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Bass Pro Shops is deal that’s paying off for Manteca

Imagine the City of Manteca having to spend $3.5 million to cover a bond payment because The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley isn't finished.

June 11, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just how ‘dire’ is the loss of six firefighters?

Does anyone really want to see Manteca lose six firefighters?

June 10, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Eight dirty little secrets about Manteca & city funding

Ready for to hear a couple of dirty little secrets?

June 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mother of 6 passes muster for CHP

Clenched fist knuckle pushups into the hot asphalt was just one of the challenges Heather Lundbom faced in the California Highway Patrol Academy that graduated only six women recently out of the 68 who were actually sworn-in as traffic officers.

June 08, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


CASWELL PARK BECKONS

A unique Central Valley gem encompassing 258 acres awaits those venturing to the southern end of Austin Road.

June 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s wrong using 3rd graders for political objectives

How would you view a teacher taking class time to have her third grade students write legislators to protest cuts to education and to raise the budget?

June 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cancer research: Wrong number for cell phones?

I should be dead.

June 06, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I confess, I use my cell phone just for phone calls

"Wow, you still have a flip phone? That's almost prehistoric."

June 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A 9-year-old GECAC success story

Matthew Refuerzo could easily be a poster boy for Give Every Child a Chance.

June 05, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


California wants to penalize those who follow the law when others don’t

The California Legislature can't even balance a check book yet they have no problem telling the rest of us who aren't in financial trouble and who follow the law how to live our lives.

June 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Mister Dillon’ reunited with Dennis Weaver

Marshal Matt Dillon (Jim Arness) is up in heaven right now with Kitty (Amanda Blake), Deputy Dennis Goode (Dennis Weaver) and Doc (Milburn Stone) enjoying a beer at the Long Branch Salon swapping stories and reminiscing about the good old days when TV shows didn't need gratuitous sex and violence to enthrall viewers.

June 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The X-Men... again

It used to be a blockbuster movie franchise got a reboot every decade or so, but with audience attention span obviously dropping to virtually nil, what's here today is ...well, back today.

June 03, 2011 | Chris Ching | Local Columns


Manteca bagging Great Wolf: Not a slam dunk

Great Wolf Resorts should not under any circumstances be considered a slam dunk.

June 03, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Guess what? State prisons are doing their job

I do not expect prisons to rehabilitate anyone.

June 02, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


State leaders smelling too many gas fumes

They're grasping at straws in Sacramento.

June 01, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Legislative lushes get free rides via taxpayers

"All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others." - George Orwell in his novel "Animal Farm

June 01, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Great Manteca kitchen debate: Legion, the city, VFW & $115K

What is the moral or legal dilemma with the Manteca City Council spending $115,000 to install a commercial kitchen in the Moffat Boulevard Community Center that they are leasing long-term to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6311?

May 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


To the Class of 2015: It’s all about attitude

Dear graduates:

May 29, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How to build a fire station in SE Manteca now & not later

There is a way Manteca can enhance public safety by building a fifth fire station, reduce response times in medical emergencies, and do so now instead of later.

May 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Chickens, private air space & drones

"If a landowner is to have full enjoyment of the land, he must have exclusive control of the immediate reaches of the enveloping atmosphere. Otherwise buildings could not be erected, trees could not be planted, and fences could not be run." - Justice William O. Douglas in the majority opinion of the United States vs. Causby

May 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Driving folks into hopeless desperation: That’s the ticket

The politicians finally admitted it.

May 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tony & Mrs. K’s café’s food, business start from scratch

The old proverbial breakfast bell is clanging on Thursday morning with doors opening at 8 a.m. with an open house for customers old and new at Tony and Mrs. K's café by a very special woman who has a passion for her customers as well as for her menus. It is a joy to call her my friend.

May 26, 2015 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Golden Years are empty Tin Cup Years

Florence dreads the 12th of the month.

May 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Scores don’t make a school. Teachers do.

Just how good is your school?

May 20, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Vicious women & beauty pageants

I like looking at women's legs. I'm not being sexist. I'm a guy.

May 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Feeding social media trumps living your life

I confess. I'm a closet taker of selfies.

May 18, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Graffiti vandals believe they are above the law & Mother Nature

Ron Kammeyer is redefining the word "audacity."

May 16, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Slow thinking: There will never be an app for that

Slow thinking.

May 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The lessons for Manteca Unified board & Bronson

The self-imposed exit of Alexander Bronson from the Manteca Unified School District board 188 days after his election offers a morality lesson for many people - school district brass, the board, and Bronson himself.

May 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Almonds are water misers compared to marijuana

Almonds - we are told by those who want further cutbacks on agricultural water deliveries so urban lawns can stay lush and so they can hose out their garbage cans and hose down their driveways on a weekly basis - are water guzzlers.

May 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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