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Farmers keeping Manteca-Lathrop on cutting edge

There are a number of "city slickers" and tekkies who are convinced farmers are so 19th century when it comes to thinking and being stewards of the earth.

November 21, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Boys & Girls: A chance for kids to be a kid

Why am I digging into my pockets to donate to next week's Boys & Girls Club Telethon?

November 20, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


News 10 reporter a good sport during GECAC challenge

I had a chance to be the guy behind the news camera.

November 20, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Downtown vision not clear

A letter to the editor was posted in the Manteca Bulletin on Nov. 14 regarding the downtown area and whether there is a "clear vision" for its future.

November 20, 2009 | By STEVE PINKERTON City manager for Manteca | Local Columns


Health care: Be careful what you ask for as you might just get it

Back in the mid-1960s a government study determined the artificial sweetener known as cyclamates can cause cancer.

November 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s time to reject all incumbents in Sacramento

California is in a world of hurt. We have overextended government to the point we can no longer afford it.

November 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Golf course has paid way to greater degree than other city recreation pursuit

I am a firm believer that verifiable facts are the components to getting to the real bottom line of any situation. When rumors, innuendo, and spin are entered into the equation, the water becomes muddied and the true bottom line of anything being analyzed can be difficult to discover. Throw some politics into the mix and you can end up with a lot of confusion. Why some individuals prefer to muddy the water can be a mystery, and I'm sure their reasons are varied and many.

November 18, 2009 | By ALAN THOMAS Golf Pro | Local Columns


Bicycling along the American River

SACRAMENTO - I had always wondered about the much ado made over group bicycling.

November 17, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


RNC’s insurance covers elective abortion for staff

The devil, they say, is in the details.

November 15, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bay Area exports their problems to San Joaquin Valley

Back in the days when Manteca Police referred to Pennebaker Apartments as the police substation due to multiple calls on a daily basis, it should have been clear what ails California is the fact the wealthiest counties in this state often dump their problems on the poorest.

November 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Economy’ blamed for thin turnout at luncheon faire

There was a good-sized crowd at the perennially popular 43rd annual Holiday Luncheon and Crafts Faire sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Group of St. Anthony's School over the weekend. But I've seen larger crowds. There were years when you had to fight the human traffic just to get to the booths bearing a plethora of truly unique creations.

November 09, 2009 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Per diem fight: Legislators don’t want perk reduced

How much money do you spend a day on housing and basics such as electricity and food on your workdays?

November 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon’s road to nowhere going there fast

It is Ripon's Frontage Road to nowhere. It runs under the Wilma Avenue overpass and ends abruptly at the Ripon Christian High campus.

November 07, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Deer feces and learning to look at life differently

We had just turned off Highway 395 outside of Lee Vining and onto Highway 120 heading west toward lofty Tioga Pass at 9,934 feet.

November 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca High menu a big draw for students who want value for $1.75

Sometimes being old can be an advantage.

November 06, 2009 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


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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


King George would have been proud of soda taxes

Tax them for they have sinned.

July 10, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tale of two neighborhoods plagued with ‘drug problem’

She lives practically next to a "drug house" in a Manteca neighborhood that many of the property owners know about it.

July 09, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Clothes made just to wear? That’s so passé

Boots - and therefore shoes - are made for walking.

July 09, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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