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Diablo Canyon & PG&E: Just how safe is it?

Rancho Seco twin towers soar 55 stories above the ground in Herald some 40 miles north of Manteca.

March 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


RDA doesn’t raise your taxes even a penny

So is redevelopment a good thing?

March 22, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The cancer we are developing is of the heart & soul

Roy Rogers was the good guy who wore the white hat.

March 21, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making sense & cents for Caswell State Park

One can easily come up with perhaps more than a dozen reasons to preserve Caswell State Memorial Park from budget-beleaguered, cost-cutting-crazy California. As everyone probably knows by now, the Golden State's more than 200 state parks are being eyed by the powers-that-be in Sacramento as one of the convenient cuts that could be done to trim the $27 billion deficit.

March 21, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Let’s stop calling people racist for stating the facts

One Saturday night three years ago Manteca Police were running a fairly routine sobriety checkpoint on Yosemite Avenue just past Powers Avenue.

March 20, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Message from Japan: Finding the way to life

Last Friday, one week following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan March 11, I heard a fascinating broadcast. A fisherman had been out to sea just before the disaster stuck. Noticing whirlpools in the water, he headed for shore and ran to his home. By then, the sirens were blaring and the villagers were already evacuating toward the hills. Driving as fast as he could, without time even to save his most valuable property, he fell quickly in line with the vehicles ascending the principal route out of town.

March 20, 2011 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


A reminder of what really matters

It seems like merely days ago the public dialogue bounced between the skyrocketing price of groceries and gasoline; the rising up of working people in the mid east - as well as our own mid west; and the rambings of a seemingly unstable, implausibly garrulous celebrity whose veins course with "dragon's blood." It seems like just days ago because, well, it was.

March 20, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns


Lathrop policy clears way for Jack in Box mobile food trucks

Here's some food for thought for municipal leaders in the South County: What if corporate fast food companies piggyback on city efforts to "help people make a living" via food vending trucks?

March 19, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sales tax rule makes Internet firms richer at everyone’s expense

Some $220 million annually in sales tax is not being collected by California cities and counties.

March 18, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


McKinley battle is more than just a fight over a way of life

McKinley Avenue expressway is far from dead.

March 17, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Will work for food’: Then let’s help them do it

It was panhandling central.

March 14, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making pit bull & other dog owners more responsible

Responsible pit bull owners do have a point.

March 13, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Taco trucks: Convenient and cheap

LATHROP – Once I became a junior in high school there wasn't a week that went by that I didn't eat at a taco truck with my friends.

March 13, 2011 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Growth brought more than just 17,838 additional Manteca residents

So what has 17,838 more Manteca residents brought us?

March 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The case for a true South County seat on San Joaquin Board of Supervisors

South San Joaquin County has a mixture of four expanding cities and a growing job base with an even brighter outlook that is destined to clash with vibrant agricultural endeavors.

March 11, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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The Manteca tax that make more homeless

The Inn by the Station is not the Rose Motel of yesteryear or even of five years ago.

March 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


He’s ‘Proud to be MUSD’

Manteca Unified School District Superintendent Jason Messer and the Board of Education have been investing time and money in pushing the slogan, Proud to be MUSD, which is aimed at focusing on all things positive about the district - from students' accomplishments and teachers' innovative instructional approaches, to a slew of progressive-thinking educational programs such as the $30 million Going Digital and the be.tech vocational charter school that has shown phenomenal growth in the mere three years it has been open.

March 30, 2015 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Assassins: Why teens like game

I get it now.

March 28, 2015 | James Burns | Local Columns


Three examples of why education today is effective

Need a custom clock made from aluminum as a wedding gift?

March 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Trustees squander $120,298

What can $298.50 buy for the classroom to support your child's education?

March 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bob Piccinini: Strong work ethic built grocery empire

Once in a great while, someone crosses your path and leaves such an impression that enriches your view of life and makes you appreciate even more the values that should be held near and dear.

March 26, 2015 | | Local Columns


THE REVOLUTION

They have taken out the lawn in their back yard and replaced it with brick and sand as well as a water fountain that sits bone dry.

March 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fluffy in Stockton, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party & more!

McParland School's Pancake/Omelet Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, at 1601 Northgate Dr. from 7 to 11 a.m. More than 30 baskets and a handmade quilt will be available for raffle, and proceeds from the event will benefit the eighth grade class. Tickets are $6 at the door. For more info, please call 209.858.7290.

March 26, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Train crews harbor horror of taking a life on the rails

Suicide by train has occurred all too often in Manteca.

March 25, 2015 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Uncle Sam allows us to be ripped off $124B a year

It's tough to support one's self on $8,000 a year.

March 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The case for electing Manteca council members by district

All four of Manteca's City Council members live in neighborhoods built in the last 15 years. Two reside in the Woodward Park neighborhood, one along the Airport Way corridor and the other in Union Ranch. All three neighborhoods are in the outer ring of the city.

March 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dancing on razor’s edge in Lathrop

Politicians – or elected officials as they like to call themselves – tend to grow thicker skin as time goes on.

March 24, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Manteca City Council needs to show water use leadership

Less than two blocks from my home Saturday there was a man washing his three cars with an open hose in his driveway. The water run-off ran the length of the block, turned a corner and was flowing down into the storm drain at a nice steady rate.

March 23, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


Squeezing Manteca’s vulnerable young moms

The young mom was elated.

March 21, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Obama’s vision for America: $20 fine for not voting

College professors often think out loud.

March 20, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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