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Just what we need: E-mails from our washing machines

Do we really need a washing machine that e-mails you when it's through with a load of clothes?

January 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Marin County frets about SmartMeters but not cell phones

PG&E - contrary to the belief of the Marin County Board of Supervisors - is not trying to kill off its customers using electromagnetic radiation.

January 07, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


New Year resolutions: Just do it

Does anyone really stick to their New Year resolution?

January 07, 2011 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


The blue line gets thinner & dangerous

The front line of defense in California and the rest of the nation are being whittled down due to budget cuts that end up putting officers in jeopardy and threatening community safety.

January 06, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Little cat’s feet? Try a 200-pound tiger with claws

I'm a Valley Boy – Central Valley that is – through and through.

January 06, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s not wise to kick your group exercise instructor

Put this on the list of things you shouldn't do: Kicking your group exercise instructor.

January 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Gatto Way would honor storied Lathrop family’s history

LATHROP – There's nothing wrong with Fifth Street in Lathrop. But perhaps it needs a new name that would reflect this part of the Old Town District's historic past - a name that would honor one of the town's pioneer families.

January 04, 2011 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Back to the future in Sacramento

California's political elite munched on hot dogs, potato chips and water on Monday to celebrate Jerry Brown's return to the governorship.

January 04, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca turns sewer land into economic Mother Lode

Most people saw just an old dump and abandoned wastewater treatment plant.

January 02, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


So why do they call them bathroom vanities anyway?

I've been seriously toying with the idea of remodeling my bathroom for the past several months.

December 31, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Hime caught photography bug during seventh grade

Thank goodness for Time-Life subscription promotions.

December 31, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


New UC motto: ‘Let there be less $245,000+ a year executives’

Jerry Brown could set the tone – and change the attitude of apparently many at the upper echelons of state bureaucracies – if he issues an executive order on his first day as California governor to eliminate any position in the University of California system paying $245,000 a year or more.

December 31, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Words of faith: ‘The light begins in the darkness’

It was perhaps the darkest time of the Great Recession in Manteca.

December 30, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Government keeps on giving itself more & more control

I intend to become a lawbreaker.

December 29, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Christmas moments suitable for sitcom

As usual, I scrambled at the last minute for Christmas shopping.

December 29, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


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Want a good laugh? Watch me taking a U-Jam class

I'm losing it.

May 07, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Passing gas? There’s an app for that

Remember the Pet Rock?

May 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca catering to housing need of Bay Area

There are more than 12,000 homes on the drawing boards that various developers would like to build in Manteca during the coming years that reflect the Leave it to Beaver American Dream on steroids crossed with a McMansion version of the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.

May 05, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Time to let Delta smelt just die off

What you are about to read is perhaps the most politically incorrect thing you could say during the drought: It is time to let the Delta smelt go.

May 04, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Pulling the plug on death penalty

It's come down to this: Death penalty foes who have consistently done everything they can to block California from executing those on death row now want the death penalty declared unconstitutional because the state doesn't put them to death quick enough. They argue lingering on death row for an uncertain execution is cruel and inhumane punishment.

May 02, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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