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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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Traffic fines are the stick while surcharges are the anvil drop

So why are we writing traffic tickets in California?

June 30, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Better late than never

In 34 years of life I had never sat in a boat with just my father and taken in the splendor of the great outdoors ...

June 30, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Atherton gap, loss of Kmart, & council will

The best way for Manteca to counter the pending loss of Kmart sales tax dollars by snaring more retailers is two words: Follow through.

June 29, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Here’s one thing we really don’t want to be like Pleasanton

A lot of people look toward Pleasanton - along with Dublin and Livermore - and sigh about how great it would be to like one of the ...

June 28, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lies, damned lies & the Twin Tunnels

In the Ohlone Wilderness south of Pleasanton is a 220-foot tall reminder that the past may catch up with California.

June 27, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Elliott on tap to serve as Ripona principal

Ripon Unified is getting a new elementary school principal and a director of student service.

June 26, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Bass Pro donates 500 rods to help Kids Matter effort

Herman Beer is doing his part to get youngsters to enjoy the outdoors.

June 26, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Manteca lands $3M grant for food to fuel

Manteca is setting a new standard in forward thinking when it comes to diverting garbage from landfills.

June 26, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Price, offerings luring new members

The Manteca-Lathrop Boys & Girls Club is enjoying a surge in first-time membership.

June 26, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DRIVING MANTECA

Manteca's build-as-you-grow approach to major roads makes sure that development pays the tab.

June 26, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How Manteca’s council allows public safety to be jeopardized

The Manteca City Council is inadvertently placing the safety of the public and police at risk.

June 24, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Point a finger & three fingers will point back

Every so often something pops up on Facebook that is thought provoking. Recently, a posting by Facebook caused me to do something I do not ...

June 24, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


Lathrop Road is about to ruffle a few feathers

Last week the Lathrop City Council voted unanimously to move forward with a proposal that widens Lathrop Road to four lanes from the Westerly grade ...

June 23, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Defying ‘death’ & making water bottlers wealthy

Twenty-four times a year I spend upwards of two hours with a needle in my arm donating platelets at what is now the Red Cross ...

June 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Would you call a 61-year-old man a ‘dude’?

"Dude, you read my mind."

June 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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