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Kenya: From Kisumu to Kilimanjaro

Editor's note: This is the first of a four-part series on Father Dean's recent trip to Africa.

October 19, 2009 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Drive-up squawk boxes: Can you hear me now?

It makes no sense at all.

October 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Man survived on pizza & cash advances

An archeologist centuries from now digging into landfills may find the remnants of the junk mail delivered to Manteca households during a typical month in 2009.

October 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sound judgment & city employee contracts back in 2006 and today

Adopting the employment contracts entered into for five years in 2006 with Manteca's municipal employee groups were – for the most part – sound judgment at the time.

October 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Marking 20th anniversary of Loma Prieta

"Stop the presses!"

October 16, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Rainy day blues? It depends upon how you look at it

Listening to the rain dancing on the roof while you're snuggled up in bed is one of life's little pleasures.

October 15, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Getting rid of Winchester Mystery House model for government

The Great Recession is a good thing in many ways.

October 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Forgotten in a flurry of PG&E service calls

It was a night for a cozy fire after work in our family room since our PG&E provided electricity had been out for 14 hours at this writing Tuesday night and we're still waiting.

October 14, 2009 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Lathrop’s No.1 boogeyman is Jack Snyder

We bury the hatchet

October 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Surprise,surprise! State budget has new $1.1B hole

California needs a taxpayer revolt against spending on the same scale that Howard Jarvis and Paul Gann changed the property tax landscape with Proposition 13 back in 1978.

October 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The blame game trumps finding a real solution

America's favorite pastime these days isn't baseball. It's the blame game.

October 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Citizen floats utility tax idea for budget woes

Manteca resident Bud Wallace has an interesting suggestion in a letter you can find elsewhere on today's opinion page.

October 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cop layoff debate: The need to avoid a repeat of 1983

Economic reality has prompted a council that consists of two retired law enforcement personnel – John Harris who served as a San Joaquin County probation officer and Willie Weatherford who is a retired Manteca police chief – to send City Manager Steve Pinkerton forth with a compensation readjustment proposal for all municipal employees including police. If the bargaining groups didn't buy it, the other option is layoffs within that particular set of employees.

October 07, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It is – for better or worse – a brave new world

How dare they - the argument goes – cut back on law enforcement pay or talk about layoffs – when we passed the Measure M public safety half cent sales tax to pay for police officers and firefighters?

October 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Preying on cities that offer prayer at meetings to get their point across

Congress opens each day with a prayer and – quite frankly – there has been no sign of divine providence setting anybody in that neck of the woods on the straight and narrow.

October 03, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Golden Years are empty Tin Cup Years

Florence dreads the 12th of the month.

May 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Scores don’t make a school. Teachers do.

Just how good is your school?

May 20, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Vicious women & beauty pageants

I like looking at women's legs. I'm not being sexist. I'm a guy.

May 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Feeding social media trumps living your life

I confess. I'm a closet taker of selfies.

May 18, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Graffiti vandals believe they are above the law & Mother Nature

Ron Kammeyer is redefining the word "audacity."

May 16, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Slow thinking: There will never be an app for that

Slow thinking.

May 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The lessons for Manteca Unified board & Bronson

The self-imposed exit of Alexander Bronson from the Manteca Unified School District board 188 days after his election offers a morality lesson for many people - school district brass, the board, and Bronson himself.

May 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Almonds are water misers compared to marijuana

Almonds - we are told by those who want further cutbacks on agricultural water deliveries so urban lawns can stay lush and so they can hose out their garbage cans and hose down their driveways on a weekly basis - are water guzzlers.

May 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs user friendly water bills

Reading your City of Manteca water bill is kind of like reading Latin.

May 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want $41,600 a year tax free? Then panhandle

Want to earn $17 an hour tax free plus get a meal or two each day?

May 12, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Learning to love global warming

Thank god for climate change.

May 11, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is Manteca City Council back on bonus bucks crack?

Manteca Councilman Mike Morowit gets points for two things: Standing up for tax integrity and cutting though government red tape. But at the same time he may have cracked open the door wider for Manteca to renew its addiction to snorting bonus bucks,

May 08, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want a good laugh? Watch me taking a U-Jam class

I'm losing it.

May 07, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Passing gas? There’s an app for that

Remember the Pet Rock?

May 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca catering to housing need of Bay Area

There are more than 12,000 homes on the drawing boards that various developers would like to build in Manteca during the coming years that reflect the Leave it to Beaver American Dream on steroids crossed with a McMansion version of the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

May 05, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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