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The power of intention

Being a news junkie, I'm glued to the cable networks. Wedged between the peccadilloes of badly behaving starlets and inappropriately tweeted photos, the anchor brings in two political panelists to discuss the upcoming election (Already? Really? Oy!) To feign "balance" he has a GOP strategist and his Democratic counterpart (as if there are only two sides to a story – but don't get me started). I don't remember the first question, and frankly, it doesn't matter; but what I do recall was once the argument commenced, it became animated without delay. Lots of energy and of course ...

July 17, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns


Giving ex-cons ‘protected class’ over law-abiding Californians

More than 40,000 prisoners are having their sentences reduced in California either due to a decree by the U.S. Supreme Court or as a cost saving move by the state legislature.

July 16, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The government cost of pursuing risky business

One's heart goes out to the families of the seven men missing from the fishing boat tragedy on July 3 in the Sea of Cortez.

July 15, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


12% tuition hike underscores need to rethink higher education system

It will now cost $5,742 a year in tuition to attend a California State University campus full-time.

July 14, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


If you want your kids to run wild, go to Chuck E. Cheese

If I'm ever in Monroeville in Pennsylvania, I intend to stop at McDain's Restaurant.

July 13, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Overkill from the environmental perfection folks

Environmental perfection will be the death of the Middle Class.

July 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What would Manteca be like today had Brown killed RDAs off 15 years ago?

They were not just the tallest structures in Manteca as they soared 15 stories above the ground.

July 10, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Vernalis: The epicenter of farming & water wars

The future of agriculture can be found a few miles south of Manteca.

July 10, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Complain, complain, complain…

My, but we've become a grouchy lot, haven't we? Maybe it's climate change, or the economy; who knows? It could be the alignment of the stars for all I know, but we've got our cranky pants hitched on and we're wearing 'em a little too snug around our sensitive parts.

July 10, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns


Bureaucracy keeps on trucking: Get ready to pay $2B a year more for goods you buy

Look around you.

July 09, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified, Great Valley & public education

Competition in public education is about to arrive in Manteca.

July 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is city creating private park without privacy?

A private neighborhood park.

July 07, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Should Manteca grow as Modesto has?

It's a question no one asks: How big should Manteca ultimately get?

July 06, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


By any yardstick it was a life-long learning experience

Everything I needed to know about prejudice I learned in the first grade.

July 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Joe & Marge: True blue Americans

North Main Street in Manteca is a long way from Fifth Avenue in New York City. One can only imagine the thoughts that a classy lady who once modeled and taught piano in Manhattan must have thought when she rolled into town decades ago and passed what then passed as local culture – a topless bar.

July 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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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


PEDAL TO THE METTLE

The English Coonhound settles in the Central Valley sun, sprawling out across a lane in the Best Western parking lot.

April 17, 2015 | James Burns | Local Columns


Manteca’s war on the homeless

So how goes Manteca's war on the homeless?

April 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


About those ‘evil’ free range parents

There is a fine line between being cautious and paranoia.

April 16, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Snakes, Paragon 3, Love Manteca & more

The Manteca High School Band Boosters is hosting an All-You-Can-Eat-Spaghetti Dinner at the Manteca Transit Center (220 Moffat Blvd.) on Saturday, April 18, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. There will be a no-host bar, spaghetti, salad, rolls, and silent dessert auction. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Please call 209.610.4025 for tickets or more information about the event.

April 16, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


How I learned not to trust tax collectors

It's nice to know I'm not the only one that doesn't trust the Internal Revenue Service or the Franchise Tax Board.

April 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Moffat Blvd. monument to moving on

The steel framework of the 3,600-square-foot building going up on Moffat Boulevard is more than just the future home of the Manteca Veterans Center.

April 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Try eating apples grown in Cupertino

Salinity levels at Vernalis south of Manteca would not be so high if the Hypocrites-by-the Bay in the Green Environmental Perfection movement did their fair share to protect fish.

April 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rewarding state $300M for helping kill 8 people

PG&E is paying $300 million too much for the 2,425 violations of federal and state safety rules in connection with an investigation following the 2010 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno that killed eight people and destroyed more than three dozen homes.

April 11, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Two angels at Manteca High save life of teen

Amanda Buhay could have died in mid-December in a Manteca High classroom.

April 10, 2015 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Kidney stones, hammertoes & smartphones

I miss the good old days.

April 10, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


LITTLE FREE LIBRARY

I love books. I taught myself to read at the age of 5 and haven't put a book down ever since. As a child I won several "Queen of Children's Readers" contests held at the local library, where they kept track of every book I borrowed, and several years in a row I came close to the number 300.

April 09, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Poker benefits foster families

It's time to gamble – for a great cause. Agape Villages presents a Poker Tournament at the Manteca Senior Center (295 Cherry Lane) on Friday, April 10, from 7 to 11 p.m. to support foster children. The entry fee is $40 per player. For more information, please call Nina at 209.992.8346 or email npayne@agapevillages.org.

April 09, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


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