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California wants to penalize those who follow the law when others don’t

The California Legislature can't even balance a check book yet they have no problem telling the rest of us who aren't in financial trouble and who follow the law how to live our lives.

June 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

‘Mister Dillon’ reunited with Dennis Weaver

Marshal Matt Dillon (Jim Arness) is up in heaven right now with Kitty (Amanda Blake), Deputy Dennis Goode (Dennis Weaver) and Doc (Milburn Stone) enjoying a beer at the Long Branch Salon swapping stories and reminiscing about the good old days when TV shows didn't need gratuitous sex and violence to enthrall viewers.

June 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The X-Men... again

It used to be a blockbuster movie franchise got a reboot every decade or so, but with audience attention span obviously dropping to virtually nil, what's here today is ...well, back today.

June 03, 2011 | Chris Ching | Local Columns

Manteca bagging Great Wolf: Not a slam dunk

Great Wolf Resorts should not under any circumstances be considered a slam dunk.

June 03, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Guess what? State prisons are doing their job

I do not expect prisons to rehabilitate anyone.

June 02, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

State leaders smelling too many gas fumes

They're grasping at straws in Sacramento.

June 01, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Why big business is really against Arizona enforcing work status law

It is time to end the farce.

May 30, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

World War II hero: The rest of the story

He didn't go to war. He never carried a gun. He never fired a single bullet.

May 30, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

The Lisa Project is an eye opener

All I knew about The Lisa Project was that it had something to do with showing child abuse through the eyes of the victims.

May 30, 2011 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

So what happened to all of the City of Manteca’s money?

Where has the money gone?

May 30, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The price of freedom: 6,000 white crosses

Twenty-two years ago this weekend Charles Palmer was looking forward to wearing the Buffalo Green gown and mortar with pride as part of the Manteca High Class of 1989.

May 29, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Hanging out with a better class of people

For the majority of presentations I conduct, I administer an on-line anonymous survey to get a better feel for what's going on inside the organization. Question number one is, "On a typical day, how would you rate your attitude?"

May 29, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns

Need a smoke? Then just take a spray or two

Philip Morris is scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to product development.

May 28, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The wolf at the door & the future of Manteca’s fire services

Manteca - at least for the past 30 years if not longer - has always under spent surrounding jurisdictions and similar-sized cities when it comes to what residents pay per capita for fire services.

May 27, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Jerry Springer: The ring master of ‘reality’ TV

I am at a loss to understand why any person in their right mind - gee, that thing might be a clue - would ever agree to go on the Jerry Springer Show and similar boob tube genre.

May 26, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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Polling place paranoia

Serious question: Is California part of the same country as Maine, Illinois, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin?

October 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The pleasure of jogging in the rain

It was 35 minutes of pure bliss.

October 26, 2016 | | Local Columns

The language of success in Manteca USD

They are among the best and brightest in Manteca Unified schools.

October 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Walk onto any Manteca Unified campus today and you'll be hard-pressed to find a student without a cell phone.

October 24, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Home buyers pay into $55M fund to lure 16,800 jobs

Every time a home closes escrow at River Islands at Lathrop, $5,000 is paid into an account designed to lure employers to the planned ...

October 24, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Lathrop hopefuls talk about truck stop

Lathrop voters on Nov. 8 will elect three City Council members.

October 24, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

We want the world and we want it now

Patience is still a virtue but the concept is on life support these days.

October 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

When it comes to fairness, rate increase plan is real garbage

Let's call the proposed Manteca garbage rate hike as presented what it really is - a sham.

October 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Legalize pot? Democrats & GOP will party on regardless

Now that postal carriers have risked getting a hernia delivering the 220-page California General Election Official Voter Information Guide, perhaps you might want to contemplate ...

October 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca’s $1.44 a month homeless tax on solid waste

Manteca's elected leaders are voting Dec. 6 to take the amount of money Manteca residents pay for garbage service up by as much as ...

October 20, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Hillary & the battered Black Voter Syndrome

What will it take for Democrats to lose the 95 percent black vote?

October 20, 2016 | | Local Columns

Targeting Denham: Guilty by association

Guilt by association.

October 18, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Scary lesson on patriotism in Buffalo

Colin Kaepernick did not beat his significant other. Nor did he run dog fights and then execute the losing dogs.

October 18, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca accidents accelerating

It's not just your imagination.

October 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Deuel Vocational Institute - 10 miles southwest of Manteca - is a lot less crowded these days.

October 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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