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From laughing stock to getting many things right

Dumping on government is in vogue.

October 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just who is the Big Bad Wolf in child care flap?

Karen McLaughlin is at the epicenter of what promises to develop as the next major Manteca political storm.

October 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Two pounds a week can change a lot

I scored 50 pounds of fresh harvested almonds Sunday.

October 25, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca races reflect civility & not cantankerous ways of past years

Debby Moorhead doesn't point fingers.

October 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A well-placed knee, Betty Bear & Rick Mello

Betty Bear is on a long, long hibernation.

October 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Ben Cantu’s lonely crusade to encourage workforce housing

Ben Cantu was a champion of workforce housing in 2008 in his strong second place finish for the Manteca City Council.

October 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Work leaves roads a bit too rough

If you have driven by Union Road between Louise Avenue and Lathrop Road at night or during the day, chances are you have noticed something.

October 20, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


If it’s about the economy stupid . . .

Mayor Willie Weatherford has several big targets on his back.

October 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca’s real problem: Salaries & pension costs

Carlon Perry isn't doing the old soft shoe when it comes to what ails government.

October 19, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The RDA law: California’s DH rule for cities

Baseball purists abhor the designated hitter rule.

October 18, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Native Californians all have heritage tied to Mexico

I am proud of my Mexican heritage.

October 17, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BLD: The biggest non-issue in race for Manteca mayor

The surprising thing about the Manteca municipal election on Nov. 2 is the one issue that hasn't come up - Big League Dreams.

October 16, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The 33 men in the mine & the history of good

It is being called "75 percent science, 25 percent miracle."

October 15, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bass Pro, Costco should be last sales tax sharing deals

There are three big players in the outdoor sports world of mega-marketing - Bass Pro, Cabela's and Gander Mountain.

October 14, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The oil companies don’t want to do their fair share

If you're a California resident - or have a business based in the Golden State - you've been paying the equivalent of a Third World country's gross national product over the years in a bid to clean our air.

October 13, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Manteca: The Mother of All water wasters

The City of Manteca is the biggest water waster by far.

July 24, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Combined flea market, yard sale set for Saturday

The Manteca Senior Center Advisory Committee and Manteca Seniors Helping Area Residents and Police combined flea market and yard sale is this Saturday, July 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be 30 vendors selling garage and new items, from arts & crafts to collectibles inside the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane, and SHARP will host the backyard sale directly behind the senior center building. Up for grabs will be items including furniture, sporting goods, household items, toys, electronics, to name a few. Don't miss it!

July 24, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Navy blue frames then skydiving?

Selecting eyeglass frames is always interesting given my eyesight.

July 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Jack Snyder: You may not like the man but he delivered

There is no middle ground with Jack Snyder. You either like him or you don't.

July 22, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Breaking up California is so hard to do

Perhaps splitting California into six states wouldn't be all that bad.

July 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Bottlers tap into baseless fears to sell you water

"You're going to get sick!"

July 19, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Doing back alley political hatchet job on Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby in the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision continues to offer its employees health insurance coverage for contraception including birth control pills.

July 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to talk about use of that four-letter word: ‘lawn’

Water use is down 20.4 percent in Manteca in June compared to June of 2013.

July 17, 2014 | | Local Columns


Ignoring youth refugees fleeing from violence in American homes

Go down Yosemite Avenue after the bars close.

July 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Stockton may become Venice but at least LA gets water

It is nice to know that the Bay Delta Conservation Plan has taken into account potential sea level increases in designing the Twin Tunnels to "avoid water supply disruptions and protect water quality."

July 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Placement of levee can stop growth flood

Go south along Union Road, Tinnin Road, and Airport Way just a little south of Woodward Avenue where narrow country roads carry names such as Fig, Sedan, Nile and others crisscross the south-north roads.

July 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


DeRoos looks to start league of their own

Her name is synonymous with the sport of basketball in the Family City, yet Molly DeRoos is having a hard time finding a sanctioned game.

July 10, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


King George would have been proud of soda taxes

Tax them for they have sinned.

July 10, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tale of two neighborhoods plagued with ‘drug problem’

She lives practically next to a "drug house" in a Manteca neighborhood that many of the property owners know about it.

July 09, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Clothes made just to wear? That’s so passé

Boots - and therefore shoes - are made for walking.

July 09, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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