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Sacrificing local services on altar of the almighty state workers

Shortly after arriving in Manteca in 1991 I was told by several people of how some Bay Area counties would "pay" welfare recipients to help them move to the Central Valley by providing everything from bus tickets to assistance with getting an apartment.

January 19, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Getting past Blue Monday

What a way to kick off the week: Blue Monday.

January 19, 2011 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


California Dream: From Gold Rush to state government going bust

Six days from now marks the 163rd anniversary of the most defining event in California history - the discovery of gold by James Marshall at Coloma.

January 18, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Wrapping dishes with clothing at the checkout

I should have said something, but I didn't.

January 16, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Short life spanned the Great Abyss

Between the day she was born and the day she died the world had changed.

January 16, 2011 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Taking Manteca’s bike path system to the next level

The Tidewater Bikeway rates as a true visionary move made by Manteca civic leaders in the 1990s.

January 15, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Perks of jogging in refrigerator weather: Prelude to spring’s bounty

January in the Northern San Joaquin Valley can drive you crazy if you let it.

January 14, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


No escaping fact Uncle Sam wants to kill off SUVs

My family thought I had lost it when I moved to Manteca 20 years ago.

January 13, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why are we even shocked by what happened in Arizona?

There is evil in the world.

January 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Surprise! Brown’s honeymoon is over after 7 days

India has its sacred cow.

January 11, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making it safer for illegals to enter California

It is illegal to enter the United States without going through the proper channels.

January 10, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


If the bank had just put in a decent toilet

It started with a need to replace a woefully inadequate cheap toilet – with an installation job to match – the bank had put in place in a bid to "modernize" the foreclosure I bought nearly three years ago.

January 09, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just what we need: E-mails from our washing machines

Do we really need a washing machine that e-mails you when it's through with a load of clothes?

January 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Marin County frets about SmartMeters but not cell phones

PG&E - contrary to the belief of the Marin County Board of Supervisors - is not trying to kill off its customers using electromagnetic radiation.

January 07, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


New Year resolutions: Just do it

Does anyone really stick to their New Year resolution?

January 07, 2011 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


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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


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


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


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