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Ol’ Blue Eyes was right when it comes to life

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

October 21, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Kenya: From Kisumu to Kilimanjaro

Editor's note: This is the first of a four-part series on Father Dean's recent trip to Africa.

October 19, 2009 | By FR. DEAN McFALLS St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church | Local Columns


Drive-up squawk boxes: Can you hear me now?

It makes no sense at all.

October 18, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca Man survived on pizza & cash advances

An archeologist centuries from now digging into landfills may find the remnants of the junk mail delivered to Manteca households during a typical month in 2009.

October 17, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Sound judgment & city employee contracts back in 2006 and today

Adopting the employment contracts entered into for five years in 2006 with Manteca's municipal employee groups were – for the most part – sound judgment at the time.

October 16, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Marking 20th anniversary of Loma Prieta

"Stop the presses!"

October 16, 2009 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Rainy day blues? It depends upon how you look at it

Listening to the rain dancing on the roof while you're snuggled up in bed is one of life's little pleasures.

October 15, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Getting rid of Winchester Mystery House model for government

The Great Recession is a good thing in many ways.

October 14, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Forgotten in a flurry of PG&E service calls

It was a night for a cozy fire after work in our family room since our PG&E provided electricity had been out for 14 hours at this writing Tuesday night and we're still waiting.

October 14, 2009 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


Lathrop’s No.1 boogeyman is Jack Snyder

We bury the hatchet

October 11, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Surprise,surprise! State budget has new $1.1B hole

California needs a taxpayer revolt against spending on the same scale that Howard Jarvis and Paul Gann changed the property tax landscape with Proposition 13 back in 1978.

October 10, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


The blame game trumps finding a real solution

America's favorite pastime these days isn't baseball. It's the blame game.

October 09, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Citizen floats utility tax idea for budget woes

Manteca resident Bud Wallace has an interesting suggestion in a letter you can find elsewhere on today's opinion page.

October 08, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cop layoff debate: The need to avoid a repeat of 1983

Economic reality has prompted a council that consists of two retired law enforcement personnel – John Harris who served as a San Joaquin County probation officer and Willie Weatherford who is a retired Manteca police chief – to send City Manager Steve Pinkerton forth with a compensation readjustment proposal for all municipal employees including police. If the bargaining groups didn't buy it, the other option is layoffs within that particular set of employees.

October 07, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It is – for better or worse – a brave new world

How dare they - the argument goes – cut back on law enforcement pay or talk about layoffs – when we passed the Measure M public safety half cent sales tax to pay for police officers and firefighters?

October 04, 2009 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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Guys who get ink want you to look

Don't let anybody tell you anything different.

June 21, 2014 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Guys, your success is hanging on by a hair

My dad was always very proud of his raven black hair and raven black mustache. When his 40th birthday rolled around, the first gray hair appeared. But he didn't get discouraged by the obvious sign of aging. He simply got his hair and mustache colored the darkest shade of black during his regular hair trim every month. He turned 60 this February and he looks as good as always, with only few people knowing his secret.

June 21, 2014 | Nina Frisby | Local Columns


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


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