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Zoot suits, saggy pants & why are the large sizes on the bottom shelf?

This is a column about pants.

December 28, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The reasons why Pepsi Generation 2.0 may not be as healthy & wealthy

I am PepsiCo's worst nightmare.

December 25, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Bah, humbug! Old Scrooge a job creator & Cratchit a leech?

First they turn Santa into an out-of-control eater that's doubled down as a couch potato gorging himself on cookies.

December 24, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Piling on Santa: Healthy PC nuts vilify the big guy as a ‘role model’

Steve K. Galson is the type of guy who'd leave Santa carrot juice and tofu strips.

December 22, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Uncle Sam wants $50 a week from homeowners

Back when I was still driving a 1993 Chevy S-10 Blazer I was irked one year to discover my DMV renewal said I had to have a more expensive smog check done.

December 21, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The charm of South Stockton is killing the SJ County Fair

There's no nice way to say this.

December 20, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Stay tuned for the next episode of ‘Comcast in the Crazy City’

Manteca's city leaders have 642,000 reasons why they want to keep Comcast customers happy.

December 18, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Card swiping & electronic consumer DNA

I spend anywhere from $80 to $120 a week at Target now that I do a good chunk of my grocery shopping there.

December 17, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

High court triggers big crime wave

Car stolen? You might be able to thank Justice Anthony Kennedy.

December 17, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The never-ending debate over shortcuts

Take the freeway – we'll get there faster."

December 17, 2013 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

Delivery drones: Get ready for high tech locust

The time may come when we refer to the good old days as when leaf blowers and cranked up music at parties along with buzzing flies were the most annoying sounds in our neighborhoods.

December 11, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

High speed rail business plan: Hell or high water

HANFORD - Dairy farmers in these parts – and the rest of California for that matter – do not operate in a fantasy world.

December 10, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


John Perez Sr. pulled into the stadium parking lot nearly three hours before kickoff and was still tardy to the tailgate party.

December 10, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns

Flush the water tank art idea down the toilet

The nice thing about the 3.7 million water tank going up on Atherton Drive is that you won't see much of it.

December 09, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

By far the best fall I’ve ever taken

"Fill my heart with song and let me sing forever more." - from Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon"

December 07, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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Raising a stink over farming? Time to chill out

The homeowner was miffed.

April 19, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Once ridiculed as a boondoggle, Tidewater is a success story

The old Tidewater Southern Railway corridor slicing through the heart of Manteca for years served as a magnet for the homeless, criminal activity, and those illegally dumping garbage.

April 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Easter weekend fun: Egg hunts, beer & more

To make sure this weekend is not all about glazed ham, rack of lamb and chocolate desserts, sign up for the 10th annual Easter Run and Fun on Saturday, April 19, at the beautiful Lodi Lake at 8 a.m. There will also be a children's Fun Run at 9:20 a.m. All 5K and 10K runners and walkers receive a shirt, pancake breakfast, and a raffle entry. Proceeds will benefit the Lodi Salvation Army's Hope Harbor Family Service Center. For more info go to

April 17, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Stan Aldrin was someone who hated to slow down. You could ask him to please stand still, but that's all you could do – try.

April 16, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

Does Manteca Unified really need nine more schools?

Manteca Unified contends they need seven more elementary schools and two high schools in the next 20 years.

April 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


For the dozens of people that are flooding into a converted movie theater in Downtown Stockton, it's a seemingly average Saturday night.

April 15, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

Vicious circle of one-way street debate

Manteca's question for the ages is once again being asked: Should Yosemite Avenue and Center Street going through downtown be one-way venues?

April 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Every dog getting his day in court?

Cruella and Dante are dogs.

April 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Trains: Can’t we just wait a few minutes?

The debate over trains irritates me.

April 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

More water for fish could lead to ecological Armageddon

The late Stan Nader Sr. was a member of a family whose cattle ranching roots in Placer County go back to the 1870s.

April 11, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

DUI victim struggles to get life back on course

Her fear of being judged by a room full of police officers at a San Diego County Mothers Against Drink Driving awards luncheon was short lived.

April 10, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

How about death penalty for ignoring constitution?

Phil Wyman makes Shakespeare look like a wimp.

April 10, 2014 | | Local Columns

BugFest in Stockton, rodeo fun in Oakdale

The Men's Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ripon Post 1051 will host its Seafood Platter at 12455 West Ripon Road on Saturday, April 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be 50/50 raffle and a DJ entertaining the guests. Donation of $15 per person is recommended.

April 10, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns

Does not being color blind hurt some minorities?

Do "minorities" need protection in California?

April 08, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

A quick memo on how to build a better Manteca

In the coming 210 days at least five men are going to be vying for your vote to elect them to the Manteca City Council either as a council member or mayor.

April 08, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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