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Need a smoke? Then just take a spray or two

Philip Morris is scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to product development.

May 28, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The wolf at the door & the future of Manteca’s fire services

Manteca - at least for the past 30 years if not longer - has always under spent surrounding jurisdictions and similar-sized cities when it comes to what residents pay per capita for fire services.

May 27, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Jerry Springer: The ring master of ‘reality’ TV

I am at a loss to understand why any person in their right mind - gee, that thing might be a clue - would ever agree to go on the Jerry Springer Show and similar boob tube genre.

May 26, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Put high speed rail back on the state ballot

Make no doubt about it. High speed rail is sexy.

May 25, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Steal cars galore & get out of jail free as a bird ruling

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

May 24, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Let’s really fight crime & create legalized drug dens

I'm all for legalizing drugs - with just a couple of conditions.

May 22, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

For those of us left behind

If you're reading this, you didn't make the cut.

May 22, 2011 | FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns

Budge Brown: The farmer who wed Manteca with waterslides

Robert "Budge" Brown didn't simply leave his mark on Manteca.

May 22, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The fantasy of perfection

I am a perfect-o-holic.

May 22, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns

Manteca plays cards that it was dealt by Sacramento

"There just isn't any money." - Manteca Fire Chief Kirk Waters.

May 21, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Firefighters still do the job despite layoff notices

Three of those 15 full-time Manteca firefighters rushing to battle a house fire in north Manteca Wednesday had been given layoff notices just hours before. It didn't make a difference to them knowing they had a job to do and they did it while off duty and responding from home.

May 20, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

The big lie: $80 a year will save our schools

It is perhaps the most dishonest line in the entire California budget debate: It will only cost a typical family $80 a year to keep tax extensions in place to save the schools, public safety, parks, and anything else you might happen to care about that Sacramento touches.

May 20, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Class of 2011: Here is a bit of unsolicited advice

It's pomp and circumstance time again.

May 19, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

A hard lesson learned

I received the phone call just before midnight on Sunday while at work. It was my brother in the Bay Area. The ambulance just left my parents' house; Dad was being taken to Washington Hospital.

May 18, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

CPUC cozies up to the fox as it slaughters hens

PG&E used $183 million it was authorized to collect from ratepayers for the specific replacement of aging natural gas lines for "other operational needs or kept (it) for retained earnings."

May 18, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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California’s training wheels for young adults

If you're between the ages of 18 and 21 and live in California, congratulations: The California Legislature is halfway to further eroding your rights.

August 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Legislation to increase crime & taxes

State Senator Richard Pan rolled out legislation this week to increase crime in California and jack up taxes on the state's poor.

August 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Yosemite puts the whole world in perspective

The smoky haze on Saturday obscured what would have been 80-mile views on a clear day from atop a granite perch overbooking Ten Lakes and ...

August 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Affordable housing & Manteca

The phrase "affordable housing" is rapidly become a paradox in Manteca.

August 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

LA’s twin grab for SJ Valley, Delta land & water

All Californians are created equal unless you're the little guy in the San Joaquin Valley or the Delta.

August 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

100 reasons to jog in 99 degree heat

It was 99 degrees at 12:55 p.m. Monday, perfect for a celebratory jog.

August 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Only police should carry guns in Manteca municipal parks

Manteca city staff is so concerned about the safety of part-time people they employ to lock park restrooms in the evening that they'd like ...

August 16, 2015 | | Local Columns

Drought rules drop home values so much they’re up 3%

Property values, we were told, were going to plummet in Manteca due to the city's stepped up water conservation rules that most residents are ...

August 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

‘Don’t go around with a chip on your shoulder’

Edna Towle by all standards should have been angry at the world.

August 12, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Dropping the bomb: No reason to apologize

The United States lost 14,000 men in 82 days in the epic battle to take Okinawa. Japan virtually fought to the last man.

August 11, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Before you go nuts attacking almond growers

"Your (&*!%&**)ing farmers are wasting water growing almonds. Why should we have to sacrifice our lake for them and stupid fish?"

August 10, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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