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Caswell State Park: Going, going, gone for years to come?

A unique Central Valley gem encompassing 258 acres awaiting those venturing to the southern end of Austin Road may soon be off limits.

May 29, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


State strings cost plenty of money & dilutes tax dollars

My senior year at Lincoln High in Lincoln in Placer County in 1974 there were 720 students in the school.

May 28, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California needs to recognize only civil unions

Get ready for the return of Proposition 8.

May 27, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Now it’s my turn to be the proud parent

Come this time of year, I'm usually bombarded by the traditional tune played at graduations and promotional ceremonies, "Pomp and Circumstance."

May 27, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Newsom finds new way to stick it to cigarette smokers

You've got to love sin taxes.

May 24, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Foreclosures are good thing in long run for Manteca

Good times are coming to Manteca.

May 23, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


2,000 reasons why you’d be insane to vote for Newsom

Gavin Newsom wants to be our next governor.

May 22, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to dismantle Sacramento and rebuild from the ground up

A crisis, they say, brings out the best in people. True leaders rise to the occasion. Dark times call for bold and decisive moves.

May 21, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Get ready for same old mush from update on SJ General Plan

It's time San Joaquin County stopped lusting for Bay Area paychecks and dropped the same-old, same-old planning for growth that produced predictable template-style policies and zoning.

May 20, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s no sweat to stay cool in valley summer

Sweating is highly underrated.

May 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Let your neighbors know about your loved one’s service

We bellyache a lot.

May 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


NOTRE DAME

President Obama's planned commencement address today at Notre Dame has re-opened wounds still festering since last November's presidential elections. There, the Catholic Church split in half (that is, with 70% of registered Catholics voting, 45% chose McCain, 54% voted for Obama.)

May 17, 2009 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Paying the price Tuesday for class size reduction

Manteca Unified – and much of California – took the bite out of the forbidden fruit and are paying for it big time.

May 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s ‘hasta la vista’ time, California

Pssst. Wanna buy San Quentin Prison?

May 15, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Admittedly it was a bad choice of words for a sensitive story

It wasn't one of my finest moments.

May 14, 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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