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Legislature pays the price for their poor performance

"I halted a fulfilling private sector career path to enter public service. I now have to explain to my wife and daughter that we won't be able to pay the bills because a politician chose to grandstand at our expense." - Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D- Los Angeles, lamenting about forfeiting his pay for the legislature's failure to adopt a balanced budget on time

June 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s heaven on earth: Summer in Manteca

The air just before dawn in Manteca during the summer is pure heaven.

June 22, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Impressed with postal worker & post office tour

On June 13, 2011 several special education classes from Manteca Unified schools took a walking field trip to the post office on Maple Avenue for a summer school activity. When we arrived I asked to speak to a supervisor in hopes that we would be able to take a tour of the facility. Autumn Winters spoke to me and said she would be more than happy to accommodate us.

June 21, 2011 | | Local Columns


Rumor has it: The truth about pull tabs from aluminum cans

About two weeks ago, an older man who collected recyclable aluminum cans on a daily basis was physically assaulted in the early morning hours during one of his regular rounds.

June 20, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


So you think that tip you put down is something extra for good service

A tip is a gratuity, right?

June 19, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Brown’s RDA budget trick burdens local taxpayers with bill for excessive state spending

You tell your family that it's time to live within your means.

June 18, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


If eating 2 apples a day is going to kill me, so be it

Dead man eating. That's how the public health advocacy organization known as the Environmental Working Group would probably describe me.

June 15, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


National winner in ‘What our Flag Means to Me’ essay contest

Editor's note: Sharyn Bloudoff, an 11th grader with Castle School (home school) and daughter of Dean and Sharyle Bloudoff was the first place winner in the high school division of the National Flag Day Foundation's 2011 essay contest "What Our Flag Means to Me." The following is her winning essay:

June 15, 2011 | By SHARYN BLOUDOFF Manteca teen | Local Columns


A possible way to keep those six firefighters

Here is the $1.2 million question: Does anyone on the Manteca City Council have the stomach to take a calculated risk to preserve municipal service levels for another year by saving the jobs of six firefighters and at least some of the 10 other municipal workers due to be laid off on July 1 in order to balance the budget?

June 14, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Today I’m the happiest brother in the world

It was one of the most beautiful sights I had ever seen: My sister leaving UC Davis Medical Center in a wheelchair Sunday afternoon.

June 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A tax solution that could make things a lot worse

Do you drink alcohol? Perhaps you smoke cigarettes. Maybe you drive a vehicle. Do you earn a pay check? Are you among the folks who buy items at retail stores or dine in restaurants?

June 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A primer on how to change habits

Most of life is done by rote.

June 12, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns


Bass Pro Shops is deal that’s paying off for Manteca

Imagine the City of Manteca having to spend $3.5 million to cover a bond payment because The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley isn't finished.

June 11, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just how ‘dire’ is the loss of six firefighters?

Does anyone really want to see Manteca lose six firefighters?

June 10, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Eight dirty little secrets about Manteca & city funding

Ready for to hear a couple of dirty little secrets?

June 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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The sibling act & future of California water supplies

Not to rain on Mother Nature's parade, but there are growing indications that the current El Nino that has created an above normal Sierra ...

December 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A child opens my eyes & heart

As years go 2006 had all the makings of a bad one.

December 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Jogging in the rain & loving it

I had just turned down the Wellington Avenue bike path when I heard the tap of a car horn.

December 21, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Using the homeless as cover

Imagine how big of an image problem Manteca would have if homeless encampments lined the 120 Bypass transition ramp to southbound Highway 99.

December 21, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So what is the City of Manteca doing about gophers?

What is the city going to do about gophers?

December 18, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Before Manteca schools plant the Acorn seed . . .

It looks as if the Manteca Unified School District board is about to plant a $250,000 acorn.

December 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Too inconvenient for city to follow same water rules as everyone else

Less than 48 hours before it had rained.

December 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SJ Valley tule fog is why Santa needs Rudolph

I always love getting calls from people who live on the East Coast or Midwest this time of year.

December 11, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


River Islands: If this is global warming then let’s bring it on

The destructive force of global warming is in our own backyard.

December 11, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PC militants silence speech they don’t like

Cursed are those who don't worship the beliefs of the Gods of Political Correctness.

December 10, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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