I was smiling when Arnita Montiel spoke before the Lathrop City Council last week urging them to honor the accomplishments of Lathrop's very own, Scott Brooks, the former pro basketball player whose latest accolade is being named 2010 NBA Coach of the Year.
Taxpayers too often are considered clueless cattle even by those who claim they are looking out for their best interests.
California has a $19 billion deficit. The state's water plan for the next 20 years is non-existent. Education from kindergarten to the University of California is in crisis mode.
Cruising – once a rite of passage for Central Valley youth – is now largely a thing of the past.
The air just before dawn in Manteca during the summer is pure heaven.
It's been more than two years since I checked out a book at the Manteca Branch Library.
Some place along the line we've gotten the impression that police double as private security guards.
The late Bill Perry was mayor during one of Manteca's darkest moments - the closing of Spreckels Sugar that had served as the symbol, if not the heart, of the city's economic strength for over 75 years.
Should those children who are born here to parents illegally in the United States have birthright to American citizenship?
Arizona is being slammed for usurping federal authority and over-exaggerating crime committed by legal immigrants.
You'll notice no one is talking about the 900-pound gorilla in the room with just 96 days to go to the Manteca municipal election.
It isn't a good thing when anyone uses Yosemite Avenue as if it were the main drag in Dodge City at high noon.
There are a number of businesses fleeing California.
It pays to be "homeless" in Manteca – because Mantecans have heart. One young couple is proving that notion as shoppers are repeatedly touched with their imagined plight.
At first glance the DREAM Act stalled on Capitol Hill looks like a nightmare for those who believe America is being turned over to illegal immigrants.
Forty-three days have passed since the resounding no confidence vote on the Manteca Unified School District board and they still don't get it.
It isn't unusual for a typical commuter from the Northern San Joaquin Valley to the Silicon Valley to travel 700 miles a week.
There was no denying Ashley Drain's excitement. The smile never left her face the whole time – before, during, and after the moment she was sworn in as one of the two newest members of the Manteca Unified Board of Trustees at the panel's annual reorganization meeting Tuesday night.
Folks who can only afford $500,000 homes are riffraff.
The right to demonstrate.
It wouldn't be Christmas without it! Sequoia Heights Baptist Church is presenting its annual drive-thru Living Nativity on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12-13, from 6 to 9 p.m. at 1050 S. Union Road.
CHARMING – Unless you're a true sociopath, it's almost impossible to look at yourself in the mirror when you know that the things you're doing are wrong.
Extreme weather is bad, right?
Many needy families and children did not get a visit from Santa last year because of wasted food. Apparently, a lot of the food served during the annual Costa's Wild Game feed ended up in trash cans because some of people decided they did not like the "game-y" taste.
If you own a Ford Focus, Chevy Cruze or a Honda Civic it costs you 16.3 cents a mile to operate your vehicle once gas, maintenance, tires, insurance and depreciation are taken into account.
Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared on Dec. 14, 2010.
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Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared Feb. 8, 2002.
Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared on Dec. 6, 2010.