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If it’s about the economy stupid . . .

Mayor Willie Weatherford has several big targets on his back.

October 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s real problem: Salaries & pension costs

Carlon Perry isn't doing the old soft shoe when it comes to what ails government.

October 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The RDA law: California’s DH rule for cities

Baseball purists abhor the designated hitter rule.

October 18, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Native Californians all have heritage tied to Mexico

I am proud of my Mexican heritage.

October 17, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BLD: The biggest non-issue in race for Manteca mayor

The surprising thing about the Manteca municipal election on Nov. 2 is the one issue that hasn't come up - Big League Dreams.

October 16, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The 33 men in the mine & the history of good

It is being called "75 percent science, 25 percent miracle."

October 15, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bass Pro, Costco should be last sales tax sharing deals

There are three big players in the outdoor sports world of mega-marketing - Bass Pro, Cabela's and Gander Mountain.

October 14, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The oil companies don’t want to do their fair share

If you're a California resident - or have a business based in the Golden State - you've been paying the equivalent of a Third World country's gross national product over the years in a bid to clean our air.

October 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Nudity in front of nuns, a priest held at gunpoint

I was in a hurry to take a shower and get to a Roseville City Council meeting.

October 11, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Messick launches her own music studio

A music teacher for three generations, Ripon's Terry Messick is voicing concern about the lack of music classes especially in the public elementary schools – and she's trying to make a difference.

October 10, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Weapons of smash destruction are the best kind

The guy was a bit shy at first.

October 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A strong faith in volunteers & Christianity

"You can't rely on volunteers."

October 08, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pedestrians aren’t simply collateral damage

pedestriann. 1. A person risking their lives in Manteca. 2. An inconvenient road obstacle for Manteca drivers. 3. People you flip off after almost hitting them in crosswalks.

October 07, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cut Lathrop mayor slack on family matter

I'm often reminded that I'm in a profession noted for its jaded view of life and the world in general. I admit I put on that armor suit on a number of occasions in the performance of my job in the interest of holding on to my belief that all human beings are basically good at heart.

October 07, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


SF: No longer taking bad homeless behavior lying down?

Are some homeless becoming too aggressive?

October 06, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Do not put dog park by VFW Hall

Let's cut to the chase.

March 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Modesty & consorting with retailer Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch isn't exactly a retailer known for modesty.

March 05, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Spaghetti dinner tonight; quilt show this weekend

The spaghetti dinner for the Jeff Gonsalez Memorial Scholarship is today from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Manteca High cafeteria. Takeout meals are available. Adults are $8 and children 12 and under $5. For tickets call April at 403.1956 or Wilma at 823.4938. Tickets are also available at the door.

March 05, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Springtime in Manteca means gophers are popping up

Capistrano has its swallows. Pier 39 has its sea lions. And Manteca has its gophers.

March 04, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Single family homes: All that matters in Manteca

Let's be honest.

March 03, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Beautiful blue eyes

Those beautiful blue eyes.

February 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Little Red Hen & Tulloch Lake

Copperopolis residents are worried sick.

February 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fish fry, JROTC dinner Friday

The FESM Fish Dinner is Friday, Feb. 27, at the FESM Hall, 240 N. Main St., Manteca with takeout from 5 to 6 p.m. The doors for the sit-down dinner open at 6 with a dinner of lingcod fish, potatoes, bread, salad, and dessert served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 6 to 12. For tickets contact Frank at 209.595.3558.

February 26, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Questions to dog city leaders on

The Great Dog Park Debate is back.

February 25, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The winner in the category of least gracious winner is . . .

The 87th annual Academy Awards shouldn't be confused with entertainment.

February 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Here’s to the 301 Manteca residents who would of died

There will be 301 Manteca residents who will not die by the end of this year thanks to vaccines.

February 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Job market forces pay raises at Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart workers are getting a pay raise.

February 21, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Central Valley Beat debuting today

"Welcome to the very first episode of the Central Valley Beat. I am Nina Frisby and…"

February 20, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


It’s Almond Blossom time! (plus more crab)

Almond Blossom Festival is here! Start your weekend right with some tasty breakfast. Ripon Grange #511 is holding its 53rd annual Almond Blossom Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 6 to 10 a.m. at the Grange Hall, 827 Ripona Ave., Ripon. Tickets for adults are $7 when purchased in advance or $8 at the door. Please call Helen at 209.599.7110 for more information.

February 19, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Family City’s can-do attitude is for Bay Area housing needs

There is no affordable housing problem in Manteca.

February 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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