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Don’t blame illegals for state budget mess

Are the illegal residents washing dishes in a restaurant or picking fruit the root of all evil when it comes to California's economic maladies?

June 13, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California needs a total recall of Sacramento

I'm not a huge fan of recalls but given the fact no one up in Sacramento really got the message May 19 I'm in favor of a total recall.

June 12, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why Republicans should like Jerry Brown as governor

Jerry Brown was right.

June 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Missing the boat in the letter tug-of-war

Reading the endless back-and-forth between Republicans and Democrats in these pages is often good for a few minutes of low-cost entertainment.

June 11, 2009 | Brandon Petersen | Local Columns


The high cost of celebrating our liberty

The price of liberty is high.

June 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Old Man River’ versus a ‘Younger Girl’

"Hotel California" was playing on the Escape's CD stereo as I turned down Yosemite Avenue headed for Staples Sunday with my 16-year-old granddaughter Ashley riding shotgun.

June 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The unfairness of de facto boarding houses

Manteca creates neighborhoods designed for single family homes.

June 07, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Managing risk in the mission field

The increase in trafficking, violence and kidnappings along the northern Mexican border is adding new impetus to stricter immigration policies, and heightened urgency to controlling illegal movement into the United States.

June 07, 2009 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Five months that will shape Manteca for years to come

"The first five minutes are critical for what happens in the next five hours in a fire. (It is the same principle as) the next five months and how they impact the next five years." – Franco Torrice, Manteca firefighter

June 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to rethink eighth grade ‘graduation’

Lathrop School is on to something.

June 05, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Police physically & fiscally protect Manteca

Let's face it.

June 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Random acts of kindness multiply fast

Random acts of kindness and compassion come in all shapes and forms.

June 04, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


As goes General Motors, so goes the nation

As much as I don't like the idea of Uncle Sam nationalizing General Motors regardless for how short of a time period it might end up being, it is tough to argue against the move.

June 03, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The burden of a 90% public safety retirement benefit

It did in Vallejo.

May 31, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


State should take advantage of Hyundai offer

Too bad Gary Coleman wasn't governor.

May 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Extra step just might be too far

"He is the one who will build a house for my Name…."

April 04, 2014 | By MONICA CANE Faith Columnist | Local Columns


Criminals keep changing rules of engagement

The world has come a long way since a cold Sunday morning in December of 1971.

April 04, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Enjoy Flapjacks, Lockeford sausage & asparagus dishes

Eat out and support a good cause! APPLEBEE'S is hosting a FLAPJACK FUNDRAISER on Saturday, April 5, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the 1272 E. Yosemite Avenue restaurant in Manteca as a fundraiser for the Manteca-Lathrop-Escalon-Ripon Community Council of United Way of San Joaquin with proceeds benefitting local charities. Tickets are $5. Yummy!

April 04, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Reddy Kilowatt might just look good in orange

Not that anyone in the upper echelons at PG&E is going to be exchanging an executive suite at 77 Beale Street in San Francisco for a cell at Leavenworth federal prison but the firm that once was represented by the lovable Reddy Kilowatt is anything but lovable these days.

April 03, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Long before college PC movement there was Farhang

Hamid Aboutalebi has been appointed by Iran as its new ambassador to the United Nations.

April 02, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca city taxes, service levels & reality

"Taxes" is not a four-letter word.

April 01, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


At 58, I get that patience is a virtue

I never want anything for my birthday.

March 31, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


IRS has two sets of rules: One for them & one for the rest of us

Ever been audited by the IRS?

March 29, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Religion: Making choices in faith

Religion resides at the heart of every human person. It might be described as a way of healing - or at least dealing with - what we call Original Sin: that black hole in the core of the human race since the Fall.

March 28, 2014 | By DEAN McFALLS Faith Columnist | Local Columns


Did Mr. Gun Control broker a terrorist deal for rocket launcher?

Where's the best little whorehouse in California?

March 28, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Going soft on vicious dogs in Arizona

There were perhaps two dozen Dalmatians barking in the various pens when I made the second of three trips to the Save a Spot rescue in rural Turlock.

March 27, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


From elegant edibles to spring fashion & tea

The Manteca Sororptimist Spring Tea & Fashion Show is Saturday, March 29, at noon at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. Tea is served at 1 p.m. with a three-course luncheon. Models from age 15 to over 60 will show off fashions from Maurices and the Dress Barn. Tickets are $25. They are available at Tipton's in downtown Manteca or from Soropotimist members.

March 27, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Debate over city carriages lack a lot of horse sense

Ever walk down a city street and come across the "emissions" from a horse?

March 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hobby Lobby family owners battle for their civil conscience

Hobby Lobby is closed on Sundays.

March 24, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca council learns a lesson from rep of the ‘cold-hearted snake’

The time has come to stop treating home builders as if they are the most essential part of Manteca's economy.

March 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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