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Ronald McDonald proves a clown is smarter than SF political ruling class

Here's today's riddle: Who is smarter - the world famous corporate clown Ronald McDonald or the San Francisco Board of Supervisors?

December 03, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A lesson in life from an 82-year-old above Death Valley

I had started my descent from the top of Wildrose Peak at 9,069 feet above Death Valley.

December 01, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tasers often blamed for the death of violent crime suspects

Since the advent of tasers, their electric shocks have often been blamed for the deaths of violent suspects in the field and in jail cells after resisting arrest by police.

November 27, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Highway 395: Different scenery

Recently I was tasked with driving from southeast of Reno to San Diego. Had it just been Reno to San Diego, it would have made sense to backtrack on I-80 and then south on I-5. But, since a stop was necessary in the garden spot of Silver Springs, Nev., I decided to head over to Highway 395.

November 23, 2011 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local Columnist | Local Columns


It wasn’t perfect in a Mayberry vanilla way

My brothers dared me to do what they caught Jeff, a young kid from across the alley, doing one day.

November 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


FALLING IN LOVE

The weather in recent days has gifted me with enough incentive to get up earlier than usual in the morning. As a night owl, I've never been an ardent fan of Ben Franklin's "early to bed, and early to rise" no matter how many promises of wealth come with it.

November 23, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Father Joe, Pastor Mike & being an American on this Thanksgiving Day

We take a lot for granted.

November 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Postal Service compares itself to refrigerators

Pity the United States Postal Service.

November 22, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California going to pot: Crime & non-punishment

San Joaquin County is a trendsetter when it comes to crime and non-punishment in California.

November 20, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Give students & professors more time to protest

We require sex education in school.

November 20, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A tale of 2 visions: River Islands at Lathrop versus California City

Cambay Group Allan Chapman and sociology professor Nat Mendelsohn both qualify as men of vision when it comes to urban planning. Both are also among the breed of modern-day riverboat gamblers who willingly tied their fortunes to the roll of real estate development dice.

November 18, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s plan to increase services & not local taxes

The average household income in Menlo Park is $110,000.

November 17, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Occupy Oakland sticks it to the people on Main Street not the man on Wall Street

What has Occupy Oakland accomplished?

November 16, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The $2M annual question: How will Manteca staff next two fire stations?

It is tough to forget 1985.

November 15, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Retired columnist Charley Reese, his ‘545 People’ editorial, and taxes

Someone sent me an e-mail a while back about a column that was supposedly penned by Charley Reese, formerly of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel where he worked for three decades – from 1971 to 2001 when he retired. During that time, he wrote three columns a week for the newspaper which were also distributed to other publications nationwide by King Features Syndicate.

November 14, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


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The $155,000 white lie told by Manteca’s City Council

It's time to end Manteca's annual budget charade.

May 13, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Learning a lesson from Lincoln Park

It is arguably the most efficiently used park on a square-foot basis in Manteca.

May 12, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why do we pay almost 2,000 times too much for drinking water?

Go back the Dark Ages, say the 1970s.

May 11, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Peace unless, that is, I disagree with you then it’s death to you

Hardcore militant vegans - those that eschew animal products in any form to consume not based on health reasons but the morality of killing any animal ...

May 09, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will ‘line’ seal their fate?

It's arguably be the most expensive and contentious line ever to be drawn in the history of Manteca.

May 09, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dedication of Korean War mural May 21

America's so-called "forgotten war" - the Korean Conflict - is being remembered in Manteca.

May 09, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lathrop: Potential for jobs at depot site

It has brought back millions of dollars in transportation funds for San Joaquin County.

May 09, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Community service earns Yepez hall spot

Arnita Marie Montiel Yepez - a tireless Lathrop volunteer who has made it her mission to make sure the community's rich heritage is remembered and ...

May 09, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The expressway to hell: Why the council is holding on to a disaster

Head south of Manteca beyond where the blue collar pianist swings a hammer tapping out notes created by slamming nails into wood mixing with the ...

May 07, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Conceding Manteca to the homeless?

Is Manteca losing its mojo?

May 06, 2016 | | Local Columns


Soda sin tax backfires big in Mexico

The difference between you and me and the filthy wealthy is simple. We don't think we can lord over other people by lecturing them ...

May 05, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca: The little city that couldn’t

Can Manteca deliver on just one water play attraction?

May 04, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Education cartel: $$$$ Taxpayers: 0

This might sound like blasphemy to some but don't be surprised if the education cartel implodes the current public education system from kindergarten through ...

May 03, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Illegal fireworks crackdown

Those firing off illegal fireworks in Manteca starting July 1 could run a greater risk of being slapped with a $750 fine plus the cost ...

May 02, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


STEM IN KINDERGARTEN

Lincoln Van Houten tried to picture what type of structure would best keep an ice cube from melting on the warmest daytime spot at Colony ...

May 02, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


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