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Bureaucracy keeps on trucking: Get ready to pay $2B a year more for goods you buy

Look around you.

July 09, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Unified, Great Valley & public education

Competition in public education is about to arrive in Manteca.

July 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is city creating private park without privacy?

A private neighborhood park.

July 07, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Should Manteca grow as Modesto has?

It's a question no one asks: How big should Manteca ultimately get?

July 06, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


By any yardstick it was a life-long learning experience

Everything I needed to know about prejudice I learned in the first grade.

July 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Joe & Marge: True blue Americans

North Main Street in Manteca is a long way from Fifth Avenue in New York City. One can only imagine the thoughts that a classy lady who once modeled and taught piano in Manhattan must have thought when she rolled into town decades ago and passed what then passed as local culture – a topless bar.

July 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Follow the law? Not if you’re PG&E top brass

PG&E seems to be above regulation.

July 03, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pit bulls have friend in Linda Sell at the Manteca Animal Shelter

Since Manteca's city council passed an ordinance in October 2008 requiring all pit bulls and pit bull mixed breeds be spayed or neutered, illegal pit bulls have been a constant worry for animal control workers, especially Linda Sell.

July 03, 2011 | By LAUREN MITCHELL Manteca resident | Local Columns


State gambling with schools

By WILLIAM DRAA

July 03, 2011 | | Local Columns


Dog teaching man

I've heard tell that dog owners (or "guardians" as some prefer) look like their dogs. I did not realize with how much haste that transpires.

July 03, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns


Government makes Internet tax dodgers & those holding garage sales tax cheats

Having a garage sale this weekend?

July 02, 2011 | | Local Columns


Harsh words for ‘Larry Crowne’: A Hanks film set in hard times

Tom Hanks is the quintessential Hollywood Nice Guy. Even when he plays a gangster, he's a very nice gangster. And that's why audiences flock to see his movies.

June 30, 2011 | Chris Ching | Local Columns


Police followed the evidence & took the hit

"It is what it is." - Stephen Schluer, president, Manteca Police Officers Association

June 30, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Uncle Sam earns “D” for forcing lunch price hike on local students

Everything you need to know about the federal government you can learn in a Manteca Unified school cafeteria this fall.

June 30, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s easy to be nuts about Ripon

Ripon is a true valley town with a strong sense of Americana that at times seems of another era.

June 29, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Developers push Manteca closer to year round schools

The party is almost over.

August 06, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City is risking Manteca High student safety with Garfield

Garfield Avenue between Moffat Boulevard and Yosemite Avenue is a symbol of what ails Manteca.

August 04, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Handcuffing: It helps avoid deadly force

About 15 years ago I took a phone call from an angry citizen.

August 03, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca faces non-fulfilling growth ahead

The 3.9 percent growth cap doesn't matter any longer. With its rollover feature of unused sewer allocations builders - if they so desired and ...

August 02, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MANTECA’S NUMBER: 3.9%

Manteca set the trend when it comes to controlled growth in the Northern San Joaquin Valley.

August 01, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


2,852 homes built during past 8 years in Manteca

It took Escalon 164 years to reach its current population of 7,388.

August 01, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Did Eggman violate federal donation law?

The Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican Congresman Jeff Denham may be in hot water after a series of campaign contributions with an embattled Sacramento Congressman ...

August 01, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


No challengers so far for 3 SSJID seats

All three board members up for reelection for the South San Joaquin Irrigation District Board of Directors are seeking another term.

August 01, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


California Connection boasts 879 students

About four years ago, the Ripon Unified School District welcomed the California Connections Academy Virtual Charter School to its educational family.

August 01, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Manteca grade for affordable housing: ‘D-‘

Classes start Thursday.

August 01, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Truck stop flap: 1,100+ voters threaten to shoot themselves in foot

Perhaps the San Ramon-based political action committee known as California Future Fund should step up its campaign to make Lathrop safer and pressure the City ...

July 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City Council makes citizens lawbreakers

The Manteca City Council made me a lawbreaker.

July 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


News flash: Profiling & prisons work

Profiling per se and prisons reduce crime.

July 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Give Reichelt her due: She was right about Mello Roos taxes

Georgiana Reichelt has been called a lot of things over the years.

July 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Two decades in Manteca of broken promises regarding library

You can't - as they say - judge a book by its cover.

July 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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