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Santa, bring some coal for the legislature

Dear Santa,

December 20, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E upset $3K a year would go to kids & not them

There are grumblings from the PG&E camp that the Boys & Girls Club board has endorsed the South San Joaquin Irrigation District in its bid to takeover the PG&E retail system in Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon with the objective of reducing rates 15 percent across the board.

December 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Imagine what ruins of Manteca homes would look like in 2039

Visiting places like Bodie – the fabled eastern Sierra mining ghost town that is now a state park – makes me a bit uneasy.

December 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California must adopt specific water goals, rules

They huff and they puff over global warming, the budget, the prison system, and education.

December 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Children shouldn’t have to eat dog food

As a kid, I thought it was just weird.

December 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s worth having ice water running through your veins

I now know where the phrase "ice water running through your veins" comes from.

December 13, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified reduces access by cutting meetings

If there was ever a time that schools need the full support of the public it is now.

December 12, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


If it tastes like chicken, then it must be rattlesnake

Sue Inglish has no problem eating wild game for supper, whether it is served indoors or outdoors.

December 12, 2009 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


No one is laughing at Manteca now

It wasn't too many years ago that Manteca was the laughingstock of the Northern San Joaquin Valley thanks to a dysfunctional city council.

December 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So long to a real hero & idol

She was a hero, an idol in so many ways that do not have anything to do with fame, fortune, or notoriety.

December 11, 2009 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Levee farther south will trigger more Manteca growth

There is a way to stop urbanization from destroying farmland to the southwest of Manteca.

December 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Auburn Dam: Better solution than Delta canal

California has a growing water problem.

December 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Maldnaldo is a Republican in the truest sense

Finally someone gets it.

December 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Gum smackers, rude clerks & dogs in stores

There are pet peeves and then there is absolute rudeness.

December 05, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Twilight parade: The chamber’s gift to Manteca

Get ready for Christmas, Manteca-style.

December 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Legislation to increase crime & taxes

State Senator Richard Pan rolled out legislation this week to increase crime in California and jack up taxes on the state's poor.

August 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Yosemite puts the whole world in perspective

The smoky haze on Saturday obscured what would have been 80-mile views on a clear day from atop a granite perch overbooking Ten Lakes and ...

August 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Affordable housing & Manteca

The phrase "affordable housing" is rapidly become a paradox in Manteca.

August 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


LA’s twin grab for SJ Valley, Delta land & water

All Californians are created equal unless you're the little guy in the San Joaquin Valley or the Delta.

August 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


100 reasons to jog in 99 degree heat

It was 99 degrees at 12:55 p.m. Monday, perfect for a celebratory jog.

August 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Only police should carry guns in Manteca municipal parks

Manteca city staff is so concerned about the safety of part-time people they employ to lock park restrooms in the evening that they'd like ...

August 16, 2015 | | Local Columns


Drought rules drop home values so much they’re up 3%

Property values, we were told, were going to plummet in Manteca due to the city's stepped up water conservation rules that most residents are ...

August 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Don’t go around with a chip on your shoulder’

Edna Towle by all standards should have been angry at the world.

August 12, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dropping the bomb: No reason to apologize

The United States lost 14,000 men in 82 days in the epic battle to take Okinawa. Japan virtually fought to the last man.

August 11, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Before you go nuts attacking almond growers

"Your (&*!%&**)ing farmers are wasting water growing almonds. Why should we have to sacrifice our lake for them and stupid fish?"

August 10, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Before you go nuts attacking almond growers

"Your (&*!%&**)ing farmers are wasting water growing almonds. Why should we have to sacrifice our lake for them and stupid fish?"

August 09, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacramento’s plan: Waste future rain & snow runoff

If the skies were to open up this winter would the runoff help raise depleted reservoir levels?

August 08, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Woodward: No man’s land for pedestrians

In a perfect world drivers would always drive only as safe as conditions allow. They would be 100 percent focused on driving and would drive ...

August 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Putting kids first: River Islands: A+ Banta Schools: F

What's horribly wrong and what's absolutely right about education in California can be found perhaps 100 or so yards from each other on ...

August 05, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca shops for purloined carts solution

Taking shopping carts off of a store's property is theft.

August 03, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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