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It’s not wise to kick your group exercise instructor

Put this on the list of things you shouldn't do: Kicking your group exercise instructor.

January 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Gatto Way would honor storied Lathrop family’s history

LATHROP – There's nothing wrong with Fifth Street in Lathrop. But perhaps it needs a new name that would reflect this part of the Old Town District's historic past - a name that would honor one of the town's pioneer families.

January 04, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Back to the future in Sacramento

California's political elite munched on hot dogs, potato chips and water on Monday to celebrate Jerry Brown's return to the governorship.

January 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca turns sewer land into economic Mother Lode

Most people saw just an old dump and abandoned wastewater treatment plant.

January 02, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So why do they call them bathroom vanities anyway?

I've been seriously toying with the idea of remodeling my bathroom for the past several months.

December 31, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hime caught photography bug during seventh grade

Thank goodness for Time-Life subscription promotions.

December 31, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


New UC motto: ‘Let there be less $245,000+ a year executives’

Jerry Brown could set the tone – and change the attitude of apparently many at the upper echelons of state bureaucracies – if he issues an executive order on his first day as California governor to eliminate any position in the University of California system paying $245,000 a year or more.

December 31, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Words of faith: ‘The light begins in the darkness’

It was perhaps the darkest time of the Great Recession in Manteca.

December 30, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Government keeps on giving itself more & more control

I intend to become a lawbreaker.

December 29, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Christmas moments suitable for sitcom

As usual, I scrambled at the last minute for Christmas shopping.

December 29, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Manteca must wisely forge financial waters in making Great Wolf deal

Two of Great Wolf Resorts' water parks are underwater.

December 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The case for not dividing Manteca between supervisors

Manteca is a divided city.

December 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Acorn in pocket adds to memories

It's more than just an acorn.

December 27, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


High speed rail is permanent job killer for Southern San Joaquin Valley

There is something deliciously ironic about the first operable segment of high speed rail in California being between Fresno and Bakersfield.

December 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Yuletide memories live on in our hearts

Christmas memories flavor our yuletide seasons for years to come. It was my hope to touch on the happier side of life no matter how simple it might have been at the time. The fact that some things of a positive nature can stay with us and be passed on to our children and often from generation to generation is a gift in itself.

December 24, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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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


Manteca’s next round of water use reductions

As strange as it might sound, Manteca is ahead of the curve when it comes to stepping up its game to conserve water.

April 09, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making life difficult for bottom rung workers

Once upon a time in a quaint little place called California a young person between 16 and 17 years of age could get an entry level job with ease.

April 08, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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