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Manteca Police, copper wiring thieves & 2,300 marijuana plants

It isn't surprising that there are people ripping into Manteca Police for their superb job of taking out a multi-million pot growing operation in the heart of the Manteca Industrial Park.

February 13, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We must never apologize for dropping the bomb on Japan

Japan's narrative of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki for years has painted the Japanese as victims.

February 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Atherton Drive, not McKinley is better alternative

Since 1849 when valley paths expanded into well-worn dirt roads heading toward the mines, strategically placed thoroughfares have been growth-inducing in California where mobility and lifestyle are interchangeable concepts.

February 11, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fly swatters for $6.99? Are they crazy or what?

All I wanted was a simple fly swatter.

February 10, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Deville without Cruella is like Fred Astaire without Ginger Rogers

There's an empty spot in my heart today.

February 09, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The case to make McKinley extension Manteca’s DMZ for growth

It's time that Manteca took its scrutiny of ways to deliver government services more efficiently and for less money to the next level.

February 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


No truck route for McKinley is sound planning

McKinley Avenue should not under any circumstances be designated as a truck route.

February 06, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Discriminating against renters simply based on their youth

He's a young man. He works an honest day doing construction work. And he's about as clean-cut as you can get - no sagging pants, fairly well-groomed, polite, and hardworking.

February 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Defining misery by standards that really count

The Central Valley - according to the insightful people at Forbes who pride themselves on catching business trends but somehow were asleep at the wheel when the Wall Street Turks used sleight of hand and unadulterated greed to crash the economy - is hell on earth.

February 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Perhaps they thought levee was just a big gopher mound

It was the defining moment of the January 1997 floods.

January 31, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


CPUC cozies up even closer to for-profit utilities

The Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco was the setting for a dinner that brought for-profit California utility company fat cats and the upper crust of bureaucrats together.

January 30, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fire sprinklers in homes & former Fire Chief Rule

Charlie Rule over 20 years ago pushed to get his bosses on the Manteca City Council to require new home builders to install fire sprinklers in all new single family residential construction.

January 29, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cyclists pedal camaraderie with group rides

The holidays have come and gone and now it's time for a return to normalcy.

January 28, 2011 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Food fight in Lathrop over taco trucks

Taco trucks vs. brick-and-mortar eating establishments.

January 27, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


It started out as a project to replace a toilet

I now live in a two bedroom, no bathroom home - at least until Saturday.

January 27, 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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