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Reefer madness creating a buzz in downtown Manteca

Half a block from where youngsters frolic in Library Park's interactive water play feature when the weather warms is an ominous looking storefront.

March 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Of ‘sir’, ‘madam’ and curses of ‘Jiminy Christmas’

Not too long ago someone asked me why I had started a conversation with a younger gentleman who had stopped by the office with a press release by referring to him as "sir."

March 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It is no longer about jobs for Mantecans

The Manteca City Council – contrary to anyone's expectations – is not the Federal Reserve Board. Nor are they, thank goodness, Congress.

March 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Soviets didn’t play football all that well

In the summer of 1990, John Ralston tried to mold athletes from the then-Soviet Union into a football team.

March 02, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Bonus bucks: It is time to stop crying wolf

Manteca built 304 homes last year while Modesto built eight homes and Tracy even less.

February 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California needs a change

Let's be honest, the economic numbers for San Joaquin County are not pretty. Our unemployment rate is at 17.1 percent, up about 4 points from last year. According to an Associated Press study released in early December, San Joaquin County ranked as the eighth most economically stressed county in the country as measured by unemployment, bankruptcy and foreclosure rates. In the study, a county is generally considered stressed when their score exceeds 11: San Joaquin County scored a whopping 22.92.

February 28, 2010 | By Steve Anthony San Joaquin County campaign manager for Meg Whitman | Local Columns


You’ve got to love those #%&•@! state lawmakers

California has a $20 billion deficit, is releasing tens of thousands of hardcore felons early from prison, education funding is being slashed, public college tuitions are soaring, and unemployment is at 12 percent statewide.

February 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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


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Brown says not a word about his Twin Tunnels

Water, without a doubt, is perhaps the biggest issue facing California.

January 07, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We’ve all been given licenses to kill based on the way we drive

What's a bigger threat to your life: Someone driving a car or a madman with a gun?

January 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Thoughts of a migratory Mantecan

I've finished my first semester at Columbia College Chicago and lived in the "Windy City" for three months. My last column, printed Oct. 2, was written during my second week at school, so I was a little off on some things (the "crazy" weather - while it may be colder, the weather isn't that bad) and spot-on with other comparisons (most notably the "goat as exotic as a hippopotamus" proclamation).

January 06, 2015 | By LAWRENCE SILVEIRA Sierra High graduate | Local Columns


Government dictating food choices: Let them eat bread

There is a school of thought that the Manteca City Council has the power – or should have the power – to dictate exactly what businesses can and can't open in Manteca.

January 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


More homes will save money in Lathrop, Manteca floods zones

If you live in Lathrop, southwest Manteca or Weston Ranch and you're against growth then you'd better get ready to spend a lot of money if you get your wish.

January 05, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Don’t like the police? Then let’s have a ‘Purge’ 24/7

Just how thin is the thin blue line?

January 03, 2015 | | Local Columns


SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY

While serving as Chairman of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors this past year, I've witnessed many challenges facing our region, as well as tremendous progress and significant achievements. The Board has taken numerous actions over the past year to set San Joaquin County on an exciting path toward continuing financial stability, cutting-edge innovation, and becoming a magnet for economic development and new jobs.

January 03, 2015 | By BOB ELLIOTT San Joaquin County Supervisor | Local Columns


Dying art of polite conversation

He seemed a nice enough of a young man.

January 02, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca, circa 2014

Old-fashioned Americana, some claim, is passé.

December 31, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


LOCAL NEWSPAPERS

The world isn't just about you or I.

December 31, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Grisham was part of Manteca’s heart & soul

Martha Grisham was truly a big part of Manteca's heart and soul through much of her 91 years before she passed away on Christmas Eve.

December 30, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


‘Oh, the pain, the pain, the pain of it all’

Pain is relative. In my case it's a first cousin.

December 30, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I cringe at wild, gray eyebrow hair

It was there, stark as heck.

December 28, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What if movie on taking out a sitting USA leader was made by N. Korea?

Forgive me for not jumping up and down and screaming "First Amendment rights" as some of the jubilant folks did who managed to secure a ticket for the first showing of "The Interview" on Christmas Day.

December 27, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


McBrian served Ripon with distinction

Bob McBrian was a unique fixture at Ripon's Veterans' Museum.

December 26, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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