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For Jowell, laughter was always better than tears

That impish signature twinkle lit up her eyes.

September 26, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Economic reality catching up with public sector

The professor was indignant.

September 25, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Criminals benefit from Sacramento’s theft of local money

Catch and release.

September 24, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified buys textbooks for $400K it could have used to keep class-size reduction

I'd like to review class size reduction, which is keeping class sizes at 20 in grades kindergarten through third grade.

September 24, 2009 | By KEN JOHNSON President, Manteca Teachers Association | Local Columns


Why you never see talking Geckos on Manteca’s streets

Here are some Ripley's Believe It Or Not amazing facts from the streets of Manteca.

September 23, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bad things can lead to good things

My friend Jerry could be a character out of a Stephen King book.

September 23, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


I wrote the book on first date disasters

First dates and disasters are one in the same for me.

September 19, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Future school sites = fiscal mismanagement

Did you know the Manteca Unified School District has five parcels of property for future school sites? If the district does not develop the properties within a few years, it pays a penalty to the state for removing the property from the property tax stream. So, what are we doing? We are placing a bench on the properties and calling it a roadside rest stop which is considered developing the property.

September 19, 2009 | By KEN JOHNSON President, Manteca Teachers Association | Local Columns


Meth for Clunkers: It could be fed’s next big giveaway

NEWS ITEM: Fresno County authorities have arrested a man they say tried to trade his 74-year-old father's Lincoln for $50 worth of crack cocaine.

September 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SSJID retail power will help agriculture survive & thrive

Manteca's city leaders may not have realized it but when they took a vote Tuesday night to support South San Joaquin Irrigation District in their bid to replace PG&E as the retail power provider for Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon they endorsed a plan that will help agriculture survive and thrive in the South County.

September 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Moorhead puts greater good above emotions

Debby Moorhead's decision to join the rest of the Manteca City Council in backing South San Joaquin Irrigation District in the agency's bid to replace PG&E as the retail power provider in Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon could not have been easy.

September 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Growing into high school & new friends

The high school experience can be tough on freshmen.

September 15, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


When the pigeons come home to roost you’d better watch out

Gina M. Roos had every right to be upset after her recent experience at the East Yosemite Avenue McDonald's in Manteca.

September 14, 2009 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


REFLECTING ON SEPT. 11, 2001

With Friday's eighth anniversary of 9/11, it was time once again to ask the annual question: where would we be, had the attacks never taken place?

September 14, 2009 | FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Temple of Doom takes $2B away & gives us 17,000 convicts in return

In a twist on standard benevolence from those in a superior position the California Legislature taketh away and the California Legislature giveth.

September 13, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Manteca’s Darlings

Striking up the band with heart and soul memories is the order of the day early Friday evening when Leroy Darling's former Manteca High musicians will be marching through the front door of the Chez Shari dining room at the city golf course on Union Road.

June 26, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


3 words killing America today: ‘I am entitled’

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran in December of 2010.

June 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


If eating 2 apples a day is going to kill me, so be it

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran in June of 2011.

June 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Grass isn’t any greener on this side of the hill

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran in July of 2010.

June 23, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So you think that tip you put down is something extra for good service

Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. The following column first ran in June of 2011.

June 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manscaping & the pain of it all

Step No. 1: Squeeze lotion into palm of hand.

June 21, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


Guys who get ink want you to look

Don't let anybody tell you anything different.

June 21, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Guys, your success is hanging on by a hair

My dad was always very proud of his raven black hair and raven black mustache. When his 40th birthday rolled around, the first gray hair appeared. But he didn't get discouraged by the obvious sign of aging. He simply got his hair and mustache colored the darkest shade of black during his regular hair trim every month. He turned 60 this February and he looks as good as always, with only few people knowing his secret.

June 21, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Bored? That’s your problem and not the government’s

You've heard the whine: "There's nothing to do in Manteca."

June 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dear IRS: A computer crash destroyed the tax deduction proof you wanted

Ever been audited by the IRS?

June 20, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


CAN-DO ATTITUDE

He introduced himself as Keith.

June 19, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Help teen plus checkout new River Islands homes

A drive-thru dinner fund-raiser at Fagundes Meats for the family of Manteca High School student and accident victim Jonathan Loon is Thursday, June 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. For $15, you can purchase a dinner consisting of tri-tip, ¼ chicken, scalloped potatoes, Italian green beans, a roll and butter.

June 19, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


PC folks are intolerant of Catholics

We were bicycling along North Murphy Road nearing the last farmhouse before connecting with Mariposa Road when two mean looking and snarling German Shepherds starting chasing us down.

June 19, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Son remembers his famous father, & ‘many fathers’ who took him under their wing

Kim Komenich lost his mother when he was 18 years old. He had graduated from Manteca High and was attending Modesto Junior College at the time. Two years later his father died.

June 18, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


The $47,102 bargain of incarceration

The Vandals' sacking and looting of Rome in 455 was amateur hour compared to what the Meth Heads are doing to Manteca.

June 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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