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Let’s find out if Sacramento leaders have real courage, brains & hearts

Get ready for Abbott & Costello and The Three Stooges Destroy California Tour.

April 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cinco de Mayo is as American as you can get

People need to stop having heart palpitations over Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

April 07, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Frank Sinatra had it right: That’s life & you can’t deny it

That's life, that's what all the people say

April 06, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Costly $159 cell calls & text messages

Cell phones and seat belts continued to be a focus Tuesday of the four Manteca Police motorcycle officers on the street trying to stem "distracted drivers" in the state-wide education campaign.

April 06, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Federal workers addicted to COLA at your expense

Years of guzzling cola - and not the kind made with sugar - is bloating America and jeopardizing our economic health.

April 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to deal with dark clouds over education

Budget cuts do not doom the quality of education that one receives.

April 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The bad and good at Oakland Athletics’ game

Who would have guessed we would witness the best come out of the worst at an Oakland A's game Saturday. It was either divine providence or just the most amazing coincidence that played out in front of us in section 209.

April 03, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Thanks to Raymus a rainbow of hope touches kids’ lives

"In 100 years it won't matter what car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much I had in my bank account, nor what my clothes looked like, but the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child." - Anonymous

April 03, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacramento should tap the $80B they have on hand first

Apologists for Sacramento's out-of-control spending habits try to blame everyone and everything else for their irresponsibility: Proposition 13, redevelopment agencies, and special districts.

April 02, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How dare Bonds defy Great Wizards of Prosecution

Today is April Fools' Day.

April 01, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why subsidize NPR with federal bucks & not KAT Country?

You've got to love the debate over federal funding of National Public Radio.

March 29, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Entire legislature needs to do the Wisconsin Waltz

Here's an idea. Why don't the 120 men and women in the California Legislature do the "Wisconsin Waltz" and flee to Nevada en masse?

March 27, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E does the right thing with Smart Meters

Bravo, for PG&E.

March 26, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


State needs to thin ranks of bureaucrats

There really is a simple solution to the budget mess in Sacramento.

March 25, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mickey Mouse match made in heaven: Kings owners & Anaheim

Sports franchises like the Rochester Royals-Cincinnati Royals Kansas City Kings-Sacramento Kings-La La Land Royals dump cities the way Zsa Zsa Gabor went through eight husbands.

March 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Time to let Delta smelt just die off

What you are about to read is perhaps the most politically incorrect thing you could say during the drought: It is time to let the Delta smelt go.

May 04, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pulling the plug on death penalty

It's come down to this: Death penalty foes who have consistently done everything they can to block California from executing those on death row now want the death penalty declared unconstitutional because the state doesn't put them to death quick enough. They argue lingering on death row for an uncertain execution is cruel and inhumane punishment.

May 02, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacramento and their tunnel rat mentality

Expediency is the motto of the administration of Governor Jerry Brown.

May 01, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The smack down in Baltimore

Toya Graham is my nominee for mother of the year.

April 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Judge Agbayani and 1.8 seconds

Judge Tony Agbayani has quite a right hook when it comes to driving home to high school seniors the serious consequences of drinking and climbing behind the wheel.

April 28, 2015 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Free lunch morphs into free health care in USA

"We have met the enemy and he is us." - Quote attributed to Pogo in the comic strip by the same name

April 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Who gave Drain, Bronson same Manteca address?

Ashley Drain and Alexander Bronson ran for the Manteca Unified School District listing their occupation as "educators."

April 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Taking fishing to new heights

"Sitting on the beam of the trestle, just watching the striped bass roll on in" – Not Otis Redding

April 25, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Atherton Drive, not McKinley is better alternative

Since 1849 when valley paths expanded into well-worn dirt roads heading toward the mines, strategically placed thoroughfares have been growth inducing in California where mobility and lifestyle are interchangeable concepts.

April 25, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California’s coming firestorm

There were 2,843 single family homes destroyed and another 437 apartments lost.

April 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sin taxes deadlier than vices

Death and taxes.

April 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca: The next Fresno or San Bruno?

Roads wear out. Bridges fail after a number of years. Sewer lines deteriorate.

April 22, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cigarettes first then soda next

Berkeley doesn't want you to smoke.

April 21, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacramento decrees there will be a flood

So what's going to be costlier when it comes to your pocketbook - the drought or a hypothetical 200-year flood event?

April 20, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PEDAL TO THE METTLE

The English Coonhound settles in the Central Valley sun, sprawling out across a lane in the Best Western parking lot.

April 17, 2015 | James Burns | Local Columns


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