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The homeless problem we don’t want to address

"You can't expect people to turn their lives around if you don't provide them with the opportunity to do so." – Dave Thompson, executive director of the HOPE Family Shelters

February 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E’s bid to amend constitution to guarantee higher power costs

Editor's note: The following is testimony Thursday at the State Capitol before the Joint Information Hearing of the Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee as well as the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee focusing on Proposition 16 – the PG&E-authored and financed measure to require a two-thirds vote for local public electric providers.

February 26, 2010 | By JEFF SHIELDS South San Joaquin Irrigation District General Manager | Local Columns


Discount pricing to build homes in Manteca? No way

Developers are playing with fire – literally.

February 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


East Yosemite needs a chance to flourish

Let's stop kidding ourselves.

February 23, 2010 | Doreen Wynn | Local Columns


The civic duty sweepstakes known as jury duty

Jury duty is a civic responsibility.

February 23, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Joseph & Maria: A great love story

The newspaper personals ad was direct and to the point.

February 22, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Al Nunes & Bob Raymus: 2 true heroes

You don't have to look too far to find the real heroes in America today.

February 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


School board’s calendar hurts teaching

At the last Manteca Unified school board meeting, the trustees approved a calendar which defies description. But, I will try to explain what has happened. District administration brought a calendar to the school board for their approval. Not only had district administration recommended approval, but school leaders representing nearly 2,000 employees had supported this calendar. A great deal of thought, time and effort was spent in developing a calendar that provided an excellent framework for learning during these tough financial times.

February 21, 2010 | By KEN JOHNSON President, Manteca Teachers Association | Local Columns


RDA: A community development tool that’s here to stay

I was out for a walk about 15 years ago with my first Dalmatian named Zebra when an elderly neighbor – she actually lived two blocks away – beckoned me from her porch.

February 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How about a tax on politicians to avoid fattening California’s deficit?

The state bureaucracy is bloated.

February 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The trials & tribulations of being a teen

Oh, we were once young.

February 19, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


California cities fighting thievery with thievery

Now the real fun begins.

February 17, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What you weigh is more than just numbers

The four words I fear the most.

February 16, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Coming home to Manteca 19 years ago

I was trying to make up my mind between job offers in Manteca, Merced, and Las Vegas some 19 years ago.

February 14, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Don’t recreate Modesto’s Village 1 debacle in Manteca

Modesto has a population of 202,000 residents.

February 13, 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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