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It’s fair to say what ails SJ Fair is its location

Is the San Joaquin County Fair worth saving?

September 03, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Survivor’s guide to the streets of Manteca

Turn signal? In Manteca? You don't need to use no stinkin' turn signal to drive in Manteca.

September 02, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


United States of America: Made by labor

The temperatures are still in the 90s.

August 31, 2013 | | Local Columns


Helping needy: Slamming farmers while praising Internet billionaires

Come October literally hundreds if not thousands of tons of "food" will be plowed under throughout San Joaquin County.

August 30, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Memo to Cowsills: Cover my head with hair? If that were the only place, I’d be happy

I admit I'm a candidate for the missing link.

August 29, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The working poor discover 29 + 49 + 89 adds up to less money & still no healthcare

During the early stages of the foreclosure crisis I got into a heated phone exchange with Congressman Jerry McNerney's communications director.

August 28, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


If $150 fee goes away Cal Fire needs “George Runner Rule”

Wildfires, they say, are getting worse.

August 27, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘This is where we’ll fight it, boys’

MI-WUK VILLAGE – It's going to take more than a bucket of water and hoses to extinguish the Rim Fire.

August 27, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns


Southside Park: The city cuts the grass, gangs own the turf

Southside is unlike any other city park.

August 26, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Remember the good old days when saying ‘I’m bored’ wasn’t a prelude to a thrill kill

"We were bored and didn't have anything to do so we decided to kill somebody." - what one of three teen suspects in a thrill kill told police in Oklahoma.

August 24, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Would Louisa Clapp view her namesake ‘lane’ as ugly today?

Louisa Clapp arrived in what is now known as Manteca in 1849 with her husband Noah.

August 23, 2013 | | Local Columns


Manteca decides smoking in parks less obnoxious than Big Government

Manteca is not New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg's kind of town.

August 22, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Breathable air or drive-thru windows?

Enjoying the air quality of the last few days?

August 21, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Privacy, helmet cams, ‘The Truman Show’ & Big Brother

Face it. You are Jim Carrey and you are the star of "The Truman Show."

August 20, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


No yolk. Uncle Sam may require $11.2B chicken cage investment

QUESTION: If a chicken rancher has 50,000 chickens and he has to pay $40 a hen for new roomier cages to meet a state mandate how much of the cost are consumers going to absorb?

August 19, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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The 120 Bypass; A bird in hand vs. 2 in the bush

Councilman Mike Morowit is right about the severe impacts Manteca would have to deal with if access to Highway 99 is eliminated at Austin Road.

August 07, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Barebones Maple Avenue Plaza ideal for community partnership

Manteca does a lot of things right.

August 04, 2017 | | Local Columns


So you say you want a Manteca aquatics center

Everybody wants something.

August 04, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


From dictator to Pulitzer Prize

Surprises never cease – especially in Ripon – from the finding of a cannon ball years ago near Caswell State Park on the Stanislaus River to the ...

August 04, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Stockton in the spotlight again — this time over sanctuary city controversy

For reasons that nobody can quite figure out, the Trump administration has decided to name Stockton as one of the four American cities it is ...

August 04, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Just what the doctor ordered: Universal car insurance

There are 218 million licensed drivers in the United States.

August 03, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca encouraging gang graffiti art along Moffat

10.08.120 Removal of vehicles authorized when.

August 02, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Flash floods, locking kids in cars & opioids

People need to be more paranoid.

August 02, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


#NoFreeSpeech is growing goal of social media

One wonders whether Samuel Clemens would have written any of his classics if social media had been around in the mid-19th century.

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Nothing says welcome to Manteca like festering blight

LAUREL TO THE CITY OF MANTECA for finally installing concertina wire on top of the fencing surrounding the air conditioning unit at the Manteca Veterans ...

July 31, 2017 | | Local Columns


NIMBYism isn’t the problem. It’s broken promises.

The term NIMBY - not in my backyard - is a lazy label that borders on being patronizing.

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lathrop-Manteca Fire District budget tops $9.5 million

Things are changing for the Lathrop-Manteca Fire Protection District.

July 31, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Snow lingers but conserving water is ongoing concern

It looks like early June on the slopes of the 11,459-foot Sonora Peak - the farthest point eastern point on the Stanislaus River watershed that ...

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Board OKs longer time for public comments

Leo Bennett-Cauchon is no stranger to the lectern at a Manteca Unified Board of Education meeting.

July 31, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


WENT FROM 60 TO 660

Carlon Perry - a former Manteca mayor who led the effort to secure a permanent home for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6311 and to increase ...

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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