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Shades of pink in the land of bleeding red

"We have met the enemy and he is us." – Pogo in Walt Kelly's 1970 comic strip of the same name

February 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


VA rejects French Camp location

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.

February 09, 2010 | By Leroy Ornellas San Joaquin County Supervisor Fifth District | Local Columns


Margo Young grows up along with Manteca

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.

February 08, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Palm Beach, jail sales tax, & Manteca

Palm Beach in Florida is the winter play land of the Eastern Seaboard's old money.

February 06, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why PG&E fears SSJID as well as Marin County

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.

February 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Law & Disorder: The shape of things to come

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.

February 04, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BIA pushing double suicide pact with city

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?

February 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Calling plans would befuddle even Nostradamus

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.

February 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Science camp’s $260 price tag worth the price for 6th graders

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.

February 02, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Did PG&E learn anything from Hinkley disaster?

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?

January 30, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca lives by the code (The code of anything goes)

Manteca is talking about actually getting tougher with property maintenance regulations.

January 29, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A high speed future possible for downtown

Downtown Manteca's future is looking up – literally.

January 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca challenge: Blight in newer neighborhoods

It's a classic early 21st century Manteca neighborhood.

January 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Truck parking and quality of life in Lathrop

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.

January 25, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Bonus bucks in abeyance? Only with some strings

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.

January 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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MHS senior is inspiration to other teens

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.

July 01, 2014 | By SHARDAE JONES Manteca High student correspondent | Local Columns


Want to find out about yourself & California? Go take a hike

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.

July 01, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Willis Carrier’s hot idea: Has it cheated us of enjoying the heat of summer?

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared in July of 2012.

June 29, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


El Rey: It’s demise was as splashy as its 38-year run

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran in November of 2011.

June 28, 2014 | | Local Columns


THE LEGAL CHAPTER

Manteca's Book Exchange has run into an unexpected legal chapter.

June 27, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


MRPS Holy Ghost celebration this Sunday

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.

June 27, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Hernias, butter knives & doing crazy things

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran in July of 2011.

June 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s Darlings

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.

June 26, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


3 words killing America today: ‘I am entitled’

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran in December of 2010.

June 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


If eating 2 apples a day is going to kill me, so be it

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran in June of 2011.

June 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Grass isn’t any greener on this side of the hill

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran in July of 2010.

June 23, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So you think that tip you put down is something extra for good service

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. The following column first ran in June of 2011.

June 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manscaping & the pain of it all

Step No. 1: Squeeze lotion into palm of hand.

June 21, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


Guys who get ink want you to look

Don't let anybody tell you anything different.

June 21, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Guys, your success is hanging on by a hair

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.

June 21, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


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