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Perhaps there’s a reason for the moniker ‘starving vendors’

"They had no money. They all traded in their clunkers and bought new wheels and now they got their cars repossessed. Some of them just walked around and got fatter while others socialized or played with vendor's items. What else are they going to do? No money here or anyplace else in the valley. Economy is completely shot along 99 from Marysville to the Grapevine. Economically disadvantaged area and people just go through the motions. Tire-kickers, teenagers pushing strollers, overweight welfare moochers.... they're all there."

August 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California: Where land ends and the future starts

Land's End is aptly named.

August 21, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Southside residents, police are both getting frustrated

He served his country for 30 years.

August 21, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Duplicating a small miracle on Locust Avenue

There is no entitlement mentality at 314 Locust Avenue.

August 20, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Will fools allow another gold rush in Bodie?

"Goodbye God, I'm going to Bodie!" - A quote widely attributed to have been written in the diary of a young girl whose family headed to the Eastern California gold boom town in the 1880s

August 19, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Uncle Sam’s plan: San Joaquin Valley economy must be destroyed to save us

Losing weight is healthy.

August 17, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ominous sign: San Joaquin Jail population drops

There's room at the inn.

August 17, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Free speech in the name of chaos is not an absolute right

Free speech has never been absolute.

August 16, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Does the justice system work for the people? Video holds the answer

You have probably never met Ernest Duenez Jr.

August 15, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pages from FDR’s playbook aren’t working today due to bureaucrats

"We have nothing to fear but fear itself." - Excerpt from President Franklin D. Roosevelt's first inauguration speech in 1933

August 14, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Environmentally approved politically correct fairy tale

Back in the late 1880s, a man named Joshua Cowell set out from Nevada to seek his fortune in the Great Central Valley.

August 13, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Judging economy by uppercase & lowercase apples

"Never underestimate Joe Six Pack's need to buy the latest and greatest tech products." - Brian Marshall, an analyst at Gleacher & Co.

August 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


High speed rail: Fast track to economic ruin

Why are we so patient with the California High Speed Rail Authority?

August 11, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Shooting down Great Wolf over exclusivity throws 500 Mantecans to the proverbial wolf

Unemployment in Manteca is at 14 percent.

August 10, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Keep men like Navy SEAL James Parra in your thoughts & your prayers

The death of 22 Navy SEALs in Afghanistan immediately got me to thinking about James Parra.

August 09, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Raising a stink over farming? Time to chill

The homeowner was miffed.

December 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Uncle Sam lies to young adults about smoking

Does anyone really believe a teen or 20 something that smokes is going to kick the habit because of commercials blaring "the fact" non-smokers make ...

December 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Yes, 2016 can go and take a hike

It's hard for me to come to grips with the fact that 2016 will be a year that everybody will look back on in ...

December 30, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Technology crackheads & the seven deadly sins

Google the words "pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed" and "sloth".

December 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to try McMansion boarding houses & other options

The biggest farce in Manteca?

December 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


San Jose: California’s city in a world class of its own

Twenty miles from the heart of San Jose you will find two things that contrast sharply with its image as the Capitol of the Silicon ...

December 27, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to get serious on affordable housing efforts

Manteca's most expensive apartment rental address - Paseo Villas where a three bedroom two bathroom unit rents for $1,960 a month - backs up to ...

December 25, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca code enforcement framed by the ‘Ghost Ship’

Manteca may never have a "Ghost Ship" disaster - the warehouse in Oakland converted illegally into living quarters and an underground music party venue where 36 ...

December 24, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


In defense of many pollution regulations

The other day someone was ranting - it definitely wasn't a discussion - about how the state's mandates for air quality and what we should ...

December 23, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I’ll have the salmon, please – extra dry

So apparently the State of California has the perfect idea on how to repopulate the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced Rivers with the salmon that they ...

December 22, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Sacrificing Northern SJV for LA Basin

We are all one California.

December 22, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Play and work but don’t live in downtown

It's safe to say there are more than a few merchants in the heart of downtown that don't like the idea there is ...

December 20, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


SNAP decision: Food stamp rules keep firms healthy

In what world are pork rinds classified as meat, Twinkies as bread, potato chips as a vegetable, and ice cream as the nutritional equivalent of ...

December 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Zoning change aims for downtown core

Manteca may create two distinct zones in downtown in a bid to make it easier to encourage private sector investment.

December 19, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mistlin giving Ripon indoor soccer facility

Over the years, Tony Mistlin has donated well over $9 million towards the park named in his honor.

December 19, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


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