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Back to the future in Sacramento

California's political elite munched on hot dogs, potato chips and water on Monday to celebrate Jerry Brown's return to the governorship.

January 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca turns sewer land into economic Mother Lode

Most people saw just an old dump and abandoned wastewater treatment plant.

January 02, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So why do they call them bathroom vanities anyway?

I've been seriously toying with the idea of remodeling my bathroom for the past several months.

December 31, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hime caught photography bug during seventh grade

Thank goodness for Time-Life subscription promotions.

December 31, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


New UC motto: ‘Let there be less $245,000+ a year executives’

Jerry Brown could set the tone – and change the attitude of apparently many at the upper echelons of state bureaucracies – if he issues an executive order on his first day as California governor to eliminate any position in the University of California system paying $245,000 a year or more.

December 31, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Words of faith: ‘The light begins in the darkness’

It was perhaps the darkest time of the Great Recession in Manteca.

December 30, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Government keeps on giving itself more & more control

I intend to become a lawbreaker.

December 29, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Christmas moments suitable for sitcom

As usual, I scrambled at the last minute for Christmas shopping.

December 29, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Manteca must wisely forge financial waters in making Great Wolf deal

Two of Great Wolf Resorts' water parks are underwater.

December 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The case for not dividing Manteca between supervisors

Manteca is a divided city.

December 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Acorn in pocket adds to memories

It's more than just an acorn.

December 27, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


High speed rail is permanent job killer for Southern San Joaquin Valley

There is something deliciously ironic about the first operable segment of high speed rail in California being between Fresno and Bakersfield.

December 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Yuletide memories live on in our hearts

Christmas memories flavor our yuletide seasons for years to come. It was my hope to touch on the happier side of life no matter how simple it might have been at the time. The fact that some things of a positive nature can stay with us and be passed on to our children and often from generation to generation is a gift in itself.

December 24, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Santa could learn a thing or two from Uncle Sam

Santa is a rank amateur when it comes to keeping tabs on you.

December 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Save the howls for any suggestion of splitting taxes with Great Wolf Resorts

Allowing a tidal wave of discontent over "local" access to a 70,000-square-foot indoor water park capsize the proposed Great Wolf Resort wouldn't make any sense if the economic numbers really do work for Manteca.

December 23, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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More money doesn’t mean better outcome for our schools

Sixty-two percent of us - according to a poll by the Public Policy Institute of California - favor a 12-year extension on temporary taxes imposed on those ...

May 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dropping the bomb: We never should apologize

The President's plan to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on May 27 is prompting some to call for Obama to apologize for the ...

May 14, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The $155,000 white lie told by Manteca’s City Council

It's time to end Manteca's annual budget charade.

May 13, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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


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