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The price of freedom: 6,000 white crosses

Twenty-two years ago this weekend Charles Palmer was looking forward to wearing the Buffalo Green gown and mortar with pride as part of the Manteca High Class of 1989.

May 29, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hanging out with a better class of people

For the majority of presentations I conduct, I administer an on-line anonymous survey to get a better feel for what's going on inside the organization. Question number one is, "On a typical day, how would you rate your attitude?"

May 29, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns


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


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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


Uncle Sam is Sybil when it comes to candy & soda

The Sugar Plum Fairy has a friend in Washington, D.C.

December 08, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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