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ICE is right to go after employers on illegal workers

There is a line in the illegal immigration debate that goes something like this: Illegal workers pay tons of taxes that help subsidize the rest of us because they can't benefit from them such as Social Security tax.

April 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dognapping: Shades of Cruella DeVille

There was a noon-time drama that developed from a dog knapping Friday at lunchtime in a downtown Manteca parking lot that attracted a half dozen volunteers who turned out looking for the culprit and the missing six-month-old Morkie – a Maltese and Yorkie mix.

April 23, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Treasure Island: San Francisco’s answer to Atlantis

San Francisco - some pessimists contend - is a city waiting to die.

April 22, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s time for the bell to toll for class-action lawyers

I've got nothing against Taco Bell. It is what it is.

April 21, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Was Sleepy of Seven Dwarfs fame an air traffic controller?

Where's Ronald Reagan when you need him?

April 20, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A council debate Friends of the Manteca Library should check out

The Friends of the Manteca Library take note. The Manteca City Council on Tuesday is considering going on record opposing Assembly Bill 438.

April 17, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Don’t cry for state lawmakers losing free cars

Jerry Springer isn't the only unbelievable TV on the tube these days.

April 17, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Um, what were we talking about?’

Pop quiz! What did they call "multitasking" in the eighties?

April 17, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns


Kobe’s $100K initiation into the real world

It is inexcusable what Kobe Bryant mouthed an NBA official. In case you haven't watched any form of mass or social media in the last few days now that Charlie Sheen's rantings have become yesterday's news it was the gay slur that starts with an "f."

April 16, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


One way to help alleviate suspicion over RDA expansion

Is anyone at City Hall surprised that property owners in the proposed expansion of the redevelopment agency are a bit suspicious?

April 15, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon wedding sets tone for fun weekend at Ruby Hill Winery In Livermore

It was the wedding of weddings Saturday at Casa Real at the Ruby Hill Winery in Livermore bringing together two Ripon area families who did their utmost to make the event unforgettable from the announcements to the DVD video replay to the day's end at the reception.

April 13, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Perhaps we should sue the government for how they fed us as kids in the 1960s

The government plied me with tamale pie, something I believe was tuna casserole, whole milk, as well as fairly greasy and calorie intensive pizza during my formative years.

April 13, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Working for our uncle until Saturday

Congratulations.

April 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time for a bold move using RDA in downtown

Downtown Manteca - per se - is too fragmented in terms of property holdings to entice any major investor.

April 10, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why give ‘greedy’ home buyers a break on principal they owe on loans?

It's tough to have much respect for attorney generals these days.

April 09, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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California’s coming firestorm

There were 2,843 single family homes destroyed and another 437 apartments lost.

April 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sin taxes deadlier than vices

Death and taxes.

April 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca: The next Fresno or San Bruno?

Roads wear out. Bridges fail after a number of years. Sewer lines deteriorate.

April 22, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cigarettes first then soda next

Berkeley doesn't want you to smoke.

April 21, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacramento decrees there will be a flood

So what's going to be costlier when it comes to your pocketbook - the drought or a hypothetical 200-year flood event?

April 20, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PEDAL TO THE METTLE

The English Coonhound settles in the Central Valley sun, sprawling out across a lane in the Best Western parking lot.

April 17, 2015 | James Burns | Local Columns


Manteca’s war on the homeless

So how goes Manteca's war on the homeless?

April 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


About those ‘evil’ free range parents

There is a fine line between being cautious and paranoia.

April 16, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Snakes, Paragon 3, Love Manteca & more

The Manteca High School Band Boosters is hosting an All-You-Can-Eat-Spaghetti Dinner at the Manteca Transit Center (220 Moffat Blvd.) on Saturday, April 18, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. There will be a no-host bar, spaghetti, salad, rolls, and silent dessert auction. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Please call 209.610.4025 for tickets or more information about the event.

April 16, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


How I learned not to trust tax collectors

It's nice to know I'm not the only one that doesn't trust the Internal Revenue Service or the Franchise Tax Board.

April 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Moffat Blvd. monument to moving on

The steel framework of the 3,600-square-foot building going up on Moffat Boulevard is more than just the future home of the Manteca Veterans Center.

April 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Try eating apples grown in Cupertino

Salinity levels at Vernalis south of Manteca would not be so high if the Hypocrites-by-the Bay in the Green Environmental Perfection movement did their fair share to protect fish.

April 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rewarding state $300M for helping kill 8 people

PG&E is paying $300 million too much for the 2,425 violations of federal and state safety rules in connection with an investigation following the 2010 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno that killed eight people and destroyed more than three dozen homes.

April 11, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Two angels at Manteca High save life of teen

Amanda Buhay could have died in mid-December in a Manteca High classroom.

April 10, 2015 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Kidney stones, hammertoes & smartphones

I miss the good old days.

April 10, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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