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That $4 bridge toll is a real deal as are many of our government services

It was time to pay the piper.

July 15, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s ‘Fields of Dreams’

I have to admit that I wasn't emotionally moved when I first saw "Field of Dreams" some 20 years ago.

July 15, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Time to stop enabling criminals

It was, as they say, a defining moment.

July 12, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Downtown Manteca at crossroads

Petula Clark would not have been inspired to sing her 1960s hit "Downtown" were she to walk the streets in the heart of Manteca today.

July 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hey, man, like tax me, like a lot, like now

Want proof positive that marijuana causes brain damage?

July 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Entire council barking up wrong tree

People who see in black and white only inadvertently shortchange themselves – and others – by not embracing a wide repertoire of hues that can make things possible even during trying times.

July 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Reform spending? In Califoreclosure? Like that will happen

Why, they ask up in Sacramento, don't people trust us?

July 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Michael Jackson’s star-studded memorial service

It's Tuesday morning and I'm online trying to find the best PC feed to view the Michael Jackson memorial services.

July 08, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


For whom does your cell phone ring tone toll?

Rip-off AT&T's intellectual property and make it available for free and faster than you can text "SUE U" the communication giant would unleash lawyers upon the offender in droves.

July 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why do people need to save face or be macho?

The guy was a jerk.

July 05, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


San Francisco values: Protect bong shops & ban chain stores

Hey man.

July 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Adventures of Arnold in Wackoland

The Mad Hatter has nothing on the California Legislature these days.

July 03, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Respect the flag & you’re respecting sacrifices made on your behalf

There is no law governing what you can and cannot do to the American flag.

July 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will Manteca deliver now that they mean business?

There was a time not too long ago that Manteca's permit process for new development and the little guy read like a script for a B-grade horror flick.

July 01, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


And that’s the way it is: Twitter, pop deaths & the digital media

It was reported last Thursday that Walter Cronkite is seriously ill and "not expected to recuperate."

July 01, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


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Modesty & consorting with retailer Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch isn't exactly a retailer known for modesty.

March 05, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Spaghetti dinner tonight; quilt show this weekend

The spaghetti dinner for the Jeff Gonsalez Memorial Scholarship is today from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Manteca High cafeteria. Takeout meals are available. Adults are $8 and children 12 and under $5. For tickets call April at 403.1956 or Wilma at 823.4938. Tickets are also available at the door.

March 05, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Springtime in Manteca means gophers are popping up

Capistrano has its swallows. Pier 39 has its sea lions. And Manteca has its gophers.

March 04, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Single family homes: All that matters in Manteca

Let's be honest.

March 03, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Beautiful blue eyes

Those beautiful blue eyes.

February 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Little Red Hen & Tulloch Lake

Copperopolis residents are worried sick.

February 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fish fry, JROTC dinner Friday

The FESM Fish Dinner is Friday, Feb. 27, at the FESM Hall, 240 N. Main St., Manteca with takeout from 5 to 6 p.m. The doors for the sit-down dinner open at 6 with a dinner of lingcod fish, potatoes, bread, salad, and dessert served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 6 to 12. For tickets contact Frank at 209.595.3558.

February 26, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Questions to dog city leaders on

The Great Dog Park Debate is back.

February 25, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The winner in the category of least gracious winner is . . .

The 87th annual Academy Awards shouldn't be confused with entertainment.

February 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Here’s to the 301 Manteca residents who would of died

There will be 301 Manteca residents who will not die by the end of this year thanks to vaccines.

February 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Job market forces pay raises at Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart workers are getting a pay raise.

February 21, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Central Valley Beat debuting today

"Welcome to the very first episode of the Central Valley Beat. I am Nina Frisby and…"

February 20, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


It’s Almond Blossom time! (plus more crab)

Almond Blossom Festival is here! Start your weekend right with some tasty breakfast. Ripon Grange #511 is holding its 53rd annual Almond Blossom Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 6 to 10 a.m. at the Grange Hall, 827 Ripona Ave., Ripon. Tickets for adults are $7 when purchased in advance or $8 at the door. Please call Helen at 209.599.7110 for more information.

February 19, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Family City’s can-do attitude is for Bay Area housing needs

There is no affordable housing problem in Manteca.

February 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Born to be wild: Black & white high tops

White Converse All-Star high top basketball shoes.

February 18, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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