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Ronald McDonald proves a clown is smarter than SF political ruling class

Here's today's riddle: Who is smarter - the world famous corporate clown Ronald McDonald or the San Francisco Board of Supervisors?

December 03, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A lesson in life from an 82-year-old above Death Valley

I had started my descent from the top of Wildrose Peak at 9,069 feet above Death Valley.

December 01, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tasers often blamed for the death of violent crime suspects

Since the advent of tasers, their electric shocks have often been blamed for the deaths of violent suspects in the field and in jail cells after resisting arrest by police.

November 27, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Highway 395: Different scenery

Recently I was tasked with driving from southeast of Reno to San Diego. Had it just been Reno to San Diego, it would have made sense to backtrack on I-80 and then south on I-5. But, since a stop was necessary in the garden spot of Silver Springs, Nev., I decided to head over to Highway 395.

November 23, 2011 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local Columnist | Local Columns


It wasn’t perfect in a Mayberry vanilla way

My brothers dared me to do what they caught Jeff, a young kid from across the alley, doing one day.

November 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


FALLING IN LOVE

The weather in recent days has gifted me with enough incentive to get up earlier than usual in the morning. As a night owl, I've never been an ardent fan of Ben Franklin's "early to bed, and early to rise" no matter how many promises of wealth come with it.

November 23, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Father Joe, Pastor Mike & being an American on this Thanksgiving Day

We take a lot for granted.

November 23, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Postal Service compares itself to refrigerators

Pity the United States Postal Service.

November 22, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


California going to pot: Crime & non-punishment

San Joaquin County is a trendsetter when it comes to crime and non-punishment in California.

November 20, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Give students & professors more time to protest

We require sex education in school.

November 20, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A tale of 2 visions: River Islands at Lathrop versus California City

Cambay Group Allan Chapman and sociology professor Nat Mendelsohn both qualify as men of vision when it comes to urban planning. Both are also among the breed of modern-day riverboat gamblers who willingly tied their fortunes to the roll of real estate development dice.

November 18, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s plan to increase services & not local taxes

The average household income in Menlo Park is $110,000.

November 17, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Occupy Oakland sticks it to the people on Main Street not the man on Wall Street

What has Occupy Oakland accomplished?

November 16, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The $2M annual question: How will Manteca staff next two fire stations?

It is tough to forget 1985.

November 15, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Retired columnist Charley Reese, his ‘545 People’ editorial, and taxes

Someone sent me an e-mail a while back about a column that was supposedly penned by Charley Reese, formerly of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel where he worked for three decades – from 1971 to 2001 when he retired. During that time, he wrote three columns a week for the newspaper which were also distributed to other publications nationwide by King Features Syndicate.

November 14, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


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MANTECA IN 2040

General plans - state mandated planning documents designed to serve as a blueprint for a community's growth - are viewed by critics often times as merely ...

March 13, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘Be sweet’: Two words easy to Tweet

They've got a nice fancy term now for what inconsiderate, self-righteous, vicious and insecure jerks do - body shaming.

March 11, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pension issues, like it or not, will drive the conversation

The debate isn't whether teachers, police officers, firefighters, county hospital nurses or any other public employee works hard and deserves healthy pay raises.

March 10, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Anthony Silva story heats up

There was an issue with a Manteca organization a few years ago – maybe longer now – where the person who oversaw administering the funds ended up ...

March 10, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Sense of being: Ken Hafer’s gift to Manteca

I never saw the iconic Manteca High tower.

March 09, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cartels, pension costs & saving teaching jobs

Math is a precise discipline.

March 08, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Council needs to help save downtown

Take a walk on the wild side. Go to some spots in the 200 block of West Yosmeite Avenue or even in neighborhoods where long-time ...

March 07, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The drought is just now beginning

Is the drought over?

March 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Versant nursing grads land jobs

Five recent registered nursing grads were honored Thursday at Doctors Hospital for completion of their months-long residency program with a celebration in the hospital's ...

March 06, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Lathrop targeting illegal fireworks

It used to be that if police officers or firefighters would respond to a scene where somebody was lighting off illegal fireworks and they couldn ...

March 06, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


BE.TECH EXPANSION?

Parent surveys as well as growth are being weighed by the Manteca Unified School District board as they consider the possibility of expanding the Be ...

March 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


STUNG BY VANDALS

Twelve bee hives were destroyed by someone driving through an almond orchard north of Manteca along Lovelace Road over the weekend.

March 06, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Downtown under siege? Vandals ply trade on daily basis

Vandals and vagrants are continuing their attack on the 100 and 200 blocks of West Yosemite Avenue in downtown Manteca

March 06, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


So who is hiring all the illegals?

There is a middle ground on the 11.5 million illegal immigrants - the Pew Hispanic Center's estimate - that are in this country.

March 04, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The water is rolling back, but the work isn’t

It looks like the immediate threat of a flood in South San Joaquin County is suspended for the time being.

March 03, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


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