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About that 20 cent refund from Doctors Hospital

There was a day when 20 cents would buy you 20 pieces of Bazooka bubble gum. Today those two same dimes will buy you two pieces of Bazooka based on Wal-Mart charging $2.42 for a 24 count bag.

May 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Three teens, two tragedies, one week and life

I was livid.

May 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rice, Barajas leading EU High Class of 2017

It's been a busy year for Emma Rice and Jordan Barajas.

May 22, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Richland bond mess is being cleared up

One of the last major hurdles for development to begin on property that has been snarled in legal battles and lawsuits for almost a decade was cleared last week.

May 22, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Manteca’s budget up by 11.6%

Manteca's municipal general fund budget has returned to double digit growth for the first time since the boom days at the dawn of the 21st century.

May 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


WELCOME HOME WARRIORS

The Vietnam War mural that has joined three other murals saluting veterans from World War II, the Korean War, and the Global War on Terror on the side of the Manteca Bedquarters building is not just a mural in the eyes of Ron Cruz.

May 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


KEN HAFER BUILDING

A shared love of Manteca brought people to gather in Ken Hafer's garage 27 years ago to discuss forming a non-profit to preserve the community's history.

May 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I can hear the Dreyer’s Drumstick ice cream calling

One of the best things about Manteca can be found in Spreckels Park on DuPont Court- the nearly 30,000- square-foot refrigerated distribution center for Dreyer's Ice Cream.

May 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s a no brainer. J.W. Ledford Jr. paid the price

There is a price to pay for everything we do in life.

May 19, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Black Hole Sun goes dark

It has happened more in recent months than in years past.

May 19, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Railroading high speed rail thru the system

You've got to love Sacramento's sense of humor.

May 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The good old days when snow was black & white

Sixty years ago a typical TV screen was no bigger than a laptop encased in a wooden box the size of a Mini-Cooper weighing slightly less than the front line of the New England Patriots. A TV was as easy to move as a king sized mattress up three flights of stairs.

May 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Spreckels Park BMX track is a Manteca success story

LAUREL TO ANDERSON 209 BMX RACE TEAM as well as the City of Manteca plus developers Mike Atherton and Bill Filios for the continuing success story known as Spreckels Park BMX track.

May 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time for the Manteca City Council to step up

The Manteca City Council has a chance to show they mean business, right past failures, deliver on a longstanding promise to make growth pay its own way, to strengthen the city's financial well-being, to keep the economy going by assuring infrastructure for future growth is guaranteed, to deliver on campaign promises, improve traffic, and to protect the quality of life in Manteca.

May 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Comey & the Saturday Night Massacre & ‘gate’ hysteria

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce, said Marx.

May 16, 2017 | | Local Columns


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Are Manteca’s housing plans out of synch?

Single family neighborhoods.

July 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Visa’s goal: Kill off cash to fatten their bottom line

Walk into 2nd City - a Filipino taqueria in New York City - and if you are male, female, straight, gay, transgender, black, white, Asian or whatever ...

July 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bay Area cities’ escalating wage laws good for 209

If your household had four members and together you were grossing $84,700 a year, how "rich" would you feel?

July 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will emotion trump business once again at city golf course?

Manteca's 76,000 residents - whether they are golfers or not - should have a high expectation that the five elected people they have entrusted with ...

July 12, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Draining the Delta like Owens & Tulare lakes

"If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them more than the miracles of technology. We must leave ...

July 10, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Youth can draw inspiration from Komenich

Hardly a student at Manteca High School knows anything about Kim Komenich today - I know, as I continue to ask those I meet at the ...

July 07, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Why shouldn’t jail inmates pay toward the cost of feeding them?

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared Feb. 11, 2014.

July 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon Rotarians get educated on safes

Ripon Rotarians were surprised to learn at their noon meeting at Spring Creek Country Club last Wednesday, June 28 that the Tractor Supply Co. – with ...

July 04, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


2 men sought for gas station theft

LATHROP - Police in Lathrop are on the lookout for two men who vandalized the Chevron Super-K on Lathrop Road last week during a brazen daytime ...

July 04, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Academy brings youth closer to police, fire depts.

LATHROP - When it comes to building a relationship with the community it serves, Lathrop Police Services wants to start with the youth.

July 04, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Kiwanis continues Independence Day tradition

Once again, Mantecans flocked to the Kiwanis Club tradition of renewing old friendships over breakfast before the red, white and blue parade down Main Street ...

July 04, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Young chefs get cookin’ in STEM summer camp

Kierra Blackwell looked forward to preparing a nice, healthy meal for the family.

July 04, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Drought reveals why SJ County will flood again

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

July 04, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How did we survive without ACA insurance?

My mother was born on a working cattle ranch in the Nevada County foothills in a setting similar to what Loretta Lynn described as a ...

June 30, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Traffic fines are the stick while surcharges are the anvil drop

So why are we writing traffic tickets in California?

June 30, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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