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Of Kings, fad diets, leaky roofs & Greg LeMond

Someone asked me the other day why I wasn't hip on fad diets pushed by various companies.

July 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


High speed rail going down wrong track to Bay Area

Up in the Altamont Hills stand the forerunners of green energy in California - wind mills turning turbines to generate electricity.

July 11, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Build a men’s shelter & they will come

Do we really want to address the issue of homeless single men in Manteca?

July 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Homeless taking over Library Park?

Chatter – punctuated by choice obscenities – was rising along with the mid-day temperature on Thursday as two men argued beneath the stately Sycamore trees of Library Park.

July 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


No justice for Oscar Grant or law-abiding peace officers

It took less than seven hours for a Los Angeles jury to deliver a miscarriage of justice.

July 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Providing five more sets of eyes on Manteca RDA

The Doyle Ranch back in the 1980s was perhaps the most prime piece of real estate along the Interstate 80 corridor east of Sacramento.

July 08, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Showering using a Dixie Cup during Midwest summer

Californians are wimps when it comes to weather.

July 07, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


House of Mud & other attractions

In National Lampoon's Vacation, the Griswolds took a pass on a chance to see the famous House of Mud.

July 07, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Fourth of July fallout

It was a Fourth of July many years ago – I was only a kid of 12 who loved shooting off fireworks from the safe ones and not so safe. M80s were the ultimate in Southern California, but I limited myself to simple fire crackers that were actually hard to come by unless you drove into downtown Los Angeles where somebody would be on the street hawking imported crackers by the pack.

July 06, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


California’s future will soon be found down in Monterey

Monterey - the birthplace of California government - was chosen by the Spaniards for that dubious honor in 1777 due to the great natural bay and the ample fresh water from the nearby Carmel River.

July 06, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Deal is hard to beat but better read small print

When Allegiant Air first announced its low-cost service from Stockton to Long Beach about a month or so ago, some of my colleagues were quick to act.

July 05, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Sacramento needs to shed 47,400 state jobs in next 12 months

With all due respect to F. Scott Fitzgerald, state workers are different than you and me.

July 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sharing the small town spirit with newcomers

So you want to get a feel for your town - newcomers and old-timers alike?

July 04, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Smoke bombs (& cherry bombs) can be dangerous

I do not like fireworks - at least the ones you buy and set off.

July 04, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Summer finally arrives in the San Joaquin Valley

The mercury - for those old enough to remember when you didn't click on weather.com to find what the outside temperature is but instead actually stepped outside to read an old-style thermometer - is expected to reach the 100-degree mark on the Fourth of July.

July 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Manteca: The Mother of All water wasters

The City of Manteca is the biggest water waster by far.

July 24, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Combined flea market, yard sale set for Saturday

The Manteca Senior Center Advisory Committee and Manteca Seniors Helping Area Residents and Police combined flea market and yard sale is this Saturday, July 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be 30 vendors selling garage and new items, from arts & crafts to collectibles inside the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane, and SHARP will host the backyard sale directly behind the senior center building. Up for grabs will be items including furniture, sporting goods, household items, toys, electronics, to name a few. Don't miss it!

July 24, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Navy blue frames then skydiving?

Selecting eyeglass frames is always interesting given my eyesight.

July 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Jack Snyder: You may not like the man but he delivered

There is no middle ground with Jack Snyder. You either like him or you don't.

July 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Breaking up California is so hard to do

Perhaps splitting California into six states wouldn't be all that bad.

July 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bottlers tap into baseless fears to sell you water

"You're going to get sick!"

July 19, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Doing back alley political hatchet job on Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby in the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision continues to offer its employees health insurance coverage for contraception including birth control pills.

July 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to talk about use of that four-letter word: ‘lawn’

Water use is down 20.4 percent in Manteca in June compared to June of 2013.

July 17, 2014 | | Local Columns


Ignoring youth refugees fleeing from violence in American homes

Go down Yosemite Avenue after the bars close.

July 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stockton may become Venice but at least LA gets water

It is nice to know that the Bay Delta Conservation Plan has taken into account potential sea level increases in designing the Twin Tunnels to "avoid water supply disruptions and protect water quality."

July 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Placement of levee can stop growth flood

Go south along Union Road, Tinnin Road, and Airport Way just a little south of Woodward Avenue where narrow country roads carry names such as Fig, Sedan, Nile and others crisscross the south-north roads.

July 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DeRoos looks to start league of their own

Her name is synonymous with the sport of basketball in the Family City, yet Molly DeRoos is having a hard time finding a sanctioned game.

July 10, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


King George would have been proud of soda taxes

Tax them for they have sinned.

July 10, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tale of two neighborhoods plagued with ‘drug problem’

She lives practically next to a "drug house" in a Manteca neighborhood that many of the property owners know about it.

July 09, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Clothes made just to wear? That’s so passé

Boots - and therefore shoes - are made for walking.

July 09, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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