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California cities fighting thievery with thievery

Now the real fun begins.

February 17, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What you weigh is more than just numbers

The four words I fear the most.

February 16, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Coming home to Manteca 19 years ago

I was trying to make up my mind between job offers in Manteca, Merced, and Las Vegas some 19 years ago.

February 14, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Don’t recreate Modesto’s Village 1 debacle in Manteca

Modesto has a population of 202,000 residents.

February 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Scaling back flirtation with death on Half Dome

Sanity is about to return to one of Yosemite's most enduring features – Half Dome.

February 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You can’t trash city’s response to recession

It takes a lot of cash to get rid of our trash.

February 11, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The Protect PG&E’s Gold Mine Act

Hiram Johnson and his contemporaries were mortified at the chokehold Southern Pacific Railroad had on California in the early 1900s.

February 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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


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Wood actually took 23 years, not two hours to die in Arizona

Do not get teary-eyed or enraged thinking about how Joseph R. Wood III died.

July 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is City of Bell to big to govern?

The City of Bell consists of 2.64 square miles.

July 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Reveries of an old man

I dream of being Roger Federer. I always watch his matches and cheer out loud as if it would make a difference in his play.

July 25, 2014 | By PHILIP BOOKMAN Woodbridge Writers Group | Local Columns


Manteca: The Mother of All water wasters

The City of Manteca is the biggest water waster by far.

July 24, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Combined flea market, yard sale set for Saturday

The Manteca Senior Center Advisory Committee and Manteca Seniors Helping Area Residents and Police combined flea market and yard sale is this Saturday, July 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be 30 vendors selling garage and new items, from arts & crafts to collectibles inside the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane, and SHARP will host the backyard sale directly behind the senior center building. Up for grabs will be items including furniture, sporting goods, household items, toys, electronics, to name a few. Don't miss it!

July 24, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Navy blue frames then skydiving?

Selecting eyeglass frames is always interesting given my eyesight.

July 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Jack Snyder: You may not like the man but he delivered

There is no middle ground with Jack Snyder. You either like him or you don't.

July 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Breaking up California is so hard to do

Perhaps splitting California into six states wouldn't be all that bad.

July 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bottlers tap into baseless fears to sell you water

"You're going to get sick!"

July 19, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Doing back alley political hatchet job on Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby in the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision continues to offer its employees health insurance coverage for contraception including birth control pills.

July 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to talk about use of that four-letter word: ‘lawn’

Water use is down 20.4 percent in Manteca in June compared to June of 2013.

July 17, 2014 | | Local Columns


Ignoring youth refugees fleeing from violence in American homes

Go down Yosemite Avenue after the bars close.

July 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stockton may become Venice but at least LA gets water

It is nice to know that the Bay Delta Conservation Plan has taken into account potential sea level increases in designing the Twin Tunnels to "avoid water supply disruptions and protect water quality."

July 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Placement of levee can stop growth flood

Go south along Union Road, Tinnin Road, and Airport Way just a little south of Woodward Avenue where narrow country roads carry names such as Fig, Sedan, Nile and others crisscross the south-north roads.

July 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DeRoos looks to start league of their own

Her name is synonymous with the sport of basketball in the Family City, yet Molly DeRoos is having a hard time finding a sanctioned game.

July 10, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


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