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Caltrans may sell advertising: A sign of the times

Caltrans is toying with an idea to allow advertising on the hundreds of electronic message signs along California freeways such as those along the Highway 120 Bypass.

August 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is it healthy for us to have Uncle Sam as family Doc?

The folks who are hell-bent on pursuing what would be a national takeover of your healthcare are now turning their guns on insurance companies.

August 13, 2009 | | Local Columns


Manteca enables dangerous turns along E. Yosemite east of Highway 99

It is time to revisit East Yosemite Avenue traffic flow.

August 12, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I signed up for parenthood

Several years ago, a young mother stood directly behind me at the check-out line at the grocery store.

August 12, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Wise ‘cracks’ about those sagging pants

Grandmother thought it was a sign of the end of civilization when women started wearing hair curlers in public.

August 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California: The Great State of Denial

It was a defining moment.

August 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Viewing bulbs as safety devices for downtown

Manteca's landscaping bulbs – depending upon your disposition - are either blasted annoyances impeding travel or blessed additions beautifying the streets.

August 07, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Yes, your kids are out of control

hellion (heyen) n. informal: a rowdy, mischievous, or troublemaking person, esp. a child in a restaurant

August 06, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The steps of the dance called life changes as the music does

"Life's a dance you learn as you go" – Part of the chorus to John Michael Montgomery's song "Life's a Dance."

August 05, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Joe Bazookas need to enjoy stepping on gooey gum

If there is a merciful deity, there is a special spot reserved in hell for those who abuse the privilege of chewing bubble gum in public.

August 02, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Congress runs America like the Titantic

The Titanic should have taught us all a lesson. When the ship of state hits an iceberg, it's the rich and powerful to the lifeboats first while the rest of us are left scrambling around like a bunch of trapped rats on a sinking ship.

August 01, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The rich – and powerful – are different than you and I

I get it now.

July 31, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Freeing the angel inside

Saturday, an angel incarcerated for 556 years finally saw the light of day.

July 27, 2009 | Fr. Dean McFalls | Local Columns


Manteca needs to create Moffat transit village

Transit villages are supposedly cutting edge concepts in urban planning.

July 26, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The most cost effective health care solution is you and I

"We have met the enemy and he is us." – The much quoted line from Pogo comic strip from 1971

July 25, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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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


Who’s looking out for kids roaming Manteca’s streets?

If you met Hunter Davis, he'd strike you as a typical 11-year-old boy.

September 09, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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