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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


Follow the law? Not if you’re PG&E top brass

PG&E seems to be above regulation.

July 03, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pit bulls have friend in Linda Sell at the Manteca Animal Shelter

Since Manteca's city council passed an ordinance in October 2008 requiring all pit bulls and pit bull mixed breeds be spayed or neutered, illegal pit bulls have been a constant worry for animal control workers, especially Linda Sell.

July 03, 2011 | By LAUREN MITCHELL Manteca resident | Local Columns


State gambling with schools

By WILLIAM DRAA

July 03, 2011 | | Local Columns


Dog teaching man

I've heard tell that dog owners (or "guardians" as some prefer) look like their dogs. I did not realize with how much haste that transpires.

July 03, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns


Government makes Internet tax dodgers & those holding garage sales tax cheats

Having a garage sale this weekend?

July 02, 2011 | | Local Columns


Harsh words for ‘Larry Crowne’: A Hanks film set in hard times

Tom Hanks is the quintessential Hollywood Nice Guy. Even when he plays a gangster, he's a very nice gangster. And that's why audiences flock to see his movies.

June 30, 2011 | Chris Ching | Local Columns


Police followed the evidence & took the hit

"It is what it is." - Stephen Schluer, president, Manteca Police Officers Association

June 30, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Uncle Sam earns “D” for forcing lunch price hike on local students

Everything you need to know about the federal government you can learn in a Manteca Unified school cafeteria this fall.

June 30, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s easy to be nuts about Ripon

Ripon is a true valley town with a strong sense of Americana that at times seems of another era.

June 29, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E et al seek weaker safety standard for their power poles

If PG&E happens to electrocute you, burn your house down, or start a wildfire that wipes out your crop they want to be able to do so without worrying about being held liable for your death or losses.

June 29, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fireworks offer bit of insight into legalizing marijuana

Get ready for a taste of Kabul at night.

June 28, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The dawn of a new era in city government

It was, if you will, a Declaration of Reality.

June 26, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Partnership forged in fire about to be strengthened in financial adversity

There's been talk of marriage but it never got past the pre-nuptials.

June 26, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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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


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


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