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Gum smackers, rude clerks & dogs in stores

There are pet peeves and then there is absolute rudeness.

December 05, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Twilight parade: The chamber’s gift to Manteca

Get ready for Christmas, Manteca-style.

December 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Chaka’s lucky he growled instead of pointing his finger

Call the latest mini-drama to come from the Temple of Doom at 390 Towne Centre Drive in Lathrop "The Mayoral Candidate That Growled."

December 03, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


High speed rail on track to turn into next big flop

California is not Europe. Nor is the Golden State Japan.

December 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


No left turn at El Rancho is there for safety

Don't look at a gift horse in the mouth through a shattered windshield.

November 30, 2009 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Group exercise helps in Battle of the Bulge

The holiday season is officially here.

November 30, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Player conduct is as important as how they play

Sierra High plays Del Oro High on Friday in the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs.

November 29, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California taking a hit but not going down for the count

The Big One is about to hit.

November 28, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So how bad do we have it standing in line to buy laptops?

Just how bad do we have it?

November 27, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s time for Manteca to right a wrong on E. Yosemite

Out on East Yosemite beyond the Highway 99 interchange is the twilight zone.

November 26, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We all owe a tremendous debt for the gift called America

How do you say thanks?

November 25, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


2009: A very good year for Manteca Idol

The writing on the wall started to shine through the minute that East Union High School and Community Choir Instructor Anne Talcott told her that she had been one of the best in the competition.

November 25, 2009 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


A random act of kindness at a fast food restaurant

While dining last week at a nearby fast-food restaurant, I couldn't help but notice a homeless man approaching the self-service fountain drink counter.

November 24, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


It was MPOA’s call to make on salary concessions

Manteca has 12 less police officers today than it did 40 days ago.

November 22, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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


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Time to change course at city hall

There is no delicate way to put this. The folks who run the City of Manteca day-to-day are out of touch with the people they serve.

September 26, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Apple takes a bite out of the forbidden fruit of privacy

"People have a right to privacy."

September 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


GECAC casino night Saturday

What are you doing this weekend?

September 24, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


A good bet to fight crime is happening this Saturday

I plan on fighting crime Saturday night.

September 24, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Are you happy with police, fire protection or do you want more?

People, they say, get the government they ask for.

September 23, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Memo to council: It’s a drought emergency

Manteca's municipal staff - based on the reality of budget cuts not to mention the City Council's own narrative - is doing a Herculean job of keeping things going.

September 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Can their neighborhood be saved?

A group of moms are demanding changes in their central east Manteca neighborhood after what happened to 11-year-old Hunter Davis and his sibling. They want it cleaned up and they are looking to the Manteca Police and City of Manteca to make that happen.

September 22, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Embracing Manteca’s homeless

Too bad satirist Jonathan Swift isn't alive today and on the Manteca City Council.

September 20, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Booze + 2 kids + 1 gun + 0 responsible adults = tragedy

Hunter Davis.

September 19, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Where is outcry about Black’s brutal beating?

Where is Al Sharpton? Where is Jesse Jackson? After all, the brutal beating and humiliation of a Black woman was recently caught on video and disseminated widely for all to see, yet there is no outcry from the usual suspects who incite racial divide at every given opportunity.

September 19, 2014 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns


Maybe it is time to force sale of PG&E

It is now clearer than ever that the California Public Utilities Commission is not a neutral state agency trying to balance the interests of powerful energy companies such as PG&E and those of the little guy.

September 17, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Going Digital takes priority over students’ ‘health & safety’

Manteca Unified has a big problem.

September 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Brand new stove that’s 6 years old

Cleaning my stove is a snap.

September 13, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is Manteca’s new motto: ‘At least we’re not Stockton?’

What harm does it do to have the homeless pushing shopping carts full of personal belongings around Manteca?

September 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca school board needs to ask Sam Fant to resign his office

Alexander Bronson says he wants to "address all issues of concern in education to parents, staff, and students." Apparently those concerns for the 21-year-old USC graduate don't include character, ethics, honesty, or following the rules.

September 09, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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