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A way Manteca can hire seven more police officers

Four shootings, seven wounded - two seriously - in six days.

June 11, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


News flash! Everyone can’t be special

My son sent me a commencement speech that was recently given at a high school in Pennsylvania. It was a rather lengthy speech, but if it had to be summed up in a few words, these would be them: None of us are special. While that may fly in the face of all the self-help gurus we have here in the Golden State, it is true. We are part of the world – it is not part of us.

June 11, 2012 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns


There’s no happy ending to this story

Just the concept of Alzheimer's and dementia is something that elicits negative feelings. Nobody wants to think about what it would be like to forget who you are or the life that you lived – the very identity that you work so hard to craft during your years on this planet.

June 09, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


California’s 13th largest city’s luck is about to run out

Luck is running out for Stockton.

June 09, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pension version of Proposition 13 could be on its way

The party, as they say, is over.

June 08, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just think how bad it would be without Prop. 13

Ah, the good old days before Proposition 13.

June 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want to stop the spread of ‘crack’? Then legalize it

Legalize "crack".

June 05, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bigger impact on environment? Lowe’s or high speed rail?

Lowe's spent close to $400,000 and two years on environmental studies to gain approval to build a 140,000-square-foot store on the northeast corner of the 120 Bypass and Airport Way in Manteca.

June 04, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The $290,000 annual public educator pension

How do you get a $290,000 a year pension?

June 03, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Taking a stand for religious liberty

Last Thursday evening, I found myself at Los Angeles' Academy of Motion Picture and Arts on Wilshire Boulevard. There, a battle-front of cameras fired volley after volley at the prestigious actors and actresses about to enter the premiere screening of their soon-to-be famous movie. I had already seen the epic historical drama at a publicity preview in Modesto. But this would be different. Seated among benefactors, nuns and missionaries, priests and a few bishops, I took in, tearfully and with tremendous gratitude, the story once again. The film: "For Greater Glory". The topic: the Mexican Catholic resistance, first peaceful, then ...

June 02, 2012 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


DA’s slow-mo investigation in police shooting erodes public trust

It seems simple and straightforward.

June 02, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Give me a Big Gulp or give me death

Who ever thought drinking a 32-ounce Big Gulp could one day constitute an act of civil disobedience?

May 31, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How about getting SACLIES on your personalized plate?

Keep Lake Tahoe Blue.

May 31, 2012 | | Local Columns


Yes, even buying Facebook stock is not without risk

Facebook stock has dropped 24 percent since the company went public on May 18.

May 29, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California: The Land of Death by Ma Nature?

Sawyer – our granddaughter's boyfriend who heralds from North Dakota – has a friend who wants to visit him but is leery to do so.

May 28, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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The good old days when snow was black & white

Sixty years ago a typical TV screen was no bigger than a laptop encased in a wooden box the size of a Mini-Cooper weighing slightly ...

May 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Spreckels Park BMX track is a Manteca success story

LAUREL TO ANDERSON 209 BMX RACE TEAM as well as the City of Manteca plus developers Mike Atherton and Bill Filios for the continuing success ...

May 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time for the Manteca City Council to step up

The Manteca City Council has a chance to show they mean business, right past failures, deliver on a longstanding promise to make growth pay its ...

May 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Comey & the Saturday Night Massacre & ‘gate’ hysteria

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce, said Marx.

May 16, 2017 | | Local Columns


California: From Russia to Spain to Mexico to USA with love

It is usually the view that inspires me when I reach a summit.

May 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified offering STEM Summer Camp classes

The STEM Summer Camps are back.

May 15, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Al and Ann Tonn: A wonderful 65-year love affair

Al and Ann Toon waltzed through life like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It was a 65-year love affair that ended all too soon with ...

May 15, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Chamber lights up Ripon’s Main Street

In an effort to brighten up historic downtown, the Ripon Chamber Foundation recently added strands of lights along Main Street.

May 15, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Police firing range cleanup tops $600,00

Getting the lead out of the city's former police firing range to clear it for development as part of the envisioned family entertainment zone ...

May 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Grimy downtown crosswalks; unsafe Lathrop Road driving

Manteca taxpayers through the redevelopment agency paid in excess of $3 million 15 years ago for downtown upgrades.

May 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


LATHROP CELEBRATES ART

When Reed Ramsey entered a photo of rolling waves taken on an Oahu beach into the 24th annual Mayors Art Show and Sale, he didn ...

May 15, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


MANTECA UNIFIED DIVERSITY

French Camp School - the oldest in Manteca Unified - was diverse from the day it first opened its doors in 1851.

May 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Moms’ greatest gift: Giving their kids the ability to love themselves

Mom didn't die.

May 12, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The insanity of negotiations for teacher pay

Most people probably agree that good teachers are worth their weight in gold and then some.

May 11, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Popeye and Manteca’s mentally ill homeless

I call him Popeye.

May 10, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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