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We need to address homeless problem without sentimentality

It is easy to get teary eyed about the homeless especially given the 16 percent unemployment rate in Manteca. In the back of our minds we probably think that it could easily be us living on the streets

September 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Good things do come out of bad economic times

Want an upside to the current state budget crisis?

September 08, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tough to beat watermelon from Manteca

Knock or slap?

September 07, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Henry Ford knew exactly how to pump up economy

"If you don't pay the people enough money, they can't buy cars." - Henry Ford

September 06, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


3,050 miles in eight days

Traffic was so light as we drove along Interstate 80 just west of Wendover, Utah, on our way to Denver. Actually, it was lighter than light. There was hardly any other soul this Sunday morning driving on the highway in front of us that stretched like a snaking ribbon in the vast horizon ahead. So when a silver Toyota appeared on the lane to my right, I visually checked it out more closely than I normally would. As the small car smoothly zoomed past our seemingly lumbering heavier pickup, I glanced idly at the license plate.

September 06, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Urns hold more than just plants

It's just a bunch of clay that has been molded and then baked in dry heat at hellish temperatures.

September 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fighting gang violence by requiring school uniforms

Should Lathrop School pursue school uniforms or common dress?

September 04, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California Senate resists pressure to bag freedom of choice when you grocery shop

Californians still have the freedom to choose between paper and plastic.

September 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Abercrombie & Fitch versus Muslim religion

Abercrombie & Fitch, to put it politely, sells sex.

September 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Berryhill sides with high-priced PG&E against farmers, families & business

Is Bill Berryhill against South County farmers, hardworking small businesses, and struggling families being crushed by oppressive PG&E power rates like his brother Tom Berryhill?

September 01, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Firefighters answer the call & set stage for future budgets

The Manteca Firefighters Association is arguably the most powerful and influential force in Manteca politics.

August 31, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Virtual bank robbers thrive, thanks to an act of Congress

Washington's much ballyhooed program aimed at helping struggling homeowners is highly successful in at least one aspect - it has given those not in financial trouble the ability to walk away from homes that are underwater without literally paying the price.

August 30, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Two bars, illegals driving & Manteca DUI checkpoints

Call it the tale of two bars.

August 29, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making BLD work for betterment of Manteca

Tracy has a sports complex that they are making payments on.

August 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca ignores homeless problem at its own peril

It was a discovery that rattled the tenant and even surprised Manteca Police.

August 27, 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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