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Manteca Unified, Great Valley & public education

Competition in public education is about to arrive in Manteca.

July 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is city creating private park without privacy?

A private neighborhood park.

July 07, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Should Manteca grow as Modesto has?

It's a question no one asks: How big should Manteca ultimately get?

July 06, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


By any yardstick it was a life-long learning experience

Everything I needed to know about prejudice I learned in the first grade.

July 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Joe & Marge: True blue Americans

North Main Street in Manteca is a long way from Fifth Avenue in New York City. One can only imagine the thoughts that a classy lady who once modeled and taught piano in Manhattan must have thought when she rolled into town decades ago and passed what then passed as local culture – a topless bar.

July 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Follow the law? Not if you’re PG&E top brass

PG&E seems to be above regulation.

July 03, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pit bulls have friend in Linda Sell at the Manteca Animal Shelter

Since Manteca's city council passed an ordinance in October 2008 requiring all pit bulls and pit bull mixed breeds be spayed or neutered, illegal pit bulls have been a constant worry for animal control workers, especially Linda Sell.

July 03, 2011 | By LAUREN MITCHELL Manteca resident | Local Columns


State gambling with schools

By WILLIAM DRAA

July 03, 2011 | | Local Columns


Dog teaching man

I've heard tell that dog owners (or "guardians" as some prefer) look like their dogs. I did not realize with how much haste that transpires.

July 03, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns


Government makes Internet tax dodgers & those holding garage sales tax cheats

Having a garage sale this weekend?

July 02, 2011 | | Local Columns


Harsh words for ‘Larry Crowne’: A Hanks film set in hard times

Tom Hanks is the quintessential Hollywood Nice Guy. Even when he plays a gangster, he's a very nice gangster. And that's why audiences flock to see his movies.

June 30, 2011 | Chris Ching | Local Columns


Police followed the evidence & took the hit

"It is what it is." - Stephen Schluer, president, Manteca Police Officers Association

June 30, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Uncle Sam earns “D” for forcing lunch price hike on local students

Everything you need to know about the federal government you can learn in a Manteca Unified school cafeteria this fall.

June 30, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s easy to be nuts about Ripon

Ripon is a true valley town with a strong sense of Americana that at times seems of another era.

June 29, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E et al seek weaker safety standard for their power poles

If PG&E happens to electrocute you, burn your house down, or start a wildfire that wipes out your crop they want to be able to do so without worrying about being held liable for your death or losses.

June 29, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Woodward: No man’s land for pedestrians

In a perfect world drivers would always drive only as safe as conditions allow. They would be 100 percent focused on driving and would drive ...

August 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Putting kids first: River Islands: A+ Banta Schools: F

What's horribly wrong and what's absolutely right about education in California can be found perhaps 100 or so yards from each other on ...

August 05, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca shops for purloined carts solution

Taking shopping carts off of a store's property is theft.

August 03, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Interning with Manteca Unified: Incredible

I am not an architect. I am not an engineer. The field of work I want to be a part of isn't even remotely ...

August 03, 2015 | By Lawrence Silveira | Local Columns


Federal sugar support is sour deal for taxpayers & consumers

Wheat was king in these parts some 150 years ago.

August 03, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pay your full tax liability & state dings you for $17.31 more

I owe the State of California $17.31.

August 01, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


$5M solution for libraries & other needs

Manteca - for $5 million - can have a 9,600-square-foot "Generations Center" with library, teen center, a killer skate park, amphitheater and paracourse.

July 31, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Upset about things? Then look in our own backyard

"Yosemite is bad a--."

July 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Upset about things? Then look in our own backyard

"Yosemite is bad a--."

July 29, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacrificing the Delta to hose down LA sidewalks

The lifeblood of Delta farmers, towns, and fish drains into two series of pumps northwest of Tracy - one feeding the Delta-Mendota Canal and the other ...

July 29, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will signs slow Bypass carnage?

Caltrans is apparently working on a way to try and enhance safety on what has become the deadliest mile in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

July 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Getting a Lyft & why cities shouldn’t care

Steve DeBrum is no Bill de Blasio.

July 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Forget 5 o’clock shadows, I’m four hours ahead of time

Fred Flinstone is a rank amateur.

July 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Internet: The main street for cheaters, thieves, bullies & malcontents

It is amazing what people will do online.

July 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Internet: The main street for cheaters, thieves, bullies & malcontents

It is amazing what people will do online.

July 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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