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Securing your insecurities

"The Lord is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap" – Proverbs 3:26

March 16, 2012 | By MONICA CANE Faith Columnist | Local Columns


Forgive $1.4M golf ‘loan’ & cut $155K subsidy

Two nagging financial questions have been attached to Manteca's golf course for more than a decade. The questions are simple and the right answers are even simpler.

March 15, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


October surprise: Bureau of Reclamation water boards farmers

The Bureau of Reclamation is proving itself more than slightly inept at managing water.

March 14, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Don’t let the sour note of tragic death overshadow the sweet music of Ethaan Boyer

You never know where life will take you -or when it will end.

March 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sierra High grad Pavao closer to $100,000 prize

If Lindsey Pavao wasn't already a household name, she certainly is now.

March 13, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Break SJ Valley’s poverty chains by pushing oil drilling in Monterey Shale

Stanislaus County. San Joaquin County, Kern County. Merced County. Tulare County. Fresno County. Madera County. Kings County.

March 12, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You can’t fool kids. They know an angel when they see one.

There are angels among us.

March 10, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So just what did you say?

"You know what I am going to say even before I say it Lord" – Psalm 139:4

March 10, 2012 | By MONICA CANE Faith Columnist | Local Columns


Sometimes going backwards helps you go forward

I got a call the other night from someone I consider to be my best friend…Sparky Gehres. He is an art teacher at Livingston High School. I think people down there call him "Mark" Gehres, or Mr. Gehres, or Coach Gehres. I know him as Sparky. I never see him enough or talk to him enough…but he just intuitively knows when to call, and when to keep calling until I answer. He has always known when to…not so simply…show up…to call. When each of my parents died. Those first years of teaching, coaching. Trying to ...

March 10, 2012 | By MICK FOUNTS San Joaquin County Superintendent of Schools | Local Columns


The trick is to get people to see a unique value to going downtown

Sam Walton's legacy of big box retail isn't what ails downtowns in cities such as Manteca.

March 08, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to set interchange landscaping standard employing xeriscape

Consultants - a genre that knows a thing or two about raising green as in big hefty fees - believe it will cost between $120,000 and $180,000 a year to maintain landscaping they envision for the new Lathrop Road and Highway 99 interchange breaking ground in the next few years.

March 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time for government to debate control funding in a manner that makes sense

It is time to end the charade.

March 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The bigger threat: Second-hand smoke from neighbor’s yard or government edicts?

James Baker lives in Rocklin. His two kids have asthma.

March 06, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We’re slowing flushing behavior standards down the proverbial toilet

"We all have to go. So enjoy the go." - the latest Quilted Northern toilet paper TV commercial

March 05, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Court edict: No right to display USA flag images on Cinco de Mayo

Afghans shoot and kill American soldiers and burn our flag and we apologize.

March 03, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Summer & life’s little pleasures

Summertime and the livin' is easy

May 27, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I’m proud that Katelyn, Ashley & Rein call me ‘Papa’

I've been called many things over the years. More than a few of the words used wouldn't be fit for what a once ...

May 26, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A heroin haven or lifesaving longue?

Drugs are a problem in our community.

May 26, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Has Manteca’s homeless problem really gotten worse?

The homeless problem has gotten worse in Manteca.

May 25, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


About that 20 cent refund from Doctors Hospital

There was a day when 20 cents would buy you 20 pieces of Bazooka bubble gum. Today those two same dimes will buy you two ...

May 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Three teens, two tragedies, one week and life

I was livid.

May 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rice, Barajas leading EU High Class of 2017

It's been a busy year for Emma Rice and Jordan Barajas.

May 22, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Richland bond mess is being cleared up

One of the last major hurdles for development to begin on property that has been snarled in legal battles and lawsuits for almost a decade ...

May 22, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Manteca’s budget up by 11.6%

Manteca's municipal general fund budget has returned to double digit growth for the first time since the boom days at the dawn of the ...

May 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


WELCOME HOME WARRIORS

The Vietnam War mural that has joined three other murals saluting veterans from World War II, the Korean War, and the Global War on Terror ...

May 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


KEN HAFER BUILDING

A shared love of Manteca brought people to gather in Ken Hafer's garage 27 years ago to discuss forming a non-profit to preserve the ...

May 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I can hear the Dreyer’s Drumstick ice cream calling

One of the best things about Manteca can be found in Spreckels Park on DuPont Court- the nearly 30,000- square-foot refrigerated distribution center for ...

May 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s a no brainer. J.W. Ledford Jr. paid the price

There is a price to pay for everything we do in life.

May 19, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Black Hole Sun goes dark

It has happened more in recent months than in years past.

May 19, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Railroading high speed rail thru the system

You've got to love Sacramento's sense of humor.

May 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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