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Youth & Teen Center park project in Lathrop is step in right direction

A while back, I wrote a column about downtowns. Specifically, what I had in mind was the city of Lathrop and where its downtown is or should be in light of all the developments taking place west of Interstate 5, namely: Mossdale Village, Central Lathrop Specific Plan's Richland Master-planned Communities, and the gargantuan River Islands development west of the San Joaquin River.

April 06, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Yes, I did indeed work inside the Squirrel Cage

Progress - or what sometimes passes for it - can hit you like a ton of bricks when you've been away from a place for a fair amount of time.

April 06, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Gutting the 2nd Amendment imperils freedom

I don't drive a pickup truck with a gun rack.

April 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City should cover general public’s use of BMX track

A BMX course isn't a typical venture for a municipality.

April 04, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Weaning off users subsidizing other power customers

There are a lot of reasons to criticize PG&E's upper management.

April 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Quibbling over lame slaughter animals underscores Sacramento silliness

The Humane Society believes it is animal cruelty to slaughter a pig that is too feeble to walk.

April 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The lesson Sammy Davis gave us in black & white

Editor's note: This is a shorter version of a column that first appeared in 1993.

April 01, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Act my age? I certainly hope I never fall into that trap

I'm 54 today and I'm still not "acting my age," whatever that annoying little saying is supposed to mean.

March 31, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Congress & erectile dysfunction drugs for convicted pedophiles

Find me a Democrat - or a Republican - in Congress who really wants national health care to foot the bill for convicted rapists and pedophiles to obtain erectile dysfunction drugs.

March 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Uncle Sam needs ‘silent lien’ on bail out homes

Risky gambling and shirking responsibility for one's own actions gets rewarded while hard work, delayed gratification and responsible behavior gets taxed into oblivion in the America envisioned by those who walk the corridors of power in Washington, D.C.

March 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Gang colors in Manteca are white & brown

This may come as a shock to those who are convinced that all of Manteca's 500 documented gang members are Hispanic.

March 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Singing the praises of food & service

I walked through the front doors of Red Robin Thursday afternoon and had to pinch myself.

March 26, 2010 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


California vote to legalize pot scares Humboldt

Get ready for the economic collapse of Humboldt County.

March 25, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why Ripon is using stimulus money

I am sure most Ripon residents are aware the country is in the depths of a recession. Unfortunately, we are not immune from the effects of this very difficult economic time magnified by the poor decisions made by our leaders in Sacramento.

March 25, 2010 | By CHUCK WINN Mayor of Ripon | Local Columns


A tale of two high schools: Sierra and Itawamba

Manteca has come a long ways from the day when former Councilwoman Denise Giordano reduced a young lady who had just graduated from Manteca High to tears during a special council meeting.

March 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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My mom would be a felon in today’s world

It is now a crime in America to let a 7-year-old boy walk a half mile by himself to the park.

August 01, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Prouty: Woman of courage, great storyteller

Years ago, a woman so distraught over the passing of her husband, scaled the chain link fence of the East Union Cemetery under cover of darkness to spend the night next to her departed beloved's grave. Strange as that story may sound, she was the second one to do just that. That's just two of the many interesting – for lack of a better term – stories coming out of the pioneer cemetery since its establishment in 1872.

July 31, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Car show, BBQ Saturday at Commons benefits fire fund

The Commons at Union Ranch (2241 N. Union Road in Manteca) is holding a Classic Car Show & BBQ on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be live music, barbecue and classic cars. All proceeds to benefit the Manteca Fire Department Chief's Foundation for the victims of fires and to provide smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to seniors. For more info go to http://community.mantecabulletin.com/events/detail/13792/

July 31, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


PG&E? Lie? Now that’s a real shocker

uPG&E did not pay any taxes between 2008 and 2010 despite scoring $4.1 billion in profits. During that same time they received $1 billion in tax rebates. It was all thanks to a $79 million lobbying effort of politicians by the firm that last summer spent $10 million on a "we lost our way" advertising campaign to improve their public image.

July 31, 2014 | | Local Columns


Seelye facing conflict of interest questions

Is this a case of conflict of interest?

July 30, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Leadership drought in curbing water use in Manteca

Manteca is leaving no stone unturned as it studies the long-term financial risks and economic viability of the Great Wolf Resort proposal to develop a 500-room resort on 30 acres of city-owned land.

July 30, 2014 | | Local Columns


Manteca board going for costly bond option?

Need new carpet?

July 29, 2014 | | Local Columns


Stanislaus unkind to the unprepared

He trudged out of the water, his shirt soaked and pulled tight around his skin, glasses and hat hanging from head. He towed a pathetic pink raft behind him, completing the look of a man who had been beaten and embarrassed by the elements.

July 26, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


Wood actually took 23 years, not two hours to die in Arizona

Do not get teary-eyed or enraged thinking about how Joseph R. Wood III died.

July 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is City of Bell to big to govern?

The City of Bell consists of 2.64 square miles.

July 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Reveries of an old man

I dream of being Roger Federer. I always watch his matches and cheer out loud as if it would make a difference in his play.

July 25, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Local Columns


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


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