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#NoFreeSpeech is growing goal of social media

One wonders whether Samuel Clemens would have written any of his classics if social media had been around in the mid-19th century.

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Nothing says welcome to Manteca like festering blight

LAUREL TO THE CITY OF MANTECA for finally installing concertina wire on top of the fencing surrounding the air conditioning unit at the Manteca Veterans Center at 580 Moffat Boulevard.

July 31, 2017 | | Local Columns


NIMBYism isn’t the problem. It’s broken promises.

The term NIMBY - not in my backyard - is a lazy label that borders on being patronizing.

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lathrop-Manteca Fire District budget tops $9.5 million

Things are changing for the Lathrop-Manteca Fire Protection District.

July 31, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Snow lingers but conserving water is ongoing concern

It looks like early June on the slopes of the 11,459-foot Sonora Peak - the farthest point eastern point on the Stanislaus River watershed that eventually sends water through Manteca and Lathrop faucets and to farms for irrigation via SSJID canals.

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Board OKs longer time for public comments

Leo Bennett-Cauchon is no stranger to the lectern at a Manteca Unified Board of Education meeting.

July 31, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


WENT FROM 60 TO 660

Carlon Perry - a former Manteca mayor who led the effort to secure a permanent home for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6311 and to increase membership 11-fold - is stepping down as post commander today at noon.

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DOUBLING 120/99 FLOWS

Capacity for traffic transitioning between the 120 Bypass and Highway 99 heading to and from Ripon would double in volume under a Caltrans plan.

July 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rocky the Squirrel & transgenders

I was stunned.

July 29, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A way Manteca can step up the pressure on illegal fireworks users

Manteca needs to double down in its battle against the proliferation of illegal fireworks.

July 28, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


From basement to penthouse

The first time I had jury duty – and the only time that I was ever called back to actually speak before a judge prior to voir dire – was the summer after I had turned 18.

July 28, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Manteca fiddles while abandoned buildings burn

Is Manteca burning?

July 27, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why downtown Stockton? The $308M question

I am not going to shed a tear when the current San Joaquin County courthouse ceases to function as such at the end of the month.

July 26, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just what I don’t need: A closet expert

Sixty-one years and counting I had no idea that there are experts who specialize in advising you about the right way to hang clothes in your closet.

July 25, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Vote nears on legislature’s ‘Keep Tesla Afloat Act’

The world is coming to an end if we don't cut greenhouse emissions.

July 25, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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When your first car was cheaper than your new smartphone

My Aunt Ethel was aghast when she found out at a family Christmas Eve gathering in 1975 that I had paid $11,000 for a ...

September 30, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City needs to keep eyes on Library Park

It was perhaps one of the all-time bonehead decisions ever made by Manteca elected officials.

September 29, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Do you believe in Santa, unicorns & tax reform?

Unicorns. Big Foot. The Loch Ness Monster. Tax Reform.

September 28, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


We’re loving Yosemite to death

It's time to save Yosemite from us.

September 27, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Homeless issues aren’t just problem for central Manteca

Running errands Sunday - as well as jogging - took me over a fair wide swath of Manteca on Sunday.

September 25, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to shame opportunistic state legislators

The nine scariest words in the English language?

September 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why would SF want facts to get in way of war on soda?

Imagine, if you will, the City of San Francisco requiring Starbucks et al to place warning labels on their cappuccino and latte cups stating that ...

September 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Friday night lights finally upon us

It's time.

September 22, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Quakes, hurricanes & more: Nature will always win

The Tracy-Stockton Fault.

September 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


As California Aqueduct sinks Sacramento fiddles with Twin Tunnels

It is 131 miles from Never Never Land to Chowchilla.

September 20, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Lathrop honors city’s police & fire responders

When Michelle Anderson set out to come up with an impromptu way to thank local law enforcement and first responders for their dedication and their ...

September 18, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Proposal may save Manteca $2.6 million

Oakwood Lake Shores - the gated 480-home community built where the Manteca Waterslides once stood - is overtaxing the Oakwood Lake Water district's ability to treat ...

September 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon Unified saves taxpayers $1.5 million

The refinancing of a portion of the Ripon Unified School District's general obligation bonds by taking advantage of historically low interest rates is saving ...

September 18, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


LEGION AIMS TO GROW

American Legion Post 249 Commander Bob Gonzales is on a mission.

September 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Teen saves boy’s life

Lathrop High student Valerie Villanueva saved the life of an 11-year-old Manteca boy on Saturday drawing on the CPR training she learned in her ROP ...

September 18, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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