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A day in Manteca: Me & my shadow on various assignments

It was probably the best single learning experience of my life when a city editor in Southern California called over to me when I returned from a meeting saying I had 20 minutes to give him a 12-inch-long story on the city council meeting.

May 26, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


SSJID: 101 years of making the right moves

Men driven by a vision of bringing prosperity to the sandy plains on the southeast edge of the Delta have put Manteca and its neighbors in Ripon and Escalon in one of the strongest positions in California when it comes to water and power.

May 23, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Panhandlers: When do you trust them?

Off and on for the past few weeks two different couples have taken a position at the stop sign where Hulsey Drive meets Commerce Drive by In-N-Out Burger. I'd come across them while making my daily Jamba Juice run

May 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Growth fees & those who keep crying wolf

Should growth pay its own way?

May 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fisher masters public speaking

One story assignment last week went into greater depth than I expected and left me in awe at the direction life has taken one Ripon resident who loves people and farming almost equally and has become an outstanding public speaker and criminal interviewer.

May 21, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Backing off on environmental perfection

It will go down as a landmark decision.

May 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Doing wheelies wasting time?

Austen Nunes is Manteca's undisputed wheelie king.

May 16, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Legislature protects corporations while sticking it to small guys

Decades of lip service, adding on programs and regulations willy-nilly to appease special interest groups whether they are corporate campaign contributors or advocacy groups, and the use of accounting mirrors and borrowing in advance against revenues are about to come to a head.

May 15, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Those 5,800 crosses represent the men who died for our freedom

A contingent of new American citizens – Assyrians who fled the repressive regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq to settle in Turlock – will be present for the three-day Memorial Day Weekend commemoration in Manteca at Woodward Park.

May 14, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stock market isn’t the only thing in free fall these days

The guy looked to be perhaps 17, if that old. There was nothing unusual at first: Oversized pants about 10 sizes too big, baseball cap on backwards, and tent-sized T-shirt. It was the typical "I'm-making-my-statement" uniform of a teen kid who is much more copycat than original.

May 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Our tendency to vote against people

When Barack Obama arrived at the Oval Office after being sworn in as president, he found that he had been left three gifts from his predecessor.

May 13, 2010 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns


An amazing invention helps control your dog

There's a wonderful, inexpensive device that can make you a responsible dog owner. It's called a leash.

May 12, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s between giving birth & the final bow that mothers shine bright

I'll never forget the last time I hugged Mom.

May 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mountain House: Nothing more than a big subdivision in middle of nowhere

Developers bragged Mountain House was "The Town of Tomorrow" when they broke ground at the dawn of the 21st century on the new community on the edge of the rolling Altamont Hills in western San Joaquin County.

May 08, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The things Mom will do for her kids

"An Animal's Prayer." A really simple title to a really short poem. But its brevity – it's only four verses, roughly a mere 20 words all together, if that – is what makes it a gem, as far as I'm concerned.

May 08, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


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About those ‘evil’ free range parents

There is a fine line between being cautious and paranoia.

April 16, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How I learned not to trust tax collectors

It's nice to know I'm not the only one that doesn't trust the Internal Revenue Service or the Franchise Tax Board.

April 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Moffat Blvd. monument to moving on

The steel framework of the 3,600-square-foot building going up on Moffat Boulevard is more than just the future home of the Manteca Veterans Center.

April 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Try eating apples grown in Cupertino

Salinity levels at Vernalis south of Manteca would not be so high if the Hypocrites-by-the Bay in the Green Environmental Perfection movement did their fair share to protect fish.

April 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rewarding state $300M for helping kill 8 people

PG&E is paying $300 million too much for the 2,425 violations of federal and state safety rules in connection with an investigation following the 2010 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno that killed eight people and destroyed more than three dozen homes.

April 11, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Two angels at Manteca High save life of teen

Amanda Buhay could have died in mid-December in a Manteca High classroom.

April 10, 2015 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Kidney stones, hammertoes & smartphones

I miss the good old days.

April 10, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


LITTLE FREE LIBRARY

I love books. I taught myself to read at the age of 5 and haven't put a book down ever since. As a child I won several "Queen of Children's Readers" contests held at the local library, where they kept track of every book I borrowed, and several years in a row I came close to the number 300.

April 09, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Manteca’s next round of water use reductions

As strange as it might sound, Manteca is ahead of the curve when it comes to stepping up its game to conserve water.

April 09, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making life difficult for bottom rung workers

Once upon a time in a quaint little place called California a young person between 16 and 17 years of age could get an entry level job with ease.

April 08, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lawn wars: The battle to survive the drought

I have gone without lawns for six years.

April 07, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


$2.3 million decision needs careful thought

Manteca's elected leaders are about to spend the last $2.3 million they're likely to have for a long, long time- if not for ever - to help leverage affordable housing for the very low income and the low income.

April 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


GREG LEMOND

I do not view athletes as heroes.

April 04, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MANTECA IS A GREAT TOWN

My name is Captain Scott Souza, United States Air Force (retired), born and raised in our small town of Manteca.

April 03, 2015 | By SCOTT SOUZA Manteca resident | Local Columns


It’s time to stop destructive turf warfare between the blues & the reds

Turf warfare waged by those sporting blue and red are tearing this country apart.

April 03, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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