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National health care’s 1st dividend: A 10% tanning tax

If you go to a tanning salon, congratulations are in order.

July 01, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


M-60 wasn’t that big of a blast on 4th

While rummaging through my garage a few years ago, I came across an old M-60.

July 01, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Who needs trees when CBS billboards are in Manteca park?

A small army of civic-minded volunteers from Crossroads Community Church did what they embraced as the Lord's work last October and helped the financially strapped city plant 250 trees along the Moffat Boulevard leg of the Tidewater Bikeway.

June 30, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Potential still glitters in the Golden State

The Donner Party came to California 164 years ago.

June 29, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Public schools: A return to ‘haves’ v. ‘have nots’?

California's public education could be moving toward another crisis that could ultimately undermine local control.

June 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Summer beckons with the little pleasures of life

Summertime and the livin' is easy

June 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Finding out about Manteca council, mayor hopefuls

Manteca voters in 160 days will elect a mayor and two council members.

June 26, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So why does Manteca ‘allow’ new home building?

It is a common lament: Why is Manteca allowing new home construction when there are so many foreclosures?

June 25, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca taxpayers continue to subsidize Lathrop dogs & cats

It's animal cruelty - at least for Manteca dogs and cats as opposed to those from Lathrop.

June 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just part of a 50-year journey

When a couple is married for 50 years, it is actually a century of trying to support each other when it's all added up.

June 24, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Stanislaus River needs balanced management

California water politics are about as easy to navigate as swimming through shark infested waters with 100 pounds of red meat strapped to your back.

June 23, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Tower of Power’s horn line still as impressive as ever

Was that a Huey Lewis sighting at the San Joaquin County Fair?

June 22, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


State legislators believe they have license to spend

State prisoners could soon get hit by sending jobs off-shore.

June 22, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Downtown: Are malcontents trying to force people to go to Orchard Valley?

Two pivotal projects that could end up making or breaking Central Manteca's future are expected to break ground in the coming months.

June 21, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How to drive like a Manteekan: Tips on bagging daily limit of pedestrians

A few years back, Manteca Waterslides did a take-off on a popular Top 40 song "Walk Like an Egyptian" to create a radio campaign dubbed "Walk Like a Manteekan" promoting the recreation water park.

June 20, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Men’s shelter: It’s OK if you want it in your neighborhood

There is only one question you need to answer if you favor a homeless shelter for single men in Manteca: Would you be willing to have if within a half mile of your home?

October 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The marvelous tech invention known as books

Books are more powerful than computers.

October 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to sell UC system & build schools for Californians

California has diversity.

October 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


THE ULTIMATE BATTLE

The Big Guy upstairs was pretty disgusted at what he saw going on in the Central Valley.

October 13, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


EU fire alarm detects $159M smoke & mirrors of school bond

Is Manteca Unified guilty of grade inflation or is there something more sinister at work?

October 11, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sid Reams & his homeless ideas

It was a radical idea at the time that caught some people off guard and left others scratching their heads.

October 10, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Time to double what’s coming down the tracks

Get ready for more trains.

October 10, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The drug house in my neighborhood

Why do you need to be part of Manteca's homeless solution?

October 09, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Homeless: Real charity doesn’t enable

I confess.

October 08, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


What’s better: Economic growth or mandated minimum wage?

The unemployment rate in Manteca is 9.6 percent.

October 07, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Citizenship: Follow rules & you lose

It is easier to become a lawyer than to get a green card.

October 06, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Piano bar, restaurants give downtown flavor

TURLOCK – When I think of Billie Joel, I don't think of Turlock.

October 04, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Plenty of shopping & culinary attractions

Like many cities whose heydays in bygone eras have been become victims of the caprices of changing times, Tracy has gone through its own growing-up pains. A lot of that is starkly evident in its downtown area.

October 04, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Lodi’s ‘wow’ factor definitely impresses

My apologies to the late Huell Howser on my impressions of downtown Lodi having that "wow" factor.

October 04, 2014 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Manteca’s $159M duct tape bond

We are told 28-year-old carpet kept together with duct tape is deteriorating the quality of classroom education in Manteca Unified.

October 04, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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