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Will yet another lawsuit make for good neighbors?

Lathrop is suing Manteca. Again.

December 01, 2010 | | Local Columns


Federal workers crying foul over pay hike freeze

It is "a slap at working people …. To symbolically hit at federal employees I think is just wrong." - American Federation of Government Employees President John Gage's reaction to President Barack Obama's proposal to freeze federal wages for two years

November 30, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Michael C. Ford, The Doors, and poetic musings about San Joaquin Valley

The name Michael C. Ford will probably ring a bell to not just a few Manteca Unified School District students who were in elementary and high school during the mid-to-late 1980s. Those were the years when the award-winning spoken-word artist did stints as a poet-in-residence at Brock Elliott School, Manteca High and other campuses in the district.

November 29, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Kiwanis: Nearly 60 years of fun & unselfish community service

Service club members representing nearly 90 years of service in the community through two Manteca Kiwanis Clubs have made history through their devotion and volunteerism since 1952, and it is history missing from print.

November 29, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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

I never had the pleasure of watching a movie in Manteca's grand dame of entertainment that was known as the El Rey Theatre.

November 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


High speed rail to San Jose can change Manteca

Think about it: Manteca to San Jose in 50 minutes on a commute day.

November 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s economic future is distribution not high tech firms

There was a time when those in the valley believed the way out of the economic wilderness was high-tech.

November 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Commuting couple gave up Bay Area paychecks for family

My cell phone rang this past week with an excited call from a friend who manages the AAA office in Manteca. She was telling me that her company had just come out with a new community service for its customers – an immediate replacement of a car damaged in a traffic collision.

November 26, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


McNerney leaves SJ County high & dry on water issues

Jerry McNerney had just been recently elected to Congress in 2006.

November 25, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Peace officer counts life’s blessings

Giving thanks for 30 days on Facebook in written meditation is the result of a peace officer looking for a silver lining every day.

November 25, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Get ready for yet another immigration ballot initiative

Here's a new one in the never-ending battle over illegal immigration: There is now a fear the infamous Arizona law will prompt illegal immigrants and drug traffickers from Arizona to relocate to California.

November 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Thanksgiving is time to reflect on our family’s good fortunes

The holidays officially kick off on Thursday.

November 24, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Like it or not, Manteca is going to keep on trucking

• Lathrop Road is already a designated truck route.

November 23, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


CPUC getting tough with PG&E two years later

Hiram Johnson - the reform minded governor from the early 20th century - would be disgusted with what the government oversight commission he helped create to keep corrupt railroads in line has morphed into.

November 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dirty air isn’t just a problem for ‘red’ California

Earthjustice is pressing the federal government to enforce its rules when it comes to clean air attainment for the San Joaquin Valley.

November 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Legislative lushes get free rides via taxpayers

"All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others." - George Orwell in his novel "Animal Farm

June 01, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Great Manteca kitchen debate: Legion, the city, VFW & $115K

What is the moral or legal dilemma with the Manteca City Council spending $115,000 to install a commercial kitchen in the Moffat Boulevard Community Center that they are leasing long-term to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6311?

May 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


To the Class of 2015: It’s all about attitude

Dear graduates:

May 29, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How to build a fire station in SE Manteca now & not later

There is a way Manteca can enhance public safety by building a fifth fire station, reduce response times in medical emergencies, and do so now instead of later.

May 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Chickens, private air space & drones

"If a landowner is to have full enjoyment of the land, he must have exclusive control of the immediate reaches of the enveloping atmosphere. Otherwise buildings could not be erected, trees could not be planted, and fences could not be run." - Justice William O. Douglas in the majority opinion of the United States vs. Causby

May 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Driving folks into hopeless desperation: That’s the ticket

The politicians finally admitted it.

May 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tony & Mrs. K’s café’s food, business start from scratch

The old proverbial breakfast bell is clanging on Thursday morning with doors opening at 8 a.m. with an open house for customers old and new at Tony and Mrs. K's café by a very special woman who has a passion for her customers as well as for her menus. It is a joy to call her my friend.

May 26, 2015 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Golden Years are empty Tin Cup Years

Florence dreads the 12th of the month.

May 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Scores don’t make a school. Teachers do.

Just how good is your school?

May 20, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Vicious women & beauty pageants

I like looking at women's legs. I'm not being sexist. I'm a guy.

May 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Feeding social media trumps living your life

I confess. I'm a closet taker of selfies.

May 18, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Graffiti vandals believe they are above the law & Mother Nature

Ron Kammeyer is redefining the word "audacity."

May 16, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Slow thinking: There will never be an app for that

Slow thinking.

May 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The lessons for Manteca Unified board & Bronson

The self-imposed exit of Alexander Bronson from the Manteca Unified School District board 188 days after his election offers a morality lesson for many people - school district brass, the board, and Bronson himself.

May 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Almonds are water misers compared to marijuana

Almonds - we are told by those who want further cutbacks on agricultural water deliveries so urban lawns can stay lush and so they can hose out their garbage cans and hose down their driveways on a weekly basis - are water guzzlers.

May 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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