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The Stockton-Lodi Board of Supervisors redistricting plan

Out of touch pretty much describes the majority of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors when it comes to the South County.

July 17, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The power of intention

Being a news junkie, I'm glued to the cable networks. Wedged between the peccadilloes of badly behaving starlets and inappropriately tweeted photos, the anchor brings in two political panelists to discuss the upcoming election (Already? Really? Oy!) To feign "balance" he has a GOP strategist and his Democratic counterpart (as if there are only two sides to a story – but don't get me started). I don't remember the first question, and frankly, it doesn't matter; but what I do recall was once the argument commenced, it became animated without delay. Lots of energy and of course ...

July 17, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns


Giving ex-cons ‘protected class’ over law-abiding Californians

More than 40,000 prisoners are having their sentences reduced in California either due to a decree by the U.S. Supreme Court or as a cost saving move by the state legislature.

July 16, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The government cost of pursuing risky business

One's heart goes out to the families of the seven men missing from the fishing boat tragedy on July 3 in the Sea of Cortez.

July 15, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


12% tuition hike underscores need to rethink higher education system

It will now cost $5,742 a year in tuition to attend a California State University campus full-time.

July 14, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


If you want your kids to run wild, go to Chuck E. Cheese

If I'm ever in Monroeville in Pennsylvania, I intend to stop at McDain's Restaurant.

July 13, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Overkill from the environmental perfection folks

Environmental perfection will be the death of the Middle Class.

July 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What would Manteca be like today had Brown killed RDAs off 15 years ago?

They were not just the tallest structures in Manteca as they soared 15 stories above the ground.

July 10, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Vernalis: The epicenter of farming & water wars

The future of agriculture can be found a few miles south of Manteca.

July 10, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Complain, complain, complain…

My, but we've become a grouchy lot, haven't we? Maybe it's climate change, or the economy; who knows? It could be the alignment of the stars for all I know, but we've got our cranky pants hitched on and we're wearing 'em a little too snug around our sensitive parts.

July 10, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns


Bureaucracy keeps on trucking: Get ready to pay $2B a year more for goods you buy

Look around you.

July 09, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified, Great Valley & public education

Competition in public education is about to arrive in Manteca.

July 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is city creating private park without privacy?

A private neighborhood park.

July 07, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Should Manteca grow as Modesto has?

It's a question no one asks: How big should Manteca ultimately get?

July 06, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


By any yardstick it was a life-long learning experience

Everything I needed to know about prejudice I learned in the first grade.

July 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Why not ban ability to buy soda using food stamps?

You've heard the pitch.

July 11, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lawyers use class action to take you to cleaners

My front-end washing machine generated an odor after a number of uses.

July 09, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Repeat childhoods of yesteryear today & trigger child abuse charges

I drank chocolate milk - gallons of it - when I was a kid. The same goes for soda, sugar, potato chips and Twinkies.

July 07, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘I’m sorry, the number you have reached . . .”

I came across a relic on Sunday.

July 06, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


ROAD TO RECOVERY, RIO

Amy Haapanen isn't ruling out making another run at it four years from now, but this could be her last chance to make the ...

July 06, 2016 | Jonamar Jacinto | Local Columns


Illegals, college aid, the draft and the Valley

Down in the valley - Manteca, Modesto, Hanford, Bakersfield, Fresno, Stockton, Turlock, and virtually every other community - is where the proverbial rubber hits the road in ...

July 05, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


$1M BLOCK REDO?

It will cost almost $150,000 to do the necessary engineering, design work, and environmental studies to fulfill a Manteca City Council decision to rip ...

July 05, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PEDALING SWEET FUN

Jon Anderson was first introduced to organized bicycle racing on a dirt track, better known as BMX as a young boy in the 70s by ...

July 05, 2016 | MONICA CANE | Local Columns


Dinner honors pioneer families, helps cemetery

The public is invited to an old-fashioned Prairie Dinner Saturday at the American Legion Hall in Manteca. Guests may even come to the sumptuous dinner ...

July 05, 2016 | ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Local Columns


Lathrop extends pact with SJ County sheriff

The San Joaquin County Sherriff's Department will provide contracted police services to the City of Lathrop for another year.

July 05, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


What are a few deaths if Google & Tesla can make more money?

It is important to determine whether Joshua Brown was watching Harry Potter on a DVD player when he drove into history May 7 as the ...

July 02, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Go ahead & roll the dice at $750 a toss

The grumblings have already started.

July 01, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Before you vote to send California to pot . . . .

It sounds like a pothead's nirvana.

June 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca does not need to pay wizards $475K

So what are Manteca taxpayers' getting for the $475,000 investment in a parks and recreation master plan produced by the RJM Design Group that ...

June 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I’ve yet to see a bear with a smartphone

It's a question I'm constantly asked: Isn't it dangerous to hike by myself in the Sierra or Death Valley?

June 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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