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Thoughtless gifts: From pet rocks to nose hair trimmers

I admit to having plunked down $8 back in 1975 to buy the ultimate gag Christmas gift - The Pet Rock.

December 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Dell’Osso holiday lights is a bright idea for fun

It was an annual tradition to pile into the car with my parents and drive around town looking at the ornate Christmas displays that people would assemble.

December 23, 2011 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

The beauty of the season we mistakenly dismiss as dreary

There is something delightfully sinful about jogging in the fog

December 22, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Phil Waterford et al prove it’s a wonderful life

Bah humbug might be the attitude on Wall Street but not on Main Street.

December 21, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Chipotle wants right to hire from pool of workers now in US illegally

The folks who run Chipotle Mexican Grill apparently are convinced that it is not worth the effort to hire only from the pool of people who can legally work in the United States.

December 20, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

We act as if it is no big deal that Iraq war is over

When Johnny comes marching home again,

December 19, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Trophy Generation makes it loud & Clear: Life isn’t fair

The Occupy Du Jour protestor was adamant.

December 18, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

In the midst of bad news, there’s a lot of good news

I remember a story shared by a former co-worker in the Manteca Bulletin newsroom several years ago. One evening, she found herself being pulled over by a police car. She was not speeding. Her car's sticker was not expired. She couldn't think of any reason why a cop would want to talk to her.

December 17, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

What’s the bigger crime? Obstruction or Uncle Sam arming ruthless drug cartels?

Let's see, the federal government purposely sells guns to the Mexican drug cartels that are used to maim and kill law-abiding citizens of the United States and Mexico.

December 17, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Kid’s weight makes you unfit parent in government’s eyes

Is your kid overweight?

December 16, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Fred Flintstone era NTSB recommends ban on drivers using hands free cell phones

We live in a George Jettson world regulated by a National Transportation Safety Board from the Fred Flintstone era.

December 15, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

A Christmas miracle: Mantecans helping Love I.N.C. play Santa

Stephen Parsons firmly believes nothing is impossible with God. That He is someone who miraculously turns desperation into something "unbelievable" and "phenomenal" to the "wow" degree especially at Christmas time.

December 15, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns

Time to wean house flippers off government loan assistance

In early 2007 the San Francisco Chronicle carried a front page story quoting a couple from The City frustrated with dropping home prices in Las Vegas.

December 14, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Retail power move paints bigger election target on SSJID board members

It is not in the individual interests of South San Joaquin Irrigation District board members for the district to enter the retail power business.

December 13, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Occupy participants looking more like brats than protestors

It's getting tougher to figure out who is more clueless: Obscenely compensated CEOs of publicly traded companies or the Occupy Movement.

December 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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Horse whipping Wells Fargo makes Congress nothing but hypocrites

Nothing is more amusing than to see bi-partisan indignation picking the low hanging fruit to make it look as if the government has your best ...

September 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Obamacare doesn’t add up for some

This is not a holier than thou column. I'm not. Nor is this gloating. Healthcare needs in this country - defined by cost and results ...

September 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Little Johnny & the Dysfunctional Family City

Little Johnny is 8 years old.

September 26, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

The bogeyman & bogeywoman aren’t on boob tube tonight

I don't fear for America.

September 26, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca’s ‘mega’ future

Manteca's future health - economically and as a community - is becoming more and more reliant not on just the Bay Area/Silicon Valley but also ...

September 24, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bryan Stow has little memory of that fateful day of March 31, 2011.

September 24, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

They didn’t break Stow’s spirit

Diehard San Francisco Giants fan, Bryan Stow is a funny guy.

September 24, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

Ripon nails 6 for illegal fireworks

Since the enactment of the new ordinance, the Ripon Police Department was able to spring into action and issue several citations to those found to ...

September 24, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns

Lathrop getting into cell towers

The City of Lathrop doesn't like the idea of somebody building a communication tower in their right of way.

September 24, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns

Del Webb gearing up for car show

It's the 2016 Rods, Roadsters & Cruising Cars car show.

September 24, 2016 | | Local Columns

Absentee landlords & downtown Manteca

For years, Manteca civic leaders have slammed absentee landlords for making it next-to-impossible to get any traction downtown.

September 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

Manteca: Has it lost it’s mojo?

Not one, not two, but three Manteca City Council members Tuesday lamented how Tracy - and Lathrop to a lesser degree - was kicking Manteca's proverbial ...

September 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

San Francisco is helping ‘kill’ river salmon

Environmental Defense in February of 2005 noted 85 percent of the 260,000 acre feet of water San Francisco takes from the Tuloumne River watershed ...

September 20, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

For you, my love

A love lost with the passing of my wife? No way. Mary Lou is still by my side.

September 19, 2016 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


The days of Manteca Unified teachers and administrators communicating with parents almost exclusively with notes or flyers has gone the way of the slide rule.

September 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns

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