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Preying on cities that offer prayer at meetings to get their point across

Congress opens each day with a prayer and – quite frankly – there has been no sign of divine providence setting anybody in that neck of the woods on the straight and narrow.

October 03, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fate of 12 Manteca police officers now in the hands of their fellow officers

If the City of Manteca's compensation renegotiations were a chess game Manteca's firefighters make have put Manteca's police officers a move away from check mate.

October 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Golf course is a horse of a different color

I'm pleased you wrote something about the enterprise operations as most people don't understand what they are.

October 02, 2009 | By ALAN THOMAS Golf pro | Local Columns


Raising a family & voting was too much for Meg Whitman to handle

"I was focused on raising a family, on my husband's career, and we moved many, many times," - California Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman on why she didn't bother to vote for decades

October 01, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Enterprise funds impacted by recession

Employees have been asking me why all city funding sources are subject to budget cuts, when most of the discussion has centered around the status of the city's General Fund. This is an excellent question. In fact, I am just as worried (if not more so) about our enterprise and redevelopment funds.

October 01, 2009 | By STEVE PINKERTON City manager for Manteca | Local Columns


How cutting pay of some workers won’t help city with its deficit

The guys who pick up your garbage can't figure it out.

September 30, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Council needs to take a real look at workforce housing project

Those living in the Land of the McMansions are about to get new neighbors – workforce housing.

September 27, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A close look at Obama and the Czars

The people President Obama has chosen to be in his inner circle should cause concern for all Americans. He has chosen "czars" to be his personal advisors on various issues. These are people who are whispering in his ear and influencing his decisions.

September 27, 2009 | By Frank Aquila President, South San Joaquin Republicans | Local Columns


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


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Don’t forget homeless we don’t notice

The advantage of working past midnight – if you want to call it that – is you become familiar with a Manteca few see.

October 31, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Plenty of Halloween fun on Friday for kids

Journey Church, 444 Argonaut St., Manteca is having a Trunk or Treat on Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. or whenever the candy runs out. Admission is free and costumes are OK. If it rains, it will move inside the church. Price: FREE

October 30, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Homeless: Perception is reality

They're everywhere.

October 29, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Measure G backers: The sky is falling down, the sky is falling down

You notice in February that your smoke detector is malfunctioning.

October 29, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Old & new tech co-exist at Library

In the face of computer technology rushing forward faster than lighting speed, it is refreshing to know that reports of the demise of public libraries are extremely exaggerated.

October 28, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


In defense of Steve DeBrum & Ben Cantu

It's hard not to respect candidates for local elective office, especially in small communities like Manteca.

October 28, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Enjoy $3 a gallon gas while you can

Ready for a flashback?

October 27, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ghostly haunts in South County

IONE – The premise itself was enough to send chills down my spine.

October 25, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Begging for vacation funds via the Internet

Panhandling has gone high tech.

October 25, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I now own antiquated iPhone6

Back in the Dark Ages 40 years ago when I graduated from high school, if you wanted to call someone you had to use Pacific Bell or one of its Ma Bell siblings unless you were served by a smaller phone company such as Contel or a local independent.

October 24, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Venture Academy performing arts wine tasting this Friday

Venture Academy's third annual Wine Tasting event will take place on Friday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Delicato Winery. Proceeds support the visual and performing arts program. Tickets are $25. For more info or to purchase tickets contact Dionne McDonald at dmcdonald@sjcoe.net.

October 23, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


So is your business website ADA compliant?

Think you dodged a bullet if you own a business and haven't been slapped with an Americans with Disabilities non-compliance lawsuit?

October 23, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ebola or polio: Doesn’t effect us because we’re invincible

My earliest childhood memory is as a 5-year-old being taken to Roseville's Royer Park by my mom back in 1962.

October 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Trick or treaters: For bigger haul mimic Manteca panhandlers

Hey kids!

October 21, 2014 | | Local Columns


A ‘no’ vote on Measure I won’t count

Are you ready to give up your right to vote for all seven Manteca Unified School District board members?

October 20, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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