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The tower: Is it visual pollution or equivalent of background noise?

Visual pollution is a buzz word that is growing in use.

July 11, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Can’t afford to pay day-to-day bills? Splurge on bullet train

Spend a few hours or so each week day over the course of a month at San Francisco, Oakland, or San Jose airports.

July 10, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cable cars as well as hypocrisy climb halfway to the stars in San Francisco

"Dam Hetch Hetchy! As well dam for water-tanks the people's cathedrals and churches, for no holier temple has ever been consecrated by the heart of man." - John Muir

July 09, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Young high tech zombies walking around on streets

There are a minimum of three sign wavers dancing along the stretch of Yosemite Avenue sidewalk I use to jog home from In Shape.

July 07, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Intense spiritual, prayer experience in Medjugorie

Dear Friends, Greetings from Medjugorje, where the Virgin Mary (the Gospa, in Croatian) is reported to have been appearing daily since June 24, 1981. I arrived here overnight by bus on Thursday morning. Like my experience in Chenslohova (the central pilgrimage shrine of Poland, in Krakov (Poland's former capital), and Vienna (the very heart of Europe), this experience is an intense one of prayer and of visiting places of great spiritual power, of healing, and of new life through our Catholic Faith.

July 07, 2012 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Train Armageddon: Crossing Manteca will become a test of your patience

Frustrated by having to wait for a train at a track crossing in Manteca?

July 06, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Del Webb residents, city soon may have a towering problem

Get ready for what could become the first big issue of the November 2012 Manteca City Council election.

July 05, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Consider yourself blessed to be an American citizen

Take a close look at the flags you see flying today.

July 04, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Verbal pollution in form of cussing wears down the soul

Cussing no longer shocks me - or most of us for that matter

July 02, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s time for a meeting of minds in Manteca to combat gangs

Manteca Mayor Willie Weatherford is right.

July 02, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Volunteers make Manteca Police even more SHARP

The most cost effective program ever to roll out of the Manteca Civic Center?

June 30, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Reflecting on Bethlehem Peace Pilgrimage

I'm writing from a picturesque island in Puget Sound called "Vashon", just west of Seattle, where I've been re-uniting with a very important group of friends. Just over 30 years ago, we launched our 7,000-mile walk called the "Bethlehem Peace Pilgrimage".

June 30, 2012 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Today’s struggling taxpayers asked to subsidize more of future’s wealthier folks

Is paying $253 a month for 10 years a fair exchange for a shot at making $1,000 a week for 40 years?

June 28, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Memo to politicians in Sacramento: The party was over four years ago

You've just had your pay cut 20 percent.

June 27, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How growth saved Manteca from going under financially

So how did Manteca manage to stay afloat while it was spending more to run day-to-day government operations from roughly 2001 to today?

June 27, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Buying into $400B health care plan without funding it

If you signed a contract to buy an $89,000 Cadillac Escalade with no idea of how you were going to pay for it you ...

June 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Car takes out power pole in rural Manteca accident

The driver of a car that crashed in rural South Manteca left a bouquet of red roses on the front seat of the vehicle where ...

June 05, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Firefighters knock down Lathrop market blaze

Multiple calls from citizens late Sunday afternoon brought four engines from the Lathrop-Manteca and Manteca fire departments to the La Reina Supermarket due to fire ...

June 05, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Lathrop takes look at levee efforts for 200-year protection

Last year the City of Lathrop received the necessary "finding of adequate progress" that will allow them to continue to develop within the 200-year flood ...

June 05, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


½ cent sales tax covers 30 of 108 police, fire positions

A half a cent is making it possible for Manteca to hire 15 police officers and 15 firefighters when the next fiscal year starts in ...

June 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca may make citizens’ water board permanent

Manteca municipal leaders have declared water conservation is here to stay even with the end of the most recent drought.

June 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH

Ongoing urban renewal in the 600 and 700 blocks of Grant Avenue and Lincoln Avenue could get a $17 million boost.

June 05, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to tweak North Main decision

Sitting in traffic on North Main Street on a weekday afternoon or a late Saturday morning as it struggles to snake through downtown makes you ...

June 03, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why is it a given state will reopen California 1?

This may sound a tad blasphemous but why reopen Highway 1 through the Big Sur Wilderness where a mudslide earlier this month added 13 acres ...

June 02, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City improves Library Park conditions, issues still remain

LAUREL TO THE CITY OF MANTECA for efforts so far at addressing issues at Library Park in downtown Manteca.

June 02, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Thinking about hitting the river?

School is now out, and the weather is turning warm, and it's only a matter of time before kids start heading out to the ...

June 02, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Political humor needs to get out of the proverbial gutter

I like a good political joke even if it lampoones a position or politician I support.

June 01, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca don’t need no stinkin’ Atherton Drive missing link

Debbie Moorhead was adamant at the last Manteca City Council meeting that she wants the infamous missing link on Atherton Drive between Airport Way and ...

May 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to consider small home neighborhood

Someone making $19.25 an hour along with $450 a month in expenses such as auto payment and credit card bills would have a rough ...

May 30, 2017 | | Local Columns


Summer & life’s little pleasures

Summertime and the livin' is easy

May 27, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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