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Ethics? They don’t need no stinkin’ ethics to follow in Sacramento

Isn't the name "California Assembly Ethics Commission" an oxymoron?

September 12, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca memories & musings

Thinking of events, times and places led to some of those people in my past that deserve a little recognition, so here goes.

September 12, 2009 | By JACK SNYDER Manteca Columnist | Local Columns


You may soon pay for PG&E’s negligence

PG&E is about to make you pay for their negligence.

September 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Memories of empty Gatorade bottles

Scads of empty Gatorade bottles littered the practice football at Zuckerman Field.

September 11, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


What is really in the health care bill?

When the Democrats put out their health care proposals, they made sure not to forget their friends at ACORN, the organization involved in voter fraud throughout America.

September 11, 2009 | By FRANK AQUILA President of the South San Joaquin Republicans | Local Columns


Denial & flight give both gangs, drugs upper hand

Just how did we let drugs get such a destructive hold on our communities?

September 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Kids should come before cash reserves in Manteca

Our priorities should be kids, not hoarding cash. For many months, we have heard from Manteca Unified District Superintendent Jason Messer that our district is a business.

September 10, 2009 | By KEN JOHNSON President, Manteca Teachers Association | Local Columns


I should feel guilty about ignoring nearby gang graffiti

A punk – and there is no other way to describe whoever did it – spray painted "SUR" on my garage door almost two weeks ago.

September 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Michelle Rindels does stint writing for Associated Press

The Rev. Mark Rindels no longer shepherds the congregation at Sequoia Heights Baptist Church in Manteca where he was pastor for 17 years.

September 07, 2009 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Don’t be swayed by PG&E’s crocodile tears

PG&E doesn't think South San Joaquin Irrigation District is playing fair.

September 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Levee upgrades need to go forward first

California as a civilized state is a fluke.

September 05, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Obama speech to school kids strikes raw nerves

It is being billed as a pitch to get kids to work hard and stay in school. Some say it is Orwellian. Others claim it is cult worship. And then there are those that contend it is political grandstanding on the taxpayer's dime.

September 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Remember, it was PG&E’s idea that SSJID go into retail power sales

PG&E – whether you like the San Francisco-based utility or not – has no one else to blame for South San Joaquin Irrigation District moving toward entering the retail power business but PG&E itself.

September 03, 2009 | | Local Columns


The purpose of a municipal golf course

People who play golf pretty much know there are three different types of golf courses. However, those of you who don't play golf might be under the impression that all golf courses are alike. In actuality, the three categories of golf courses are so different as night and day.

September 03, 2009 | By ALAN THOMAS Golf Pro | Local Columns


Manteca Unified: Why is it now faring worse than some nearby districts?

How did Manteca Unified get in its present financial predicament that some contend is worse than neighboring school districts?

September 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Gun rights: Trusting your government & not theirs

There is a connection between being allowed to carry a concealed weapon and national security, but it isn't what you think.

February 17, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Coming home to a place I had never been before

I had bonked the previous day on Sonora Pass on a 90-degree day. It was the sixth day of a fully loaded touring bicycling trip with two teen boys. I was carrying 80 pounds of gear and supplies on my touring bicycle. They were on racing bicycles with just handlebar bags. The object was to crisscross seven major Sierra passes in seven days. The previous day we had crested Tioga Pass and were headed to Topaz Lake via Sonora Pass before tackling Monitor Pass and heading home to Lincoln.

February 17, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The love you seek is one breath away

Love is in the air.

February 15, 2014 | | Local Columns


Special day for teens

Curtiss Beyers was lured onto the dance floor by the opening beat of the opening number of Thursday's special-needs Valentine's Day Dance.

February 14, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


A sign that romance still flourishes today

The kid looked guilty.

February 14, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Strings attached to money is what ails public schools

Money is what is wrong with public education.

February 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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