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History yields to museum over Yellow Freight

For years, there were those who contended the event in Manteca in 1989 that had the longest lasting impact was the controversial split City Council decision to say no to Yellow Freight. The freight firm wanted to convert residential land near what is today Woodward Park into a massive freight terminal.

September 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


IT’S A BIG SIGN

The first inkling that Sierra High was about to raise the bar a notch or two came in the form of probably the biggest sign ever seen in these parts at a high school football game.

September 25, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca is more like Las Vegas than many think

Shelly Andrade is a new arrival in Manteca from Las Vegas.

September 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Edict from lofty Atherton: Fresno looks like Detroit

"Fresno looks like Detroit. It's awful." - Republican governor hopeful Meg Whitman's remarks to the San Jose Mercury News

September 23, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Wayfaring signs exclude chamber among destinations

On Tuesday afternoon a young lady stopped by the Manteca Chamber of Commerce office.

September 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Of books and matters of mind

Arriving at his dorm recently after coming home for the weekend, my son found himself in a bind. He forgot his text books at home. At first, he asked if we could mail them to him at the university. But he soon found a convenient and inexpensive solution to his dilemma.

September 21, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


What if alcohol- drinking homeless were at Woodward?

It is amazing how our tolerance of the homeless and their "victimless" criminal acts increases significantly the farther we are from them.

September 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Gov. Flip Flop, Queen Meg & Proposition 13

Say what you want about Jerry Brown, but when Proposition 13 passed in 1978 he did what he was supposed to do as governor - he did his best to implement it.

September 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time for drastic measures to save California

Is California going bankrupt?

September 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Destination guru: Highway 99 reeks of ‘why stop here’

Roger Brooks stopped by Manteca three years ago.

September 18, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just who is protecting us from PG&E?

Who do you trust - PG&E or the government?

September 17, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


An apology to Muslims for celebration that never happened

This is an apology.

September 16, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A rumble among elephants

I was taking pictures of congressional candidate David Harmer and taking down notes of his speech at the same time when I noticed something happening behind him.

September 16, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Aquila & associates practicing pure grassroots politics

You can disagree with Frank Aquila's politics but you can't dispute one fact – the South San Joaquin County Republicans that he founded is a true grassroots organization.

September 15, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Women pull their weight as officers

Covering the search for the home burglar proved once again that women officers prove their worth more often than not. School resource officer April Smith was part of the human perimeter that had been set up around a corn field south of the Del Webb community.

September 15, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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Las Vegas has better grasp on grass than Manteca

Is the city dictating how much grass new homes can have in their front yards an affront to the notion of property rights?

June 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bus ride costs same as vending machine soda

Was I asking too many questions upon arriving at the hub of the San Joaquin Regional Transit District in Stockton?

June 05, 2015 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Of the Grand Jury, schools, background checks & felons

The San Joaquin County Grand Jury is alarmed that Manteca Unified School District Superintendent Jason Messer allowed a felon to be hired to mentor Weston ...

June 05, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The council, veterans & doing the right thing

Doing the right thing.

June 04, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Forging your fears to reach better place

It was a silly thought.

June 03, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Uncle Sam wants to make wearing certain logos criminal

The odds are you either know or heard of some younger person being intimidated or even jumped because they happened to be wearing red or ...

June 02, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Legislative lushes get free rides via taxpayers

"All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others." - George Orwell in his novel "Animal Farm

June 01, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Great Manteca kitchen debate: Legion, the city, VFW & $115K

What is the moral or legal dilemma with the Manteca City Council spending $115,000 to install a commercial kitchen in the Moffat Boulevard Community ...

May 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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