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Cable cars as well as hypocrisy climb halfway to the stars in San Francisco

"Dam Hetch Hetchy! As well dam for water-tanks the people's cathedrals and churches, for no holier temple has ever been consecrated by the heart of man." - John Muir

July 09, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Young high tech zombies walking around on streets

There are a minimum of three sign wavers dancing along the stretch of Yosemite Avenue sidewalk I use to jog home from In Shape.

July 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Intense spiritual, prayer experience in Medjugorie

Dear Friends, Greetings from Medjugorje, where the Virgin Mary (the Gospa, in Croatian) is reported to have been appearing daily since June 24, 1981. I arrived here overnight by bus on Thursday morning. Like my experience in Chenslohova (the central pilgrimage shrine of Poland, in Krakov (Poland's former capital), and Vienna (the very heart of Europe), this experience is an intense one of prayer and of visiting places of great spiritual power, of healing, and of new life through our Catholic Faith.

July 07, 2012 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Train Armageddon: Crossing Manteca will become a test of your patience

Frustrated by having to wait for a train at a track crossing in Manteca?

July 06, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Del Webb residents, city soon may have a towering problem

Get ready for what could become the first big issue of the November 2012 Manteca City Council election.

July 05, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Consider yourself blessed to be an American citizen

Take a close look at the flags you see flying today.

July 04, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Verbal pollution in form of cussing wears down the soul

Cussing no longer shocks me - or most of us for that matter

July 02, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s time for a meeting of minds in Manteca to combat gangs

Manteca Mayor Willie Weatherford is right.

July 02, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Volunteers make Manteca Police even more SHARP

The most cost effective program ever to roll out of the Manteca Civic Center?

June 30, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Reflecting on Bethlehem Peace Pilgrimage

I'm writing from a picturesque island in Puget Sound called "Vashon", just west of Seattle, where I've been re-uniting with a very important group of friends. Just over 30 years ago, we launched our 7,000-mile walk called the "Bethlehem Peace Pilgrimage".

June 30, 2012 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Today’s struggling taxpayers asked to subsidize more of future’s wealthier folks

Is paying $253 a month for 10 years a fair exchange for a shot at making $1,000 a week for 40 years?

June 28, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Memo to politicians in Sacramento: The party was over four years ago

You've just had your pay cut 20 percent.

June 27, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How growth saved Manteca from going under financially

So how did Manteca manage to stay afloat while it was spending more to run day-to-day government operations from roughly 2001 to today?

June 27, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Teeming sidewalks in Sausalito, bare concrete in Manteca

Walking along sidewalks in historic Sausalito you get stunning views of the San Francisco skyline.

June 26, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Life has taken us from Neil Hafley & George Murphy Jr. to young couple in Pacific Grove

Life is really what we make it – and being at this point in life and looking back there are many rich moments that have come and gone. For a couple who tied the knot over 50 years ago, we have enjoyed them all to the fullest.

June 25, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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HOW WILL CITY MANAGE?

Manteca in 2017 could see the return of Caterpillars with a vengeance.

December 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Raising a stink over farming? Time to chill

The homeowner was miffed.

December 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Uncle Sam lies to young adults about smoking

Does anyone really believe a teen or 20 something that smokes is going to kick the habit because of commercials blaring "the fact" non-smokers make ...

December 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Yes, 2016 can go and take a hike

It's hard for me to come to grips with the fact that 2016 will be a year that everybody will look back on in ...

December 30, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Technology crackheads & the seven deadly sins

Google the words "pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed" and "sloth".

December 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to try McMansion boarding houses & other options

The biggest farce in Manteca?

December 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


San Jose: California’s city in a world class of its own

Twenty miles from the heart of San Jose you will find two things that contrast sharply with its image as the Capitol of the Silicon ...

December 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to get serious on affordable housing efforts

Manteca's most expensive apartment rental address - Paseo Villas where a three bedroom two bathroom unit rents for $1,960 a month - backs up to ...

December 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca code enforcement framed by the ‘Ghost Ship’

Manteca may never have a "Ghost Ship" disaster - the warehouse in Oakland converted illegally into living quarters and an underground music party venue where 36 ...

December 24, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


In defense of many pollution regulations

The other day someone was ranting - it definitely wasn't a discussion - about how the state's mandates for air quality and what we should ...

December 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I’ll have the salmon, please – extra dry

So apparently the State of California has the perfect idea on how to repopulate the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced Rivers with the salmon that they ...

December 22, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Sacrificing Northern SJV for LA Basin

We are all one California.

December 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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