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Lathrop-Manteca, City of Manteca fire effectiveness common concern

You live in Manteca's city limits so why should you worry about the financial health of the Lathrop-Manteca Fire District?

May 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

SSJID et al sues to protect Chinook salmon from federal government

So how can restoring the commercial Chinook salmon fishing threaten the future of South County almond farmers?

May 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The $25,000 question MUST be answered

Manteca Unified Student Trust is a solid non-profit that's working for kids.

May 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The importance of letting mom know

Touching a mom's heart on Mothers' Day with memories of her devotion to her children over the years is as easy using as pen and paper or a computer key board.

May 08, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

The problem with unnatural deprivation diet strategies

If deprivation was a successful weight loss strategy, obesity would be obliterated.

May 08, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns

Remember when boys wore pants on the waist & not below?

Remember the folks back in the early 1970s who said loosening school dress codes would destroy Western Civilization as we then knew it?

May 07, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Waiting for Mr. Smith to go to Sacramento

They won't be waiting for Superman Monday at the corner of Louise Avenue and Main Street.

May 06, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

New 700-student campus may open as charter school

The South County's next public school could open with space for 700 kindergarten through eighth grade students but without a single "local" student sitting in a desk.

May 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Why Manteca’s golf course is doing better

Recent articles in the Modesto Bee concerning their municipal golf courses and their continued financial troubles are almost a mirror image of the City of Stockton and their municipal golf courses. They continue to require General Fund money to keep them operational. And we are not talking about a small sum. Modesto reports their golf courses will require some $400,000 to $500,000 of General Fund dollars to keep them open this next fiscal year. Now where Stockton is attempting to lease their golf courses to private management, Modesto is actually considering closing two of their courses. The simple ...

May 05, 2011 | By ALAN THOMAS Manteca Columnist | Local Columns

Will Manteca tear out Wilson Park for a parking lot?

Wilson Park tucked behind the Post Office where Manteca and Sycamore avenues converge before meeting Center Street isn't the city's smallest park. That honor goes to appropriately named Mini Park that was created beneath a PG&E power tower on the southeast corner of Elm Avenue and North Street just three blocks away.

May 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Youthful gang members effectively express themselves with their clothes

If there was something the schools could do to improve your child's safety and it wasn't being done, most parents would probably be hopping mad.

May 02, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca council: Are their tastes bold or reserved?

Modern or traditional is the question.

May 01, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

A more effective, less expensive Delta plan

It appears that there may be people on Gov. Jerry Brown's staff who are keeping him from becoming aware of the consequences of pursuing the plan formerly endorsed by the Schwarzenegger administration.

May 01, 2011 | By ALEX HILDEBRAND Retired Delta farmer & engineer | Local Columns

Handling conflict

It's difficult to stay calm when a co-worker is peering over your shoulder trying to make sure you complete your assignment accurately, or when a well-meaning family members is watching over your plate to make sure you don't stray from your diet.

May 01, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns

What about the right to maintain control in prison?

Ever been inside a state prison?

April 30, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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Ripon, growth & the candidates

Ripon is a town with a population of slightly over 15,000.

October 17, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

Living beyond our needs: When will we ever learn?

The houses that dropped the most in value - and took the longest to bounce back - during the Great Recession triggered by liar loans were the ...

October 15, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Proposition 62: Rabid dogs & rabid people

When I read Proposition 62 on the Nov. 8 ballot, I don't see it as a "yes" or "no" issue or even as a ...

October 14, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Ignore scary messages: We’ve never had it so good

The scariest time of the year is almost upon us.

October 12, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Delta College wants to sell out Manteca

Some educational elitists frame it as "just selling the farm."

October 11, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Trick or treat: Californians propositioned

First comes Halloween. It's just a warm-up for the real scary event - Election Day.

October 10, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Candidates touch on water, ACE & Ripon homeless

Questions on everything from water supplies and retaining law enforcement officers to how the city should handle homeless were fielded by Ripon City Council candidates ...

October 10, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

Food + biogas = fuel

Manteca's food waste combined with methane gas from the municipal wastewater treatment plant could generate enough compressed natural gas to power properly-equipped vehicles averaging ...

October 10, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


On paper the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are over.

October 10, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

MUSD funding bounces back 39% in 8 years

It was arguably the darkest hour in the 50-year history of the Manteca Unified School District.

October 10, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Ripon spending $620K on streets

Streets in Ripon and other cities can develop wear and tear over time from the elements and extensive use.

October 10, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

Manteca Rec mother-son dance Friday

Manteca Parks & Recreation's first fall special event takes place on Friday, Oct. 14, when the Manteca Youth Advisory Commission stages the annual mother-son dance.

October 10, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Advice from a former ‘fat’ kid

OK. I confess. I was 5-foot-10 and weighed 260 pounds in the seventh grade.

October 08, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Drive by shootings & the Manteca council race

Jeff Zellner doesn't want other Manteca families to go through what his did.

October 07, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Social media hasn’t changed the world

Living your life in real time on social media is not wise.

October 06, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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