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Sales tax rule makes Internet firms richer at everyone’s expense

Some $220 million annually in sales tax is not being collected by California cities and counties.

March 18, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


McKinley battle is more than just a fight over a way of life

McKinley Avenue expressway is far from dead.

March 17, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Will work for food’: Then let’s help them do it

It was panhandling central.

March 14, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making pit bull & other dog owners more responsible

Responsible pit bull owners do have a point.

March 13, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Taco trucks: Convenient and cheap

LATHROP – Once I became a junior in high school there wasn't a week that went by that I didn't eat at a taco truck with my friends.

March 13, 2011 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Growth brought more than just 17,838 additional Manteca residents

So what has 17,838 more Manteca residents brought us?

March 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The case for a true South County seat on San Joaquin Board of Supervisors

South San Joaquin County has a mixture of four expanding cities and a growing job base with an even brighter outlook that is destined to clash with vibrant agricultural endeavors.

March 11, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to ignore politics of downtown and move on

Wide streets may bring people downtown but it doesn't get them to stop there.

March 10, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Who is more pathetic? Sheen or those of us who feed off his rants?

Charlie Sheen - the pundits say - is one witty guy.

March 09, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Berryhill ventures into Twilight Zone of California politics

Bill Berryhill has got it right.

March 07, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BYU makes principled stand for integrity

Brigham Young University has standards.

March 06, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Donner Party would laugh at our worries today

The Donner Party came to California 165 years ago.

March 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


New plan makes those with integrity pay twice for sins of greedy home buyers

I look around my neighborhood and see home buyers with a lot of different stories.

March 03, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Money brings out the worst & best in folks

Two situations that involved green backs popped up this week: One good and another demonstrating a tad of attempted larceny.

March 03, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Suing because an employer appears to favor hiring illegal immigrants

Here's a new one.

March 02, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Want a good laugh? Watch me taking a U-Jam class

I'm losing it.

May 07, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Passing gas? There’s an app for that

Remember the Pet Rock?

May 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca catering to housing need of Bay Area

There are more than 12,000 homes on the drawing boards that various developers would like to build in Manteca during the coming years that reflect the Leave it to Beaver American Dream on steroids crossed with a McMansion version of the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

May 05, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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


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