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By any yardstick it was a life-long learning experience

Everything I needed to know about prejudice I learned in the first grade.

July 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Joe & Marge: True blue Americans

North Main Street in Manteca is a long way from Fifth Avenue in New York City. One can only imagine the thoughts that a classy lady who once modeled and taught piano in Manhattan must have thought when she rolled into town decades ago and passed what then passed as local culture – a topless bar.

July 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Follow the law? Not if you’re PG&E top brass

PG&E seems to be above regulation.

July 03, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pit bulls have friend in Linda Sell at the Manteca Animal Shelter

Since Manteca's city council passed an ordinance in October 2008 requiring all pit bulls and pit bull mixed breeds be spayed or neutered, illegal pit bulls have been a constant worry for animal control workers, especially Linda Sell.

July 03, 2011 | By LAUREN MITCHELL Manteca resident | Local Columns


State gambling with schools

By WILLIAM DRAA

July 03, 2011 | | Local Columns


Dog teaching man

I've heard tell that dog owners (or "guardians" as some prefer) look like their dogs. I did not realize with how much haste that transpires.

July 03, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns


Government makes Internet tax dodgers & those holding garage sales tax cheats

Having a garage sale this weekend?

July 02, 2011 | | Local Columns


Harsh words for ‘Larry Crowne’: A Hanks film set in hard times

Tom Hanks is the quintessential Hollywood Nice Guy. Even when he plays a gangster, he's a very nice gangster. And that's why audiences flock to see his movies.

June 30, 2011 | Chris Ching | Local Columns


Police followed the evidence & took the hit

"It is what it is." - Stephen Schluer, president, Manteca Police Officers Association

June 30, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Uncle Sam earns “D” for forcing lunch price hike on local students

Everything you need to know about the federal government you can learn in a Manteca Unified school cafeteria this fall.

June 30, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s easy to be nuts about Ripon

Ripon is a true valley town with a strong sense of Americana that at times seems of another era.

June 29, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


PG&E et al seek weaker safety standard for their power poles

If PG&E happens to electrocute you, burn your house down, or start a wildfire that wipes out your crop they want to be able to do so without worrying about being held liable for your death or losses.

June 29, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fireworks offer bit of insight into legalizing marijuana

Get ready for a taste of Kabul at night.

June 28, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The dawn of a new era in city government

It was, if you will, a Declaration of Reality.

June 26, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Partnership forged in fire about to be strengthened in financial adversity

There's been talk of marriage but it never got past the pre-nuptials.

June 26, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | 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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