The holidays have come and gone and now it's time for a return to normalcy.
Taco trucks vs. brick-and-mortar eating establishments.
I now live in a two bedroom, no bathroom home - at least until Saturday.
McKinley Avenue will one day slash through people's property where they live.
It's time to save the United States Postal Service.
Requiring the developers of the proposed 1,650-home Trails of Manteca project to use recycled wastewater to irrigate 75 acres of parkland is a good start but it doesn't go far enough.
There is no law governing what you can and cannot do to the American flag.
I needed a toilet plunger the other day, and life is never good when you need a toilet plunger. And the worse thing is, I did not have one.
Be careful what you ask for in this cold and flu season – you might get a surprise like I did recently after looking just about everywhere for the cough drops I have used for years – the tried and true small boxes of Vicks.
Modesto and Stockton are consistently among the Top 5 cities in the United States for vehicle theft.
What kills more people in the United States: Guns or cars?
Shortly after arriving in Manteca in 1991 I was told by several people of how some Bay Area counties would "pay" welfare recipients to help them move to the Central Valley by providing everything from bus tickets to assistance with getting an apartment.
What a way to kick off the week: Blue Monday.
Six days from now marks the 163rd anniversary of the most defining event in California history - the discovery of gold by James Marshall at Coloma.
I should have said something, but I didn't.
Ashley Drain has been on the job for just over a week and she has already managed to essentially throw the entire Weston Ranch High staff underneath a steamroller.
You may disagree with Ben Cantu about a lot of things, but the four-time council candidate is right about one thing: The City of Manteca does neglect neighborhoods.
The parents are frustrated.
Editor's note: Phillip Bookman received the news that he has a cancerous malignant tumor on his bladder. He begins radiation this week. Sensing the inevitable, he wrote the following although noting there is probably a good chance of recovery.
Forty-three days have passed since the resounding no confidence vote on the Manteca Unified School District board and they still don't get it.
It isn't unusual for a typical commuter from the Northern San Joaquin Valley to the Silicon Valley to travel 700 miles a week.
There was no denying Ashley Drain's excitement. The smile never left her face the whole time – before, during, and after the moment she was sworn in as one of the two newest members of the Manteca Unified Board of Trustees at the panel's annual reorganization meeting Tuesday night.
Folks who can only afford $500,000 homes are riffraff.
The right to demonstrate.
It wouldn't be Christmas without it! Sequoia Heights Baptist Church is presenting its annual drive-thru Living Nativity on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12-13, from 6 to 9 p.m. at 1050 S. Union Road.
CHARMING – Unless you're a true sociopath, it's almost impossible to look at yourself in the mirror when you know that the things you're doing are wrong.
Extreme weather is bad, right?
Many needy families and children did not get a visit from Santa last year because of wasted food. Apparently, a lot of the food served during the annual Costa's Wild Game feed ended up in trash cans because some of people decided they did not like the "game-y" taste.
If you own a Ford Focus, Chevy Cruze or a Honda Civic it costs you 16.3 cents a mile to operate your vehicle once gas, maintenance, tires, insurance and depreciation are taken into account.
Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared on Dec. 14, 2010.