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New 700-student campus may open as charter school

The South County's next public school could open with space for 700 kindergarten through eighth grade students but without a single "local" student sitting in a desk.

May 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why Manteca’s golf course is doing better

Recent articles in the Modesto Bee concerning their municipal golf courses and their continued financial troubles are almost a mirror image of the City of Stockton and their municipal golf courses. They continue to require General Fund money to keep them operational. And we are not talking about a small sum. Modesto reports their golf courses will require some $400,000 to $500,000 of General Fund dollars to keep them open this next fiscal year. Now where Stockton is attempting to lease their golf courses to private management, Modesto is actually considering closing two of their courses. The simple ...

May 05, 2011 | By ALAN THOMAS Manteca Columnist | Local Columns


Will Manteca tear out Wilson Park for a parking lot?

Wilson Park tucked behind the Post Office where Manteca and Sycamore avenues converge before meeting Center Street isn't the city's smallest park. That honor goes to appropriately named Mini Park that was created beneath a PG&E power tower on the southeast corner of Elm Avenue and North Street just three blocks away.

May 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Youthful gang members effectively express themselves with their clothes

If there was something the schools could do to improve your child's safety and it wasn't being done, most parents would probably be hopping mad.

May 02, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca council: Are their tastes bold or reserved?

Modern or traditional is the question.

May 01, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A more effective, less expensive Delta plan

It appears that there may be people on Gov. Jerry Brown's staff who are keeping him from becoming aware of the consequences of pursuing the plan formerly endorsed by the Schwarzenegger administration.

May 01, 2011 | By ALEX HILDEBRAND Retired Delta farmer & engineer | Local Columns


Handling conflict

It's difficult to stay calm when a co-worker is peering over your shoulder trying to make sure you complete your assignment accurately, or when a well-meaning family members is watching over your plate to make sure you don't stray from your diet.

May 01, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns


What about the right to maintain control in prison?

Ever been inside a state prison?

April 30, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lockyer to SJ Valley: Drop dead

State Treasurer Bill Lockyer and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg apparently are now advocating the equivalent of political civil war in California.

April 29, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The fantasy that high-tech jobs are Manteca’s future

Manteca, at one-time, made the goal of creating a Hacienda Business Park type development envisioned as Tara Business Park a top priority along McKinley Avenue south of the 120 Bypass.

April 24, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Get ready for stealth tax on your soda

They don't get it, do they?

April 24, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The lack of health club etiquette

I try to make it to the gym every morning, and if I had exercise equipment, sauna, steam room and a swimming pool at my house, I wouldn't need to. But since I don't, I have to go someplace where other people are there to do the same thing I am.

April 24, 2011 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns


ICE is right to go after employers on illegal workers

There is a line in the illegal immigration debate that goes something like this: Illegal workers pay tons of taxes that help subsidize the rest of us because they can't benefit from them such as Social Security tax.

April 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dognapping: Shades of Cruella DeVille

There was a noon-time drama that developed from a dog knapping Friday at lunchtime in a downtown Manteca parking lot that attracted a half dozen volunteers who turned out looking for the culprit and the missing six-month-old Morkie – a Maltese and Yorkie mix.

April 23, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Treasure Island: San Francisco’s answer to Atlantis

San Francisco - some pessimists contend - is a city waiting to die.

April 22, 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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