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Ol’ Blue Eyes was right when it comes to life

That's life, that's what all the people say

October 21, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Kenya: From Kisumu to Kilimanjaro

Editor's note: This is the first of a four-part series on Father Dean's recent trip to Africa.

October 19, 2009 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Drive-up squawk boxes: Can you hear me now?

It makes no sense at all.

October 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Man survived on pizza & cash advances

An archeologist centuries from now digging into landfills may find the remnants of the junk mail delivered to Manteca households during a typical month in 2009.

October 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sound judgment & city employee contracts back in 2006 and today

Adopting the employment contracts entered into for five years in 2006 with Manteca's municipal employee groups were – for the most part – sound judgment at the time.

October 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Marking 20th anniversary of Loma Prieta

"Stop the presses!"

October 16, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Rainy day blues? It depends upon how you look at it

Listening to the rain dancing on the roof while you're snuggled up in bed is one of life's little pleasures.

October 15, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Getting rid of Winchester Mystery House model for government

The Great Recession is a good thing in many ways.

October 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Forgotten in a flurry of PG&E service calls

It was a night for a cozy fire after work in our family room since our PG&E provided electricity had been out for 14 hours at this writing Tuesday night and we're still waiting.

October 14, 2009 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Lathrop’s No.1 boogeyman is Jack Snyder

We bury the hatchet

October 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Surprise,surprise! State budget has new $1.1B hole

California needs a taxpayer revolt against spending on the same scale that Howard Jarvis and Paul Gann changed the property tax landscape with Proposition 13 back in 1978.

October 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The blame game trumps finding a real solution

America's favorite pastime these days isn't baseball. It's the blame game.

October 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Citizen floats utility tax idea for budget woes

Manteca resident Bud Wallace has an interesting suggestion in a letter you can find elsewhere on today's opinion page.

October 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cop layoff debate: The need to avoid a repeat of 1983

Economic reality has prompted a council that consists of two retired law enforcement personnel – John Harris who served as a San Joaquin County probation officer and Willie Weatherford who is a retired Manteca police chief – to send City Manager Steve Pinkerton forth with a compensation readjustment proposal for all municipal employees including police. If the bargaining groups didn't buy it, the other option is layoffs within that particular set of employees.

October 07, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It is – for better or worse – a brave new world

How dare they - the argument goes – cut back on law enforcement pay or talk about layoffs – when we passed the Measure M public safety half cent sales tax to pay for police officers and firefighters?

October 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Reduce issues with homeless by switching to lockable Toters

It reduces identity theft.

January 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Someone should tell Manteca’s school leaders that it’s 2015

Manteca Unified School District's much ballyhooed Going Digital – breathlessly proclaimed by the district's upper echelon management as bringing classrooms into the 21st century – starts next week.

January 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Game changer: ‘Free’ education at Delta & MJC

California community colleges once were free when it came to class units.

January 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The emerging reality: Manteca & ‘tiny’ houses

My 21-year-old granddaughter is a realist.

January 11, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Low gas price open door for higher gas tax

Gas prices at the Sinclair station and Quick-Kleen Car Wash on East Yosemite Avenue at noon Friday matched the Manteca Costco for the lowest prices in town – a $2.27 a gallon.

January 09, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Raindrops aren’t falling on your head

How real is the drought?

January 09, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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


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