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When will Lathrop honor native son Scott Brooks?

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.

August 09, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


LM Fire board fails to answer the 9-1-1 call

Taxpayers too often are considered clueless cattle even by those who claim they are looking out for their best interests.

August 08, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Why California is between a rock and a hard place

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.

August 05, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How cruising in Manteca lost its innocence

Cruising – once a rite of passage for Central Valley youth – is now largely a thing of the past.

August 04, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Heaven on earth: Summer in Manteca

The air just before dawn in Manteca during the summer is pure heaven.

August 03, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Spending three hours among the stacks

It's been more than two years since I checked out a book at the Manteca Branch Library.

August 02, 2010 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Manteca Police can’t wage war on crime alone

Some place along the line we've gotten the impression that police double as private security guards.

August 02, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making a sour turn of events a sweet success for Manteca

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.

August 01, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


70% of babies at SJ General born to illegals?

Should those children who are born here to parents illegally in the United States have birthright to American citizenship?

July 31, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Two-faced federal immigration policy

Arizona is being slammed for usurping federal authority and over-exaggerating crime committed by legal immigrants.

July 30, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Fight gangs by treating rentals as a business

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.

July 29, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


How do we make the streets of Manteca safer?

It isn't a good thing when anyone uses Yosemite Avenue as if it were the main drag in Dodge City at high noon.

July 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Chipotle’s gets a taste of the law run amok

There are a number of businesses fleeing California.

July 28, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Panhandling to public’s emotions pays dividends

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.

July 26, 2010 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


DREAM Act is way of ending nightmarish mess

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.

July 25, 2010 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Corned beef & cabbage plus Mardi Gras fun

American Legion Post 249 is staging a corned beef and cabbage dinner on Saturday, March 21, at the Manteca Senior Center, 295 Cherry Lane. Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6. Tickets are $13 per person. For tickets, call Penny at 209.470.8691.

March 19, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Fearing the clown: Why it is bizarre

McDonald's isn't my kind of place.

March 19, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The cancer eating away at downtown

Here we go again.

March 18, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is mankind’s de-evolution an app away?

We are de-evolving.

March 17, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Enhancing truck safety & fighting state blight

Want to see what $250,000 plus in government waste looks like?

March 16, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Making 18- to 21-year-olds provisional legal adults

California State Sen. Ed Hernandez wants to take rights away from legal adults.

March 14, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


That’s life: Ol’ Blue Eyes had it right

That's life, that's what all the people say

March 13, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Jason, ever so slowly, is changing

It was a beautiful Saturday morning and my wife and I were going to be heading to San Francisco with her aunt and uncle to enjoy the sights and sounds of the city.

March 11, 2015 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Tragedy on 120 Bypass no accident

Driving eastbound on the 120 Bypass is akin to riding into the Valley of Death.

March 11, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca USD’s big flop as public Internet service provider

Netflix - the primary whiner behind the successful campaign to get the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the Internet by pushing the concept of net neutrality - is having second thoughts.

March 10, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Life is good. If you doubt that, then go take a hike.

I had just finished a way-too-short visit meandering around Mono Pass.

March 09, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Do not put dog park by VFW Hall

Let's cut to the chase.

March 06, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Modesty & consorting with retailer Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch isn't exactly a retailer known for modesty.

March 05, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Spaghetti dinner tonight; quilt show this weekend

The spaghetti dinner for the Jeff Gonsalez Memorial Scholarship is today from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Manteca High cafeteria. Takeout meals are available. Adults are $8 and children 12 and under $5. For tickets call April at 403.1956 or Wilma at 823.4938. Tickets are also available at the door.

March 05, 2015 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


Springtime in Manteca means gophers are popping up

Capistrano has its swallows. Pier 39 has its sea lions. And Manteca has its gophers.

March 04, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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