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Apples cost much, much more during Great Depression

Honey Crisp. Gala. Fuji. Pink Lady. Jazz. Butterfly. Granny Smith.

September 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


History yields to museum over Yellow Freight

For years, there were those who contended the event in Manteca in 1989 that had the longest lasting impact was the controversial split City Council decision to say no to Yellow Freight. The freight firm wanted to convert residential land near what is today Woodward Park into a massive freight terminal.

September 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


IT’S A BIG SIGN

The first inkling that Sierra High was about to raise the bar a notch or two came in the form of probably the biggest sign ever seen in these parts at a high school football game.

September 25, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca is more like Las Vegas than many think

Shelly Andrade is a new arrival in Manteca from Las Vegas.

September 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Edict from lofty Atherton: Fresno looks like Detroit

"Fresno looks like Detroit. It's awful." - Republican governor hopeful Meg Whitman's remarks to the San Jose Mercury News

September 23, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Wayfaring signs exclude chamber among destinations

On Tuesday afternoon a young lady stopped by the Manteca Chamber of Commerce office.

September 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Of books and matters of mind

Arriving at his dorm recently after coming home for the weekend, my son found himself in a bind. He forgot his text books at home. At first, he asked if we could mail them to him at the university. But he soon found a convenient and inexpensive solution to his dilemma.

September 21, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


What if alcohol- drinking homeless were at Woodward?

It is amazing how our tolerance of the homeless and their "victimless" criminal acts increases significantly the farther we are from them.

September 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Gov. Flip Flop, Queen Meg & Proposition 13

Say what you want about Jerry Brown, but when Proposition 13 passed in 1978 he did what he was supposed to do as governor - he did his best to implement it.

September 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time for drastic measures to save California

Is California going bankrupt?

September 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Destination guru: Highway 99 reeks of ‘why stop here’

Roger Brooks stopped by Manteca three years ago.

September 18, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just who is protecting us from PG&E?

Who do you trust - PG&E or the government?

September 17, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


An apology to Muslims for celebration that never happened

This is an apology.

September 16, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A rumble among elephants

I was taking pictures of congressional candidate David Harmer and taking down notes of his speech at the same time when I noticed something happening behind him.

September 16, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Aquila & associates practicing pure grassroots politics

You can disagree with Frank Aquila's politics but you can't dispute one fact – the South San Joaquin County Republicans that he founded is a true grassroots organization.

September 15, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Want a good laugh? Watch me taking a U-Jam class

I'm losing it.

May 07, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Passing gas? There’s an app for that

Remember the Pet Rock?

May 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca catering to housing need of Bay Area

There are more than 12,000 homes on the drawing boards that various developers would like to build in Manteca during the coming years that reflect the Leave it to Beaver American Dream on steroids crossed with a McMansion version of the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

May 05, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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


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