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Congress runs America like the Titantic

The Titanic should have taught us all a lesson. When the ship of state hits an iceberg, it's the rich and powerful to the lifeboats first while the rest of us are left scrambling around like a bunch of trapped rats on a sinking ship.

August 01, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The rich – and powerful – are different than you and I

I get it now.

July 31, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Freeing the angel inside

Saturday, an angel incarcerated for 556 years finally saw the light of day.

July 27, 2009 | Fr. Dean McFalls | Local Columns


Manteca needs to create Moffat transit village

Transit villages are supposedly cutting edge concepts in urban planning.

July 26, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The most cost effective health care solution is you and I

"We have met the enemy and he is us." – The much quoted line from Pogo comic strip from 1971

July 25, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Get ready for The sequel: ‘Kindergartner Governor’

The 1906 Earthquake couldn't do it.

July 24, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Moffat project is more than just planting 250 trees

In better times proceeding with the planting of 250 trees along the Tidewater Bikeway's Moffat Boulevard leg would be a no brainer.

July 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Without Prop. 13 California would be in worse shape

Proposition 13 has become the whipping boy for many playing the blame game for the current budget deficit as well as the weakened condition of public education in California.

July 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Nominations for worst store clerk

In the beginning, they were simply clerks.

July 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


That $4 bridge toll is a real deal as are many of our government services

It was time to pay the piper.

July 15, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s ‘Fields of Dreams’

I have to admit that I wasn't emotionally moved when I first saw "Field of Dreams" some 20 years ago.

July 15, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Time to stop enabling criminals

It was, as they say, a defining moment.

July 12, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Downtown Manteca at crossroads

Petula Clark would not have been inspired to sing her 1960s hit "Downtown" were she to walk the streets in the heart of Manteca today.

July 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hey, man, like tax me, like a lot, like now

Want proof positive that marijuana causes brain damage?

July 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Entire council barking up wrong tree

People who see in black and white only inadvertently shortchange themselves – and others – by not embracing a wide repertoire of hues that can make things possible even during trying times.

July 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Leadership drought in curbing water use in Manteca

Manteca is leaving no stone unturned as it studies the long-term financial risks and economic viability of the Great Wolf Resort proposal to develop a 500-room resort on 30 acres of city-owned land.

July 30, 2014 | | Local Columns


Manteca board going for costly bond option?

Need new carpet?

July 29, 2014 | | Local Columns


Stanislaus unkind to the unprepared

He trudged out of the water, his shirt soaked and pulled tight around his skin, glasses and hat hanging from head. He towed a pathetic pink raft behind him, completing the look of a man who had been beaten and embarrassed by the elements.

July 26, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


Wood actually took 23 years, not two hours to die in Arizona

Do not get teary-eyed or enraged thinking about how Joseph R. Wood III died.

July 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is City of Bell to big to govern?

The City of Bell consists of 2.64 square miles.

July 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Reveries of an old man

I dream of being Roger Federer. I always watch his matches and cheer out loud as if it would make a difference in his play.

July 25, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Local Columns


Manteca: The Mother of All water wasters

The City of Manteca is the biggest water waster by far.

July 24, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Combined flea market, yard sale set for Saturday

The Manteca Senior Center Advisory Committee and Manteca Seniors Helping Area Residents and Police combined flea market and yard sale is this Saturday, July 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be 30 vendors selling garage and new items, from arts & crafts to collectibles inside the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane, and SHARP will host the backyard sale directly behind the senior center building. Up for grabs will be items including furniture, sporting goods, household items, toys, electronics, to name a few. Don't miss it!

July 24, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Navy blue frames then skydiving?

Selecting eyeglass frames is always interesting given my eyesight.

July 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Jack Snyder: You may not like the man but he delivered

There is no middle ground with Jack Snyder. You either like him or you don't.

July 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Breaking up California is so hard to do

Perhaps splitting California into six states wouldn't be all that bad.

July 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bottlers tap into baseless fears to sell you water

"You're going to get sick!"

July 19, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Doing back alley political hatchet job on Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby in the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision continues to offer its employees health insurance coverage for contraception including birth control pills.

July 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to talk about use of that four-letter word: ‘lawn’

Water use is down 20.4 percent in Manteca in June compared to June of 2013.

July 17, 2014 | | Local Columns


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