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Why Manteca’s golf course is doing better

Recent articles in the Modesto Bee concerning their municipal golf courses and their continued financial troubles are almost a mirror image of the City of Stockton and their municipal golf courses. They continue to require General Fund money to keep them operational. And we are not talking about a small sum. Modesto reports their golf courses will require some $400,000 to $500,000 of General Fund dollars to keep them open this next fiscal year. Now where Stockton is attempting to lease their golf courses to private management, Modesto is actually considering closing two of their courses. The simple ...

May 05, 2011 | By ALAN THOMAS Manteca Columnist | Local Columns


Will Manteca tear out Wilson Park for a parking lot?

Wilson Park tucked behind the Post Office where Manteca and Sycamore avenues converge before meeting Center Street isn't the city's smallest park. That honor goes to appropriately named Mini Park that was created beneath a PG&E power tower on the southeast corner of Elm Avenue and North Street just three blocks away.

May 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Youthful gang members effectively express themselves with their clothes

If there was something the schools could do to improve your child's safety and it wasn't being done, most parents would probably be hopping mad.

May 02, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca council: Are their tastes bold or reserved?

Modern or traditional is the question.

May 01, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A more effective, less expensive Delta plan

It appears that there may be people on Gov. Jerry Brown's staff who are keeping him from becoming aware of the consequences of pursuing the plan formerly endorsed by the Schwarzenegger administration.

May 01, 2011 | By ALEX HILDEBRAND Retired Delta farmer & engineer | Local Columns


Handling conflict

It's difficult to stay calm when a co-worker is peering over your shoulder trying to make sure you complete your assignment accurately, or when a well-meaning family members is watching over your plate to make sure you don't stray from your diet.

May 01, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns


What about the right to maintain control in prison?

Ever been inside a state prison?

April 30, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lockyer to SJ Valley: Drop dead

State Treasurer Bill Lockyer and Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg apparently are now advocating the equivalent of political civil war in California.

April 29, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The fantasy that high-tech jobs are Manteca’s future

Manteca, at one-time, made the goal of creating a Hacienda Business Park type development envisioned as Tara Business Park a top priority along McKinley Avenue south of the 120 Bypass.

April 24, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Get ready for stealth tax on your soda

They don't get it, do they?

April 24, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The lack of health club etiquette

I try to make it to the gym every morning, and if I had exercise equipment, sauna, steam room and a swimming pool at my house, I wouldn't need to. But since I don't, I have to go someplace where other people are there to do the same thing I am.

April 24, 2011 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns


ICE is right to go after employers on illegal workers

There is a line in the illegal immigration debate that goes something like this: Illegal workers pay tons of taxes that help subsidize the rest of us because they can't benefit from them such as Social Security tax.

April 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dognapping: Shades of Cruella DeVille

There was a noon-time drama that developed from a dog knapping Friday at lunchtime in a downtown Manteca parking lot that attracted a half dozen volunteers who turned out looking for the culprit and the missing six-month-old Morkie – a Maltese and Yorkie mix.

April 23, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Treasure Island: San Francisco’s answer to Atlantis

San Francisco - some pessimists contend - is a city waiting to die.

April 22, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s time for the bell to toll for class-action lawyers

I've got nothing against Taco Bell. It is what it is.

April 21, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Soldiers should not be sitting ducks in a shooting gallery

Are we are at war?

July 21, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Thunder Valley & Great Wolf: 2 peas in pod

Who in their right mind we book a room at a resort hotel not near any tourist attractions that is located south of a major ...

July 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca: High mark for prudent financials

They wish they were Manteca.

July 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to assess traffic safety & flow on existing streets

Efficient and safer traffic movements on existing streets need to be a higher priority with Manteca's elected leaders.

July 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cutting edge banks would frustrate Bonnie & Clyde

Bank tellers - and bank robbers for that matter - could soon circulate as often as $2 bills.

July 16, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cutting edge banks would frustrate Bonnie & Clyde

Bank tellers - and bank robbers for that matter - could soon circulate as often as $2 bills.

July 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Erode freedom and we are all less secure

"Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one." - Benjamin Franklin

July 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Twin Tunnels: A repeat of the assault on Owens Valley

INDEPENDENCE - High in the eastern Sierra above the county seat of Inyo County on Monday rain and hail fell to help feed the stream that ...

July 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Demos & sanctuary cities

Democrats now will say anything to distance themselves from sanctuary city policies, even though they have supported these policies for years. In an exclusive CNN ...

July 13, 2015 | Debra Saunders | Local Columns


Twin Tunnels: A repeat of the assault on Owens Valley

INDEPENDENCE - High in the eastern Sierra above the county seat of Inyo County on Monday rain and hail fell to help feed the stream that ...

July 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


THERE ARE MANY CAUSES OF WEIGHT LOSS

DEAR DR. ROACH: A year ago, I weighed 175 pounds. My wife was quite concerned when I started to lose weight. I am generally in ...

July 13, 2015 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Local Columns


Muir: ‘Going to the mountains is going home’

It happened in a split second.

July 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The young man outside Chevron

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared on Feb. 8, 2008.

July 10, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The truth about America can be found in Manteca

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran on July 4, 2007.

July 04, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stop the world . . .

When I was in eighth grade one of the moms who worked at my elementary school gave me a pin of hers I had admired ...

July 03, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


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