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War hero, Realtor Castillo made his mark

Family patriarch, World War II Silver Star recipient, Realtor and a friend to everyone he met, Bill Castillo has died from complications after suffering a fall. Bill was a longtime friend of mine as well, knowing him for some 40 years.

February 05, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Drought reveals why SJ County will flood again

Take a walk along the San Joaquin River levees between the confluence with the Stanislaus River and the Mossdale Crossing.

February 04, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


HOMELESS IN MANTECA

"Mary" pushed a stroller.

February 04, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Hate mongers leave ugly mark on Manteca

The ugly underside of society has reared its head in Manteca.

February 03, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dumping on farmers with full stomach & money to burn

Farmers get a bad rap.

February 01, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The assault on low-skill jobs via higher minimum wages, automation

The problem isn't the minimum wage.

January 31, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The assault on low-skill jobs via higher minimum wages, automation

The problem isn't the minimum wage.

January 31, 2014 | | Local Columns


‘CRAPPIE’ SITUATION

The running joke among John Geurin's buddies is that the retired 60-year-old could catch a fish anywhere.

January 30, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


The dangers of getting rid of tenure

I had several great teachers, a few mediocre teachers, one real bad teacher, and mostly good teachers during 13 years in public schools.

January 30, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Not intimidated by free thinkers

The Bible tells Christians to, "Always be prepared to give an answer (defense) to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." I Peter 3:15

January 30, 2014 | By JIM BENEDICT Calvary Community Administrative pastor | Local Columns


Visit the river . . . while it’s still there

"Get a running start and leap," shouted the bobbing head in the water below, "but make sure you clear the pump or we're all in trouble."

January 29, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


Our biggest water hog is Delta Smelt

Delta Smelt, the 5- to 7-centimeter fish that tends to hang around the Tracy pumps, is California's biggest consumer of water.

January 29, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Professor offers to speak at any church

I'd like to thank the Stanislaus Humanists for inviting me to speak on Jan. 15 at the Manteca Library. And I'd like to thank all of the people from Manteca who came out either to hear me speak, or to participate in the events outside the building that night.

January 29, 2014 | By MATT McCORMICK California State University, Sacramento Philosophy Professor | Local Columns


More oil trains fuel debate on railroad safety

Moving oil and its byproducts such as gasoline is inherently dangerous.

January 27, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Obama versus the Constitution

President Barack Obama has now revealed that he unilaterally plans to use executive orders to "bypass" Congress. His shocking words were: "We are not just going to be waiting for legislation ... I've got a pen and I've got a phone. And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward."

January 27, 2014 | By PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY National Columnist | Local Columns


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Steinberg not happy with low gas prices

"Higher prices discourage demand."

April 07, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


STAGE PRESENCE

Drama departments produce plays.

April 05, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Samsung’s crass use of the President

Bravo, Mr. President!

April 05, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Extra step just might be too far

"He is the one who will build a house for my Name…."

April 04, 2014 | By MONICA CANE Faith Columnist | Local Columns


Criminals keep changing rules of engagement

The world has come a long way since a cold Sunday morning in December of 1971.

April 04, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Enjoy Flapjacks, Lockeford sausage & asparagus dishes

Eat out and support a good cause! APPLEBEE'S is hosting a FLAPJACK FUNDRAISER on Saturday, April 5, from 8 to 10 a.m. at the 1272 E. Yosemite Avenue restaurant in Manteca as a fundraiser for the Manteca-Lathrop-Escalon-Ripon Community Council of United Way of San Joaquin with proceeds benefitting local charities. Tickets are $5. Yummy!

April 04, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Reddy Kilowatt might just look good in orange

Not that anyone in the upper echelons at PG&E is going to be exchanging an executive suite at 77 Beale Street in San Francisco for a cell at Leavenworth federal prison but the firm that once was represented by the lovable Reddy Kilowatt is anything but lovable these days.

April 03, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Long before college PC movement there was Farhang

Hamid Aboutalebi has been appointed by Iran as its new ambassador to the United Nations.

April 02, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca city taxes, service levels & reality

"Taxes" is not a four-letter word.

April 01, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


At 58, I get that patience is a virtue

I never want anything for my birthday.

March 31, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


IRS has two sets of rules: One for them & one for the rest of us

Ever been audited by the IRS?

March 29, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Religion: Making choices in faith

Religion resides at the heart of every human person. It might be described as a way of healing - or at least dealing with - what we call Original Sin: that black hole in the core of the human race since the Fall.

March 28, 2014 | By DEAN McFALLS Faith Columnist | Local Columns


Did Mr. Gun Control broker a terrorist deal for rocket launcher?

Where's the best little whorehouse in California?

March 28, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Going soft on vicious dogs in Arizona

There were perhaps two dozen Dalmatians barking in the various pens when I made the second of three trips to the Save a Spot rescue in rural Turlock.

March 27, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


From elegant edibles to spring fashion & tea

The Manteca Sororptimist Spring Tea & Fashion Show is Saturday, March 29, at noon at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. Tea is served at 1 p.m. with a three-course luncheon. Models from age 15 to over 60 will show off fashions from Maurices and the Dress Barn. Tickets are $25. They are available at Tipton's in downtown Manteca or from Soropotimist members.

March 27, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


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