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Manteca catering to housing need of Bay Area

There are more than 12,000 homes on the drawing boards that various developers would like to build in Manteca during the coming years that reflect the Leave it to Beaver American Dream on steroids crossed with a McMansion version of the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

May 05, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to let Delta smelt just die off

What you are about to read is perhaps the most politically incorrect thing you could say during the drought: It is time to let the Delta smelt go.

May 04, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pulling the plug on death penalty

It's come down to this: Death penalty foes who have consistently done everything they can to block California from executing those on death row now want the death penalty declared unconstitutional because the state doesn't put them to death quick enough. They argue lingering on death row for an uncertain execution is cruel and inhumane punishment.

May 02, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacramento and their tunnel rat mentality

Expediency is the motto of the administration of Governor Jerry Brown.

May 01, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The smack down in Baltimore

Toya Graham is my nominee for mother of the year.

April 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Judge Agbayani and 1.8 seconds

Judge Tony Agbayani has quite a right hook when it comes to driving home to high school seniors the serious consequences of drinking and climbing behind the wheel.

April 28, 2015 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Free lunch morphs into free health care in USA

"We have met the enemy and he is us." - Quote attributed to Pogo in the comic strip by the same name

April 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Who gave Drain, Bronson same Manteca address?

Ashley Drain and Alexander Bronson ran for the Manteca Unified School District listing their occupation as "educators."

April 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Taking fishing to new heights

"Sitting on the beam of the trestle, just watching the striped bass roll on in" – Not Otis Redding

April 25, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Atherton Drive, not McKinley is better alternative

Since 1849 when valley paths expanded into well-worn dirt roads heading toward the mines, strategically placed thoroughfares have been growth inducing in California where mobility and lifestyle are interchangeable concepts.

April 25, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California’s coming firestorm

There were 2,843 single family homes destroyed and another 437 apartments lost.

April 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sin taxes deadlier than vices

Death and taxes.

April 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca: The next Fresno or San Bruno?

Roads wear out. Bridges fail after a number of years. Sewer lines deteriorate.

April 22, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cigarettes first then soda next

Berkeley doesn't want you to smoke.

April 21, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sacramento decrees there will be a flood

So what's going to be costlier when it comes to your pocketbook - the drought or a hypothetical 200-year flood event?

April 20, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Don’t take a Pepsi to bed in SF

Remember the Summer of Love?

June 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca trustees play double dare with voters

There is an erroneous assumption that many make that you have to be an educator or have children in school to serve on the school board.

June 16, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Don’t raise floor, climb the ladder

Los Angeles and San Francisco leaders want burger flippers to be paid $15 an hour.

June 12, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sam Fant: Political high roller

Welcome to the Manteca Unified casino.

June 11, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Filling jobs to help feed America

"Treat aliens living among you as native born." - Leviticus 19:33.34

June 10, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


HOW HOT WAS IT?

"It's so hot outside you could fry and egg on the sidewalk."

June 09, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Let voters decide on replacing Bronson

The question shouldn't even have to be asked but here goes: Should the Manteca Unified board appoint a replacement for trustee Alexander Bronson who resigned shortly after having felony charges filed against him for election fraud or should they call for a special election?

June 09, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Affordable Care Act may no longer be affordable

The Affordable Care Act is about to become a lot less affordable.

June 08, 2015 | | Local Columns


MANTECA’S BIG CHEESE

I don't know if Steve DeBrum got all the facts before he became mayor.

June 06, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Las Vegas has better grasp on grass than Manteca

Is the city dictating how much grass new homes can have in their front yards an affront to the notion of property rights?

June 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bus ride costs same as vending machine soda

Was I asking too many questions upon arriving at the hub of the San Joaquin Regional Transit District in Stockton?

June 05, 2015 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Of the Grand Jury, schools, background checks & felons

The San Joaquin County Grand Jury is alarmed that Manteca Unified School District Superintendent Jason Messer allowed a felon to be hired to mentor Weston Ranch High students without going through a background check.

June 05, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The council, veterans & doing the right thing

Doing the right thing.

June 04, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Forging your fears to reach better place

It was a silly thought.

June 03, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Uncle Sam wants to make wearing certain logos criminal

The odds are you either know or heard of some younger person being intimidated or even jumped because they happened to be wearing red or blue.

June 02, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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