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Saving the water tower: Confusing historical significance with sentimentality?

Just because something is old doesn't make it historical.

August 03, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cad of San Diego: Is he serial sexual harasser?

There was a time before color TV and princess phones that prehistoric creatures such as San Diego Mayor Bob Filner would simply be called a cad for his transgressions.

August 02, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


George H. W. Bush was right; That vision thing is pretty important

I can see these words as I type them.

August 01, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Distracted driving & speeding: Buildings fare better than pedestrians

About 12 years ago on West Ripon Road, just east of Austin Road, a dairy manure truck plowed into the front door of a home, spilling part of its contents.

July 31, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Moonies, Zimmerman et al: We have nothing to fear but fear itself

She wouldn't leave me alone.

July 30, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The IRS, unlike you or I, can opt not to produce documentation

\The Internal Revenue Service has turned over less than 1 percent of the documents Congressional investigators have asked for to determine whether there was intentional targeting of political groups in the auditing process.

July 28, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Would Pilgrims slam modern farm practices?

Thank modern farming practices and other bogeyman of the environmental perfectionists such as chemicals and fossil fuels for helping provide you with 27.5 more years to protest modern farming practices, chemicals, and fossil fuels.

July 27, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What Doc Obama ordered: Full-time jobs start at 30 hours per week

What is more important - having health insurance coverage or feeding, clothing and housing your family?

July 25, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Union Ranch’s wishful thinking elementary school

Union Ranch East is in a twilight zone.

July 23, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


TRUE HERO: HENRY HOLMES

Henry Holmes III was a hero in life. He stood tall.

July 23, 2013 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


North-south high speed rail bigger gamble than casino train

So why are all bets off - at least on the federal level - with Xpress West?

July 23, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Digital plates: Big Brother partners with Madison Avenue

Digital license plates could become government's next Big Brother move.

July 21, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca council avoids stepping into political & labor quicksand

Manteca's elected leaders came perilously close this month to starting a political firestorm.

July 20, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pedestrian safety, crosswalks & a better solution on Woodward Ave.

Pedestrians are an afterthought in Manteca.

July 19, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Green revolution brings Ecologic Brands jobs to Manteca facility

Manteca is part of the grocery store revolution once again.

July 18, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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#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


DOUBLING 120/99 FLOWS

Capacity for traffic transitioning between the 120 Bypass and Highway 99 heading to and from Ripon would double in volume under a Caltrans plan.

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rocky the Squirrel & transgenders

I was stunned.

July 29, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A way Manteca can step up the pressure on illegal fireworks users

Manteca needs to double down in its battle against the proliferation of illegal fireworks.

July 28, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


From basement to penthouse

The first time I had jury duty – and the only time that I was ever called back to actually speak before a judge prior to ...

July 28, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Manteca fiddles while abandoned buildings burn

Is Manteca burning?

July 27, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why downtown Stockton? The $308M question

I am not going to shed a tear when the current San Joaquin County courthouse ceases to function as such at the end of the ...

July 26, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just what I don’t need: A closet expert

Sixty-one years and counting I had no idea that there are experts who specialize in advising you about the right way to hang clothes in ...

July 25, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Vote nears on legislature’s ‘Keep Tesla Afloat Act’

The world is coming to an end if we don't cut greenhouse emissions.

July 25, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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