"We have met the enemy and he is us." – Pogo in Walt Kelly's 1970 comic strip of the same name
Recently, San Joaquin County received correspondence from the Veterans Administration notifying us that the properties around the County Hospital, which we had offered for the location of the proposed Regional VA Facilities, had been eliminated from consideration. We were astonished at this revelation.
Imagine Manteca so small that everyone knows everybody. So small that the area where St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and the houses along that stretch of East North Street is just open fields. And small enough there are only about 5,000 people who call this Spreckels Sugar town home.
Palm Beach in Florida is the winter play land of the Eastern Seaboard's old money.
It is abundantly clear with each passing day that PG&E – a key player in plunging California into a downward spiral and helping set the stage for the recall of Gov. Gray Davis when it successfully greased politicians in Sacramento to deregulate power in the Golden State – never intended to play by the rules it helped create.
Three young men apparently thought it would be fun Tuesday night to go around with flashing red and blue strobe lights and pull over unsuspecting motorists and ask for their identification.
If you are clinging to the side of a capsized boat in the middle of shark infested waters praying for rescuers to come to your aid, would you deliberately slash yourself to let blood flow into the water?
There was a time when a princess phone was the cat's meow when it came to high tech from your phone company that you affectionately referred to as Ma Bell.
I didn't realize how much it cost for one student to go to science camp until it came to my son several years ago.
How can PG&E get a free pass from strict California water quality standards involving what can be discharged into the San Joaquin River and Delta when municipalities, farmers, and other businesses are held to significantly higher standards?
Manteca is talking about actually getting tougher with property maintenance regulations.
Downtown Manteca's future is looking up – literally.
It's a classic early 21st century Manteca neighborhood.
I've seen the two trucks parked on the same spot for days. Twice, a few days apart last week, I drove by the intersection where I saw their looming and enormous bright orange metal bodies. They were parked close together, one behind the other, on the west side of Manthey Road just a few feet to the south of the Lathrop Road intersection.
It is pretty sobering to think that without the bonus bucks collected over the years Manteca today would have either 46 less police officers and firefighters or 75 less parks, streets, and general staff workers.
It's true inspiration to see a teen that stands out among the rest of the student body for his positive actions in school where there is a need.
It was 40 degrees Thursday. I had been hiking for six hours. The sun had been up over the Great Basin for perhaps three hours.
Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared in July of 2012.
Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran in November of 2011.
Manteca's Book Exchange has run into an unexpected legal chapter.
The Manteca Ripon Pentecost Society 95th annual Holy Ghost Celebration includes a parade on Sunday, June 29, at 9:30 a.m., mass at St. Anthony's Church at 10:30 a.m. and serving of sopa and meat as well as the auction following the mass. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and dancing by the band ALMA comes at 8 p.m. For more info click HERE.
Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran in July of 2011.
Striking up the band with heart and soul memories is the order of the day early Friday evening when Leroy Darling's former Manteca High musicians will be marching through the front door of the Chez Shari dining room at the city golf course on Union Road.
Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran in December of 2010.
Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran in June of 2011.
Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran in July of 2010.
Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. The following column first ran in June of 2011.
Step No. 1: Squeeze lotion into palm of hand.
Don't let anybody tell you anything different.
My dad was always very proud of his raven black hair and raven black mustache. When his 40th birthday rolled around, the first gray hair appeared. But he didn't get discouraged by the obvious sign of aging. He simply got his hair and mustache colored the darkest shade of black during his regular hair trim every month. He turned 60 this February and he looks as good as always, with only few people knowing his secret.