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Volunteers make Manteca Police even more SHARP

The most cost effective program ever to roll out of the Manteca Civic Center?

June 30, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Reflecting on Bethlehem Peace Pilgrimage

I'm writing from a picturesque island in Puget Sound called "Vashon", just west of Seattle, where I've been re-uniting with a very important group of friends. Just over 30 years ago, we launched our 7,000-mile walk called the "Bethlehem Peace Pilgrimage".

June 30, 2012 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns

Today’s struggling taxpayers asked to subsidize more of future’s wealthier folks

Is paying $253 a month for 10 years a fair exchange for a shot at making $1,000 a week for 40 years?

June 28, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Memo to politicians in Sacramento: The party was over four years ago

You've just had your pay cut 20 percent.

June 27, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

How growth saved Manteca from going under financially

So how did Manteca manage to stay afloat while it was spending more to run day-to-day government operations from roughly 2001 to today?

June 27, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Teeming sidewalks in Sausalito, bare concrete in Manteca

Walking along sidewalks in historic Sausalito you get stunning views of the San Francisco skyline.

June 26, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Life has taken us from Neil Hafley & George Murphy Jr. to young couple in Pacific Grove

Life is really what we make it – and being at this point in life and looking back there are many rich moments that have come and gone. For a couple who tied the knot over 50 years ago, we have enjoyed them all to the fullest.

June 25, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns

Should I get a 10% discount because I’m 56 years old?

I ordered my weekly vice - a medium banana cream pie Blizzard at Dairy Queen - on Sunday.

June 25, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

California curse: The legacy of the 64-lane freeway

Is it six lanes to hell or eight lanes to paradise?

June 23, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Buyology thinks they found what makes us the party animals that we are

You've probably never heard of Buyology.

June 21, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Why the letters LMD one day may cost you big money living in Manteca

You may yawn when you read about landscape maintenance districts (LMD) and turn the page.

June 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

R.C. Owens and the measure of a man

This oft-quoted statement quickly came to mind Mondayafter I heard about the passing of sports great R.C. Owens. "You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him."

June 20, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

Blaming websites for consequences of our risky behavior

You be the judge.

June 20, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

I’ll miss RC Owens’ out of the blue calls

My first-ever encounter with R.C. Owens took place during a work assignment at the Crutchfield Center inside the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manteca / Lathrop.

June 19, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

Want to save the state from disaster? Then go fishing

Want to see an end to California's perennial budget crisis?

June 19, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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Horse whipping Wells Fargo makes Congress nothing but hypocrites

Nothing is more amusing than to see bi-partisan indignation picking the low hanging fruit to make it look as if the government has your best ...

September 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Obamacare doesn’t add up for some

This is not a holier than thou column. I'm not. Nor is this gloating. Healthcare needs in this country - defined by cost and results ...

September 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Little Johnny & the Dysfunctional Family City

Little Johnny is 8 years old.

September 26, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The bogeyman & bogeywoman aren’t on boob tube tonight

I don't fear for America.

September 26, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca’s ‘mega’ future

Manteca's future health - economically and as a community - is becoming more and more reliant not on just the Bay Area/Silicon Valley but also ...

September 24, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bryan Stow has little memory of that fateful day of March 31, 2011.

September 24, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

They didn’t break Stow’s spirit

Diehard San Francisco Giants fan, Bryan Stow is a funny guy.

September 24, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

Ripon nails 6 for illegal fireworks

Since the enactment of the new ordinance, the Ripon Police Department was able to spring into action and issue several citations to those found to ...

September 24, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

Lathrop getting into cell towers

The City of Lathrop doesn't like the idea of somebody building a communication tower in their right of way.

September 24, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

Del Webb gearing up for car show

It's the 2016 Rods, Roadsters & Cruising Cars car show.

September 24, 2016 | | Local Columns

Absentee landlords & downtown Manteca

For years, Manteca civic leaders have slammed absentee landlords for making it next-to-impossible to get any traction downtown.

September 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca: Has it lost it’s mojo?

Not one, not two, but three Manteca City Council members Tuesday lamented how Tracy - and Lathrop to a lesser degree - was kicking Manteca's proverbial ...

September 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

San Francisco is helping ‘kill’ river salmon

Environmental Defense in February of 2005 noted 85 percent of the 260,000 acre feet of water San Francisco takes from the Tuloumne River watershed ...

September 20, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

For you, my love

A love lost with the passing of my wife? No way. Mary Lou is still by my side.

September 19, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


The days of Manteca Unified teachers and administrators communicating with parents almost exclusively with notes or flyers has gone the way of the slide rule.

September 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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