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Homeless taking over Library Park?

Chatter – punctuated by choice obscenities – was rising along with the mid-day temperature on Thursday as two men argued beneath the stately Sycamore trees of Library Park.

July 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


No justice for Oscar Grant or law-abiding peace officers

It took less than seven hours for a Los Angeles jury to deliver a miscarriage of justice.

July 09, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Providing five more sets of eyes on Manteca RDA

The Doyle Ranch back in the 1980s was perhaps the most prime piece of real estate along the Interstate 80 corridor east of Sacramento.

July 08, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Showering using a Dixie Cup during Midwest summer

Californians are wimps when it comes to weather.

July 07, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


House of Mud & other attractions

In National Lampoon's Vacation, the Griswolds took a pass on a chance to see the famous House of Mud.

July 07, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Fourth of July fallout

It was a Fourth of July many years ago – I was only a kid of 12 who loved shooting off fireworks from the safe ones and not so safe. M80s were the ultimate in Southern California, but I limited myself to simple fire crackers that were actually hard to come by unless you drove into downtown Los Angeles where somebody would be on the street hawking imported crackers by the pack.

July 06, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


California’s future will soon be found down in Monterey

Monterey - the birthplace of California government - was chosen by the Spaniards for that dubious honor in 1777 due to the great natural bay and the ample fresh water from the nearby Carmel River.

July 06, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Deal is hard to beat but better read small print

When Allegiant Air first announced its low-cost service from Stockton to Long Beach about a month or so ago, some of my colleagues were quick to act.

July 05, 2010 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Sacramento needs to shed 47,400 state jobs in next 12 months

With all due respect to F. Scott Fitzgerald, state workers are different than you and me.

July 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sharing the small town spirit with newcomers

So you want to get a feel for your town - newcomers and old-timers alike?

July 04, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Smoke bombs (& cherry bombs) can be dangerous

I do not like fireworks - at least the ones you buy and set off.

July 04, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Summer finally arrives in the San Joaquin Valley

The mercury - for those old enough to remember when you didn't click on weather.com to find what the outside temperature is but instead actually stepped outside to read an old-style thermometer - is expected to reach the 100-degree mark on the Fourth of July.

July 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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


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Does school brass fear Fant-led youth movement?

Did the Manteca Unified School District board meet behind closed doors in a bid to change the course of the Nov. 4 election?

November 12, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Criminal-fornia: What’s next? A voter approved ‘purge’ night?

Isn't it great to be a criminal these days in California?

November 11, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Whatever happened to a free education?

Read the fine print.

November 08, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Arresting ‘Godzilla’costly

It's one of those freak things that somebody ends up saying while heavily intoxicated and ends up getting printed simply because it was said.

November 08, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Wizard of Oz syndrome: We expect miracles

Barrack Obama is not the Wizard of Oz.

November 07, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Winds of discontent rock Manteca Unified schools

It pays not to campaign.

November 06, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Rummage sale, bunco, crab ciopinno feed set

Rummage for success! A rummage sale supporting special needs classroom activities at Manteca High School will take place on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the school parking lot at 450 E. Yosemite. What treasure will you score?

November 06, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


You can help prevent double murderer from walking free

You don't want your son or daughter to meet William Walter Nichols.

November 05, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mr. Hannibal Lector goes to Washington

The scariest day of the year has finally arrived - Election Day.

November 04, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Call my mom by her first name? Never!

My mom was mom.

November 01, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Don’t forget homeless we don’t notice

The advantage of working past midnight – if you want to call it that – is you become familiar with a Manteca few see.

October 31, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Plenty of Halloween fun on Friday for kids

Journey Church, 444 Argonaut St., Manteca is having a Trunk or Treat on Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. or whenever the candy runs out. Admission is free and costumes are OK. If it rains, it will move inside the church. Price: FREE

October 30, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Homeless: Perception is reality

They're everywhere.

October 29, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Measure G backers: The sky is falling down, the sky is falling down

You notice in February that your smoke detector is malfunctioning.

October 29, 2014 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Old & new tech co-exist at Library

In the face of computer technology rushing forward faster than lighting speed, it is refreshing to know that reports of the demise of public libraries are extremely exaggerated.

October 28, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


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