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Barely making it: Manteca’s working poor

"Tony" - not his real name - likes his bosses and his jobs. He doesn't want his name used because he doesn't want to sound like he's complaining. He says he knows he has it better than a lot of people but still he's frustrated. Plus he's also not too sure if it is a good thing that employers know that he's actively looking for another job.

March 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Freethinkers, Christians, atheists & civil discourse

Civil discourse – an American tradition that seems to have suffered as society has become more impersonal – is back. Well, kind of back.

March 13, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s time for everyone to celebrate everything Irish

Crab feeds are almost over; it's time to get your grub on with corned beef and cabbage! The Manteca Council #88 Young Men Institute is hosting a corned beef and cabbage dinner at the St. Anthonys Cafeteria today. The cost is $10 for adults and $6 for children, and you don't have to buy a ticket – simply pay at the door. Takeout dinner is available from 4:30 p.m., sit-down dinner is at 5.

March 12, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


San Jose: California’s city in a world class of its own

Twenty miles from the heart of San Jose you will find two things that contrast sharply with its image as the Capital of the Silicon Valley.

March 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Restore fish habitat on the LA River

Cold water salmon and the Delta smelt.

March 11, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Darwinism & Manteca’s dining options

Willie Weatherford is not the Great Wizard of Restaurants.

March 08, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Being in God’s presence isn’t complicated

Have you ever sat down to spend time with God and found yourself struggling because you don't feel "spiritual" enough? Your mind is cluttered. The external noises around you are distracting. You make every effort to sound sincere in your prayers, yet your feelings don't line up. And soon, your thoughts drift to wondering how you will ever be able to sense His presence.

March 07, 2014 | By MONICA CANE Faith Columnist | Local Columns


It’s time for NorCal cities to offer cash for grass

Southern Californians have a tendency to have a smug attitude toward water.

March 06, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Finger guns, school safety and ‘Lord of The Flies’

Ron Burns did not grow up to become a mass murderer.

March 06, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fish fry, gourmet sampler Celtic Faire & much more

If you want to eat out, support your community while doing so. Start your weekend right with the St. Anthony's Young Men Institute's fish fry on Friday, March 7, with takeout from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and sit-down dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the St. Anthony's School cafeteria. Tickets are only $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under!

March 06, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Lent: The season for feasting and fasting

The advent of Lent always brings to mind Father William Delaney, former pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Manteca.

March 05, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


MICKEY MOMENT

RIPON – For months, Riley Simmons has been kept indoors and under close supervision while she underwent treatment for a brain tumor.

March 04, 2014 | James Burns | Local Columns


Student loan debt: Housing Crisis 2.0

America is about to get another harsh lesson in easy money.

March 04, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why the sky seems to be falling down in Acetnam

Once upon a time in a land called Acetnam lived a little red hen.

February 28, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How I learned to love the DMV & parallel parking

The California DMV, in its infinite wisdom, has issued me a five-year extension to my driver's license.

February 27, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Manteca pot growers must have permits starting Sept. 14

Anyone growing marijuana for recreational or medicinal purposes in Manteca starting Sept. 14 will be required to obtain a permit from the City of Manteca.

August 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


MANTECA CAMPING IS ILLEGAL

A year ago homeless were bedding down for the night even before the sun went down in front of the Chase Bank and beneath the ...

August 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Avoiding the total eclipse of the heart

A miracle of sorts is happening today at 10:17 a.m.

August 21, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hoping prep players show respect for National Anthem

As a wee tyke playing Pop Warner football for the Anderson Wildcats, I would get so excited when my dad took me to an Anderson ...

August 21, 2017 | Dave Campbell | Local Columns


I-5 do-si-do & high speed parking lots

Friday's colossal back-up on northbound Interstate 5 offered a peek of what lies ahead for the Tracy-Lathrop-Manteca region.

August 19, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca on verge of major economic splash

The Hyatt Regency in San Francisco has 802 rooms.

August 18, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time is long overdue to take back Manteca

If you go by Lincoln Park around 9 o'clock in the evening, there will sometimes be a small gathering under the picnic shelter. There ...

August 17, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Regulating America to death

You don't need to look far to see the regulatory chokehold the federal bureaucracy has on the economy, public safety, and even attempts to ...

August 16, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A solution for future downtown parking needs

The Altamont Corridor Express train is coming down the track.

August 15, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Look around, Caltrans isn’t the problem

I made a 319 mile loop trip Saturday.

August 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Streamlined permit for charging stations

If you want you install an electric vehicle charging station in Manteca - either in your home or for public use - you can apply to do ...

August 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Timelines before board for work at Colony Oak

Trustees of the Ripon Unified School District will review the preliminary timelines for the Colony Oak Elementary School reconstruction project at tonight's 7 p ...

August 14, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Lathrop firm adds 95-foot tall crane

The nearly 100-foot tall crane that is on the corner of D'Arcy and Murphy Parkways?

August 14, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


MANTECA MEANS BUSINESS

Tim Ogden means business.

August 14, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


St. Patrick’s church set for $200,000 plus remodel

Ripon's St. Patrick's Catholic Church on East Highway 120 at Carrolton Road is planning a major interior remodeling at a cost in excess ...

August 14, 2017 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


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