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The civic duty sweepstakes known as jury duty

Jury duty is a civic responsibility.

February 23, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Joseph & Maria: A great love story

The newspaper personals ad was direct and to the point.

February 22, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Al Nunes & Bob Raymus: 2 true heroes

You don't have to look too far to find the real heroes in America today.

February 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


School board’s calendar hurts teaching

At the last Manteca Unified school board meeting, the trustees approved a calendar which defies description. But, I will try to explain what has happened. District administration brought a calendar to the school board for their approval. Not only had district administration recommended approval, but school leaders representing nearly 2,000 employees had supported this calendar. A great deal of thought, time and effort was spent in developing a calendar that provided an excellent framework for learning during these tough financial times.

February 21, 2010 | By KEN JOHNSON President, Manteca Teachers Association | Local Columns


RDA: A community development tool that’s here to stay

I was out for a walk about 15 years ago with my first Dalmatian named Zebra when an elderly neighbor – she actually lived two blocks away – beckoned me from her porch.

February 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How about a tax on politicians to avoid fattening California’s deficit?

The state bureaucracy is bloated.

February 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The trials & tribulations of being a teen

Oh, we were once young.

February 19, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


California cities fighting thievery with thievery

Now the real fun begins.

February 17, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What you weigh is more than just numbers

The four words I fear the most.

February 16, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Coming home to Manteca 19 years ago

I was trying to make up my mind between job offers in Manteca, Merced, and Las Vegas some 19 years ago.

February 14, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Don’t recreate Modesto’s Village 1 debacle in Manteca

Modesto has a population of 202,000 residents.

February 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Scaling back flirtation with death on Half Dome

Sanity is about to return to one of Yosemite's most enduring features – Half Dome.

February 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You can’t trash city’s response to recession

It takes a lot of cash to get rid of our trash.

February 11, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Protect PG&E’s Gold Mine Act

Hiram Johnson and his contemporaries were mortified at the chokehold Southern Pacific Railroad had on California in the early 1900s.

February 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Shades of pink in the land of bleeding red

"We have met the enemy and he is us." – Pogo in Walt Kelly's 1970 comic strip of the same name

February 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Federal sugar support is sour deal for taxpayers & consumers

Wheat was king in these parts some 150 years ago.

August 03, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pay your full tax liability & state dings you for $17.31 more

I owe the State of California $17.31.

August 01, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


$5M solution for libraries & other needs

Manteca - for $5 million - can have a 9,600-square-foot "Generations Center" with library, teen center, a killer skate park, amphitheater and paracourse.

July 31, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Upset about things? Then look in our own backyard

"Yosemite is bad a--."

July 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Upset about things? Then look in our own backyard

"Yosemite is bad a--."

July 29, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacrificing the Delta to hose down LA sidewalks

The lifeblood of Delta farmers, towns, and fish drains into two series of pumps northwest of Tracy - one feeding the Delta-Mendota Canal and the other ...

July 29, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will signs slow Bypass carnage?

Caltrans is apparently working on a way to try and enhance safety on what has become the deadliest mile in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

July 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Getting a Lyft & why cities shouldn’t care

Steve DeBrum is no Bill de Blasio.

July 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Forget 5 o’clock shadows, I’m four hours ahead of time

Fred Flinstone is a rank amateur.

July 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Internet: The main street for cheaters, thieves, bullies & malcontents

It is amazing what people will do online.

July 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Internet: The main street for cheaters, thieves, bullies & malcontents

It is amazing what people will do online.

July 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


World War III MUSD style is up next

Sam Fant is either brilliant or his peers on the Manteca Unified School District board are not in his league.

July 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


World War III MUSD style is up next

Sam Fant is either brilliant or his peers on the Manteca Unified School District board are not in his league.

July 22, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Soldiers should not be sitting ducks in a shooting gallery

Are we are at war?

July 21, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Thunder Valley & Great Wolf: 2 peas in pod

Who in their right mind we book a room at a resort hotel not near any tourist attractions that is located south of a major ...

July 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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