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The debate on moving City Hall back downtown

The debate about whether city hall should be moved lock, stock, and barrel to downtown is a bit silly.

September 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Good sales clerks can make or break a store

Lucy and Louisa are solid gold sales associates.

September 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


CPUC can’t be trusted to investigate PG&E explosion in San Bruno

The California Public Utilities Commission should not investigate PG&E for the killing of four people, maiming countless others and destroying 37 homes in San Bruno.

September 11, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Shaping Manteca leaders by polling questions costs us real leadership

The caller was polite enough.

September 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We need to address homeless problem without sentimentality

It is easy to get teary eyed about the homeless especially given the 16 percent unemployment rate in Manteca. In the back of our minds we probably think that it could easily be us living on the streets

September 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Good things do come out of bad economic times

Want an upside to the current state budget crisis?

September 08, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tough to beat watermelon from Manteca

Knock or slap?

September 07, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Henry Ford knew exactly how to pump up economy

"If you don't pay the people enough money, they can't buy cars." - Henry Ford

September 06, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


3,050 miles in eight days

Traffic was so light as we drove along Interstate 80 just west of Wendover, Utah, on our way to Denver. Actually, it was lighter than light. There was hardly any other soul this Sunday morning driving on the highway in front of us that stretched like a snaking ribbon in the vast horizon ahead. So when a silver Toyota appeared on the lane to my right, I visually checked it out more closely than I normally would. As the small car smoothly zoomed past our seemingly lumbering heavier pickup, I glanced idly at the license plate.

September 06, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Urns hold more than just plants

It's just a bunch of clay that has been molded and then baked in dry heat at hellish temperatures.

September 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fighting gang violence by requiring school uniforms

Should Lathrop School pursue school uniforms or common dress?

September 04, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California Senate resists pressure to bag freedom of choice when you grocery shop

Californians still have the freedom to choose between paper and plastic.

September 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Abercrombie & Fitch versus Muslim religion

Abercrombie & Fitch, to put it politely, sells sex.

September 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Berryhill sides with high-priced PG&E against farmers, families & business

Is Bill Berryhill against South County farmers, hardworking small businesses, and struggling families being crushed by oppressive PG&E power rates like his brother Tom Berryhill?

September 01, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Firefighters answer the call & set stage for future budgets

The Manteca Firefighters Association is arguably the most powerful and influential force in Manteca politics.

August 31, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Climate change, the drought & Yosemite Valley

Extreme weather is bad, right?

December 10, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


ARE YOU GAME?

Many needy families and children did not get a visit from Santa last year because of wasted food. Apparently, a lot of the food served during the annual Costa's Wild Game feed ended up in trash cans because some of people decided they did not like the "game-y" taste.

December 09, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Time to bite the bullet (train) & pull plug

If you own a Ford Focus, Chevy Cruze or a Honda Civic it costs you 16.3 cents a mile to operate your vehicle once gas, maintenance, tires, insurance and depreciation are taken into account.

December 09, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Central Valley tule fog is why Santa needs Rudolph

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared on Dec. 14, 2010.

December 05, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Repeat childhoods of yesteryear today & they’d be child abuse charges

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared on May 12, 2011.

December 04, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


CPUC acts more like lapdog than watchdog of PG&E

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared on July 26, 2011

December 02, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sagging economy may be starting back up but what about pants?

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared Feb. 8, 2002.

December 02, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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