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No, I never did ask her on a date

I like bicycling, especially going downhill at 45 mph.

August 15, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Caltrans may sell advertising: A sign of the times

Caltrans is toying with an idea to allow advertising on the hundreds of electronic message signs along California freeways such as those along the Highway 120 Bypass.

August 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is it healthy for us to have Uncle Sam as family Doc?

The folks who are hell-bent on pursuing what would be a national takeover of your healthcare are now turning their guns on insurance companies.

August 13, 2009 | | Local Columns


Manteca enables dangerous turns along E. Yosemite east of Highway 99

It is time to revisit East Yosemite Avenue traffic flow.

August 12, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I signed up for parenthood

Several years ago, a young mother stood directly behind me at the check-out line at the grocery store.

August 12, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Wise ‘cracks’ about those sagging pants

Grandmother thought it was a sign of the end of civilization when women started wearing hair curlers in public.

August 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California: The Great State of Denial

It was a defining moment.

August 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Viewing bulbs as safety devices for downtown

Manteca's landscaping bulbs – depending upon your disposition - are either blasted annoyances impeding travel or blessed additions beautifying the streets.

August 07, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Yes, your kids are out of control

hellion (heyen) n. informal: a rowdy, mischievous, or troublemaking person, esp. a child in a restaurant

August 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The steps of the dance called life changes as the music does

"Life's a dance you learn as you go" – Part of the chorus to John Michael Montgomery's song "Life's a Dance."

August 05, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Joe Bazookas need to enjoy stepping on gooey gum

If there is a merciful deity, there is a special spot reserved in hell for those who abuse the privilege of chewing bubble gum in public.

August 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Congress runs America like the Titantic

The Titanic should have taught us all a lesson. When the ship of state hits an iceberg, it's the rich and powerful to the lifeboats first while the rest of us are left scrambling around like a bunch of trapped rats on a sinking ship.

August 01, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The rich – and powerful – are different than you and I

I get it now.

July 31, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Freeing the angel inside

Saturday, an angel incarcerated for 556 years finally saw the light of day.

July 27, 2009 | Fr. Dean McFalls | Local Columns


Manteca needs to create Moffat transit village

Transit villages are supposedly cutting edge concepts in urban planning.

July 26, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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MCOPS, cheap housing & crime trends in Manteca

Crime - believe it or not - is down over the last 12 years in Manteca.

January 18, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MCOPS, cheap housing & crime trends in Manteca

Crime - believe it or not - is down over the last 12 years in Manteca.

January 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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


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