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Michael C. Ford, The Doors, and poetic musings about San Joaquin Valley

The name Michael C. Ford will probably ring a bell to not just a few Manteca Unified School District students who were in elementary and high school during the mid-to-late 1980s. Those were the years when the award-winning spoken-word artist did stints as a poet-in-residence at Brock Elliott School, Manteca High and other campuses in the district.

November 29, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Kiwanis: Nearly 60 years of fun & unselfish community service

Service club members representing nearly 90 years of service in the community through two Manteca Kiwanis Clubs have made history through their devotion and volunteerism since 1952, and it is history missing from print.

November 29, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


El Rey: It’s demise was as splashy as its 38-year run

I never had the pleasure of watching a movie in Manteca's grand dame of entertainment that was known as the El Rey Theatre.

November 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


High speed rail to San Jose can change Manteca

Think about it: Manteca to San Jose in 50 minutes on a commute day.

November 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s economic future is distribution not high tech firms

There was a time when those in the valley believed the way out of the economic wilderness was high-tech.

November 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Commuting couple gave up Bay Area paychecks for family

My cell phone rang this past week with an excited call from a friend who manages the AAA office in Manteca. She was telling me that her company had just come out with a new community service for its customers – an immediate replacement of a car damaged in a traffic collision.

November 26, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


McNerney leaves SJ County high & dry on water issues

Jerry McNerney had just been recently elected to Congress in 2006.

November 25, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Peace officer counts life’s blessings

Giving thanks for 30 days on Facebook in written meditation is the result of a peace officer looking for a silver lining every day.

November 25, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Get ready for yet another immigration ballot initiative

Here's a new one in the never-ending battle over illegal immigration: There is now a fear the infamous Arizona law will prompt illegal immigrants and drug traffickers from Arizona to relocate to California.

November 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Thanksgiving is time to reflect on our family’s good fortunes

The holidays officially kick off on Thursday.

November 24, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Like it or not, Manteca is going to keep on trucking

• Lathrop Road is already a designated truck route.

November 23, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


CPUC getting tough with PG&E two years later

Hiram Johnson - the reform minded governor from the early 20th century - would be disgusted with what the government oversight commission he helped create to keep corrupt railroads in line has morphed into.

November 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dirty air isn’t just a problem for ‘red’ California

Earthjustice is pressing the federal government to enforce its rules when it comes to clean air attainment for the San Joaquin Valley.

November 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Something to keep in mind during season of thanks

"God must really love poor people because, otherwise, he would not have made so many." - Fifteen words that Abraham Lincoln scholars contend the Great Emancipator never said but are attributed anyway by many to the 16th President of the United States

November 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Kids Zone fallout may up the ante for cost recovery

Cost recovery could quickly become the Pandora's Box of Manteca politics.

November 19, 2010 | 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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