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The case for making Center Street the heart of downtown

Ben Cantu - who hopes to ascend to the mayor's post this November – calls the quagmire over downtown Manteca's future the equivalent of a "Mexican stand-off."

April 07, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Youth & Teen Center park project in Lathrop is step in right direction

A while back, I wrote a column about downtowns. Specifically, what I had in mind was the city of Lathrop and where its downtown is or should be in light of all the developments taking place west of Interstate 5, namely: Mossdale Village, Central Lathrop Specific Plan's Richland Master-planned Communities, and the gargantuan River Islands development west of the San Joaquin River.

April 06, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Yes, I did indeed work inside the Squirrel Cage

Progress - or what sometimes passes for it - can hit you like a ton of bricks when you've been away from a place for a fair amount of time.

April 06, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Gutting the 2nd Amendment imperils freedom

I don't drive a pickup truck with a gun rack.

April 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City should cover general public’s use of BMX track

A BMX course isn't a typical venture for a municipality.

April 04, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Weaning off users subsidizing other power customers

There are a lot of reasons to criticize PG&E's upper management.

April 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Quibbling over lame slaughter animals underscores Sacramento silliness

The Humane Society believes it is animal cruelty to slaughter a pig that is too feeble to walk.

April 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The lesson Sammy Davis gave us in black & white

Editor's note: This is a shorter version of a column that first appeared in 1993.

April 01, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Act my age? I certainly hope I never fall into that trap

I'm 54 today and I'm still not "acting my age," whatever that annoying little saying is supposed to mean.

March 31, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Congress & erectile dysfunction drugs for convicted pedophiles

Find me a Democrat - or a Republican - in Congress who really wants national health care to foot the bill for convicted rapists and pedophiles to obtain erectile dysfunction drugs.

March 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Uncle Sam needs ‘silent lien’ on bail out homes

Risky gambling and shirking responsibility for one's own actions gets rewarded while hard work, delayed gratification and responsible behavior gets taxed into oblivion in the America envisioned by those who walk the corridors of power in Washington, D.C.

March 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Gang colors in Manteca are white & brown

This may come as a shock to those who are convinced that all of Manteca's 500 documented gang members are Hispanic.

March 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Singing the praises of food & service

I walked through the front doors of Red Robin Thursday afternoon and had to pinch myself.

March 26, 2010 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


California vote to legalize pot scares Humboldt

Get ready for the economic collapse of Humboldt County.

March 25, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why Ripon is using stimulus money

I am sure most Ripon residents are aware the country is in the depths of a recession. Unfortunately, we are not immune from the effects of this very difficult economic time magnified by the poor decisions made by our leaders in Sacramento.

March 25, 2010 | By CHUCK WINN Mayor of Ripon | Local Columns


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Fluffy in Stockton, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party & more!

McParland School's Pancake/Omelet Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, March 28, at 1601 Northgate Dr. from 7 to 11 a.m. More than 30 baskets and a handmade quilt will be available for raffle, and proceeds from the event will benefit the eighth grade class. Tickets are $6 at the door. For more info, please call 209.858.7290.

March 26, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Train crews harbor horror of taking a life on the rails

Suicide by train has occurred all too often in Manteca.

March 25, 2015 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Uncle Sam allows us to be ripped off $124B a year

It's tough to support one's self on $8,000 a year.

March 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The case for electing Manteca council members by district

All four of Manteca's City Council members live in neighborhoods built in the last 15 years. Two reside in the Woodward Park neighborhood, one along the Airport Way corridor and the other in Union Ranch. All three neighborhoods are in the outer ring of the city.

March 24, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dancing on razor’s edge in Lathrop

Politicians – or elected officials as they like to call themselves – tend to grow thicker skin as time goes on.

March 24, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Manteca City Council needs to show water use leadership

Less than two blocks from my home Saturday there was a man washing his three cars with an open hose in his driveway. The water run-off ran the length of the block, turned a corner and was flowing down into the storm drain at a nice steady rate.

March 23, 2015 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


Squeezing Manteca’s vulnerable young moms

The young mom was elated.

March 21, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Obama’s vision for America: $20 fine for not voting

College professors often think out loud.

March 20, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Corned beef & cabbage plus Mardi Gras fun

American Legion Post 249 is staging a corned beef and cabbage dinner on Saturday, March 21, at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6. Tickets are $13 per person. For tickets, call Penny at 209.470.8691.

March 19, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Fearing the clown: Why it is bizarre

McDonald's isn't my kind of place.

March 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The cancer eating away at downtown

Here we go again.

March 18, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is mankind’s de-evolution an app away?

We are de-evolving.

March 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Enhancing truck safety & fighting state blight

Want to see what $250,000 plus in government waste looks like?

March 16, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making 18- to 21-year-olds provisional legal adults

California State Sen. Ed Hernandez wants to take rights away from legal adults.

March 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


That’s life: Ol’ Blue Eyes had it right

That's life, that's what all the people say

March 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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