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Volunteers make Manteca Police even more SHARP

The most cost effective program ever to roll out of the Manteca Civic Center?

June 30, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Reflecting on Bethlehem Peace Pilgrimage

I'm writing from a picturesque island in Puget Sound called "Vashon", just west of Seattle, where I've been re-uniting with a very important group of friends. Just over 30 years ago, we launched our 7,000-mile walk called the "Bethlehem Peace Pilgrimage".

June 30, 2012 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns

Today’s struggling taxpayers asked to subsidize more of future’s wealthier folks

Is paying $253 a month for 10 years a fair exchange for a shot at making $1,000 a week for 40 years?

June 28, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Memo to politicians in Sacramento: The party was over four years ago

You've just had your pay cut 20 percent.

June 27, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

How growth saved Manteca from going under financially

So how did Manteca manage to stay afloat while it was spending more to run day-to-day government operations from roughly 2001 to today?

June 27, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Teeming sidewalks in Sausalito, bare concrete in Manteca

Walking along sidewalks in historic Sausalito you get stunning views of the San Francisco skyline.

June 26, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Life has taken us from Neil Hafley & George Murphy Jr. to young couple in Pacific Grove

Life is really what we make it – and being at this point in life and looking back there are many rich moments that have come and gone. For a couple who tied the knot over 50 years ago, we have enjoyed them all to the fullest.

June 25, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

Should I get a 10% discount because I’m 56 years old?

I ordered my weekly vice - a medium banana cream pie Blizzard at Dairy Queen - on Sunday.

June 25, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

California curse: The legacy of the 64-lane freeway

Is it six lanes to hell or eight lanes to paradise?

June 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Buyology thinks they found what makes us the party animals that we are

You've probably never heard of Buyology.

June 21, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Why the letters LMD one day may cost you big money living in Manteca

You may yawn when you read about landscape maintenance districts (LMD) and turn the page.

June 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

R.C. Owens and the measure of a man

This oft-quoted statement quickly came to mind Mondayafter I heard about the passing of sports great R.C. Owens. "You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him."

June 20, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

Blaming websites for consequences of our risky behavior

You be the judge.

June 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

I’ll miss RC Owens’ out of the blue calls

My first-ever encounter with R.C. Owens took place during a work assignment at the Crutchfield Center inside the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manteca / Lathrop.

June 19, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

Want to save the state from disaster? Then go fishing

Want to see an end to California's perennial budget crisis?

June 19, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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Trick or treat: Californians propositioned

First comes Halloween. It's just a warm-up for the real scary event - Election Day.

October 10, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Candidates touch on water, ACE & Ripon homeless

Questions on everything from water supplies and retaining law enforcement officers to how the city should handle homeless were fielded by Ripon City Council candidates ...

October 10, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

Food + biogas = fuel

Manteca's food waste combined with methane gas from the municipal wastewater treatment plant could generate enough compressed natural gas to power properly-equipped vehicles averaging ...

October 10, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


On paper the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are over.

October 10, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

MUSD funding bounces back 39% in 8 years

It was arguably the darkest hour in the 50-year history of the Manteca Unified School District.

October 10, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Ripon spending $620K on streets

Streets in Ripon and other cities can develop wear and tear over time from the elements and extensive use.

October 10, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

Manteca Rec mother-son dance Friday

Manteca Parks & Recreation's first fall special event takes place on Friday, Oct. 14, when the Manteca Youth Advisory Commission stages the annual mother-son dance.

October 10, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Advice from a former ‘fat’ kid

OK. I confess. I was 5-foot-10 and weighed 260 pounds in the seventh grade.

October 08, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Drive by shootings & the Manteca council race

Jeff Zellner doesn't want other Manteca families to go through what his did.

October 07, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Social media hasn’t changed the world

Living your life in real time on social media is not wise.

October 06, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Carnage on the Bypass: You know what happened

You know how it happened.

October 05, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Poor people don’t have to protect the environment

It's been nine years since I started using reusable bags.

October 04, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca is a better place thanks to him

The joyous sounds of kids kicking around soccer balls are music to his ears. So is the laughter of youngsters crawling over playground equipment and ...

October 03, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Cheap shots, ethnicity & the Manteca council race

Let's be very clear on one point: What you are about to read is not being uttered, whispered or blogged by any of the ...

September 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Trash talk: Manteca delivers

I am currently paying $19.78 a month for solid waste collection.

September 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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