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A chat with ‘The Father of Manteca’

It's Father's Day on Sunday making this a perfect time to see what the Father of Manteca - Joshua Cowell - thinks about what's going on today.

June 16, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


If you can eat code feel free to trash Fresno

President Obama has never visited Fresno.

June 15, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon school officials should encourage, not discourage student scholarships

Some school officials at Colony Oak Elementary School in Ripon are reportedly unhappy with the fact that scholarships were awarded to some of its eighth graders by a representative of Central Catholic High School in Modesto.

June 14, 2012 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


I’m one lucky guy to be able to wear glasses

I had a habit of running into things growing up.

June 14, 2012 | | Local Columns


Sunshine & California: Life doesn’t get much better than that

"Isn't this why we live in California?" - Teen Grant Bryson commenting on the 90-degree temperatures and sunshine

June 13, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want to take the joy out of ‘girl watching’? Then judge a pageant

I have never been a fan of beauty pageants.

June 12, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DUDES change the world one bird house at a time

RIPON - Two young boys – one 13 and the other 14 – definitely won't be bored during their summer vacations.

June 11, 2012 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


A way Manteca can hire seven more police officers

Four shootings, seven wounded - two seriously - in six days.

June 11, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


News flash! Everyone can’t be special

My son sent me a commencement speech that was recently given at a high school in Pennsylvania. It was a rather lengthy speech, but if it had to be summed up in a few words, these would be them: None of us are special. While that may fly in the face of all the self-help gurus we have here in the Golden State, it is true. We are part of the world – it is not part of us.

June 11, 2012 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns


There’s no happy ending to this story

Just the concept of Alzheimer's and dementia is something that elicits negative feelings. Nobody wants to think about what it would be like to forget who you are or the life that you lived – the very identity that you work so hard to craft during your years on this planet.

June 09, 2012 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


California’s 13th largest city’s luck is about to run out

Luck is running out for Stockton.

June 09, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pension version of Proposition 13 could be on its way

The party, as they say, is over.

June 08, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just think how bad it would be without Prop. 13

Ah, the good old days before Proposition 13.

June 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Want to stop the spread of ‘crack’? Then legalize it

Legalize "crack".

June 05, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bigger impact on environment? Lowe’s or high speed rail?

Lowe's spent close to $400,000 and two years on environmental studies to gain approval to build a 140,000-square-foot store on the northeast corner of the 120 Bypass and Airport Way in Manteca.

June 04, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Verbal pollution in form of cussing wears down the soul

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared on July 3, 2012

November 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Donner Party would have tough time understanding our fears today

The Donner Party came to California 170 years ago.

November 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Miracle on Moffat Boulevard

Moffat Boulevard 20 years ago was what might politely be called a pigsty.

November 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will the real Donald Trump please stand up?

Politicians usually try to look like they're keeping their campaign promises, at least until they get sworn in. Only then do they start mumbling ...

November 23, 2016 | | Local Columns


About that ‘vile’ place we call Manteca

If you go to certain select websites that hammer away incessantly over hot topic issues such as the homeless in order to draw clicks for ...

November 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Masseuse charged with sexual assault against a woman

A Manteca woman in her mid-50s claimed she was sexually assaulted Friday evening at the Angels massage parlor in the 1100 block of East Yosemite ...

November 21, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Collection blitz yields 559 turkeys

The 375-year-old American tradition of sharing the bounty of the harvest is being kept alive in Manteca.

November 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


HARD WORK PAYS OFF

Melvin Kauffman goes to work four days a week at Delta A/C Supply in Lathrop. His day-to-day routine is mostly desk work such as ...

November 21, 2016 | By ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Local Columns


First class of at-risk teens set for academy

There's a new lesson plan for underachieving at-risk 16 to 18 year olds.

November 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


9 vying for 2017 Almond Blossom title

Candidates for the upcoming 2017 Almond Blossom Queen Contest gathered Saturday morning to hear what is going to be expected of them prior and during ...

November 21, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


The 900-pound gorilla imperiling Manteca City Council members

The Manteca City Council election is almost over.

November 21, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Never talk politics when you’re getting your hair cut

These are dangerous times we are living in.

November 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Attention Millenials: Deal with it

I saw a meme on Facebook last week that showed a bunch of twentysomethings blocking a freeway with the caption "this is what happens when ...

November 17, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Just how ‘healthy’ is state’s rainy day fund?

Say what you want about Jerry Brown - and there's a lot to say about his one track mind on high speed rail as well ...

November 17, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California: A real true purple state

My infatuation with California is barely eclipsed by my love of the United States of America.

November 16, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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