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Survivor’s guide to the streets of Manteca

Turn signal? In Manteca? You don't need to use no stinkin' turn signal to drive in Manteca.

September 02, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


United States of America: Made by labor

The temperatures are still in the 90s.

August 31, 2013 | | Local Columns


Helping needy: Slamming farmers while praising Internet billionaires

Come October literally hundreds if not thousands of tons of "food" will be plowed under throughout San Joaquin County.

August 30, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Memo to Cowsills: Cover my head with hair? If that were the only place, I’d be happy

I admit I'm a candidate for the missing link.

August 29, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The working poor discover 29 + 49 + 89 adds up to less money & still no healthcare

During the early stages of the foreclosure crisis I got into a heated phone exchange with Congressman Jerry McNerney's communications director.

August 28, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


If $150 fee goes away Cal Fire needs “George Runner Rule”

Wildfires, they say, are getting worse.

August 27, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


‘This is where we’ll fight it, boys’

MI-WUK VILLAGE – It's going to take more than a bucket of water and hoses to extinguish the Rim Fire.

August 27, 2013 | James Burns | Local Columns


Southside Park: The city cuts the grass, gangs own the turf

Southside is unlike any other city park.

August 26, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Remember the good old days when saying ‘I’m bored’ wasn’t a prelude to a thrill kill

"We were bored and didn't have anything to do so we decided to kill somebody." - what one of three teen suspects in a thrill kill told police in Oklahoma.

August 24, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Would Louisa Clapp view her namesake ‘lane’ as ugly today?

Louisa Clapp arrived in what is now known as Manteca in 1849 with her husband Noah.

August 23, 2013 | | Local Columns


Manteca decides smoking in parks less obnoxious than Big Government

Manteca is not New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg's kind of town.

August 22, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Breathable air or drive-thru windows?

Enjoying the air quality of the last few days?

August 21, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Privacy, helmet cams, ‘The Truman Show’ & Big Brother

Face it. You are Jim Carrey and you are the star of "The Truman Show."

August 20, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


No yolk. Uncle Sam may require $11.2B chicken cage investment

QUESTION: If a chicken rancher has 50,000 chickens and he has to pay $40 a hen for new roomier cages to meet a state mandate how much of the cost are consumers going to absorb?

August 19, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mother nature’s secret plan to kill us: Cow moo-thane

Got gas?

August 17, 2013 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Why is it a given state will reopen California 1?

This may sound a tad blasphemous but why reopen Highway 1 through the Big Sur Wilderness where a mudslide earlier this month added 13 acres ...

June 02, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


City improves Library Park conditions, issues still remain

LAUREL TO THE CITY OF MANTECA for efforts so far at addressing issues at Library Park in downtown Manteca.

June 02, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Thinking about hitting the river?

School is now out, and the weather is turning warm, and it's only a matter of time before kids start heading out to the ...

June 02, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Political humor needs to get out of the proverbial gutter

I like a good political joke even if it lampoones a position or politician I support.

June 01, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca don’t need no stinkin’ Atherton Drive missing link

Debbie Moorhead was adamant at the last Manteca City Council meeting that she wants the infamous missing link on Atherton Drive between Airport Way and ...

May 31, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca needs to consider small home neighborhood

Someone making $19.25 an hour along with $450 a month in expenses such as auto payment and credit card bills would have a rough ...

May 30, 2017 | | Local Columns


Summer & life’s little pleasures

Summertime and the livin' is easy

May 27, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I’m proud that Katelyn, Ashley & Rein call me ‘Papa’

I've been called many things over the years. More than a few of the words used wouldn't be fit for what a once ...

May 26, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A heroin haven or lifesaving longue?

Drugs are a problem in our community.

May 26, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Has Manteca’s homeless problem really gotten worse?

The homeless problem has gotten worse in Manteca.

May 25, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


About that 20 cent refund from Doctors Hospital

There was a day when 20 cents would buy you 20 pieces of Bazooka bubble gum. Today those two same dimes will buy you two ...

May 23, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Three teens, two tragedies, one week and life

I was livid.

May 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rice, Barajas leading EU High Class of 2017

It's been a busy year for Emma Rice and Jordan Barajas.

May 22, 2017 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Richland bond mess is being cleared up

One of the last major hurdles for development to begin on property that has been snarled in legal battles and lawsuits for almost a decade ...

May 22, 2017 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Manteca’s budget up by 11.6%

Manteca's municipal general fund budget has returned to double digit growth for the first time since the boom days at the dawn of the ...

May 22, 2017 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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