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Rickey Henderson & the Oakland A’s

I was feeling a bit nostalgic today upon catching a re-airing of the 1989 American League Championship Series featuring the Oakland Athletics against the Toronto Blue Jays.

January 13, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Those crazy, hazy fog-shrouded days in Manteca

Herb Caen liked to write about how the fog snuck into San Francisco on little cat's feet.

January 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacramento could learn a thing or two from Manteca

Folks up in Sacramento should take a tip or two from the Manteca Unified School District.

January 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Any traffic stop or arrest can be life or death for a police officer

I admit upfront that I have a deep bias when it comes to police.

January 07, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


They just can’t resist putting others down

It was a defining moment.

January 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s time to focus on Center Street & forget Yosemite

Here's a prediction for 2009.

January 03, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Baseball still endures as national pastime

As a long-time sports fan, New Year Day 2009 wasn't necessarily about football.

January 03, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Camping: Grandchildren, people are her hobbies

"Can you imagine going to work every day and doing something you love and getting paid for it?"

January 03, 2009 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Great blessings from humble beginnings

Christmas is all about little things becoming great. A diminutive elf of unknown origins comes in the stillness of night, bringing joy to children throughout the world. A rejected reindeer becomes his brothers' guide. Kids steal the spotlight, while dutiful parents burn the midnight oil to get the stockings hung and presents all in place. And, for the fortunate, snow falls. Christmas grows white as tiny crystalline snowflakes cling together, descending silently like feathers from heaven's angels, blowing in by the billions from the far corners of winter and blanketing the barren earth.

January 02, 2009 | Fr. Dean McFalls St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


The new math, Sacramento style: Why we are in financial trouble

Increased education requirements + no money = how California does business.

January 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rude leaf blowers need to change their act

Who are the most clueless people in the world?

January 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


If you view these as the worst of times, think again

This has been a good year for most of us.

January 01, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How about just a little common sense & courtesy?

CHP h8n on the txt msgs. It used 2 b ez to snd em - now u have 2 look n ur mirro all day. Im good @ driving & txting - but now u'll get a tix and have 2 pay. Don't b that guy - lol. Oh no, gtg. Im getting pulled ovr.

December 31, 2008 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California spoils us with non-smoking restaurants

It was about two years ago to the day when we spent the holidays visiting family on the East Coast.

December 31, 2008 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Time to cut school board stipends & benefits

The sum of $8.75 million doesn't really seem like all that much money if you think about it.

December 31, 2008 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


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Pacheco Pass may turn high speed rail into Jerry’s Folly

Twenty-seven miles east of Hollister in the heart of earthquake country is where California High Speed Rail could meet its Waterloo.

January 19, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


One man’s crumbs is another man’s lunch

The price we pay for living in California can be taxing - literally.

January 18, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Toilet’ countries, prejudice, politics & the Dreamers

Lyndon B. Johnson was fortunate that he was in the White House in an era where those meeting with him didn't whip out smartphones ...

January 17, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Miracle on Moffat

Mention Moffat Boulevard 20 years ago and terms like "armpit", "sleaze, "trash" and "eye sore" would often pop up in conversations.

January 16, 2018 | | Local Columns


‘Hungry, please make payment via WeChat app’

Get ready for the future.

January 16, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E will do all in its power not to return’ windfall’

PG&E is getting what could be a $195.5 million windfall this year.

January 15, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca High plans ‘Black Out Game’ for heart association

Look for a "black" out in Winter Gym on Wednesday.

January 15, 2018 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Train strikes, kills homeless man on tracks

A 28-year-old Manteca homeless man died after being struck by a train on the Union Pacific tracks between Powers Avenue and the BMX course.

January 15, 2018 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Alleys before council again

Three aging and deteriorating downtown parking lots - along with three alley segments riddled with cracks and potholes - may at least finally have plans drawn up ...

January 15, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Looking for arts? Then drive out of Manteca

Every two years when Manteca City Council elections roll around the arts somehow become a cornerstone issue.

January 15, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


50 YEARS & STILL SELLING

Editor's note: An occasional series on the people who have helped build Manteca as the city gets ready to celebrate the 100th anniversary of ...

January 15, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Steve DeBrum versus Ben Cantu: The 2.0 version

Ben Cantu - after debating whether to make his fifth run for elective city office in Manteca a race for the council or for mayor - has ...

January 13, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The myth legal pot will rain $$ on government

If you really believe legalizing marijuana will reduce black market sales substantially the obvious question is "what have you been smoking?"

January 12, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Neglecting real world for digital one

Is social media ruining America?

January 12, 2018 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


The climate change chorus is gnashing its teeth once again

Earthquakes. Hurricanes. Mudslides. Tornadoes. Wildfires. Blizzards. Droughts. Why do we call them natural disasters when they are what nature does constantly to keep evolving?

January 11, 2018 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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