May 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Homeless can do the crime and not do the time

Welcome to San Joaquin County, Homeless Haven USA.

May 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’ll take more than wishing to make 120 Bypass upgrade a reality

A Caltrans engineer years ago told me that there really isn't such a thing as an unsafe road.

May 20, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Trying to go it alone with SSJID is foolish move for City of Manteca

Politicians, they say, are wise to know the lay of the land.

May 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Let those without sin vote to slap $2 per pack tax on state’s smokers

The self-righteous pushers of sin taxes are at it again.

May 18, 2016 | | Local Columns


‘Bye, bye birdie’ is theme song for federal wind power policy

Stand beneath one of the massive three blade wind turbines dotting the Altamont Pass hills when they are working and you will hear a "whum ...

May 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s war on weeds

Letters are going out this week to property owners that are creating a serious fire hazard because they have failed to abate weeds and other ...

May 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SWIM OF THINGS

Interested in scuba diving? Curious about what lifeguard training involves? Want to swim laps for exercise? Need to learn how to swim? Or do you ...

May 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Partial cloverleaf envisioned for new interchange

Plans call for Manteca's fourth interchange on the 120 Bypass being pursued at McKinley Avenue to be the city's first partial cloverleaf.

May 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dalben earns nod for government service

The late Peter Dalben- a French Camp resident who had a combined 33 years of service on various government agency boards - is being inducted into ...

May 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Adult graduates eight

A few years ago, Patrick Chun chose the Manteca Adult School to continue his education.

May 16, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


More money doesn’t mean better outcome for our schools

Sixty-two percent of us - according to a poll by the Public Policy Institute of California - favor a 12-year extension on temporary taxes imposed on those ...

May 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dropping the bomb: We never should apologize

The President's plan to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on May 27 is prompting some to call for Obama to apologize for the ...

May 14, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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