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Shades of pink in the land of bleeding red

"We have met the enemy and he is us." – Pogo in Walt Kelly's 1970 comic strip of the same name

February 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


VA rejects French Camp location

Recently, San Joaquin County received correspondence from the Veterans Administration notifying us that the properties around the County Hospital, which we had offered for the location of the proposed Regional VA Facilities, had been eliminated from consideration. We were astonished at this revelation.

February 09, 2010 | By Leroy Ornellas San Joaquin County Supervisor Fifth District | Local Columns


Margo Young grows up along with Manteca

Imagine Manteca so small that everyone knows everybody. So small that the area where St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and the houses along that stretch of East North Street is just open fields. And small enough there are only about 5,000 people who call this Spreckels Sugar town home.

February 08, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Palm Beach, jail sales tax, & Manteca

Palm Beach in Florida is the winter play land of the Eastern Seaboard's old money.

February 06, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why PG&E fears SSJID as well as Marin County

It is abundantly clear with each passing day that PG&E – a key player in plunging California into a downward spiral and helping set the stage for the recall of Gov. Gray Davis when it successfully greased politicians in Sacramento to deregulate power in the Golden State – never intended to play by the rules it helped create.

February 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Law & Disorder: The shape of things to come

Three young men apparently thought it would be fun Tuesday night to go around with flashing red and blue strobe lights and pull over unsuspecting motorists and ask for their identification.

February 04, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


BIA pushing double suicide pact with city

If you are clinging to the side of a capsized boat in the middle of shark infested waters praying for rescuers to come to your aid, would you deliberately slash yourself to let blood flow into the water?

February 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Calling plans would befuddle even Nostradamus

There was a time when a princess phone was the cat's meow when it came to high tech from your phone company that you affectionately referred to as Ma Bell.

February 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Science camp’s $260 price tag worth the price for 6th graders

I didn't realize how much it cost for one student to go to science camp until it came to my son several years ago.

February 02, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Did PG&E learn anything from Hinkley disaster?

How can PG&E get a free pass from strict California water quality standards involving what can be discharged into the San Joaquin River and Delta when municipalities, farmers, and other businesses are held to significantly higher standards?

January 30, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca lives by the code (The code of anything goes)

Manteca is talking about actually getting tougher with property maintenance regulations.

January 29, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A high speed future possible for downtown

Downtown Manteca's future is looking up – literally.

January 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca challenge: Blight in newer neighborhoods

It's a classic early 21st century Manteca neighborhood.

January 27, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Truck parking and quality of life in Lathrop

I've seen the two trucks parked on the same spot for days. Twice, a few days apart last week, I drove by the intersection where I saw their looming and enormous bright orange metal bodies. They were parked close together, one behind the other, on the west side of Manthey Road just a few feet to the south of the Lathrop Road intersection.

January 25, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Bonus bucks in abeyance? Only with some strings

It is pretty sobering to think that without the bonus bucks collected over the years Manteca today would have either 46 less police officers and firefighters or 75 less parks, streets, and general staff workers.

January 24, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Bored? That’s your problem and not the government’s

You've heard the whine: "There's nothing to do in Manteca."

June 21, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dear IRS: A computer crash destroyed the tax deduction proof you wanted

Ever been audited by the IRS?

June 20, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


CAN-DO ATTITUDE

He introduced himself as Keith.

June 19, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Help teen plus checkout new River Islands homes

A drive-thru dinner fund-raiser at Fagundes Meats for the family of Manteca High School student and accident victim Jonathan Loon is Thursday, June 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. For $15, you can purchase a dinner consisting of tri-tip, ¼ chicken, scalloped potatoes, Italian green beans, a roll and butter.

June 19, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


PC folks are intolerant of Catholics

We were bicycling along North Murphy Road nearing the last farmhouse before connecting with Mariposa Road when two mean looking and snarling German Shepherds starting chasing us down.

June 19, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Son remembers his famous father, & ‘many fathers’ who took him under their wing

Kim Komenich lost his mother when he was 18 years old. He had graduated from Manteca High and was attending Modesto Junior College at the time. Two years later his father died.

June 18, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


The $47,102 bargain of incarceration

The Vandals' sacking and looting of Rome in 455 was amateur hour compared to what the Meth Heads are doing to Manteca.

June 18, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


March includes folks from all walks

A band of grass roots marchers hoping for major political financial reform walked into Ripon and Manteca over the weekend in memory of the late Cesar Chavez' effort years ago that sought a better life for his beleaguered farm workers in the Central Valley.

June 17, 2014 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Manteca scores big points with garbage

Want to see how cost effective local government can be?

June 16, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Texting & killing is not an accident

OMG do u believe this?

June 15, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Legal hyena has one big handicap

Scott Johnson has the worst handicap of all.

June 14, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


About those vilified $10 an hour jobs

Manteca doesn't need $10 an hour jobs.

June 13, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Dads: More Waltons, less Simpsons

Some years ago, I wrote a column on Father's Day that was well received by quite a few fathers I know. Following is a rewrite with a few changes for this year.

June 13, 2014 | By DAVE CAMPBELL Local columnist | Local Columns


Teen-adult-senior prom, chamber dinner on Friday

Did you miss your prom in the past? You have a chance to re-live the night. The 7th annual Teen-Adult-Senior prom conducted by the Manteca Youth Advisory Committee is Friday, June 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door and induces dinner, beverages, and souvenir photo. For more information call Manteca Parks & Recreation at 209.456.8600.

June 12, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


No time to kill but why do we save it?

Why are we always so impatient?

June 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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