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Is there too much or not enough crime coverage?

Some say the Manteca Bulletin reports too much crime and, as such, creates an unreasonable amount of anxiety about crime.

April 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Restoring sanity & safety in our neighborhoods

The real estate agent unlocked the door telling me to remember that it was a foreclosure.

April 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It may not be worth giving up $100K for $1M

Would you trade $100,000 a year for $1 million a year?

April 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California leaders put sexuality ahead of effectiveness of Boy Scouts

Boy Scouts of America do not ask prospective youth members about their sexual preference.

April 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fixing blighted is in interest of youth

The city of Lathrop is concerned about blight and public safety. That's why it's opening bureaucratic doors to fast-track the solution to a problem that has long been a black eye in an area of town that is rich not only in historic legacy but also one that has a direct and immediate impact on hundreds of youngsters.

April 19, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Golden Poppy: California’s flowering gold

There's still plenty of gold in California's fertile dirt.

April 18, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s move to force medical pot growers indoors

Is it reasonable to require those who are legally growing marijuana for legitimate medicinal purposes to do so inside a closed structure or face prosecution?

April 17, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


You work 104 days and what do you get?

This past Wednesday - April 14 - was the day a typical Californian started working for their self instead of Sacramento and Uncle Sam.

April 16, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sarah Palin coming out big winner in Turlock? You betcha

Turlock, on the map?

April 15, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Inmate conjugal visits may come back to haunt Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown's Waterloo as a politician might just come from the corridors of Deuel Vocation Institution as well as the rest of California's prisons.

April 14, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E does not care about us

I don't much care for the world of politics and the opportunism that seems to thrive in that world.

April 14, 2010 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns


Citizen juries: A basic right for Americans

Defense attorneys apparently don't like newspaper editors.

April 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A few taxing ideas that just might make you smile on April 15

No one likes to pay taxes. It's a given.

April 11, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Have a blast at Manteca Street Fair today

It's been quite a while since I set foot in the annual Manteca Street Fair downtown. Come to think of it, I think that was the Pumpkin Fair that I attended. I remember that because that's the year I went and took pictures of the Cow-munity mural in the parking lot of the then-Kentucky Fried Chicken, now the Athens Burgers. One of the pictures I took that day appears in the Best of Photography Annual 2009 of Photographer's Forum Magazine.

April 11, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Marin wants to put brakes on Toyota’s ‘subtle’ advertising

Lady Bird Johnson is probably rolling over in her grave.

April 10, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Legislative lushes get free rides via taxpayers

"All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others." - George Orwell in his novel "Animal Farm

June 01, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Great Manteca kitchen debate: Legion, the city, VFW & $115K

What is the moral or legal dilemma with the Manteca City Council spending $115,000 to install a commercial kitchen in the Moffat Boulevard Community Center that they are leasing long-term to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6311?

May 30, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


To the Class of 2015: It’s all about attitude

Dear graduates:

May 29, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How to build a fire station in SE Manteca now & not later

There is a way Manteca can enhance public safety by building a fifth fire station, reduce response times in medical emergencies, and do so now instead of later.

May 28, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Chickens, private air space & drones

"If a landowner is to have full enjoyment of the land, he must have exclusive control of the immediate reaches of the enveloping atmosphere. Otherwise buildings could not be erected, trees could not be planted, and fences could not be run." - Justice William O. Douglas in the majority opinion of the United States vs. Causby

May 27, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Driving folks into hopeless desperation: That’s the ticket

The politicians finally admitted it.

May 26, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tony & Mrs. K’s café’s food, business start from scratch

The old proverbial breakfast bell is clanging on Thursday morning with doors opening at 8 a.m. with an open house for customers old and new at Tony and Mrs. K's café by a very special woman who has a passion for her customers as well as for her menus. It is a joy to call her my friend.

May 26, 2015 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Golden Years are empty Tin Cup Years

Florence dreads the 12th of the month.

May 23, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Scores don’t make a school. Teachers do.

Just how good is your school?

May 20, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Vicious women & beauty pageants

I like looking at women's legs. I'm not being sexist. I'm a guy.

May 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Feeding social media trumps living your life

I confess. I'm a closet taker of selfies.

May 18, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Graffiti vandals believe they are above the law & Mother Nature

Ron Kammeyer is redefining the word "audacity."

May 16, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Slow thinking: There will never be an app for that

Slow thinking.

May 15, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The lessons for Manteca Unified board & Bronson

The self-imposed exit of Alexander Bronson from the Manteca Unified School District board 188 days after his election offers a morality lesson for many people - school district brass, the board, and Bronson himself.

May 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Almonds are water misers compared to marijuana

Almonds - we are told by those who want further cutbacks on agricultural water deliveries so urban lawns can stay lush and so they can hose out their garbage cans and hose down their driveways on a weekly basis - are water guzzlers.

May 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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