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A well-placed knee, Betty Bear & Rick Mello

Betty Bear is on a long, long hibernation.

October 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ben Cantu’s lonely crusade to encourage workforce housing

Ben Cantu was a champion of workforce housing in 2008 in his strong second place finish for the Manteca City Council.

October 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Work leaves roads a bit too rough

If you have driven by Union Road between Louise Avenue and Lathrop Road at night or during the day, chances are you have noticed something.

October 20, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


If it’s about the economy stupid . . .

Mayor Willie Weatherford has several big targets on his back.

October 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s real problem: Salaries & pension costs

Carlon Perry isn't doing the old soft shoe when it comes to what ails government.

October 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The RDA law: California’s DH rule for cities

Baseball purists abhor the designated hitter rule.

October 18, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Native Californians all have heritage tied to Mexico

I am proud of my Mexican heritage.

October 17, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BLD: The biggest non-issue in race for Manteca mayor

The surprising thing about the Manteca municipal election on Nov. 2 is the one issue that hasn't come up - Big League Dreams.

October 16, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The 33 men in the mine & the history of good

It is being called "75 percent science, 25 percent miracle."

October 15, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bass Pro, Costco should be last sales tax sharing deals

There are three big players in the outdoor sports world of mega-marketing - Bass Pro, Cabela's and Gander Mountain.

October 14, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The oil companies don’t want to do their fair share

If you're a California resident - or have a business based in the Golden State - you've been paying the equivalent of a Third World country's gross national product over the years in a bid to clean our air.

October 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Nudity in front of nuns, a priest held at gunpoint

I was in a hurry to take a shower and get to a Roseville City Council meeting.

October 11, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Messick launches her own music studio

A music teacher for three generations, Ripon's Terry Messick is voicing concern about the lack of music classes especially in the public elementary schools – and she's trying to make a difference.

October 10, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Weapons of smash destruction are the best kind

The guy was a bit shy at first.

October 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A strong faith in volunteers & Christianity

"You can't rely on volunteers."

October 08, 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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