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Is city saying Bass Pro matters while Weber’s BBQ doesn’t?

Carissa Patton by all accounts is a good cook.

February 14, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Police, copper wiring thieves & 2,300 marijuana plants

It isn't surprising that there are people ripping into Manteca Police for their superb job of taking out a multi-million pot growing operation in the heart of the Manteca Industrial Park.

February 13, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We must never apologize for dropping the bomb on Japan

Japan's narrative of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki for years has painted the Japanese as victims.

February 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Atherton Drive, not McKinley is better alternative

Since 1849 when valley paths expanded into well-worn dirt roads heading toward the mines, strategically placed thoroughfares have been growth-inducing in California where mobility and lifestyle are interchangeable concepts.

February 11, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fly swatters for $6.99? Are they crazy or what?

All I wanted was a simple fly swatter.

February 10, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Deville without Cruella is like Fred Astaire without Ginger Rogers

There's an empty spot in my heart today.

February 09, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The case to make McKinley extension Manteca’s DMZ for growth

It's time that Manteca took its scrutiny of ways to deliver government services more efficiently and for less money to the next level.

February 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


No truck route for McKinley is sound planning

McKinley Avenue should not under any circumstances be designated as a truck route.

February 06, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Discriminating against renters simply based on their youth

He's a young man. He works an honest day doing construction work. And he's about as clean-cut as you can get - no sagging pants, fairly well-groomed, polite, and hardworking.

February 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Defining misery by standards that really count

The Central Valley - according to the insightful people at Forbes who pride themselves on catching business trends but somehow were asleep at the wheel when the Wall Street Turks used sleight of hand and unadulterated greed to crash the economy - is hell on earth.

February 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Perhaps they thought levee was just a big gopher mound

It was the defining moment of the January 1997 floods.

January 31, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


CPUC cozies up even closer to for-profit utilities

The Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco was the setting for a dinner that brought for-profit California utility company fat cats and the upper crust of bureaucrats together.

January 30, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fire sprinklers in homes & former Fire Chief Rule

Charlie Rule over 20 years ago pushed to get his bosses on the Manteca City Council to require new home builders to install fire sprinklers in all new single family residential construction.

January 29, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cyclists pedal camaraderie with group rides

The holidays have come and gone and now it's time for a return to normalcy.

January 28, 2011 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Food fight in Lathrop over taco trucks

Taco trucks vs. brick-and-mortar eating establishments.

January 27, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


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Learning a lesson from Lincoln Park

It is arguably the most efficiently used park on a square-foot basis in Manteca.

May 12, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why do we pay almost 2,000 times too much for drinking water?

Go back the Dark Ages, say the 1970s.

May 11, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Peace unless, that is, I disagree with you then it’s death to you

Hardcore militant vegans - those that eschew animal products in any form to consume not based on health reasons but the morality of killing any animal ...

May 09, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will ‘line’ seal their fate?

It's arguably be the most expensive and contentious line ever to be drawn in the history of Manteca.

May 09, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dedication of Korean War mural May 21

America's so-called "forgotten war" - the Korean Conflict - is being remembered in Manteca.

May 09, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lathrop: Potential for jobs at depot site

It has brought back millions of dollars in transportation funds for San Joaquin County.

May 09, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Community service earns Yepez hall spot

Arnita Marie Montiel Yepez - a tireless Lathrop volunteer who has made it her mission to make sure the community's rich heritage is remembered and ...

May 09, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The expressway to hell: Why the council is holding on to a disaster

Head south of Manteca beyond where the blue collar pianist swings a hammer tapping out notes created by slamming nails into wood mixing with the ...

May 07, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Conceding Manteca to the homeless?

Is Manteca losing its mojo?

May 06, 2016 | | Local Columns


Soda sin tax backfires big in Mexico

The difference between you and me and the filthy wealthy is simple. We don't think we can lord over other people by lecturing them ...

May 05, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca: The little city that couldn’t

Can Manteca deliver on just one water play attraction?

May 04, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Education cartel: $$$$ Taxpayers: 0

This might sound like blasphemy to some but don't be surprised if the education cartel implodes the current public education system from kindergarten through ...

May 03, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Illegal fireworks crackdown

Those firing off illegal fireworks in Manteca starting July 1 could run a greater risk of being slapped with a $750 fine plus the cost ...

May 02, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


STEM IN KINDERGARTEN

Lincoln Van Houten tried to picture what type of structure would best keep an ice cube from melting on the warmest daytime spot at Colony ...

May 02, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


MHS fence falls toward residences

Firefighters responded Saturday morning to a partially collapsed 40-foot high chain link fence covered with ivy meant to protect mobile homes adjacent to the Manteca ...

May 02, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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