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The speech Obama should give Thursday

President Barack Obama might try the following on Thursday when he delivers his much anticipated jobs speech:

September 07, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I listen to my body talk & it makes it clear I’m no athlete

"Oh, the pain, the pain." - One of Dr. Smith's signature lines from the 1960s TV series "Lost in Space"

September 06, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ripon garden tour: The best of all worlds

Taking part in the annual September Stroll garden tour fund-raiser sponsored by the Ripon Garden Club is always a win-win situation in more ways than one or two.

September 04, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Labor built our military might & Twin Towers

The temperatures are in the 90s still.

September 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What would Andy & his son Opie think of Bass Pro’s fishing department?

Dad died in 1965.

September 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The $144,690 question & other thoughts on pay

Is being city manager of Manteca worth paying someone $144,690 a year?

September 03, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Orchard Valley foray proves downtown can win people’s hearts

You don't need a crystal ball to see what direction downtown Manteca needs to take.

September 02, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s a ‘reasonable time’ to get rid of residency rule for city manager

At least once - if not twice a month - for over 30 months Richard Hansen made his way to the City Council podium to ask basically the same question: When is City Manager Steve Pinkerton going to move to Manteca?

September 01, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


To those who have a cow over meat production

It is one of the greatest mysterious of our time.

August 31, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A realistic step to enhance the Manteca Library

You need wheels.

August 30, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Profit Gouging & Exploitation is at it again

PG&E is not a business.

August 28, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The apple’s not rotten so Steve’s departure won’t make a difference

The world is not going to fall apart because Steve is departing.

August 27, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Alan Thomas has helped keep Manteca golf course in the green

Alan Thomas' critics will likely never give him his due.

August 26, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Commerce, as propane rail car fire underscores, comes with risks

Life isn't without risk.

August 25, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Teachers helping others one quilt at a time

RIPON - Elementary school teachers definitely have heart – especially when they see a need. It's amazing how many adults I have interviewed who clearly remember their kindergarten through second grade teachers when they were youngsters in the primary grades.

August 24, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | 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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