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A Popeye moment in Morgan Hill

It's about time.

May 07, 2010 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns


Jennie makes it hurt so good while proving that I’m wrong

Jennie, I believe, is determined to kill me or, at least, prove me wrong.

May 06, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacrificing 170,000 jobs to pay 55,000 state workers for another year

Sacramento today wouldn't be much more than a larger version of Modesto if it wasn't for one thing – a decision in 1854 by the California Legislature to abandon Benicia and move the seat of state government.

May 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s own Don Quixote pokes holes in absurdity

Joe DeAngelis is a regular at Manteca City Council meetings.

May 01, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Arizona move unfair to law-abiding citizens

Rafael Ayala's parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico.

April 30, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A move that is a few fries short of a Happy Meal

The government has a responsibility to keep kids safe.

April 29, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bass Pro Shops deal helps keep Manteca afloat

Bass Pro Shops was going to locate a store in Northern California.

April 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Inland California may set tone for 21st century

The political equivalent of the San Andreas Fault has split California in half for years at the Tehachapi Mountains.

April 25, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Voting is far more valuable than $150 million

I am a registered Republican.

April 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is there too much or not enough crime coverage?

Some say the Manteca Bulletin reports too much crime and, as such, creates an unreasonable amount of anxiety about crime.

April 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Restoring sanity & safety in our neighborhoods

The real estate agent unlocked the door telling me to remember that it was a foreclosure.

April 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It may not be worth giving up $100K for $1M

Would you trade $100,000 a year for $1 million a year?

April 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California leaders put sexuality ahead of effectiveness of Boy Scouts

Boy Scouts of America do not ask prospective youth members about their sexual preference.

April 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fixing blighted is in interest of youth

The city of Lathrop is concerned about blight and public safety. That's why it's opening bureaucratic doors to fast-track the solution to a problem that has long been a black eye in an area of town that is rich not only in historic legacy but also one that has a direct and immediate impact on hundreds of youngsters.

April 19, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Golden Poppy: California’s flowering gold

There's still plenty of gold in California's fertile dirt.

April 18, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Let voters decide on replacing Bronson

The question shouldn't even have to be asked but here goes: Should the Manteca Unified board appoint a replacement for trustee Alexander Bronson who resigned shortly after having felony charges filed against him for election fraud or should they call for a special election?

June 09, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Affordable Care Act may no longer be affordable

The Affordable Care Act is about to become a lot less affordable.

June 08, 2015 | | Local Columns


MANTECA’S BIG CHEESE

I don't know if Steve DeBrum got all the facts before he became mayor.

June 06, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Las Vegas has better grasp on grass than Manteca

Is the city dictating how much grass new homes can have in their front yards an affront to the notion of property rights?

June 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bus ride costs same as vending machine soda

Was I asking too many questions upon arriving at the hub of the San Joaquin Regional Transit District in Stockton?

June 05, 2015 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Of the Grand Jury, schools, background checks & felons

The San Joaquin County Grand Jury is alarmed that Manteca Unified School District Superintendent Jason Messer allowed a felon to be hired to mentor Weston Ranch High students without going through a background check.

June 05, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The council, veterans & doing the right thing

Doing the right thing.

June 04, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Forging your fears to reach better place

It was a silly thought.

June 03, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Uncle Sam wants to make wearing certain logos criminal

The odds are you either know or heard of some younger person being intimidated or even jumped because they happened to be wearing red or blue.

June 02, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Legislative lushes get free rides via taxpayers

"All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others." - George Orwell in his novel "Animal Farm

June 01, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Great Manteca kitchen debate: Legion, the city, VFW & $115K

What is the moral or legal dilemma with the Manteca City Council spending $115,000 to install a commercial kitchen in the Moffat Boulevard Community Center that they are leasing long-term to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6311?

May 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


To the Class of 2015: It’s all about attitude

Dear graduates:

May 29, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How to build a fire station in SE Manteca now & not later

There is a way Manteca can enhance public safety by building a fifth fire station, reduce response times in medical emergencies, and do so now instead of later.

May 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Chickens, private air space & drones

"If a landowner is to have full enjoyment of the land, he must have exclusive control of the immediate reaches of the enveloping atmosphere. Otherwise buildings could not be erected, trees could not be planted, and fences could not be run." - Justice William O. Douglas in the majority opinion of the United States vs. Causby

May 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Driving folks into hopeless desperation: That’s the ticket

The politicians finally admitted it.

May 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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