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Have a blast at Manteca Street Fair today

It's been quite a while since I set foot in the annual Manteca Street Fair downtown. Come to think of it, I think that was the Pumpkin Fair that I attended. I remember that because that's the year I went and took pictures of the Cow-munity mural in the parking lot of the then-Kentucky Fried Chicken, now the Athens Burgers. One of the pictures I took that day appears in the Best of Photography Annual 2009 of Photographer's Forum Magazine.

April 11, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Marin wants to put brakes on Toyota’s ‘subtle’ advertising

Lady Bird Johnson is probably rolling over in her grave.

April 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why be afraid of Sarah Palin talking at CSU Stanislaus?

A caller back in November 2008 who identified herself as a Democrat informed me that I was biased since the Manteca Bulletin did not carry what she termed was "the historic" election of Barrack Obama as president on the front page.

April 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ram charges police officer

Every day is a new adventure – not just for me but also for every member of my family – including my youngest son Tim who is a police officer in a city by the southern border.

April 09, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Power to PG&E: Firm turns imitative process into way to protect their profits

The Progressives – led by liberal Republican Hiram Johnson – 99 years ago put in place the imitative process in California.

April 08, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The case for making Center Street the heart of downtown

Ben Cantu - who hopes to ascend to the mayor's post this November – calls the quagmire over downtown Manteca's future the equivalent of a "Mexican stand-off."

April 07, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Youth & Teen Center park project in Lathrop is step in right direction

A while back, I wrote a column about downtowns. Specifically, what I had in mind was the city of Lathrop and where its downtown is or should be in light of all the developments taking place west of Interstate 5, namely: Mossdale Village, Central Lathrop Specific Plan's Richland Master-planned Communities, and the gargantuan River Islands development west of the San Joaquin River.

April 06, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Yes, I did indeed work inside the Squirrel Cage

Progress - or what sometimes passes for it - can hit you like a ton of bricks when you've been away from a place for a fair amount of time.

April 06, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Gutting the 2nd Amendment imperils freedom

I don't drive a pickup truck with a gun rack.

April 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City should cover general public’s use of BMX track

A BMX course isn't a typical venture for a municipality.

April 04, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Weaning off users subsidizing other power customers

There are a lot of reasons to criticize PG&E's upper management.

April 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Quibbling over lame slaughter animals underscores Sacramento silliness

The Humane Society believes it is animal cruelty to slaughter a pig that is too feeble to walk.

April 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The lesson Sammy Davis gave us in black & white

Editor's note: This is a shorter version of a column that first appeared in 1993.

April 01, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Act my age? I certainly hope I never fall into that trap

I'm 54 today and I'm still not "acting my age," whatever that annoying little saying is supposed to mean.

March 31, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Congress & erectile dysfunction drugs for convicted pedophiles

Find me a Democrat - or a Republican - in Congress who really wants national health care to foot the bill for convicted rapists and pedophiles to obtain erectile dysfunction drugs.

March 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Men’s shelter: It’s OK if you want it in your neighborhood

There is only one question you need to answer if you favor a homeless shelter for single men in Manteca: Would you be willing to have if within a half mile of your home?

October 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The marvelous tech invention known as books

Books are more powerful than computers.

October 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to sell UC system & build schools for Californians

California has diversity.

October 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


THE ULTIMATE BATTLE

The Big Guy upstairs was pretty disgusted at what he saw going on in the Central Valley.

October 13, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


EU fire alarm detects $159M smoke & mirrors of school bond

Is Manteca Unified guilty of grade inflation or is there something more sinister at work?

October 11, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sid Reams & his homeless ideas

It was a radical idea at the time that caught some people off guard and left others scratching their heads.

October 10, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Time to double what’s coming down the tracks

Get ready for more trains.

October 10, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The drug house in my neighborhood

Why do you need to be part of Manteca's homeless solution?

October 09, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Homeless: Real charity doesn’t enable

I confess.

October 08, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What’s better: Economic growth or mandated minimum wage?

The unemployment rate in Manteca is 9.6 percent.

October 07, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Citizenship: Follow rules & you lose

It is easier to become a lawyer than to get a green card.

October 06, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Piano bar, restaurants give downtown flavor

TURLOCK – When I think of Billie Joel, I don't think of Turlock.

October 04, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Plenty of shopping & culinary attractions

Like many cities whose heydays in bygone eras have been become victims of the caprices of changing times, Tracy has gone through its own growing-up pains. A lot of that is starkly evident in its downtown area.

October 04, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Lodi’s ‘wow’ factor definitely impresses

My apologies to the late Huell Howser on my impressions of downtown Lodi having that "wow" factor.

October 04, 2014 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Manteca’s $159M duct tape bond

We are told 28-year-old carpet kept together with duct tape is deteriorating the quality of classroom education in Manteca Unified.

October 04, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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